MAcc Trip to Circle S Farms

Fall in Ohio is a beautiful time of the year. Recently, a large group of students in the MAcc program took a trip to Circle S Farms, a pumpkin farm in Grove City, Ohio about 30 minutes south of Ohio State’s campus, to enjoy the fall weather and the the activities offered this time of year. This event was organized by the Fisher College of Business MAcc Council.

Group selfie in the corn maze
Group selfie in the corn maze

This trip was a great opportunity to bond with many of my fellow students in a non-academic setting. When we first got to the farm, we started by walking around the petting zoo. We then broke up into small groups to explore the sunflower maze and corn maze. Luckily nobody got lost in the mazes! Next, we went into a barn called “the fun barn.” This was a big barn completely filled with hay and several slides. It was pretty hilarious to watch my 22 year old+ classmates tumble down the slides into piles of hay. After playing around in the hay for awhile we decided we worked up an appetite and went to claim our homemade donut and juice. Finally, we took a hayride out to the pumpkin patch. We sat in big wooden wagons on seats made out of hay that were being pulled by a tractor. Since we didn’t go on this trip until the very end of October, the actual pumpkin selection was a little scarce, but all of us managed to find a pumpkin we liked and got to take it back home with us.

Picture with our pumpkins!
Picture with our pumpkins!

I really enjoyed getting to spend time with many of my classmates while going somewhere new. The close-knit relationship that the MAcc students have with each other is definitely one of my favorite aspects about the program!

Interview with Professor Arya

Professor Arya

Throughout the year-long MAcc program, students are required to complete 4 core accounting courses. One of these four courses, Management and Control,  is completed in the first session of first semester and is taught by Professor Anil Arya. Professor Arya not only teaches this course in the MAcc program but is also the Academic Director of the MAcc program. It is evident how much the students appreciate and enjoy Professor Arya. Every morning I walked into class at 8:30 AM and Professor Arya would have a different rock band blasting from his Spotify account. He also always made it clear that all of the MAcc students were welcome to come to his office at any time (even before 6:00 AM since this is when he gets to campus) to ask homework questions, express any school/career concerns, or just chat about anything that comes to mind. This week, I went to Professor Arya’s office to ask him a few questions so I could learn a little more about him and share it in this post.

Years teaching at OSU: 24 years. Professor Arya made sure to tell me that he began teaching at Ohio State back when he had “a full set of nice flowing hair” in contrast to his “less flowing hair” now.

Years teaching for the MAcc program: Since the program has started. Professor Arya has been the head of the program for the last several years. Prior to this, Professor Arya taught undergraduate accounting students for both the traditional accounting program as well as the honors accounting program.

Years teaching at other schools: Professor Arya has only taught at Ohio State. He has given about 75 lectures at other schools but has only been a professor here.

Favorite things about teaching at OSU: Professor Arya was very adamant that his favorite 3 things about the MAcc program here are 1. The students 2. His colleagues 3. The support the program receives.

  1. Regarding the students, Professor Arya commented on how much he loves being able to actually teach a course in the MAcc program where he is able to interact with the students. He said that he used to be much more focused on doing research, but he has now realized that it is much more fulfilling to do research and teach. He loves how he has the freedom to do research and then share some of his findings and new ideas with the students.
  2. In terms of his colleagues, Professor Arya explained how this program has extremely genuine and hard working professors. He thinks it is fantastic that the faculty teaching in the MAcc program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, whether that is primarily an academic background or a background of professional accounting experience. He truly believes that every faculty member would be happy to help his or her students in anyway possible.
  3. Professor Arya couldn’t say enough about how appreciative he is of the support the MAcc program receives. This spans from people such as the Dean of the business school, Anil Makhija, to the extremely dedicated staff members, such as Rob Chabot, the director of recruiting and admissions. Professor Arya raved about how much all of the faculty and staff genuinely love their jobs and how this is a huge contributing factor to the success of the MAcc program. Professor Arya also mentioned the immense support from employers recruiting MAcc students, especially the Big 4 accounting firms.

Other comments: Professor Arya told me that he often tells people when they ask him what he does for a living that he has never had a job. He often forgets what he does is technically “a job” because he enjoys what he does so much. He also said that while this program is very successful, there is always still room for improvement. It is important to contiunally to make changes such as adding new elective course options and bringing in new faculty to teach courses.  Ultimately, Professor Arya’s goal is to make the MAcc program better, focus on teaching, and for his students and himself to have a good time while doing serious things. Professor Arya believes that learning is serious, and therefore a little stress is good, but students should also have fun.

Katalina’s

One thing I have realized since moving to Columbus is that there are a ton of amazing restaurants in the area. One restaurant called Katalina’s has really stood out to me in particular. Katalina’s is a cute cafe-style neighborhood restaurant located on the corner of 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenue in the Victorian Village and is a very popular place to go to for brunch.

