My Fisher MAcc experience started a bit earlier than most because I wasn’t an accounting major in undergrad. I majored in economics and minored in mathematics at Denison University, and I took the one accounting class that was offered during the fall of my senior year. Then, I took a second accounting class at OSU-Newark’s campus (a short 15-minute drive from Denison) during the spring of my senior year. These steps set me up to participate in the Pre-MAcc Seminar, which is a 2.5-week, intensive summer program offered by the Fisher College of Business Office of Executive Education that allows students to fulfill the Intermediate Accounting I and II MAcc prerequisite requirements.
This year the program ran from July 31 to August 15, every day but Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (with an hour for lunch). It is certainly an intense program, but it is a great bonding experience to have with other incoming MAcc students who have non-accounting backgrounds like yourself. It was great to go into our two-day MAcc Orientation the week after the Pre-MAcc ended and see familiar faces! Eleven students participated in the Pre-MAcc this year, and we were a diverse group. Five were international students and three students were returning to school after being in the working world (two of which also have law degrees). While most of us came from an economics or business background, one student had an undergraduate degree in communications, for example. That’s the great part about the Pre-MAcc—regardless of our past education and/or work experiences, we all chose to go into accounting at this point in our lives and are very committed to be at Fisher.
Not only were my peers in the Pre-MAcc wonderful to be around, but the instructors, Marc Smith and Stephanie Lewis, were also inspiring and able to gracefully deliver long (but interesting!) lectures. Other members of the Pre-MAcc team are the numerous TAs (mostly rising senior accounting majors at Ohio State) that ran our afternoon review sessions. All in all, a lot of work goes into running the Pre-MAcc, and while it is a rigorous program, it is a great way to meet two of the MAcc prerequisite requirements, explore Columbus before the fall, and get to know some fantastic students and instructors alike!