To echo what An spoke about in her post (finding a little piece of home), it is important to have your people when you’re in college, especially as an international student.
As most know, India has many festivals that are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and love. Being away from home on such occasions is difficult but the Indian Students Association (ISA) does their best to make you feel at home. ISA celebrated Navratri with a Garba night at RPAC. There was music, food and people – that’s all we need to celebrate any festival. After that event, my friends and I decided we weren’t done for the night. So, we went over to a friend’s place, had tea, and played the game, Mafia till sunrise (literally sunrise)…
Another big Indian festival, Diwali, was the weekend after Navratri. We planned to celebrate it with dinner, dessert and games. So, we all (somewhat) dressed up, had dinner, played cards and charades, and again hung out till almost sunrise.
When I started this program, I thought I would meet a few people who probably would become my people but I didn’t know so many people would become mine.
It is very bitter-sweet sitting here writing my last blog post. I am definitely in denial that my time here in the MAcc program is over and the real world is approaching fast. Here is a list of why the MAcc Program here at Ohio State has exceeded my expectations and been a great time:
Football Season – One of my favorite experiences here at Ohio State was all the football games. It was fun tailgating with all the MAcc Students and watch the Buckeyes become the Big 10 champions. The Michigan game in particular will be an experience I will never forget. Even if you are not a sports fan it is something you need to experience.
All the social events – There is much more than just classes in the MAcc Program. Between intramural sports, tailgates, MAcc Council and Fisher Social Chair events there is always something going on. Some of my favorites times this year were at these events like Fisher Formals, my sand volleyball intramural team, and winning the student/professor kickball tournament.
The Friendships – I came into the MAcc Program not knowing anyone and can say I have made some new friends for life. The MAcc program is a tight-knit group always going out and doing things together. We have survived numerous group projects and celebrated many occasions together. The people I have met made this year one of my best experiences.
Columbus – I had never been to Columbus before orientation and it has exceeded my expectations. There is always something to do whether on campus or throughout the many areas of the city. I loved exploring German Village or going to my first hockey game to cheer on the Blue Jackets. Columbus will always be a special place for me.
Overall my time here at the MAcc Program was amazing. The classes here make me feel prepared to go out and start work soon. I am going to miss my time here, but excited to start another new experience at my job. Go Bucks!
It’s hard to believe that I’m sitting down writing my very last blog post of the year. I remember wondering in August how I could possibly have material to write about consistently throughout the year. Little did I know that the MAcc program is about way more than just completing 31 credit hours! I decided to reach out to some of my fellow classmates to learn about their favorite memories from their time in the MAcc program!
“I would say my favorite part has just been getting to meet so many people from all different backgrounds. Most of us probably would have never crossed paths without this program.” – Tyler Stacks, MAcc ’19
“Attending the Washington Campus during the Spring break was one of my best MAcc experiences. Through the unique learning opportunity from professionals in the accounting industry, I was able to equip myself with a well-rounded education that could not easily earn inside of the classroom as well as a strong rapport with my peers.” -Oscar Han, MAcc ’19
“My favorite memory of this year was probably the kickball tournament. We assembled a team of all our close friends and had so much fun! We ended up winning the tournament for a free lunch!” –Stephanie Saccogna, MAcc ‘19
“I had a lot of fun at Washington campus! I learned a lot of interesting views from the guest speakers and it broadened my perspective about the accounting profession. It gave me a chance to re-think my career plan for the future. Also, visiting the Capitol and alumni networking event was fun too!” -Min Kwon, MAcc ‘19
“The corn-hole event in fall was a great way to get to know my peers outside the classroom!” -Kelsey Kirkpatrick, MAcc Council President
Finally, I’ll end with mine:
My favorite memory from my time in the MAcc program has been my position as a GA in admissions. I have had the opportunity to coordinate and host prospective student visit days, where I have gotten to know students from all walks of life. It has helped me to better understand the various paths that students take that lead them to pursue a MAcc degree. The position has also helped me discover that my interests and strengths align closely with those necessary in recruiting, so I will be sure to get involved with campus recruiting when I start my career with Deloitte.
It is crazy to think my time here in the MAcc program is coming to an end. Over these past couple weeks, the MAcc Council and the Fisher Social Chair has put on some great events to help us through these last few weeks of class.
