Channel Stuffing aka the MAcc Soccer Team

One great thing about Ohio State is the wide variety of activities to participate in during the school year! One popular choice this term was intramural soccer. The MAcc team, Channel Stuffing, competes every Monday night against other groups of students. While I (unfortunately) am not able to bless the team with my (non-existent) soccer talent, I was able to go cheer them on! The team they played had another MAcc student on it, I guess this is okay even though I consider it borderline treason to be on any team besides the official MAcc team. Below are some pictures from the game!

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Action on the field

 

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Intensity during the game
The Fans!
The Fans!
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Channel Stuffing!!

Unfortunately, Channel Stuffing did not prevail but because they have already won a game they are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. It was a lot of fun to go see everyone play! If you are interested in learning more about intramural sports at Ohio State, click here! There are so many options it is hard to choose!

 

Dat CPA Life

It is almost given that all MAcc students will be ~*aTteMPTing*~ to pass their CPA at some point in the upcoming year. While taking the exam is a given, the real decision is when you want to begin studying.

Depending on what state you want to sit in, you may or may not have the requirements to sit before you graduate. Most students who have the hours to sit are trying to get at least a couple done during the school year. Some eager beavers are even sitting in other states to begin taking the exam even if the state they will be practicing in doesn’t let them sit yet.

Unfortunately, I am one of the students who has begun studying for the CPA. I figured it would be better to start now and have more time this summer before I actually start working. Balancing the normal amount of school work with the additional amount of studying for the CPA can be difficult, but it is definitely manageable.

One thing I would recommend if you are planning to sit is to start in the spring term. I loaded up on coursework in the autumn and specifically enrolled in fewer courses in the spring in order to balance my CPA studying. If you have an offer from a Big 4 firm, you will more than likely be using Becker to study, but there are plenty of other options if you have a different offer or if you are looking for a more financially friendly way to study.

I would say the biggest hurdle to CPA studying is actually ordering your books and starting to study. It’s a big step to order the books, but an even bigger step to actually crack them open and begin to study. The MAcc program is not tailored to CPA studying but I know the information I have learned in the MAcc will help me a lot on the CPA, especially with Reg and FAR, with many topics being introduced and explained in the classroom. I am also happy I have begun to study while I am in school because I am already in the studying mindset! If I started this summer I would be used to break and would not be as motivated to get studying started and completed.

Overall, the CPA is manageable but it takes some dedication to consistently study and prep!

Scheduling Woes and Wins

Scheduling can either be a walk in the park or it can be a stressful experience. Unfortunately, no matter how much you prepare and plan for your next semester’s schedule, something is likely to go awry. Whether this is missing out on a class or getting wait-listed there are always some issues regarding your new schedule. Because of this likelihood, I am glad that I will never have to schedule classes again! While there are issues with every schedule, there aren’t any bad classes to take within the MAcc program so that can serve as some comfort.

Scheduling classes in the MAcc can be especially interesting because of all the elective options. With all of the different courses you can definitely find something that is unique and will grab your attention for the term or the entire semester. I think some of the best advice for scheduling classes is to try and talk to the students who have already taken the classes. Before I started the program I talked to some current students and got the lowdown on what classes to take. This turned out to be valuable information and I will make sure to write a future post about some of my favorite classes to ensure that future MAcc generations receive the same knowledge I did!

Another piece of advice around scheduling is to talk with the professors. They will be able to provide greater insight into the main goal of their course and the workload associated with it. I have learned that the accounting faculty are always willing to discuss their courses and what you may learn from the material. This will help when it comes down to narrowing your elective choices.

Finally, I would say the last piece of advice I have regarding scheduling courses is to go outside your comfort zone! There are so many wonderful courses here and just because you may not have a ton of background or prior knowledge about a subject matter, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the course. You can find unique courses both within the accounting electives and outside of accounting through the MBA, Finance, and Human Resources programs.

If you prepare ahead of time and plan out your year, scheduling becomes a whole lot easier and much more fun!

 

 

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program!

Every year a group of MAcc students participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). This program helps lower and middle income residents of Columbus correctly file their income taxes. The program is available on Fridays (5-8) and Saturdays (10-2:30) throughout January and February. I know this doesn’t sound like the most interesting or fun thing to do on your weekends but it actually is a very rewarding experience and we manage to have some fun!

I first volunteered when I was a sophomore at Ohio State through Beta Alpha Psi and now this year I am a Site Manager. Most volunteers work in pairs and one person prepares and then the other reviews it. This is what I initially did when I first volunteered and it is a great way to learn more about personal income taxes and learn a new software program (we use software from the IRS to prepare and file). Now, as a Site Manager, I am there to answer any questions that the students preparing and reviewing may have. This ranges from questions about tax issues, form abnormalities, or just general issues with the software. I have definitely become more confident in reviewing and answering questions after completing my first two VITA shifts, hopefully they continue to go well! If you are interested in learning more about the program, you can check it out here!

