Three Things I Learned in Business School Was ...

It's hard to believe that our first semester of the MAcc program is over and we're now starting a new one. It seems like we were all going to our first classes only a few weeks ago. Now that I've survived that LOOONG drive back home to Wisconsin - and then back to Columbus ... here are some of my reflections on my first semester in the MAcc program. Hopefully they can be useful to some of you readers out there.

Leverage Each Other's Strengths

The MAcc program places a ton of emphasis on group work to prepare students for future careers because that's how the actual working world will be. As I worked through the seemingly endless group projects with my team members, I noticed that so often each group member would really excel at one particular component of the project. People come into this program with a diverse set of backgrounds, and if you happen to have someone who's a rock-star on your group project, don't be afraid to lean into their ability. Everyone brings their own experience to the table.

Stay Organized!

After four years of making fun of all of my friends who did this in undergrad, I finally did the unthinkable and started religiously maintaining a Google Calendar for everything I have going on each week. From classes to recruiting events, group project meetings to dinners with friends, this turned out to be a real lifesaver. I found that keeping everything neatly scheduled let me stress less about having to remember everything. Know yourself and your style, but always be ready to adapt like I did with my calendar.

Have Fun

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Being in Columbus for my MAcc has been rewarding academically, but all of the awesome entertainment along the way has helped me to take a breather from the grind. College football is the best sport in the world (biased opinion) and Ohio State is the best team in the world (not a biased opinion, straight facts). There are a ton of cool spots to explore in Columbus and I can't wait to come back and keep on finding new things to enjoy.

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