Senior? Grad Student? Life as a Combined Student

Some days I call myself a senior, others I call myself a grad student.  I’m working on a Master’s degree, yet I don’t have a Bachelor’s degree.  Life can be a little confusing for us combined BSBA/MAcc students, but more than anything, it sometimes feels as if I’m being pulled in ten different directions!  Here are some undergrad and grad activities I’ve been able to fit in this year:

1.  MAcc Social Events!  It’s easy to continue to hang out with my friends from undergrad, but I really want to make an effort to get to know all of my MAcc classmates this year, too.  Our MAcc Council Social Chair, Robert Paul, threw together a happy hour at Harrison’s on Third last Friday as a wind-down to a stressful week full of career fairs and quizzes.  It was a great way to relax and get to know some classmates better!  I suggest that all combined BSBA/MAcc make an effort to branch out and get to know all MAcc classmates.

2. Beta Alpha Psi, my undergraduate accounting honorary, is an organization in which I’m still very active.  I pledged BAP my sophomore year and am happy to continue on as president into my year as a MAcc student.  I have a lot of great memories from BAP, and I can’t wait to do more community service and get to know the undergraduate members this year!

Proud moment as Beta Alpha Psi recognized Mark Goldston as our Alumnus of the Year for 2012.

3.  MAcc Council - I am very excited to serve as the VITA Service Chair on MAcc Council, our program’s student leadership board.  VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, is a program that Ohio State participates in each winter.  MAcc students will go out into the community and assist lower income Columbus residents in preparing their tax returns.  I’ll definitely have updates on this program once spring semester begins!

4.  KPMG Campus Ambassador!  I can’t forget to mention the fact that I represent my future employer every day I step on Fisher campus.  I’m really passionate about KPMG and its people, and I enjoy speaking to MAcc classmates and undergraduate accounting students about opportunities with this public accounting firm.

Overall, I’m happy that I get to experience the MAcc as an undergrad and grad student.  I feel like I get the best of both worlds!



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