As I mentioned in an earlier post, I absolutely loved my three years of undergraduate course work here at The Ohio State University. I was very much in the work hard, play hard mindset and think this really paid off for me. I tried to take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities made available to me, both academically and otherwise. However, I don’t think I fully appreciated my time on campus until this past summer, when I had an internship with PwC (this was, for example, one of the great opportunities OSU made available to me).
My experiences with PwC were incredible. I worked in assurance, and was lucky enough to work on Hirtle Callaghan & Co (a mutual fund), Mettler Toledo (scale manufacturing), The Ohio State University, and Abercrombie & Fitch. I got to see so many different industries and really figure out what interested me the most. PwC also did an incredible job of throwing me into the meat of the work so I could really appreciate what a day in the life of a full time auditor looks like.
Needless to say, I worked auditor hours, which are a little bit different than student hours. This had its pros and cons, but more than anything was just something different to get used to. The internship also carried a completely different stress than being a student. Again, pros and cons but mostly just different. The biggest difference? At PwC I was getting paid for my hard work, while at OSU I am paying for it. But one parallel I was definitely able to draw was the work hard, play hard attitude. It appears as though this never disappears, so master it early!
This all has a point I’m trying to make, I promise.
While I loved working for PwC and being a contributing member of society, it is an incredibly different experience than what I had during school. Once I graduate, I’ll be able to work and live in the real world for (hopefully) 35+ years. Depending on the route you take for college, you get 4-6 years. During those 4-6 years, its far too easy to get caught up in the rush of things and really miss out. I’m not saying grades and studies aren’t important – I’m just saying relax and make the most of your time. The recruiters will appreciate you making the most of your time in college, especially as you master the work hard, play hard balance.
So, as I get ready to begin working at JP Morgan in internal audit, I’m again ready to practice my work hard-play hard skills. I really have loved every minute at Ohio State, but I’m very ready for the next step. Ohio State (and the MAcc program in particular) has prepared me so well for what is to come, and I am eager to explore this “real world”.
Thanks to all of you who have followed my thoughts throughout the year – I hope you found them entertaining, quirky, but most of all, helpful and informative! I really can’t speak highly enough of the MAcc program, and hope you will consider applying. If you’re already admitted and will be here in autumn 2012, allow me to congratulate you and I wish you the best of luck during the upcoming year. Don’t be afraid to take chances and explore all of what Fisher can offer – you’ll have a great experience.