Thanksgiving Break Activities

Thanksgiving break allows Ohio State University students to take a break from the stresses of college life and enjoy time with friends and family.  At Ohio State, we get the Wednesday through Friday of Thanksgiving week off.  I was very excited to have the opportunity to go back to my hometown of Buffalo, New York for break.

Thanksgiving Hockey

After saying hi my family, I hit the ice! Hockey has always been a huge part of my life, and so having the opportunity to skate around for a couple hours and play the sport I love felt great.  Hockey is a very popular sport in Buffalo, while it is just starting to grow in popularity in Columbus.  I participate in intramural hockey at Ohio State, which I find to be a great way to exercise after classes.

My view for the Sabres game

After playing hockey, I decided to go watch an NHL game! My hometown team is the Buffalo Sabres, and they won their seventh straight game when I was there! Columbus has an NHL team called the Blue Jackets, which is popular around campus.  The Blue Jackets offer discounted tickets to students, and I go to their games occasionally too!

Catching up with long time friends

I caught up with some friends from Buffalo, ate a massive Thanksgiving dinner, and then went back to Columbus for “The Game,”  which refers to the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game, which happens every year on the day after Thanksgiving.  Our two schools are well known to be the biggest rivals in all of sports.  This game was especially important because the loser would essentially be knocked out of the college football playoff race.  Ohio State won 62- 39 and everyone stormed the field to celebrate during the final seconds.

Beating Michigan!

As I have said before, school spirit runs high at Ohio State.  Students here are proud to be Buckeyes both inside and outside of the classroom!  Thanks for reading and as always, please let me know if you have any questions!

The GA Life

Ohio State Specialized Masters Programs all have Graduate Assistant (GA) opportunities available for students.  Many of those who contribute to the My Fisher Grad Life Blog are graduate assistants, including myself, so I figured it would be helpful to explain a little more about the GA position and what we do!

In my opinion, the GA position is the best opportunity for a graduate student to work on campus.  Graduate Assistants work 10 hours a week and are rewarded with a 50% tuition waiver and monthly stipend.  Everyone who applies for a graduate program is automatically considered for a GA position.

Graduate Assistants work as recruiting ambassadors, teaching assistants, or help out with special projects.  As a recruiting ambassador, I have had the opportunity to interact with students from across the world and talk to them about how great Ohio State’s Master of Accounting program is.

Promoting Ohio State Masters Programs in the Graduate Programs Office.

My main role as a recruitment GA is to coordinate visits for students who are invited to visit to the Master of Accounting program.  I talk with the prospective student and find a day that works well for them to visit.  I then make the necessary appointments with faculty, recruiting and admissions, and Office of Career Management so that the student gets to experience all the important aspects of Fisher.  On visit day, I will meet the prospective student, bring them to a class, take them out to lunch at the Blackwell Bistro, walk them to their appointments, and give a tour of the Fisher College of Business or the whole Ohio State University campus.

A Student Recruitment Lunch at the Blackwell

Aside from coordinating visits, I help manage our MAcc email box and answer questions daily from interested students.  I also speak to potential students over the phone or during walk-in visits about the MAcc program.  Being a combined BSBA/MAcc student, I am the “go to” for information about getting a combined undergraduate/graduate degree for The Ohio State University undergraduate accounting majors.

Working hard on Halloween

Other responsibilities I have as a recruitment GA involve helping with applicant relationship management in our Salesforce database and speaking to undergraduate classes or on panels about graduate school.  Working in the Graduate Programs Office at Fisher is great because you get to know people from the other programs Fisher offers, such as the MHRM, SMF, and MBA programs.  Everyone in the office is very helpful and friendly and make me enjoy coming to work every day!

With Audrey (MAcc GA) and Elise (MHRM GA) at a Buckeyes game

I hope that this blog has helped provide some insight into a great work and funding opportunity the Fisher College of Business provides select graduate school applicants.  I love The Ohio State University and being a part of the Fisher College of Business, so it’s only a bonus that I get paid to promote the school that has given me so much!  As always, please feel to reach out if you have questions about the MAcc program or life as a graduate student!

