The Best Holiday of the Season

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By Audrey Farber
‘Twas the night before game day, and all throughout campus,
Not a creature was stirring, not even Demetrius;
“Beat TTUN” banners were hung by the houses with care,
In hopes that a “W” soon would be there;
The buckeyes were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of pick-6’s danced in their heads;
And Urban in his white pullover, and I in my hat,
Had just settled down for a long November nap;
When out on the Oval there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But the crew from College GameDay, and students in gear.
Now Herbstreit! now, Fowler! now Howard and Corso!
On Haskins! on Campbell! on Dobbins and Dixon!
We sprang to the Shoe, to the teams gave a whistle,
And away we outplayed them with our might and our hustle.
I heard Urban exclaim, ere he drove out of sight –
“Happy Game Day to all, and to all a good night!”

Storming the field after beating Michigan 2018!

Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Ohio State Buckeye fans celebrate the best holiday of the year from near and far: The Ohio State vs. Michigan game day! This was the third rivalry game I have attended since my freshman year of college, and every game beats the last. Traditionally, everyone brings Thanksgiving leftovers to early morning tailgates before the noon game. It is one of my favorite days of the year, and I felt lucky to spend this one with my fellow MAcc friends! Happy Holidays and Go Bucks!

MAcc Takes Tax Knowledge to Philanthropy

In the MAcc program, our semesters are split into two 7-week sessions. This session, I am really enjoying my Tax Planning for Managerial Accounting class. This is the second tax class I have taken, the first being in undergrad, and I am scheduled to take two more tax electives in the Spring.

What I love about this tax class is that I am learning tools that are current, relevant, and applicable to my personal and work life. My professor, Kathy Wantuch, has a very interesting background in tax law, which has provided me with the opportunity to learn about tax from a completely different perspective. Tax laws change frequently, so no matter how recently you studied corporate or income tax, chances are you’re going to learn something new!

In the MAcc program, we all have the opportunity to take our interest in tax and apply it philanthropically. Each year, students in the MAcc program have the opportunity to participate in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) which is held in a partnership of the MAcc council and Beta Alpha Psi with the United Way of Central Ohio. The program offers free tax preparation to lower income households and is a great way for MAcc students to spend time with peers while giving back to the community. The Ohio State University’s Office of Outreach and Engagement honored the program with the 2017 Distinguished Service-Learning award after tax season last year.

All students are eligible to participate, and the process of joining the program begins around November of each year. I talked with my classmate, Tyler Stacks, about his involvement with VITA this year.

As the VP of Community Service for the MAcc council, I am in charge of recruiting MAcc and Beta Alpha Psi students to volunteer for the VITA program. This has provided the opportunity to work alongside Stephanie Lewis, the head of the program here at OSU. Come tax season, I will be helping prepare tax returns while also being a site manager. This will be my first year working with VITA, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m drawn to the program for the opportunity to use the skills we have been learning to help those in need. 

A peek into KPMG MADA at Fisher

Our MAcc program here at The Ohio State University partnered with KPMG to develop the Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics (MADA) program. I interviewed a fellow MAcc student and friend, Sarah White, regarding her experience in the KPMG MADA program! 

During my undergraduate experience, I never really hung out with many other accounting majors. It is great to be part of such a close-knit community within Fisher!”

1. Can you briefly explain the process in which you were placed at Ohio State?

I originally heard about the KPMG MADA (Masters of Accounting with Data and Analytics) program at the summer leadership conference with KPMG. Knowing this was something that was extremely new and not so advertised yet, I knew I should jump on the application process. I first had to apply and have multiple rounds of interviews with KPMG before they decided whether or not I would be a part of the program, which would consist of 10 different schools across the nation. Around September or October of last year, KPMG informed me that I had been accepted to their program, specifically for Ohio State. After being accepted with KPMG, I applied directly to Fisher and heard back a few weeks later!

  1. What got you interested in the KPMG MADA program?

There was a brief presentation about the KPMG MADA program at the summer leadership conference I attended with KPMG. This program was described as a cutting-edge and award-winning program. It was enticing in the sense that it is an innovative program, implementing data analytics courses into a Masters of Accounting program. I had already planned to attend my undergraduate university (UNC Wilmington) for a one year MSA program, but I was interested to learn more about data science applied to accounting, and really felt like this program would better prepare me for my future position as an auditor.

