FETCH!

 

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One great thing about being in the MAcc program is that we have so many amazing opportunities to do community service and help others using our own knowledge. One community service event we do every year is helping young students learn more about how to manage their budgets. It is called FETCH!

FETCH! stands for Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits. It is offered through The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. It is a fun, interactive board game that teaches children in 5th and 6th grade about the importance of budgeting, saving and spending. I am very lucky to take part in the program this year.

We went to an elementary school near German Village. Students were very excited about the game and were very energetic. We spent some time to explain the rules and then the game started! We let them make their own decisions on how to spend their money first, and then we had little discussions. Volunteers, like me, led the discussions and helped students come up with strategies on how to avoid the future risk. It was so much fun teaching them how to make investments but at the same time save them some money in case of an emergency. I really enjoyed taking a break from all the group assignments and midterms. I love talking to them about what accountants do and who they are. It was a great experience!

Students are trying to make decisions on how to spend their money.
Students are trying to make decisions on how to spend their money.

 

Stephanie Lewis, MAcc Tax Professor, is leading a discussion.
Stephanie Lewis, MAcc Tax Professor, is leading a discussion.

 

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The winning team and the volunteers!

 

Summit Vision

One thing I enjoyed the most during Orientation would definitely be Summit Vision. It was full of team building activities and adventures. Summit Vision was the place where we started to build our friendship and helped each other. It was a place where we learned from mistakes and started to grow.

Here are some highlights:

In this activity, we had to move toward the end of the wood. In order to do that, we had to put our weights on each other and lean on each other. We had to trust each other.

 

Everyone had to go through the spider web in a different holes. Therefore, we had to lifted up each other.
Everyone had to go through the spider web in different holes. Therefore, we had to lift up each other.

 

We also had some fun with the zip line! Very encouraging when you heard your teammates cheered for you.
We also had some fun with the zip line! Very encouraging when you heard your teammates cheering for you.

 

In this activity, we had to lay down our integrity blocks to make a road to our goal place. All of us could only walk on the blocks and could not step on the ground. It was a very challenging activity where communication skills and a positive attitude were very important.
In this activity, we had to lay down our integrity blocks to make a path to our goal place. All of us could only walk on the blocks and could not step on the ground. It was a very challenging activity where communication skills and a positive attitude were the key to success.

 

Another picture from the integrity blocks activity.
Another picture from the integrity blocks activity.

 

AND....here is our group picture!
AND….here is our group picture! Welcome to the MAcc!