How to Get Both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in 4 Years

Picture this – It’s May of your senior year of college. You are at graduation in Ohio Stadium and walk across the stage with your classmates, shake the Dean’s hand, and get handed two separate degrees: bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

The combined BSBA/MAcc program is one of the most unique opportunities the Fisher College of Business has to offer.  You are essentially both an undergraduate and graduate student during your final year of college, taking graduate level classes that satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.  Every year, high-achieving undergraduates who have met the combined BSBA/MAcc requirements enter the MAcc program and take classes with graduate students from all around the world.

In order to be able to join the combined BSBA/MAcc Program, you must:

  1. Be an Ohio State University undergraduate student studying accounting.
  2. Have 90 credits at the time of application and 120 credits by the time you enter the program.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA at 3.5 or above.
  4. Have taken all required 3000-level accounting specialization courses (except 3400 – tax) by enrollment.
  5. Complete an online application during the fall of your junior year. For the application, you will need to have taken the GMAT and have at least two academic letters of reference, so make sure to plan ahead!

There are a number of undergraduate accounting courses that can be taken as equivalents in the MAcc to satisfy both graduate and undergraduate requirements. This allows for maximum flexibility in completing other undergraduate courses. For example, I was able to finish my Spanish minor my Junior Year because I could defer undergraduate courses to the MAcc program. Here are some examples of course substitutions:

                                                       BSBA/MAcc Course Substitutions

If this seems like something you might be interested in, plan ahead! It is never too early to come into the Graduate Programs Office to speak with a Graduate Ambassador about planning out your undergraduate schedule to meet the program requirements.

I know that this is a lot of information, so if you have any questions about my experience with the BSBA/MAcc program, please feel free to reach out. Being a part of the MAcc program has been an enriching experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to make themselves stand out by obtaining a graduate degree.

Buckeye Road Trip

School spirit runs high at Ohio State, especially during football season. On September 28, my friends and I made the trek to State College, PA, to watch our undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes play Penn State. We sat in the Ohio State student section and cheered as loudly as we could as Ohio State fans were vastly outnumbered in the stadium. Penn State set an attendance record with 110,800 people, and of those only about 5,000 were dawning the scarlet and gray.

This was one of the most stressful athletic events I have ever watched in my

Cheering on the Buckeyes

life. This game, between #4 Ohio State and #9 Penn State, had massive implications on who would advance to the college football playoff in December. I have always wanted to experience a National Championship at some point during my Ohio State career, so this was a crucial game to win.

Ohio State was down 12 points with 8 minutes left, and scored 13 points to win the game in what became the highest rated college football game of the year. Chants of “OH-“ followed by “-IO” rang throughout Beaver Stadium just before we celebrated our win by singing “Carmen Ohio” with the players. Hanging out with Ohio State students and alumni before, during, and after the game showed me how passionate Buckeyes are about our school.

This game was a memory I’ll never forget. I am glad to have the opportunity to go to a school with such a plethora of athletic, academic, and social activities!

Trip to Seattle for Microsoft Interview

In early September, I flew out to Redmond, Washington for a final round interview with Microsoft for a finance position.  Even though I am in the Master of Accounting Program, I decided to explore other career paths besides public accounting when deciding where I wanted to apply.

When I first stepped foot on the Microsoft campus, I was instantly reminded of Ohio State.  The campus is very green and large yet easy to navigate.  People were outside running and enjoying their time on the basketball, soccer, and volleyball courts that are scattered throughout the Microsoft campus.  Microsoft also has a bus service that takes employees around campus, similar to Ohio State’s CABS system.   I enjoyed being able to see technology of the past, present, and future at Microsoft’s Visitor Center.

Microsoft’s Campus in Redmond, Washington

After walking around campus to get the nerves out, I went into my “Super Day” where I had lunch, four interviews, and dinner with Microsoft finance professionals.  I had an awesome experience talking with employees from the company and decided to accept a full time position with them the following week.

No visit to Seattle would have been complete without visiting the Space

My view from the Space Needle in Seattle

Needle! I was stunned by the amazing views from the top deck of the 605 foot tower. There is also a deck a level below that has a rotating see-through glass floor. Having never been to the Pacific Northwest, I was amazed at how beautiful the natural environment was.

