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Q&A with MAcc Students- Part 1

Now that it’s the first week of our second and final semester in the MAcc program, I thought it was a good time to share a bit about some of my peers, learn why they chose Fisher, and hear about their summer plans!

Here’s Part 1 of my Q&A session:

Pat Archer ’15 

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Where are you from?
St. Louis, Missouri

Where did you go to undergrad? What was your major and when did you graduate?
I majored in business at the University of Dallas and graduated in May 2014.

Why did you decide to get a graduate degree in accounting?
I had an outstanding liberal arts education from University of Dallas, but I wanted to build a set of
professional and technical skills as well in order to have a rewarding career in accounting.

Why did you choose Fisher MAcc?
It’s a broad-base program which fits well with both how I understand accounting
and how I would like to approach my career.

What are your post-graduation summer plans?
I plan on taking the CPA Exam and then travel the East Coast with my beautiful bride.
(Author’s note: Pat just got married on January 3!) Afterwards, I will start working
as a Staff Auditor for Deloitte in Phoenix.

Do you have an interesting fact, interest, etc. that you’d like to share?
@The_Pat_Archer is my Twitter handle. #teamfollowme

 

Danni Shi ’15

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Where are you from?
Ningbo, which is on the east coast of China

Where did you go to undergrad? What was your major and when did you graduate?
I majored in finance at The Ohio State University and graduated in May 2013.

Why did you decide to get a graduate degree in accounting?
I took several accounting classes as an undergrad, and I found them to be interesting and practical.
My knowledge in accounting helped me to better understand finance, and accounting skills are very important for people to have who want to work in the financial industry.

Why did you choose Fisher MAcc?
My previous roommate graduated from the Fisher MAcc program. She strongly recommended it to me and told me how nice MAcc professors are, how challenging but useful the courses are, and how much I would enjoy meeting new friends from all over the world. I knew it was the program I wanted to go to. Besides, the program is only 9 months long, which is a big attraction for me.  I enjoyed being a undergraduate student at Fisher and have fostered a strong relationship here.

What are your post-graduation summer plans?
I plan on taking the CPA Exam and going on a nice trip to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks before I start my job as a Financial Service Office Staff Auditor at Ernst & Young in New York City.

Do you have an interesting fact, interest, etc. that you’d like to share?
I like hiking and tennis. Also, I am good at cooking Chinese food.
Fun fact: When I was young, I told everyone that being an accountant was the last job I
would choose and never ever thought I would become an accountant when I grew up.

Thanks for reading! Check out Part 2 in two weeks!


New Year, New Classes, New Goals!

After spending the New Year watching the Buckeyes beat Alabama in New Orleans, the thought of coming back to school was not the most appealing idea. However, now that I am back at Fisher and getting into the school groove, I am more than happy to be back with my fellow MAcc students and professors!

Of course at the beginning of every year everyone makes a bunch of resolutions, which are more than likely unattainable. I decided to try and break this horrendous trend and make a couple attainable goals for my next term in the MAcc –

1) Wake up early enough for breakfast – I always end up just grabbing a bar before I leave to go to class and I really want to work towards waking up and taking the time to eat something a little more substantial. I’m hoping this will make me more awake for my 8:30 am IFRS class. I really do need to work on this since I am currently eating oatmeal at work…

2) Go ice skating – This one might be cheating since the Fisher College of Business Social Chairs have organized an event and this became a goal after I received the invitation but regardless, I want to go skating for the first time!

3) Keep on top of my assignments – This term looks like it has a lot of assignments/readings due every class period. In order to deal with this, I want to utilize my time on free days and get a bulk of the reading done or at least try and keep organized enough to have everything printed off so I can read it during down time between classes or easily at home.

4) Stay busy and give back - I really want to do as much as I possibly can this semester to really stay involved and to volunteer on and off campus! I will be a Site Manager for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program and I am getting more involved with recruiting events for EY. The New Year will hopefully allow me to give back to those who have helped me in the past and to stay involved with the community!

5) Have fun! – This will definitely be the most attainable goal, it is my last semester at Ohio State and I really want to enjoy it!

We will see if these all come true or if they stick for the rest of the term — I like to think I will be able to achieve them for sure!


Buckeyes on Bourbon Street

As the first semester of the MAcc program came to a close, some students had more than just finals on their minds.  The last week of finals corresponded with the announcement that The Ohio State University’s football team made the first ever College Football Playoff and would be playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day.  Hearing this news numerous MAcc students had their sights set on making it down to New Orleans to be part of the game and support the Buckeyes.  Luckily, around 10 or so MAcc students got tickets for the game either through the student lottery or other various ways; I was lucky enough to receive a free ticket from the student lottery provided by Taco Bell.  Through group messages and talking at lunch, we were able to plan the drive and hotel situation.  Since we were on break, many people were driving from different parts of the country (including one person who took a 16 hour megabus trip).

