Now that football season has come and gone, I needed a new sport to go to cheer on the Buckeyes. This past week I experienced my first basketball game in the “Nut House” watching Ohio State beat a ranked Iowa team. It was a close game most of the way with Ohio State pulling ahead at the end. It was a big win for the team since they are currently on the bubble of making it into the March Madness tournament.
The atmosphere at the game was amazing. I was able to sit along the
sideline just a few rows back surrounded by other students. We were all on our feet the entire game cheering on the Buckeyes. I even caught a free t-shirt they were throwing out during the game. I grew up playing basketball and went to all the games in undergrad so it was a lot of fun to experience a game while at OSU. I would add going to a basketball game as a must while at Ohio State.
Basketball games are played at the Schottenstein Center, which is right off campus close to the football stadium. Students can either purchase season tickets or just tickets for individual games. Basketball tickets go for a lot cheaper than football. I was able to get my ticket to the game for only $10. The students get great seats right behind the players and right in all of the action.
The Buckeyes started off the season ranked and have had a very up and down season so far. I am hoping that with a few more good wins they will get a bid into the NCAA Tournament. This year a few of the first and second round games of the NCAA March Madness Tournament will be played in Nationwide Area, which is downtown Columbus, so I’m hoping the Buckeyes make it and I can watch them right down the road in the tournament.
After being accepted to a Fisher graduate program, the next big step is figuring out where to live. As someone who had never been to Columbus before, this was a big stress for me. I didn’t even know where to start, so I am here to help you out!
Columbus is an affordable city with many housing options, including plenty of places within walking distance or accessible by public transportation. The average one-bedroom apartment is around $700-$1,100 per month. There are on-campus graduate options, but it seems many students tend to live off campus. One thing to keep in mind is that most MAcc classes will be held in Gerlach Hall at the Fisher College of Business, which is on the very north end of campus.
Some things you should consider when doing your search is what kind of amenities you are looking for. Some apartments have the option to be furnished, have a gym, parking or a shuttle to campus etc. I know for me, the apartment being furnished was a big factor during my search. I was only going to be here for a year and did not want to figure out a way to move it all out here. These along with price and location should all factor into your decision about where to live. A list of popular off-campus options is sent to all admitted students to help you in your search.
If you are choosing to live further off campus, there are many free or cheap transportation options available to you. With your BuckID, students can ride the Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) or the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) for free! When I am too lazy to walk, I take the COTA to and from campus and it drops off right in front of Fisher. Some apartment complexes also have shuttles to and from campus if you are not bringing a car. Columbus is a very accessible city with public transportation.
The university also provides great help in finding off-campus housing that fits your needs. Best of luck with your housing search!
Many students in the MAcc Program are currently preparing for the CPA exam. We have heard horror stories about studying for the exam, and I am here to tell you it is doable to take while in class. This was a main concern of mine coming into the program because I want to have the exam done before I start working.
For those who don’t know, the CPA exam consists of four tests (Audit, Regulation, Business Environment and Concepts, and Financial Accounting and Reporting). To become licensed, you are required to have 150 credit hours. The rules on when you can sit for the exam and what classes are needed vary by state so make sure you check the rules for your state. Once you have the requirements complete, you can sign up for your Notice to Schedule, which allows you to sit for the exam. You do not have to take the exam in the state in which you are getting licensed.
While balancing classes and studying for the exam is difficult, it can be done. Currently, I am studying for the Audit section of the exam and plan on taking it soon. My main strategy is planning ahead and giving myself more time than I thought was needed. At the beginning of the semester, I wrote down all the due dates of assignments and exams in my courses and then planned my CPA studying around that. I gave myself an extra week than was needed, and am very glad that I did, as a schedule never goes completely as planned.
While I am definitely more busy, don’t worry—the CPA does not control your life. Between working, classes, and studying for the exam I still have time to go out with friends, be on intramural teams, and have time to do things I enjoy.
It’s hard to believe we are already back and are starting our final semester in the MAcc Program here at OSU. After finals, it was nice to go home to New Jersey and get some R&R. I spent my break relaxing and spending time with my family and friends. Most of my time was spent bingeing shows on Netflix or watching sports, like OSU winning the Rose Bowl!
