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MAcc Autumn Reception

Last week the MAcc class gathered together for the Autumn Reception at the faculty club to celebrate the successful end of the first semester of the program. The evening started with appetizers and cocktails, and then we were treated to a dinner consisting of salad, pasta, potatoes, chicken, and a slew of other dishes. With finals being the week before, my diet mainly consisted of pizza rolls and coffee so it was a welcome change of pace to get some “real” food in my system.

After dinner Delanie Britton, graduate of the MAcc class of 2013, spoke to us about how the program helped shape her career and shared some life advice from her perspective as a recent graduate. I thought it was a great learning experience and it was very cool to see how alumni of the program feel the connection to come back on occasions like this.

MAcc Class of 2014

Finally, to wrap up the ceremony several faculty shared their thoughts on how the first semester went. Professor Anil Arya stood out in my mind, not only because of the advice he shared, but because I didn’t realize that accounting teachers could be so funny! It was a great end to the night and put everyone in a very light mood as we headed out on winter break.

 With that, I hope you all have a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!


The Job Offer

This is it.. After 19 (NINETEEN!) years of school, countless late nights spent making flash cards and studying, student organization meetings, volunteering, internships, meet and greets, pre-nights,  first and second round interviews, all while trying to balance some kind of college social life, the moment you (and of course your parents!) have been waiting for.. The Big Job offer!

I recently completed my career search by signing an offer with JPMorgan Chase as an Audit Analyst. While the interviewing process can be stressful at times, in the end, when you finally receive offers and can weigh different options, it is all worth it. It is such a great feeling of accomplishment when you know that all the hard work you put in during your academic career finally pays off!

For more information on how the Fisher Career Services office can help you in your job search click here


Finals Week!

With the first session of autumn coming to an end this week, there’s only one more thing between the MAcc class and session two… FINALS! On top of this, we are at the time of recruiting season when firms are interviewing candidates and extending offers for office visits and second interviews. While these past few weeks have been especially challenging for these reasons, I can already see how rewarding my experience in the MAcc program is. The ability to work with other highly driven, success minded individuals requires the class to perform at their top of their game. The faculty, career services, and administrative staff have been tremendously helpful, whether explaining a particular aspect of an accounting transaction, or offering advice on how to best prepare for a potential career opportunity.

Thompson Library at The Ohio State University

I’d like to end this blog post with a quote I think is fitting for times such as this when I really need to focus on working hard to accomplish my goals:

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Now time to get back to studying!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Thomson Library, I suggest you check out the great post by Sabah Sufi (fellow MAcc blogger).


MAcc Electives – Business of College Sports

One of the aspects of the MAcc program at OSU that really attracted me was the fact that the curriculum is made up of not only excellent accounting classes, but also a variety of electives in different areas of business. Having come into the program with my undergraduate major in accounting has allowed me to branch out and explore some additional areas of business that are of specific interest to me. I’ve always been a fan of Ohio State athletics, so one of my most interesting electives this semester is “The Business of College Sports” taught by Sheila and Gene Smith (Athletic Director for Ohio State!). Their experience and perspective into the business aspect of college sports, particularly here at Ohio State, is eye-opening and truly one of a kind.

Today our class had the opportunity to tour the Woody Hayes Athletic facility. This complex is where the football team’s main weight lifting room, team meeting rooms, and coaches offices are located. In addition, there is an indoor practice field for various sports teams to use during times when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Photo Courtesy of OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Taking this class has made me consider just how similar athletics and business really are. Just like a business, Ohio State must make investments in facilities and programs that will pay the best returns in helping their athletes achieve their goals. The administration must make decisions to innovate and stay at the “cutting-edge” of the college sports arms race, while at the same time staying true to the traditions , values, and core mission of Ohio State. There are countless other comparisons such as game day logistics, talent utilization and recruitment, and performance evaluation that we have talked about in class. When you stop to think about how much effort goes on behind the scenes of the athletic programs to help make the Buckeyes as successful as possible, it is simply astounding!

Classes like this are one of the reasons that I am so glad that I chose the MAcc program at Fisher. When I graduate I will not only have a greater working knowledge of my field, but also a more extensive knowledge and greater appreciation of the role business plays in many other areas!

To learn more about other MAcc electives and the program curriculum click here . If you have any other questions about this, or any of the other classes in the MAcc program, feel free to comment on this post and I would be happy to get back to you the best I can!


First Few Weeks Impression

After having some time to think back on my first several weeks in the MAcc program at Fisher, a few things became apparent. First, the MAcc class of 2014 is full of diverse, intelligent, and fun individuals! Second, if these three weeks serve as any indication, this school year will be full of new experiences, learning opportunities, and great memories. Some highlights:

  • It seems like the common theme in each class is “diversity”. It’s beneficial to make sure project groups include individuals from different ungraduate universities, nationalities, majors, and personalities. I find that this is helpful because it brings fresh perspective to the assignments and helps avoid “group think” that can happen when everyone works on the tasks in the same way. Also, it is a great way to get out of your comfort area, meet new people, and build your network.
  • Time management is key. The MAcc program is only one school year long, and there are so many great events to take a part in. To make sure that I take full advantage of all the opportunities this program offers, I’m going to need to stay on top of my schedule and squeeze all of the time I can out of it.
  • Close knit, but with BIG resources: One thing that became apparent when I visited OSU was the fact that well… it is a really BIG University! I’m not going to lie, I did not want to look like a freshman carrying around a campus map at all times to help find my buildings. After finishing up orientation and my first weeks of class that concern quickly disappeared. The Fisher campus (where all of my classes and professors’ offices are at) is a one-stop shop for everything I need. There is even a Starbucks in Mason Hall on the Fisher campus. It’s important to note though that being a part of The Ohio State University’s main campus does offer students benefits outside of Fisher. The RPAC, Thomson Library, and of course football games at Ohio Stadium are just a few of the many perks.

I could go on about all the great experiences I have had in such a short time, however I will have to save them for a future blog post. Go Bucks!



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