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All the Volunteers from the first shift!

Switching Roles – Career Fair Style

For the past couple of years, I have always attended the career fair looking for positions and opportunities. Lately, my role has switched. After accepting a full time role with EY, I now attend career fairs and events as a Student Ambassador. This role requires me to talk with students and answer any questions they may have about an accounting career or about completing an internship.

I most recently attended a Mock Career Fair where I was the one interacting and speaking with students. Attending a career fair from the employer’s perspective is a completely different scenario. Instead of being nervous and anxious about talking with a prospective employer, you know you have to prepare yourself to evaluate students and prepare yourself to answer any questions they may have.

I imagine for most EY employees, attending a career fair or an event is no big deal. For me, I was still a little nervous and anxious as if I was actually attending a career fair looking for a job. I was nervous because I had never had this responsibility before. Collecting resumes, evaluating potential, answering questions — this seemed like a lot to handle! I was really nervous for no reason — talking to prospective students is actually a lot of fun and it is really interesting to talk to students who are genuinely excited about their future career in accounting.

After experiencing career fairs from both sides, I have a couple pieces of advice to give regarding attending career fairs and interacting with employers:

1) Know where you want to go – when you arrive at the career fair, it can be quite intimidating. Huge ballrooms filled with companies waiting for you to talk to them. It’s best to have a few companies in mind who you really want to talk to, that allows you to target a specific table or area.

2) Have a practice round – my advice is to not make your “number-one choice” the first company whose table you visit. Instead, pick another company as a warm up. This will allow you to get some nerves out and not risk messing up your chances with a company you really like.

3) Pay attention – make sure you keep up with conversation and remember what the representative’s background is. If they are in tax – don’t start asking them about audit. In this case, keep your questions more general and save the specifics for someone who can answer them better.

4) Know when to move on – career fairs are crazy busy, especially for top companies. If you have been talking to someone for awhile, make sure to leave in a timely manner. There are many other students in line and you don’t want to be known as someone who kept lingering and wasting time.

5) Follow up – if you really enjoyed the company, make sure to get contact information! This way you can email your thanks and keep up to date with opportunities when they become available.

Hopefully these help in the future job hunt! Whether you are talking to many employers or representing one company, career fairs can be very useful and interesting to attend!

 

New Year, New Classes, New Goals!

After spending the New Year watching the Buckeyes beat Alabama in New Orleans, the thought of coming back to school was not the most appealing idea. However, now that I am back at Fisher and getting into the school groove, I am more than happy to be back with my fellow MAcc students and professors!

Of course at the beginning of every year everyone makes a bunch of resolutions, which are more than likely unattainable. I decided to try and break this horrendous trend and make a couple attainable goals for my next term in the MAcc —

1) Wake up early enough for breakfast – I always end up just grabbing a bar before I leave to go to class and I really want to work towards waking up and taking the time to eat something a little more substantial. I’m hoping this will make me more awake for my 8:30 am IFRS class. I really do need to work on this since I am currently eating oatmeal at work…

2) Go ice skating – This one might be cheating since the Fisher College of Business Social Chairs have organized an event and this became a goal after I received the invitation but regardless, I want to go skating for the first time!

3) Keep on top of my assignments – This term looks like it has a lot of assignments/readings due every class period. In order to deal with this, I want to utilize my time on free days and get a bulk of the reading done or at least try and keep organized enough to have everything printed off so I can read it during down time between classes or easily at home.

4) Stay busy and give back – I really want to do as much as I possibly can this semester to really stay involved and to volunteer on and off campus! I will be a Site Manager for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program and I am getting more involved with recruiting events for EY. The New Year will hopefully allow me to give back to those who have helped me in the past and to stay involved with the community!

5) Have fun! – This will definitely be the most attainable goal, it is my last semester at Ohio State and I really want to enjoy it!

We will see if these all come true or if they stick for the rest of the term — I like to think I will be able to achieve them for sure!

Beat *ichigan Week!

One of the best times of the year to be an Ohio State student is during Beat *ichigan Week, it is a time when all the students rally to beat TTUN (that team up north)! One of the biggest events before the game is to jump in Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is normally a peaceful place to walk around on campus right by the South Oval, but on the Tuesday night before everyone goes home for Thanksgiving Break it transforms into pandemonium. Students are everywhere partaking in the event and jumping into the freezing cold lake! This year was my fourth year jumping and it was a lot of fun to go with some of the other MAcc students because they had never jumped before. Needless to say, we were frozen running back to North campus from the South Oval but it was definitely worth it! Below are some pictures from that night.

