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!

IT’S GAME DAY!

The Shoe on game day against Rutgers

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.

Group of MAcc Student before the Tulane game!

 

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!

Adjusting to Grad School Life

Like many of my classmates, I started the MAcc program right out of undergrad. For that reason, I was very curious as to how differently grad school would feel. I wasn’t sure how my normal everyday habits would translate at the graduate school level. If you’re not coming right from undergrad, I’m sure you’re asking yourself a similar question!

After the first few weeks, I can tell you that adjusting to the MAcc and life in Columbus has been a breeze! Here are five of my favorite things about the MAcc program and being in grad school here at Ohio State:

The classroom environment

There is such a high level of respect between the professors and students at the graduate level. Our classrooms are more discussion-based and less homework-heavy. The distinguishing factor for me is that the professors care about us fully understanding the material. After all, we are here to deepen our knowledge of accounting—not just get A’s.

The time commitment  

In our classes, the deliverables consist mostly of group projects. In undergrad, I remember meeting with groups as late as 11 p.m. to work on projects. In the MAcc program, I love that we all have very similar class schedules and meet while still on campus during the day. The culture is this way because many students live off-campus. I appreciate this aspect of the MAcc program because I can leave time for other priorities in the evenings!

The subject exposure

One unique component of the MAcc program is the exposure to over 18 courses in only one year! Each course is seven weeks long (aside from a few electives), and the best part is that only four courses are required. That leaves at least 14 courses that you can tailor to your preference to make your MAcc experience truly personalized!

Are seven-week courses stressful? That was a question I asked myself before beginning the program. They are completely manageable! In fact, I love them because I can easily visualize my schedule over the seven-week period and balance school, work, and life!

Living in a metropolitan city

audrey-farmers-marketColumbus offers so much more than what lies on campus. As a grad-student, I love that there are very accessible places to go off campus. Downtown is a quick drive away and so are the Blue Jackets (hockey) and Columbus Crew (soccer) teams. Even closer to campus is Short North - a neighborhood just a few blocks from my apartment that offers dozens of trendy food, drink, fitness, and shopping options! That leads me to my fifth point…

Fitness

Leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle has always been a priority for me. Finding a new workout routine on a new campus was something I was worried about. Luckily, the Fisher College of Business is close to two campus recreation facilities (the RPAC and North Recreation Center) that offer group fitness classes as well as great amenities to students for free!

Another bonus: This semester, the MAcc program created both sand volleyball and soccer co-ed intramural teams. Intramurals are a great way to stay active and get to know students in the MAcc program! Off campus, there are also various options. Most apartment complexes have workout facilities, and I love the group fitness/yoga studios in Short North as well as the surrounding suburbs!

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.

Welcome to the MAcc Program

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!

MAcc students on the high ropes course at Summit Vision

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!

Make the World your Classroom: Fisher Goes Global!

Do you love to travel? Are you interested in a full cultural and business immersion during your time here at Fisher College of Business? If your answer is yes, then a graduate Global Business Expedition might be for you!

After a ski lesson in the Alps, Austria 2017

My absolute favorite memories from both high school and undergrad are
from the study abroad opportunities I took advantage of. In high school, I took a two-week trip to Spain with my spanish class. Throughout Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, and Cordoba, we had the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the culture and history! Then in undergrad, I spent the 2017 spring semester studying at WU (Vienna University of Business & Economics) in Vienna, Austria. During my semester abroad, I visited 11 countries and dozens of cities. While in Europe, I learned more about the world and myself through travel than anywhere else!

Flamenco dancing class, Madrid 2012

For this reason, I was so excited to find out that the Fisher College of Business provides opportunities for short study-abroad programs over spring break that count for class credits! The rich and diverse cultures across Europe left me craving future travel opportunities, and I am so excited to look into the different programs that I can apply to with my fellow grad-students here at Fisher. Right now, I have my eyes on the Israel: Innovation & Entrepreneurship trip. Here are the other neat trips taking place this year:

Panama: Global Logistics & Supply Chain

Prague & Vienna: A Global Communication Adventure

Italy: Modern Business Organizations

The Next Chapter

Hello! Throughout my year here in the MAcc program, I will be writing blogs about my experience so I thought I would take the time in the first one to introduce myself. My name is Julie Peterson and I am a Student Ambassador for the MAcc program here at the Fisher College of Business. I am from New Jersey but did my undergrad at North Carolina State University graduating with a B.S. in Accounting. A few weeks ago I made the move to Columbus and couldn’t be more excited!

