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

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!

 

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.

 

 

MAcc Gives Back… and I Get a Workout

One of my favorite experiences this past year has been volunteering in MAcc Gives Back. This event occurs every spring and is open for participation by all MAcc students and professors. The goal is to “give back” to the local community of Columbus.  This year, different groups went to different locations. My group volunteered at Clarfield Farm. This is a local farm that produces healthy produce for the Ohio community, and works closely with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Once we arrived at the farm, we received a brief tour of the facility and greenhouses to see current growing plants. There were different duties to fulfill such as: filling the irrigation system over with dirt, shoveling gravel to cover a certain area of the ground, and helping move supplies to lay tarp on the ground and reorganizing the supplies.

I personally worked with two classmates, Courtney and Matt. Courtney and I shoveled the gravel into wheelbarrows, while Matt unloaded the wheelbarrows and spread the gravel evenly around the area needed. This activity was a great way to bond with fellow classmates while volunteering in addition to getting a major “arm workout.”

Matt carrying the gravel to be distributed on the ground
Courtney and I in “mid- shovel”

Overall, this was a great experience. One reason is that I learned more about my classmates outside of class and enjoy some fresh air with them. In addition, after the volunteering, a former professor who worked with us, Brian Mittendorf, took all of us out for lunch. There are enormous opportunities at the Fisher College of Business to connect with classmates and professors. I highly recommend all incoming students to get involved in as much as possible.

Practicing Gratitude

As our year in the MAcc program comes to a close, I asked a few soon-to-be graduates what participating in this program has meant to them. Although we were only here for a year, we know that we will continue to feel Fisher‘s influence throughout our lives.

Max Smith is grateful for the opportunities he found to give back to our temporary home in Columbus:

“I am grateful for the experiences and activities that are available outside of the classroom. As an undergrad, volunteer opportunities were around if you sought them out, but the MAcc program really makes it easy to get involved and help out in the community. Hopefully, this will be something I can continue in the future after the MAcc program.”

MAcc Council President Ace Lassman is grateful for the people he met along the way:

“I am most grateful for the friends I made here! It was a blast to be able to connect with people from such different backgrounds who all want to go out and make an impact in the accounting industry. I couldn’t be more excited to see how all of us will go out and change the world after graduation!”

And finally, I am grateful for the all the opportunities this program has afforded me. I engaged with research, participated in community service, and made lifelong friends. From Big Four recruitment to living in a large city, this program has pushed me and exposed me to ideas and opportunities I would not have otherwise had. So, on behalf of the MAcc Class of 2018, thank you, Fisher!

Special thanks to Maxton “Max” Smith and Andrew “Ace” Lassman for their assistance.

My Top 5 Moments of this Year

  1. Ohio State vs. Penn State

This was probably the most intense and exciting game of my final year at Ohio State. I have gone to a number of Ohio State games, but this came close to being one of the best ones in my entire college career. Both teams were going head-to-head in a top 5 match-up and throughout the game, Ohio State looked lackadaisical on both offense and defense. However, down by more than 16 points in the fourth quarter, Ohio State (led by J.T. Barrett) made miraculous play after play to help seal a win in the final minute of regulation. As a result, the students rushed the field and it was one of the most surreal moments of my senior year!

Me before the Penn State game
  1. Getting a Job!

I have already gone into detail about the job search in one of my previous blog posts, so I will not go into that. However, getting a job is by far my most important personal goal that I achieved this semester. I also passed the first of four CPA exams. Wohoo!

  1. Random Social Gatherings

The MAcc program extends outside the classroom environment. On any given weekend, someone will text another and we will all gather and go out together. It is always fun and a great time to further your bond with your classmates in your personal life.

  1. Intramural sports and random pickup games

This year, we had a MAcc soccer team. That was super fun, and I did not realize how good my classmates were at soccer! It was great team-bonding and it really translated well to our group projects that we were working on together in class. Additionally, I love our random weeknigh get-togethers when we would all meet right outside the RPAC and play a few friendly games of sand volleyball.

The RPAC sand volleyball courts
  1. Making new friends

Coming to Ohio State, you meet students from all different walks of life. You have students who have lived their entire lives in Columbus and students who are living in the U.S. for the first time. I made sure to befriend as many students as possible because each person means something to me. I love how friendly each student is in the MAcc program, and my peers and friends are the real reason why I will never forget this amazing one-year experience.

My new buddy, Ben, from Belgium

MAcc Gives Back

One of the difficult parts of being in such a short program is that by the time you start to get to know the city, you’re almost done. This can sometimes make it hard for students to participate in community service. On the one hand, you have a whole year to volunteer. But on the other hand, it can be intimidating to finding a good cause immediately after moving to a new place.

 

Future horticulturalists at Franklin Park Conservatory
Cleaning up a new Boys and Girls Club site

One of the MAcc Council’s solutions is “MAcc Gives Back.” Similar to Fisher Impact Day in the fall, MAcc Gives Back is an annual day of service to spend a morning giving back to the Columbus community in the spring. This year, we had the opportunity to volunteer at five different sites across the city. Focusing on issues that ranged from food insecurity to youth programs, MAcc students, faculty, and representatives from Crowe Horwath and Deloitte all had a great time serving.

Hanging out at the food bank with a recent alum
Farming in the city

As Vice President of Community Service for the MAcc Council, I also got to plan and coordinate this event. For any prospective students interested in nonprofit work or even just continuing their service projects from undergrad, this is a great opportunity. This position allows you to plan MAcc Gives Back, VITA, and any other service projects you can fit into the year. I would definitely recommend this position to anyone wanting to engage with the broader community around Fisher.

Our photo shoot at Dress for Success