I did as much research as I could, and leveraged my data analyst coworkers at my internship at the time (I was working in the finance department of a bank), and learned about the ways they used D&A tools in their day-to-day functions. Since my undergraduate course work was consumed by accounting, I felt being exposed to an extra focus within a Masters program would be vital for my success, especially with the rise of technology innovations sweeping the accounting world. I felt that this degree held a much higher value than an average Masters of Accounting degree, and I wanted to do anything I could to get into the program.

I also spent my entire undergraduate career with a job—working at least 20 hours a week to pay for expenses, so the idea of not having to take out extra student loans was ideal. I have always told myself that if an opportunity for funded education ever comes my way, I would take it, and I have not looked back!

  1. You, like 99% of the other KPMG MADA students, were placed at a new school in which you didn’t know anyone. How has the MAcc here at Ohio State helped you to foster new relationships?

Ever since the first day of orientation, Fisher has connected MAcc students by holding events, luncheons, and MAcc talks to expose students to one another. I really appreciated having nearly a week of orientation activities, because I really felt like it helped me bond with my classmates and meet new people within the program. I believe the intensive amount of group work within the program has also been great, because I have gotten to work with many of my classmates on cases and projects. I think the friendships I have made even go beyond what Fisher has done to create these relationships. The students here really seem to value these relationships, and we have all naturally gravitated towards each other!

  1. What is your favorite part about being in the KPMG MADA here at Ohio State?

I love knowing that at least 25 people in my classes are doing the exact same thing as I am, and we are all able to experience this together. We have already grown close since we see each other every day, and it has gotten me excited to start a career with the firm. With studying for the CPA exam, school can be very stressful, and it is great to be surrounded by supportive individuals who understand each others’ immediate goals. People are always my motivator – and they are the ones that keeps me showing up to work or class with a smile on my face!

A Breath of Fresh, Fall Air

I am writing this on my first day back from a much-appreciated fall break. As you may know, our first seven-week session of classes ended last week. This made the Thursday–Sunday break that much more enjoyable, as I had no responsibilities or classwork to worry about!

So how did I spend my break? Enjoying the (finally) cold weather

Cheering on the Buckeyes from home!

and some serious R&R while reflecting on all the great memories that the first seven-week session brought. My weekend was filled with bonfires, pumpkin bread, turkey chili, and dozens of games of college football Saturday (Go Bucks!) and NFL Sunday!

I am very excited to be back in Columbus and starting the second half of the first semester. Time has flown! This seven-week session will lead up to winter break.

We had our first day of classes for our last two required courses today. The first class I went to was Accounting Policy and Research taught by our MAcc program director, Dr. Tzachi. He is one of the most engaging professors I have had thus far in graduate school and I am looking forward to the rest of the session with him!

After his class, I had a Financial Reporting class in which we will be able to apply the knowledge we acquired from intermediate accounting to interesting cases about companies like Apple and Google! I am also taking three business electives in the subject areas of tax, assurance, and human resources. I love that we have the ability to take electives outside of accounting. This allows me to learn and network with students outside the MAcc program while getting exposure to other subject areas at the graduate level! 

Adjusting to Grad School Life

Like many of my classmates, I started the MAcc program right out of undergrad. For that reason, I was very curious as to how differently grad school would feel. I wasn’t sure how my normal everyday habits would translate at the graduate school level. If you’re not coming right from undergrad, I’m sure you’re asking yourself a similar question!

After the first few weeks, I can tell you that adjusting to the MAcc and life in Columbus has been a breeze! Here are five of my favorite things about the MAcc program and being in grad school here at Ohio State:

The classroom environment

There is such a high level of respect between the professors and students at the graduate level. Our classrooms are more discussion-based and less homework-heavy. The distinguishing factor for me is that the professors care about us fully understanding the material. After all, we are here to deepen our knowledge of accounting—not just get A’s.