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Jumping in!
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O-H-I-O after we jumped!

While mirror lake is an exciting aspect of Beat *ichigan Week, the best part of the week is the actual football game! Normally this game is one of the toughest of our season but Michigan football has fallen on some hard times. I went to the game with my sister who also attended Ohio State for undergraduate and graduate school so we were pretty invested in the outcome. My first game as a student was with my sister and now I have officially gone to my last home game as a student with her, bittersweet! We stayed through Carmen and rushed the field after the game, overall a great experience!

On the field!
On the field!

This weekend I will be traveling to Indianapolis to watch the Buckeyes take on the Badgers in the Big 10 Championship, hopefully we come out victorious! Go Bucks!

Nuts for Sports!!

So as shocking as it may seem, I have never been to a men’s basketball game. I know that seems blasphemous to some but no worries, that was remedied Friday night. I had the pleasure of attending the first basketball of the season against UMass Lowell. Now I know UMass Lowell doesn’t seem like a super intriguing matchup, but it was actually a lot of fun. Students are able to sit super close to the action and members of Block O make sure to keep the energy up in the Schott. OSU ended up winning 92-55. Don’t feel too bad for Lowell though, they are the “Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution” which is a title Columbus is unable to claim.

The weekend of sports continued to Saturday when the Buckeyes took on the Gophers. This was a more important game than everyone had anticipated with Minnesota eking out a top 25 ranking. The MAcc class watched at Hounddog’s Pizza, the best pizza place in Columbus (well at least I think it is the best pizza place in Columbus…)

My table at Hounddogs!
My table at Hounddog’s!

We all had a great time eating pizza, hanging out, and cheering on the Buckeyes to a 31-24 win. Hopefully we can win this weekend against Indiana before taking on Michigan. The Michigan game is a horse of a different color, can’t wait to attend over Thanksgiving and fill everyone in on the adventure!

The whole group!
The whole group!

Fall Fun for Dayzz

One of my favorite parts of the MAcc program is getting to know my fellow classmates! As the VP of Social Events for MAcc Council I want to try and plan events that as many students as possible want to participate in. The first event was a trip to a pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was about a half hour away and we all car-pooled over. There were quite a few things to do while at the pumpkin patch — mazes, a hayride, a hay barn (or as they call it, a “fun barn”), and as a bonus there were donuts. Oh! Of course, we were also able to pick out a pumpkin and take it home with us!

 

Posing with pumpkins!
Posing with pumpkins!

While there were a lot of things to do while there, the best part was getting to speak with some of my fellow MAccers! It is always more fun to talk outside of class and get to know each other besides chit chat between group work. I really appreciate all the students who came out to enjoy the wonderful fall day!

 

The full group at the patch!
The full group at the patch!

 

While there are a limited number of official events planned each semester through MAcc Council, that doesn’t mean that those events are only times we see each other outside of class! Every weekend we try and get people to get together and watch the game or just hang out. I have been pleasantly surprised by how close I have already become with my classmates. This is definitely a huge benefit of the program, since so many people are not from Columbus or Ohio State, people are always open to try new things and explore campus. Breaking out from your comfort zone and meeting new students is sometimes hard but the benefits are so huge! I think this is something that students from OSU undergrad should try and keep in mind as well as they continue their experience at OSU into graduate school. I know that the people I meet here will be people I stay in contact with as we all begin our professional careers and beyond!

 

Aca-mazing

Is it possible to be bored on campus? I really don’t think so, there is constantly fun to be had! Proof of this was the Pentatonix concert held at the Ohio Union! Pentatonix is an a-cappella group that won The Sing Off (Season 3) on NBC. OUAB (Ohio Union Activities Board) brought them in to perform and the concert did not disappoint.

My view of the stage!
My view of the stage!
The Serenade
The Serenade

 

The screen projecting the concert for a better visual!
The screen projecting the concert for a better visual!

During the concert they performed a wide variety of songs ranging from Macklemore to Ariana Grande and a ton more! They also took a volunteer from the crowd and serenaded her, unfortunately I was too far back in the crowd to be selected. Even though my seat was pretty far back, it didn’t hinder the show. OUAB had it displayed on multiple screens around the ballroom ensuring that you could always see and hear what was going on.

If you have some time, I would definitely watch their Evolution of Beyoncé, trust me it is just as good in person as it is in that video! Plus, they have a killer Christmas album if you are one of those people that gets into the holiday mood really early. I know that for me personally, Christmas music is fair game after Thanksgiving and I will have their holiday album on repeat!

This concert was a great to way to relax and have a good time after a long day of classes, it is always nice to have a distraction from day to day activities and this was the perfect one!