I also spent my break starting to prepare for the dreaded CPA exam. I plan on taking the Audit section first sometime in February so wanted to get a head start on that. Sometime in a future blog post, I’ll talk about mine and other students experience taking the CPA exam will in classes because it is very doable!
After some much needed rest, I’m now back in Columbus and back in class. In the spring semester, all of our classes are elective-based classes so you get to choose what interests you most (and it means no Friday classes!). I am in classes like Fraud Examination and Negotiations. These classes seem like they are going to be very interesting and am excited to see how the semester goes!
Like most grad students, something I can’t survive without is coffee. I need my two cups a day to keep myself going. One of the first things I did once school started was scope out some of the local cafes for some good coffee and study locations. I’ve put together a list of some of mine and fellow students favorites coffee shops around Columbus.
If you are trying to stay on or near Fisher to get some quick coffee in between classes. there are a few options for you. Right on Fisher’s campus in Mason Hall is Rohr Cafe. It sells Starbucks coffee and pastries there. Speaking of Starbucks, there is a new one right on the corner of High and Lane just a quick walk from Fisher’s campus. There is ample seating for studying as well.
If you are trying to find some places to study farther off campus with some seriously good coffee, Columbus has many great options. One of my favorites I have been to so far is Stauf’s Coffee Roasters. They have a few locations around Columbus and all of them are a great environment to just grab a cup of coffee or get some serious studying done. They have many seasonal drinks as well as a Buckeye Latte which is a must try. If you are in the German Village shop I highly recommend taking a study break and stopping next door to the Book Loft. It has over 30 rooms filled floor to ceiling with books.
Another favorite of many students is Fox in the Snow Cafe. They have two locations and has some amazing coffee and pastries. Fair warning this cafe does not have wifi as they want their customers to socialize with each other. It’s a great place for friends to hang out and drink some coffee or to get some reading done.
Some other locations that I recommend are The Roosevelt Coffee House, Heirloom Cafe (on OSU campus and locally owned/grown products), Mission Coffee and Red Velvet Cafe. My friends and I spend many afternoons at some of these shops getting our work done and enjoying some great coffee.
It’s crazy to think I am currently studying for finals and almost halfway done with the MAcc program. It goes by faster than you could imagine. Every year, the MAcc program hosts a reception for the students and faculty at the end of the fall semester. This past week was our reception and it was a great way to close out our semester before everything gets too hectic. Many students and professors from the MAcc program get together and enjoy dinner and drinks before Dr. Zach, our program director, and a guest speaker say a few words.
The event was held at the Faculty Club right here on campus and I have to say it was nice to be somewhere on campus that was not Gerlach Hall aka Fisher Grad student’s second home. The reception was a great opportunity to see some of my classmates and professors out of the classroom setting. Each table had a mix of students and a professor so we all got to interact a lot in a more casual environment over dinner. Dinner was a large spread of options to choose from along with an amazing dessert bar.
Later in the night, we had a guest speaker who was an OSU MAcc Alum come to talk to us about her experience in the MAcc program and her career thus far. It was great hearing from someone who has been through what we are facing right now and hear about her experiences. Overall it was a great evening. Not only did I get to be with MAcc students and professors, but also got a free dinner which is always appreciated.
Something a lot of students stress about while in school is finding a job and I am here to tell you it can be done! The MAcc program here at OSU does a lot to help students have the best opportunity to find the job they want. I asked fellow MAcc student Cinara about her experience during recruiting season in the MAcc program and here are her responses:
Explain a little how the recruiting process work in the MAcc program.
The recruiting process in the MAcc program is very easy if you are pursuing a career in public accounting. There are also many opportunities to pursue a career in industry or government, but I did not pursue them. During the first seven weeks of the semester, you will have the opportunity to meet with national and regional firms. It’s important to attend all of the events and to meet as many people as you can. During the networking period, you will work on finalizing your resume and submitting applications. Most first round interviews are on campus and subsequent ones can be on campus, at the employer’s office, or virtual. From the first interview to receiving an offer, the entire process takes about 2–3 weeks. Most people receive offers around mid-October
How did you manage classes and interviews?
