One cool thing about the MAcc program is how open and inviting the professors and faculty are to the students. This can very easily be seen through the MAcc Breakfast. Once every couple weeks the MAcc program hosts a breakfast for around 10-15 students. The breakfast is invite only, but throughout the course of the semester every student gets invited. In addition to the students, available professors and members of the Graduate Programs Office attend. They are held before classes start in the morning so most people won’t have any conflicting scheduled events (besides sleeping in). The breakfast is pretty laid back and informal creating a comfortable environment to interact with other students and the faculty.
How the breakfast worked was we got there and picked up some breakfast goodies from Panera as well as coffee or OJ and sat around a conference table. We small talked for a little bit until everyone got there and got settled and then we individually went around the table and introduced ourselves, said where we were from, and talked about one interesting fact about us that is not on our resume. The interesting fact then spawned a short discussion and some of the professors or staff would ask questions about it. Clearly our MAcc class is extremely interesting; here are some things I learned during the breakfast:
- Two students in the program are twins (not identical)
- One MAcc student has been an extra in two movies
- This is the first time one international MAcc student has ever left China
- One MAcc student has pet chickens
- One MAcc student played water polo in high school
The MAcc breakfast is a great way for students and faculty to interact and bridge the gap a little bit. The professors are all interested in getting to know the students and learning more about our background. This laid back environment helps students feel comfortable asking questions and going to office hours. Overall, I found the MAcc breakfast beneficial to not only learning more about fellow classmates, but also the faculty associated with the program.