Signing my name on my offer of employment was a huge stress reliever.  After having interviewed with dozens of companies throughout my college career, my best advice to someone in the job hunt is to just be yourself!  By landing an interview, you have already demonstrated to employers that you have the background of someone who is a potential fit for their company.  Now, it is time to make sure you are a cultural fit for them and they are a cultural fit for you! Most people do not realize that interviews are meant to find a mutual fit.  It is important to do your research and have a strong list of questions prepared to learn more about employees at the company you are evaluating.

A fun fact about the MAcc program is that all students receive a career consultant to work with as we are searching for jobs. I utilized mine to help with evaluating and negotiating my various offers.  There are so many different career paths that you can take after the MAcc and I am glad Ohio State provides us with the resources to figure out which path is best for us.

Hi, I’m Matt

Hello!

My name is Matt Steffan, and I will be serving as the combined BSBA/MAcc Graduate Ambassador for the 2018–2019 school year.  Now what does being in a combined program mean? Essentially, I take Master of Accounting classes while in the fourth year of my undergraduate program.  I am able to satisfy the requirements for the handful of accounting classes that I would take my senior year of undergrad by taking equivalent classes in the Master of Accounting Program.  I truly get the “best of both worlds,” as I am eligible to go to events for both undergraduate and graduate students.

My background is in accounting and I spent two summers as an intern with KPMG Buffalo. I worked in audit the summer after my sophomore year and took part in a rotational program where I was in both audit and advisory the summer after my junior year. After graduation from the combined BSBA/MAcc program, I will be working as an analyst for Microsoft.

Outside of school and work, I am a huge sports fan.  I go to all of the Buckeye football games and most of the hockey games.  While I love the Buckeyes, my heart has always been with the Buffalo Bills (#BillsMafia) and Buffalo Sabres.  I am patiently waiting for the day my city gets a championship because I know Buffalo will never be the same after.  I have played hockey competitively my entire life, and still play recreationally while at school.

My close friend Brutus

In my free time, I exercise, routinely come up just short in fantasy football leagues, and play video games.  I also manage a few investment portfolios and am very into the stock market, being a member of Buckeye Capital Investors on campus.  If you are reading this, I encourage you to start investing today! The best time to invest was 20 years ago, but the second best time to invest is today.  As the wise Warren Buffet once said, “The stock market is a tool for transferring money from the impatient to the patient”.

A snowy Bills game in Buffalo, New York

I am very excited to have the opportunity to blog for Fisher Grad Life regarding my MAcc experience.  If you ever have questions related to my experiences with the MAcc program or as a combined student feel free to reach out!

 

Buck-i-Frenzy

Nothing says “Back to School” like Buck-i-Frenzy! Buck-i-Frenzy is Ohio State’s annual welcome back festival hosted by corporate sponsors from the Columbus area.  Over 20,000 students and hundreds of business attend each year.  The festival carries the motto of “Four hours of friends, food, and free stuff!” and certainly lives up to that claim.

Buck-i-Frenzy is held around the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) each year during Welcome Week on the day before classes officially start.  Being a combined BSBA/MAcc student, I was able to attend my fourth Buck-i-Frenzy and was not disappointed. I came home with a lot of snacks, preseason Blue Jackets tickets, free meal coupons for many popular High Street restaurants, water bottles, t-shirts, and a concert ticket.  This year we had Moe’s, Raising Cane’s, and Skyline Chili giving out free food to students.  While free stuff is always appreciated, the best part about Buck-i-Frenzy is the experience.  Where else can you listen to music and participate in activities such as a zip line or inflatables with over 20,000 of your closest friends?

Students and companies interact at Buck-i-Frenzy

At Buck-i-Frenzy, I met up with Tom Baldinger, an Ohio State MAcc student from Buffalo, New York.  Tom was thrilled to share some words with me about the atmosphere during his first Buck-i-Frenzy.

“Buck-i-Frenzy was an awesome event to kick off the year.  Seeing so many students dressed in scarlet and gray created a sense of camaraderie and excitement to start the year. It was a great way to learn and get free swag from local and national companies in Columbus.” – Tom Baldinger

Buck-i-Frenzy is just one of Ohio State’s signature events to get undergraduate and graduate students involved on campus.  The opportunities to get involved at Ohio State are seemingly endless!

Buck-i-Frenzy video