View of a recruiting event on campus
Though it is manageable, I would not underestimate the time that is consumed by the recruitment process. Remember that this will hopefully result in a job, so it takes a lot of time and effort. The first seven weeks will be the busiest between classes and recruitment/networking events, so try to keep your schedule light. I took four classes during the first seven weeks and five classes during the second seven-week session. Professors are also pretty flexible, but you should notify them immediately if there are scheduling conflicts.
What are your results from the recruiting season?
I will be at Deloitte as an Audit and Assurance Assistant in Cleveland!
What advice do you have for future MAcc students who will be going through recruiting?
Make sure the decision makers (recruiters, HR, managers, partners, etc.) know your name and that you stand out in some way among your peers.
Ask a lot of questions about the firms so you understand their values and culture.
Grad life here isn’t just academics—there are a lot of activities outside of classes to get involved in while at OSU. There are many organizations to join and events hosted to make sure we have fun during out short time here. Here are a few ways to enjoy your time here while in the MAcc program:
The MAcc council is a group of MAcc students whom we elected to plan activities and organize events during the program. In the past, we had a cornhole tournament, we’ll be having a MAcc picnic soon, and many other activities are currently in the planning process. They also team up with the councils for the other Fisher Graduate Programs to host events like tailgates before football games. So whether you join the MAcc council or just go to the events, it’s a great way to get involved and meet other Fisher graduate students.
There are many organizations available to Fisher grad students! Joining an organization is a great way to meet other people not only in the MAcc program but also other Fisher Graduate Programs. Check out this list of clubs you can get involved with as a Fisher student. You can also pick from over 1,300 clubs that are offered here for everyone at Ohio State University.
Something I am personally involved in and love doing is playing on intramural teams. Currently, I am on soccer and sand volleyball teams, and will be on a basketball team once these are over. I am on a team of all MAcc students and despite our 1-3 record in volleyball, it’s a lot of fun!
It’s officially my favorite time of year again… football season. Probably one of the things I was most excited about coming to Ohio State was experiencing the game day culture here. After going to three home games I can now say it does not disappoint. The stadium itself can fit over 100,000 people and almost always sells out so it’s an amazing environment to experience the game.
As a MAcc student you have the opportunity to purchase season tickets or Big Ten (our conference) tickets only. I ended up going with the season tickets and have been to the Oregon State, Rutgers and Tulane game and so far all have ended up in a blowout, something I am definitely not used to from my undergrad. Despite Columbus deciding to rain every Saturday, game days have been a highlight of my time here so far.
I’ve spend most game days with a group of MAcc students to tailgate and go to the game together. Walking through campus to get to The Ohio Stadium aka The Shoe you are surrounded by a sea of red and white. The atmosphere around campus and in the stadium is electric and can’t not get you pumped up for the game. I’m not sure if there is anyone more passionate than an Ohio State Football fan. I am looking forward to some of the bigger games this year like the home game against Michigan at the end of the season and just many more Saturdays at the Shoe. Experiencing at least one game day while in the MAcc program is a must! Go Bucks!
We started out the MAcc program with a week-long orientation to introduce us to the program and meet all of our classmates. We got to hear from professors and MAcc alum about what to expect from our upcoming year. We also got to hear about all the career services offered and even had a networking reception. I think everyone would agree that the highlight of our week was when we went to Summit Vision. Summit Vision is a high ropes course that specializes in teamwork. There we did various team building exercises both on and off the ground. It was a great way to get to know some of our classmates!
The following week, we hit the ground running in our classes. The class structure here in the MAcc program is a little different than most. Instead of two long semesters (one in the fall and one in the spring) we have four smaller seven-week semesters (two in the fall and two in the spring). So we started classes in August and come October we take our finals and start all new classes. During the first two seven-week semesters we have two required courses, then the rest of the classes we take for the whole program are elective-based classes. The MAcc curriculum gives us a lot of freedom to take the classes that are interesting to us. Also with the shorter semesters it allows us to take a lot more classes than traditional semesters do.
The first week of classes was also Welcome Week here at Ohio State. There were various events put on by Ohio State and Fisher College of Business to welcome you and help you get involved during your time here. They even put on a free Miguel concert for all students! The first weeks here I have also been able to explore Columbus and see how amazing it is. There is always something going on, including a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert that a fellow MAcc student and I were able to get cheap tickets to!