This past spring I had the opportunity to intern with PwC in their tax department in Raleigh North Carolina and am excited to say I will be starting with them full time in New York City in 2019!

Here are some of the things I am most excited for this year:

  1. The classes. The MAcc program here has a great curriculum that allows you to choose your own path. Our schedules are highly elective based in both accounting and non-accounting areas so you get to choose what interests you most!
  2. The City. I have never been to Columbus before a few weeks ago so I wasn’t sure what to expect from Ohio, but it has definitely exceeded my expectations. It is such a vibrant city with so much to do so stay tuned for future blog posts about my favorite places in Columbus.
  3. The Sports. Last but certainly not least I am excited for all The Ohio State University sports. In my undergrad, I rarely missed a football or basketball game so I can’t wait for my first game in The Shoe!

 

What Goes Around Comes Around

Hi Everyone!

My name is Audrey Farber, I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan (O-H!). I just graduated in May from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and will be working for Deloitte in Chicago starting next fall. Here is the story of how I ended up in the MAcc program!

After OSU beat Michigan in 2016!

I chose to go away for my undergraduate degree but found myself visiting friends and family in Columbus for multiple home football games each fall. The culture and energy at Ohio State is second-to-none. Even though I was not part of the student body, I felt at home here at OSU!

Michigan State game 2015

 

 

It wasn’t until my internship in Chicago after junior year of college that a light bulb went off in my head. During a networking happy hour, a colleague planted the seed in my mind that I could go anywhere I wanted for my masters. Everyone from my university stays for the 5th year, rather than applying elsewhere, so I never thought about my options.

It is because of that colleague that I immediately looked at the MAcc website and got in touch with the program! I can tell you now that I am so grateful for that conversation and for my decision to apply to the MAcc program. Not only am I expanding my network, I am learning from students who attended dozens of different universities across the US and the world.

So if you’re still reading, take the leap and become a Buckeye. You won’t regret it!

 

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

Set A Goal and Work Towards It

The MAcc program is almost done, I figured it might be useful to share some my thoughts and experience with you as a current MAcc student.

  1. Job Searching

Job Searching is always the hot topic. Since most of the full-time accounting positions are recruited during the fall recruiting season, it means you need to be prepared to go when you start, or even before you start your graduate school life. It could be difficult to adapt to a new job-searching platform, keep track on time to apply for all the positions, and wait for hearing back from recruiters. Especially when your friends are all getting interviews, but you are still waiting to hear back.

Don’t be afraid of getting rejection letters, it will happen to all of us. Just keep searching for jobs and start to think what you really want to do and set a goal for yourself.

It is important to have a positive attitude, your recruiter can feel it. It’s okay to be upset, but don’t drown yourself in the sadness. Keep searching and everything will work out on its own.

2. Set A Goal

Searching for jobs is not the only thing you can do. While searching for jobs, you should start to think what are some other things you could do to polish yourself and make yourself stand out among others. You may start to network with your recruiters more often, or maybe you can start to study for your CPA and other certifications.

Your recruiters would love to see that you are passionate towards the career and you should do something to prove it.

Set a goal for yourself. Don’t be upset about your current situation. It’s great if you have a job on hand, but if not, keep your mind clear and work towards it.

3. Work Towards Your Goal

I understand how difficult it can be to go through the interview process, but make sure you keep your goal(s) in mind and work towards it.

It is a rewarding moment when you achieve your goal(s), you might find it even more accomplished than securing a job. When your goals are slowly but surely achieved, your job will be down it waiting for you.

Best of LUCK.