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Cafe Du Monde

Once we all got to New Orleans we made a plan for the trip.  We spent all of New Years Eve day in the city, seeing the sights and fully exploring the culture of New Orleans.  We stopped by Cafe Du Monde to enjoy some beignets and coffee, which is a must if you are ever there.  We also enjoyed an early dinner on Bourbon Street and were able to get some signature Louisiana dishes you always hear about.  New Orleans is without a doubt a city worth visiting if you get the chance (go to Pat O’Briens).

Jackson Square

Luckily for us we weren’t there just to see the city, we went for the Sugar Bowl.  New Years Day we got to the Superdome early to pick up our tickets and check out the pregame festivities.  The atmosphere surrounding the game was unreal and the streets were packed with both Ohio State and Alabama fans.  Having won a ticket in the student lottery I was able to be part of the student section and had seats only 11 rows up from the field.  It was a great game to be a part of and Ohio State was able to come away with a win, putting them in the National Championship against Oregon.  The whole experience was something I will never forget and it was wonderful to be able to share it with some of my best friends from the MAcc program.

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Script Ohio

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Ohio State side of the Superdome


Beat *ichigan Week!

One of the best times of the year to be an Ohio State student is during Beat *ichigan Week, it is a time when all the students rally to beat TTUN (that team up north)! One of the biggest events before the game is to jump in Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is normally a peaceful place to walk around on campus right by the South Oval, but on the Tuesday night before everyone goes home for Thanksgiving Break it transforms into pandemonium. Students are everywhere partaking in the event and jumping into the freezing cold lake! This year was my fourth year jumping and it was a lot of fun to go with some of the other MAcc students because they had never jumped before. Needless to say, we were frozen running back to North campus from the South Oval but it was definitely worth it! Below are some pictures from that night.

Jumping in!

Jumping in!

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O-H-I-O after we jumped!

While mirror lake is an exciting aspect of Beat *ichigan Week, the best part of the week is the actual football game! Normally this game is one of the toughest of our season but Michigan football has fallen on some hard times. I went to the game with my sister who also attended Ohio State for undergraduate and graduate school so we were pretty invested in the outcome. My first game as a student was with my sister and now I have officially gone to my last home game as a student with her, bittersweet! We stayed through Carmen and rushed the field after the game, overall a great experience!

On the field!

On the field!

This weekend I will be traveling to Indianapolis to watch the Buckeyes take on the Badgers in the Big 10 Championship, hopefully we come out victorious! Go Bucks!


MAcc Gives Back

Twice each year, the MAcc program gets together to do a day of service in the greater Columbus community. Community service is something that had a large impact on my undergraduate experience, and so I was excited to participate in MAcc Gives Back. My group’s project site was a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center. After a brief introduction to the store and its layout, we got to work. We split up into three smaller groups, and my group worked to reorganize and price rugs that were recently donated.

It was fun to work as a team to figure out the best way to move and measure some sizable rugs. In the middle of our project, a husband and wife entered the store and asked us to help them find a rug to put in their new infant’s nursery. We helped them pick out the softest and best-sized rug for her needs. It was nice to talk to customers in the store and be able to help them find the perfect item at a great price!

After finishing organizing the rugs, we cleaned and organized kitchen appliances until it was time to leave. Then we met up with other MAcc volunteers at the Varsity Club, the sports bar across the street from Fisher. It was very nice to volunteer in the community and share a Friday afternoon with my fellow MAcc students, faculty, and staff!

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Habitat Group

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Hanging out at Varsity Club

 


MAcc Breakfast!

One cool thing about the MAcc program is how open and inviting the professors and faculty are to the students.  This can very easily be seen through the MAcc Breakfast.  Once every couple weeks the MAcc program hosts a breakfast for around 10-15 students.  The breakfast is invite only, but throughout the course of the semester every student gets invited.  In addition to the students, available professors and members of the Graduate Programs Office attend.  They are held before classes start in the morning so most people won’t have any conflicting scheduled events (besides sleeping in).  The breakfast is pretty laid back and informal creating a comfortable environment to interact with other students and the faculty.

How the breakfast worked was we got there and picked up some breakfast goodies from Panera as well as coffee or OJ and sat around a conference table.  We small talked for a little bit until everyone got there and got settled and then we individually went around the table and introduced ourselves, said where we were from, and talked about one interesting fact about us that is not on our resume.  The interesting fact then spawned a short discussion and some of the professors or staff would ask questions about it.  Clearly our MAcc class is extremely interesting; here are some things I learned during the breakfast:

  • Two students in the program are twins (not identical)
  • One MAcc student has been an extra in two movies
  • This is the first time one international MAcc student has ever left China
  • One MAcc student has pet chickens
  • One MAcc student played water polo in high school

The MAcc breakfast is a great way for students and faculty to interact and bridge the gap a little bit.  The professors are all interested in getting to know the students and learning more about our background.  This laid back environment helps students feel comfortable asking questions and going to office hours.  Overall, I found the MAcc breakfast beneficial to not only learning more about fellow classmates, but also the faculty associated with the program.


The CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Speaks at Fisher

Columbus has a very vibrant, up-and-coming, and creative population. It should come as no surprise that there has been some incredible innovations that have started here. A favorite local artistic creation is Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Founded in 2002 by Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s scoops out tasty flavors year-round such as Salty Caramel, The Buckeye State, and Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean. Honoring seasonality, they serve unique flavors during certain times of the year like Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam, Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk, Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows, and Middle West Whiskey Eggnog. In recent years, the business has expanded to other locations such as Cleveland, Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago, Charleston, and New York. Through its growth, Jeni’s has stayed true to its artisan roots and values.

What sets Jeni’s apart is its commitment to finding the best ingredients- whether that’s using milk from cows that graze grass on a family farm less than 200 miles from Columbus or locating the finest Fair-Trade-Certified vanilla beans in Uganda. After a bite of one of Jeni’s creations, all other ice creams pale in comparison. You can just taste the exquisite quality and truly savor the special treat.

Jeni’s is really something special, and so when I heard that its CEO, John Lowe, was going to speak at Fisher, I knew I’d have to attend. Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity, sponsored the event and opened it up to all Fisher students. It was a well-attended and excellent presentation. John was relatable, a great story-teller, and used his talk as an opportunity to reflect on his background, mistakes, and aha moments. He was good friends with Jeni before he was asked to take on the role of CEO of the ice cream company, and he attributes all of the creative success of Jeni’s to her. What John brings to the table is business acumen and persuasive speaking skills. During his presentation, he emitted a true entrepreneurial and competitive spirit. He wants the world to know that Jeni’s is the real deal in the world of ice cream, and they dream of expanding their scoop shops and wholesale business so more people can taste Jeni’s true artisan creations.

Learn more about Jeni’s here: https://jenis.com/

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Fisher’s New Dean: Anil Makhija

Recently The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business announced their new dean, Anil Makhija.  All graduate students in the FCOB were invited to stop by and meet the dean during our lunch hour.  This was a great opportunity for students to go and listen to Makhija talk about his appointment to dean.  Makhija started off by speaking about his background.  Makhija has been a Buckeye since 1998 and has held numerous prestigious roles within the college including senior associate dean and the chair of Fisher’s Department of Finance, which ranked among the top 10 in the world for research.

Makhija was also very open to questions from the students that attended the event.  The students asked great questions about what direction he saw the college heading, how the students can help him accomplish the college’s goals, and how he was going to continue to establish the network between the college and alumni.

It is no secret that the Ohio State name brings with it a network that is second to none, but what is greatly underestimated is the connection and bonds that the Graduate Programs establish between the faculty of the college and the students.  There is no shortage of great opportunities, like “Meet the Dean”, that are available to MAcc students.


Nuts for Sports!!

So as shocking as it may seem, I have never been to a men’s basketball game. I know that seems blasphemous to some but no worries, that was remedied Friday night. I had the pleasure of attending the first basketball of the season against UMass Lowell. Now I know UMass Lowell doesn’t seem like a super intriguing matchup, but it was actually a lot of fun. Students are able to sit super close to the action and members of Block O make sure to keep the energy up in the Schott. OSU ended up winning 92-55. Don’t feel too bad for Lowell though, they are the “Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution” which is a title Columbus is unable to claim.

The weekend of sports continued to Saturday when the Buckeyes took on the Gophers. This was a more important game than everyone had anticipated with Minnesota eking out a top 25 ranking. The MAcc class watched at Hounddog’s Pizza, the best pizza place in Columbus (well at least I think it is the best pizza place in Columbus…)

My table at Hounddogs!

My table at Hounddog’s!

We all had a great time eating pizza, hanging out, and cheering on the Buckeyes to a 31-24 win. Hopefully we can win this weekend against Indiana before taking on Michigan. The Michigan game is a horse of a different color, can’t wait to attend over Thanksgiving and fill everyone in on the adventure!

The whole group!

The whole group!


MAcc Goes to a Pumpkin Patch

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Found my perfect pumpkin

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On the tractor ride over to the pumpkin patch

The MAcc program does a great job of setting up social events for everyone in the program.  Getting the feel for the season, we obviously had to go to a pumpkin patch.  One Friday after class we carpooled our way there and enjoyed the beautiful fall Ohio weather.  The pumpkin patch included  a corn maze and a sunflower maze, and even a small petting zoo.  Clearly the best part though was the tractor ride through the pumpkin patch.  We got to go out and rummage through all the pumpkins until we found a keeper.  This may sound simple, but finding the perfect pumpkin is harder than it sounds.  Eventually I was able to find my perfect pumpkin! The entire event was a great way to be able to hang out with people in the program and just relax outside of the classroom.

After we went to the pumpkin patch everyone took different approaches on what to do with their pumpkin.  I got together with a couple friends in the program one night to carve our pumpkins so we could display them outside.   pumpkin


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