Rachel and me

One of the greatest resources that we can utilize during our MAcc year is the mentorship program. It is a one-year program committed to helping MAcc students make a smooth transition to graduate school as well as building professional networks with MAcc alumni. This program will match you with a former MAcc student (e.g. alumnus) based on your career interests and past experiences. It also provides you an opportunity to get advice on all aspects of the program and life as a MAcc student, not just career coaching. The application for this program usually starts in early June, so make sure you check the announcement on admitted student gateway website weekly before the school begins because you won’t want to miss this great opportunity!

Fortunately, I applied to the mentorship program one day before the deadline and found my respected and beloved mentor – Rachel. When Samantha first introduced Rachel to me during the summer, excitement and nervousness filled my heart because I had no clue how to start a conversation with a mentor and what questions would be appropriate to ask. After I had a conversation with Samantha, I sent my first greeting email to Rachel, which included self-introduction and basic career-related questions, such as how to launch your career exploration and why you want to be an accountant.

To my surprise, Rachel’s response was not only taking care of all my questions but also provided me additional tips and recommendations on how to achieve academic and professional success, such as what kinds of resources and tools are available in Fisher and how classes in graduate school look like, etc. Her informative and insightful advice inspires me a lot on planning my general school schedule ahead and getting ready for the recruiting season in autumn.

As we continue our conversation through email, our topics are expanding ranging from summer internship, strategies for professional development, to industry trends and insights. In order to support me “24/7”, she also gave me her “hotline”, which is her cell phone number in case I have any time-sensitive questions. She is a person with great character, unwavering determination and high integrity. Without her help and encouragement, I don’t think I can accomplish far more than I could have done alone. I appreciate her time and effort on becoming important part of my journey in graduate school exploration.

Now she is not only my mentor but also my best friend. We share our lives with each other constantly by a variety of methods. I would definitely recommend all prospective students to sign up for the mentorship program!

My first busy week in MAcc

Hi, everyone.

It’s been a long week packed with career fair, quiz and first round of interview for me before I finally get a chance to relax today. Monday afternoon was the Graduate Students Career fair, which was held on the second floor of Blackwell inn. It lasted more than three hours and attracted 29 global and domestic corporations that came to seek Fisher graduate students as prospective employees. As you can tell from the name of this event, most of them are looking for students who are in process of earning their MAcc, MBA, MBLE or other Master degree in business and has in-depth knowledge in certain business areas.

Here I want to thank Career Management office for devoting significant resources and time on organizing all career events in the past few weeks so that we can take advantage of the career fair brochure on Fisher’s website instead of wasting tons of time finding who will come, where are their booth in career fair and what is their major business and products. Fortunately, I was able to introduce myself and area of interest to my target companies and collected all kinds of information that I need for the application process.

On Wednesday night, I went to the KPMG pre-night event at Eddie George’s 27 Grille, where I got to know more about the culture and value of the company as well as network with KPMG people from different practices. It was definitely great for us who will have interview with KPMG tomorrow to get over those jitters and took this event as a dry run.

On Thursday morning, my first accounting interview kicked off at 11:00. I arrived at Gerlach Hall 20 minutes early and saw some of my fellow students already sitting at the “square” inside the career office, waiting for their interviews. Luckily, when I met my interviewer, there was a big smile and eye contact from her that gave me plenty of confidence to sell my “brand” during the 30 minute interview. That was what I have been doing this week and I hope my interviews next week will go well, too … please keep your finger crossed for me!!!

My Orientation Week with the Fisher MAcc Program

As an international student who spent her undergraduate years at Ohio State, I think of Columbus as my second home and it was so exciting to come back to Columbus last week in my new role – a graduate student of one of the leading Master of Accounting program in the nation.

On the first day of the MAcc orientation, we finally got the chance to meet Samantha, the academic advisor from Graduate Programs Office, and Kaylin, the program coordinator, who constantly followed up with us during the summer to ensure we were well prepared on our transition to be MAcc students.  They will also continue assisting us on academic issues, such as course planning, and other upcoming Fisher events. In addition, we interacted with faculty members and received advises from them in terms of how to achieve success during this nine-month program. Professor Eric Spires’s Three Things Not to Do If I am a MAcc student provided us thorough opinions on how to take advantage of the MAcc program to benefit our long-term career goals.

Bonding with our new classmates was another objective of the orientation. By participating in the team-building workshop, I was pleased to know that I will spend most of my time with my fellow students from culturally and academically diverse backgrounds this year. The graduate program office also offers a number of opportunities for us to network with our new classmates and help us to know each other better. The Summit Vision sponsored by Ernst & Young was one great example, which all of us are invited on the second day of orientation to challenge physically ourselves together. This event not only increased our confidence on dealing with unexpected situations but also taught and helped develop our communication skills and mutual support among our partners are extremely imperative to achieve outstanding performances in a team.

I can’t wait to see my classmates more on campus!!!!!