The time commitment  

In our classes, the deliverables consist mostly of group projects. In undergrad, I remember meeting with groups as late as 11 p.m. to work on projects. In the MAcc program, I love that we all have very similar class schedules and meet while still on campus during the day. The culture is this way because many students live off-campus. I appreciate this aspect of the MAcc program because I can leave time for other priorities in the evenings!

The subject exposure

One unique component of the MAcc program is the exposure to over 18 courses in only one year! Each course is seven weeks long (aside from a few electives), and the best part is that only four courses are required. That leaves at least 14 courses that you can tailor to your preference to make your MAcc experience truly personalized!

Are seven-week courses stressful? That was a question I asked myself before beginning the program. They are completely manageable! In fact, I love them because I can easily visualize my schedule over the seven-week period and balance school, work, and life!

Living in a metropolitan city

audrey-farmers-marketColumbus offers so much more than what lies on campus. As a grad-student, I love that there are very accessible places to go off campus. Downtown is a quick drive away and so are the Blue Jackets (hockey) and Columbus Crew (soccer) teams. Even closer to campus is Short North - a neighborhood just a few blocks from my apartment that offers dozens of trendy food, drink, fitness, and shopping options! That leads me to my fifth point…

Fitness

Leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle has always been a priority for me. Finding a new workout routine on a new campus was something I was worried about. Luckily, the Fisher College of Business is close to two campus recreation facilities (the RPAC and North Recreation Center) that offer group fitness classes as well as great amenities to students for free!

Another bonus: This semester, the MAcc program created both sand volleyball and soccer co-ed intramural teams. Intramurals are a great way to stay active and get to know students in the MAcc program! Off campus, there are also various options. Most apartment complexes have workout facilities, and I love the group fitness/yoga studios in Short North as well as the surrounding suburbs!

Make the World your Classroom: Fisher Goes Global!

Do you love to travel? Are you interested in a full cultural and business immersion during your time here at Fisher College of Business? If your answer is yes, then a graduate Global Business Expedition might be for you!

After a ski lesson in the Alps, Austria 2017

My absolute favorite memories from both high school and undergrad are
from the study abroad opportunities I took advantage of. In high school, I took a two-week trip to Spain with my spanish class. Throughout Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, and Cordoba, we had the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the culture and history! Then in undergrad, I spent the 2017 spring semester studying at WU (Vienna University of Business & Economics) in Vienna, Austria. During my semester abroad, I visited 11 countries and dozens of cities. While in Europe, I learned more about the world and myself through travel than anywhere else!

Flamenco dancing class, Madrid 2012

For this reason, I was so excited to find out that the Fisher College of Business provides opportunities for short study-abroad programs over spring break that count for class credits! The rich and diverse cultures across Europe left me craving future travel opportunities, and I am so excited to look into the different programs that I can apply to with my fellow grad-students here at Fisher. Right now, I have my eyes on the Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship trip. Here are the other neat trips taking place this year:

Panama: Global Logistics & Supply Chain

Prague & Vienna: A Global Communication Adventure

Italy: Modern Business Organizations

What Goes Around Comes Around

Hi Everyone!

My name is Audrey Farber, I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan (O-H!). I just graduated in May from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and will be working for Deloitte in Chicago starting next fall. Here is the story of how I ended up in the MAcc program!

After OSU beat Michigan in 2016!

I chose to go away for my undergraduate degree but found myself visiting friends and family in Columbus for multiple home football games each fall. The culture and energy at Ohio State is second-to-none. Even though I was not part of the student body, I felt at home here at OSU!

Michigan State game 2015

 

 

It wasn’t until my internship in Chicago after junior year of college that a light bulb went off in my head. During a networking happy hour, a colleague planted the seed in my mind that I could go anywhere I wanted for my masters. Everyone from my university stays for the 5th year, rather than applying elsewhere, so I never thought about my options.

It is because of that colleague that I immediately looked at the MAcc website and got in touch with the program! I can tell you now that I am so grateful for that conversation and for my decision to apply to the MAcc program. Not only am I expanding my network, I am learning from students who attended dozens of different universities across the US and the world.

So if you’re still reading, take the leap and become a Buckeye. You won’t regret it!