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Outside View of Katalina’s

Since I live in Grandview, I often go to places that are not located right near Ohio State’s campus. The great thing about Katalina’s is it is only about a 10 minute drive from where I live and about a 10 minute drive from Ohio State’s campus as well. Therefore, this is a very convenient place to go for students living a little further from campus and for students who live closer to campus and are looking for a change of pace.

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Katalina’s popular pancake balls and bacon

Katalina’s uses almost all local ingredients to make their Mexican-inspired food. The most unique and popular item at Katalina’s is their pancake balls. You are able to choose the filling you want in the pancake balls with the choice of Nutella, dulce de leche, or pumpkin-apple butter. The pancake balls are served with Katalina’s famous sweet and spicy bacon.

Breakfast tacos

There are numerous other menu choices such as various sandwiches, tacos, and biscuit balls. The line is always out the door at Katalina’s, but I can confidently say that it is well worth the wait. Check out the menu for yourself and if you are looking for something fun and new to try, I highly recommend eating at Katalina’s!

Who Knew 8:00 AM Class Could Be Amazing?!

This semester I am taking “The Business of College Sport” as one of my electives. From the title of the class alone, it is obvious that this class has little to nothing to do with accounting, yet it has quickly become my favorite class. Not only did numerous former students who have taken this class PERSISTENTLY tell me that it was their favorite class they had ever taken, but it is also taught by The Ohio State athletic director, Gene Smith, and his wife Sheila Smith.

The first month of this class has been super exciting considering each class we have had a guest speaker come in and talk about a variety of topics related to the Ohio State Athletic Program such as finances, governance, trademarks, and ticketing for games.

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The Football Locker Room

Our most recent class was EASILY the coolest class we have had so far (if you can even call it class) because we got a personal tour of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. This is the facility that contains the indoor practice facility where numerous Ohio State Varsity Athletic teams practice, including the football team, and also holds the training rooms, workout equipment and locker room used by the Ohio State football team.

The tour started in the lobby of the facility that had been newly renovated and held the plethora of trophies accumulated by the football team over the years. We then walked through the impressive halls of the building that contained extensive lists and pictures of All Americans, the helmets of every NFL team an Ohio State football player has played for (a very full wall), displays of previous team uniforms and shoes, and countless other decor lining the hallways.

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Outdoor View of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
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The Football Workout Facility

 

We then went through Urban Meyers HUGE office that led out to the indoor turf practice facility where the men’s lacrosse team was currently holding an early-morning practice. From there, we walked through the football team’s luxurious locker room. The locker room was huge and even contained a waterfall on one of the walls. The locker room led to the training room with a full staff already at work. Finally, the training room led to the massive workout area solely dedicated to the football team. This area was lined with benches, machines, free weights, and stat charts that showed things such as a player’s attitude and effort were hung on the walls.

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A wall in the hallway of the WHAC

I am not a morning person by any means, but even as my alarm rings at 6:30 A.M. every Tuesday and Thursday, I am wide awake anticipating attending The Business of College Sport and seeing what fantastic guest speaker will be in class that day and hearing what intelligent/informative/hilarious insight Gene Smith has to openly share with the class.

New Year, New School, New City

August 25th, 2015 a.k.a the first day of class here at Ohio State. The day I had been awaiting for quite some time. After months of researching programs, filling out applications, visiting campuses, and constantly weighing out the pros and cons of where to attend graduate school, I had finally made my decision to be a Buckeye.

brutusI grew up in Naperville, IL, a suburb of Chicago with almost 150,000 people. My high school had over 3,000 people, so needless to say I was used to living in a bigger city with lots of people around. I then made the decision to attend Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH for my undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance. Springfield has only about 60,000 people and Wittenberg has an enrollment of just under 2,000 students. Clearly, this was quite a significant change in surroundings for me, but it turned out to be some of the best 4 years of my life.

Majoring in accounting, I knew early on that I would be attending graduate school to obtain my 150 hours to sit for the CPA exam. Quickly the time came where I actually had to start deciding where to attend. After some research and talking to previous alumni, I knew the MAcc program at Fisher was a strong contender, and after visiting the campus, it became even more clear that Ohio State would be an absolutely fantastic choice.

I finally clicked “accept” on my admissions offer to attend Ohio State 7 months ago, moved to Columbus 3 months ago for a summer internship, and now here I am sitting in beautiful Gerlach Hall in the Fisher College of Business. The start of this program happened so quickly and 2 weeks of classes have already gone by at the blink of an eye. Knowing this program will be over before I know it, my goal is to meet as many professors and students as I can as well as explore the countless opportunities here at Ohio State and Columbus in general. This year, I will be writing about many of these topics as I continue to meet all the thousands of wonderful people here and experience some of the seemingly infinite opportunities in this city and school that are completely new to me.

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Overhead view of the Fisher College of Business