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MAcc’s Potluck Party on Mid-Autumn Festival

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This Mid-Autumn Festival must be the most meaningful one for me. As a traditional Chinese festival second to the Spring Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the time for families and friends to get together. This is the first time I’ve been so far away from home. Usually, I would spend this festival with my parents. This year, to celebrate this festival, MAcc council held this fantastic potluck party for all the MAcc students. Not only international students from China enjoyed this party, some domestic students came as well. It was really a great time to spend together.

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We had so much fun together. The most interesting part must be the Charades time! It’s so classic that Matt said “Lion” and Gary followed “King” when Fabian, the describer, tried to describe “Lion King”. Even though it’s difficult for Chinese students to describe a word in English, but this game still went well. It’s so much fun when seeing people getting so creative using their body languages and facial expressions.

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Well, food is another big thing for this party. I was so surprised by the delicious food people made and brought to the party. It seemed that everyone is so talented at cooking. One of our classmates from Taiwan even made bubble tea by himself, and everyone liked it so much! Also, thanks for the MAcc council prepared those moon-cakes for all of us. I like this MAcc family!

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The Bad with the Good

In my first post, I mentioned how intense the Pre-MAcc was – packing Intermediate Accounting I & II into two and a half weeks was no small task. As it turns out, the rest of the semester so far has been just as busy! Between recruiting events, interviews, group meetings, classes, and studying, it can be difficult to keep up at times. That said, I’ve been just as busy many times in the past – both working and during law school – and it has never been as enjoyable.

This really came into focus the other night as I left a Sunday group meeting at around 7:30pm, having been at the school since 9:30am (again, this was SUNDAY) with a smile on my face. Yes, it can be a pain dragging yourself to school to do homework on the weekend, but it makes a huge difference when you enjoy being around the people with whom you’re working. Everyone that I’ve encountered since starting the MAcc program, from students to recruiters to professors, have all been fantastic. And for every frustrating moment when I don’t understand something in class, or feel buried in work, or consider setting up a cot in Gerlach, there are twenty moments that more than make up for it.

I know saying that the people are what make the difference is horribly cliché, but in this case it’s actually true. It’s much easier to get through the work when you’re having a good time, and the camaraderie you build with your classmates is really the best part of being at Fisher. And while I may have had to miss a few NFL games, the studying has yet to interfere with any Buckeye games, and that’s the important part!


Summit Vision

One thing I enjoyed the most during Orientation would definitely be Summit Vision. It was full of team building activities and adventures. Summit Vision was the place where we started to build our friendship and helped each other. It was a place where we learned from mistakes and started to grow.

Here are some highlights:

In this activity, we had to move toward the end of the wood. In order to do that, we had to put our weights on each other and lean on each other. We had to trust each other.

 

Everyone had to go through the spider web in a different holes. Therefore, we had to lifted up each other.

Everyone had to go through the spider web in different holes. Therefore, we had to lift up each other.

 

We also had some fun with the zip line! Very encouraging when you heard your teammates cheered for you.

We also had some fun with the zip line! Very encouraging when you heard your teammates cheering for you.

 

In this activity, we had to lay down our integrity blocks to make a road to our goal place. All of us could only walk on the blocks and could not step on the ground. It was a very challenging activity where communication skills and a positive attitude were very important.

In this activity, we had to lay down our integrity blocks to make a path to our goal place. All of us could only walk on the blocks and could not step on the ground. It was a very challenging activity where communication skills and a positive attitude were the key to success.

 

Another picture from the integrity blocks activity.

Another picture from the integrity blocks activity.

 

AND....here is our group picture!

AND….here is our group picture! Welcome to the MAcc!


BSBA/MAcc Crossover Program

One of the great benefits to being an Ohio State student is being able to take advantage of all of the fantastic opportunities that are offered to the student community. Whether it is the 1000+ student organizations, football Saturdays, recreation facilities, or top-notch education programs, Ohio State has it all. One amazing program available to Undergraduate Accounting students in the Fisher College of Business is the BSBA/MAcc program.

What is it?

The BSBA/MAcc is a program in which a student can gain both a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters of Accounting degree in four years (3 years as an undergraduate Accounting major, 1 year in the Masters of Accounting Program).

How do I know if I am eligible?

In order to apply students must be:
1) An Undergraduate Accounting Major
2) Have at least a 3.5 Cumulative GPA
3) Have at least 120 credit hours prior to enrollment in the MAcc program
4) Have all undergraduate required classes completed except for ACCMIS 4200, ACCMIS 4500, ACCMIS 3400, and BUSMHR 4490
5) Have taken the GMAT

Why should I do the BSBA/MAcc program?
The BSBA/MAcc provides a terrific opportunity for accounting student to get an undergraduate and graduate degree in a shortened time frame.  The BSBA/MAcc is also a terrific opportunity for students pursuing a career in Public Accounting to satisfy their 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam!

