Reflections Before Graduation
It’s hard to believe the MAcc Program is already coming to an end. These nine months have truly flown by in a flash. It seems as though it was yesterday when I was still adjusting to a virtual graduate school environment. However, this past year has brought many learning skills and advice I want to pass on to incoming students.
- Participate in the career modules in the summer.
Right at the start of the school year, the MAcc recruiting season kicks in. Therefore, I would highly recommend incoming students to participate in the Career Services Office’s Career Modules during the summer. This will allow you to walk into recruiting season with the bulk of your prep work done. During the summer, try to finalize your resume, cover letters, and job positions and locations that interest you. Doing so will decrease the pressure during the Fall semesters and allow you to devote time to the courses. For me, the career services module helped me finalize my resume and work on interview prep. Lastly, I would recommend meeting with the career services staff to help set up a mock interview or work on your resume. The Career Services Office offers a plethora of resources to help students achieve their goals during recruiting season.
- Build relationships with students and faculty.
Being in school allows each of us to build friendships and relationships more naturally. The students and faculty members of the MAcc Program have been a group that provides support and inquisitive thinking. Making a study group is a great way to connect with students and learn from each other! Throughout the program, I have made numerous close friends that I will be keeping in touch with as we move in separate directions after graduation. Additionally, connect with your professors and attend office hours to connect with them. I would highly recommend making these connections, and maybe one day, you will run into them in your professional career. I am excited to see everyone grow in their career and visit OSU as a graduate!
- Relax and enjoy campus and Columbus!
As the school year flies by, don’t forget to enjoy campus and Columbus! Take walks to take breaks in the fall and spring weather and enjoy the leaves changing color. Don’t forget to grab coffee at one of the local coffee shops with your classmates and plan study groups to meet virtually or on campus! I would recommend exploring Columbus as well! There are so many restaurants and rooftops to try and small businesses to support in Short North. If you are interested in shopping, Easton Towne Center and Polaris Mall provide excellent shops. Columbus is a city that offers a “city” atmosphere and having nearby suburbs to enjoy!
As you start your journey with the MAcc Program, keep these in mind and enjoy the school year! Good luck to the Class of 2021!