Next Steps:

If you are interested in hearing more information regarding the program, stop by the Graduate Programs Office in 100 Gerlach Hall!


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.


Ohio State Football

Even though this is now my Fourth year as an Ohio State Student, football Saturdays in Columbus are still just as exciting as they were when I had first arrived on campus my freshman year. How could you not have a good time when The Shoe is packed with 100,000+ fellow buckeye fans!?!

This past Saturday, the #1 ranked Buckeyes played host to the Western Michigan Broncos. It was the Buckeyes final chance to get to all of the early-season kinks out prior to starting conference play.

 

FootballView from the the Student Section in the South Stands of The Shoe!

 

The highlight of the game came on an interception by senior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington which was returned for a touchdown as Ohio State cruised to a convincing 38-12 victory.

Another special part about attending football games as a student at The Ohio State University is the tradition of singing Ohio State’s Alma Mater, Carmen Ohio. At the end of a game, the entire football team stands in front of the student section to sing with their fellow classmates! If you come to The Ohio State University as a Graduate Student, attending at least one football game should be at the top of your list!

Carmen 1View from the Student Section of Carmen Ohio!


Pre-MAcc and Orientation

As someone with almost no background in accounting (or economics…or business…), I was a little apprehensive about jumping into a Masters of Accounting program. I graduated from law school back in 2012, so I had experience with graduate level work, but I hadn’t taken a math class since high school. No worries, I was told, Fisher has a program for those who are new to accounting – the Pre-MAcc, which packs Intermediate Accounting I & II into a 2.5 week accounting bootcamp.

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: the Pre-MAcc is intense. Packing that much accounting into that short of a timeframe is definitely a grind, but it’s also a great opportunity to get to know some of the other students before the full contingent arrives. Seeing familiar faces on the first day of MAcc Orientation was definitely a plus, and professors Stephanie Lewis and Marc Smith are both excellent teachers who somehow managed to keep six-days-a-week, nine-to-five accounting classes engaging and interesting throughout the program.

As soon as the Pre-MAcc ended, we jumped into orientation with the other MAcc students. Along with the typical introductions from faculty and mixers to meet the other students, we all participated in a group trip to Summit Vision for team-building exercises and zip-lining – a laid back way to get to know some of our fellow MAcc students, and a welcome break from the Pre-MAcc workload before classes got started!

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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


A Virtual Tour of Gerlach Hall

In this blog post I will show you what the day-time home of a Fisher Graduate Student looks like! Masters of Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, and Business Administration alike all share Gerlach Hall. So come along as show you some of the most popular places in Gerlach Hall according to Fisher Graduate Students.

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Gerlach Lounge 12nd Floor Graduate Student Lounge

The Graduate Student Lounge is the popular place for group meetings, eating lunch, or taking a break in between classes. It is also conveniently located just a floor below a majority of classes!

Gerlach Hall ClassroomClassroom in Gerlach Hall

A majority of the classrooms in Gerlach Hall are set up in a similar style–concentric semi-circles surrounding a speaking area. This design is great for stimulating classroom communications as well as interactive lectures.

Gerlach Hall Comp LabGraduate Student Computer Lab

This computer lab, which is only open to Graduate Students, is located on the Second floor of Gerlach Hall and is open 24/7. Every graduate student is given a login and password and a print allotment for all of their classroom material needs.

It is also important to point out that Fisher Graduate students get out of the business school to explore all of the other great aspects of Ohio State’s campus outside of The Fisher College of Business! Stay tuned for a note on the most exciting experiences an OSU student can have when The Ohio State Buckeyes football team takes on The University of Hawaii at home on September 12th!


Class of 2016-MAcc Reception/ Mix & Mingle

One thing that I found really fantastic during the career orientation of the MAcc program was the Mix & Mingle MAcc reception held in Ohio Stadium. As a traditional part of the orientation, Mix & Mingle provides students in the MAcc program to meet alumni as well as employees. And this year, alumni and employees that attended this event even outnumbered our MAcc students. That’s really awesome!

Mr. Singer, career adviser of MAcc program, gave a brief opening speech and welcomed everyone. Then, Mr. Chabot, Director of Admissions and Recruiting, directed the prize lottery to kick off the whole event. Many of my classmates got really wonderful gift prizes sponsored by companies, gifts including Buckeye T-shirts and gift cards. I was really lucky to win a gift card as well. Chatting with alumni about their career story and listening to their opinions about Tax and audit are really helpful for me to learn more about careers in accounting. It’s really a good warm-up for the incoming career fair! Well, networking, networking, and networking! I bet you will hear this word for so many times during career orientation. The importance of networking is so important that you just cannot ignore it. So, as an international student, I really have to step out of my comfort zone and to be brave!

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The most exciting part of Mix & Mingle is our visit to the Ohio stadium. It’s my first time to get into the stadium. I guess this may be the only chance I have to actually feel the grass. It’s amazing to stand in the middle of the field on which our heroes won the championship last year. Just proud to be a Buckeye!

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