In the beginning of April, the MAcc class has the option to attend MAcc Give Back, which is a volunteering event. The MAcc class was dividing into two groups with half going to the Franklin Park Conservatory and the other going to the Mid-Ohio Food Pantry. I was part of the group that went over to the food bank and it was a great experience getting to help out others. This is something the MAcc program participates in every year and something I believe is very important.
The Fisher Graduate Programs also put together a Graduate Appreciation Week with fun events, free food, and many prizes to help us grind through the rest of the semester. One of the events a kickball tournament with our professors. We all got teams together and invited a professor to play with us. Our MAcc team came out on top winning the tournament and winning a free lunch. Fisher puts on a lot of events for us to keep us engaged outside the classroom as well.
Also, last weekend the Fisher Social Chair put on a formal for all Fisher Graduate Students. It was held in downtown Columbus and there was food, drinks, and dancing. It was a lot of fun to be out with all the different programs and get all dressed up. We are all appreciative of the extra mile a lot of our social chairs and program coordinators go to for us. They make sure our time here is a lot more than just earning a degree.
On March 30th, the Fisher College of Business hosted its first annual Graduate Student Kickball Tournament! Five teams of Fisher graduate students signed up to play in this tournament hosted at the ARC. I played on a team with other Master of Accounting students.
The tournament was competitive. In our first game, we beat a team of MBAs in extra innings. The game was tense, with our team having to hold the MBAs to one run in the bottom of the extra inning or we would lose or play another inning. Our championship game came against students from the MHRM program, where a few home runs propelled us to victory.
The tournament was especially fun because it gave us an opportunity to come together and meet students from other Fisher graduate programs. Professors played in the kickball tournament too. I was happy to hit a home run off of a professor I had for an HR class. As the winning team, we won a catered lunch of our choosing!
The kickball tournament was another example of a fun opportunity outside of the business school that Fisher offers its graduate students. Hopefully next year’s MAcc team can retain its title!
Spring is finally here! In less than a month, I will become a proud alumna of the Ohio State MAcc program. April is the last month of classes and our program graduates May 5th with the rest of the Ohio State University. With only a few short weeks left, the MAcc program continues to host various activities for us to look forward to! Here are a few of the upcoming April activities that we have on our calendars.
Fisher Graduate Student Appreciation Week
Each spring, the Graduate Programs Office puts on a graduate student appreciation week. During the week, there are various raffles, discounts at local restaurants, giveaways, and more! This year, more than 10 restaurants and stores have donated coupons, gift cards, food, and other giveaways for the students. Each day of the week there is also an event to attend, whether it be donuts and coffee in the Graduate Student Lounge or a free Distillery tour in the evening. I will absolutely be taking advantage of the 25% off discount at local restaurants and entering into the raffles!
Graduate Student/Professor Kickball Tournament
To kick off graduate student appreciation week, my classmates and I participated in the graduate student/professor kickball tournament. We formed teams of about 10 students and each team reached out to their favorite professor to join their team. It was a great way to bond with the MAcc class and grow our faculty relationships.
I definitely thought that my days of attending college formals ended when I graduated from undergrad. I was wrong! The Fisher Social Chairs club puts on a fabulous formal event in April for all the graduate programs combined. This event will be all the more fun because I have had the opportunity to make friends outside the MAcc program through my job as a graduate assistant.
MAcc Gives Back
Every year, the MAcc Council organizes an event for MAcc students, alumni, and faculty to volunteer at various local organizations. The event takes place on a Friday morning and gives the MAcc community a chance to connect with the Columbus community. I am looking forward to learning about the organization in which I will be volunteering for soon! Click here to read about a 2018 MAcc graduate’s experience!
MAcc Pre-commencement Ceremony
On the weekend of graduation, the MAcc program holds a ceremony and reception acknowledging the accomplishments of the MAcc class. This is an event that our close friends and family are encouraged to attend! Keynote speakers will be in attendance, as well as a chosen speaker from our program. It will be wonderful to have an intimate closing ceremony with the classmates I have gotten to know so well!
KPMG MADA Students Return
A perk to living in Columbus this summer while I continue to study for the CPA is the fact that the KPMG MADA students will be returning to campus. They all completed a winter internship in their respective KPMG offices and will be returning to complete their MAcc degrees during the summer semester. It will be valuable to have a support system of MAcc students to continue studying for the CPA and will be fun reuniting with the friends I made last semester!
Hopefully, I will be reporting back with memorable experiences from all the April activities that my fellow classmates and I have to look forward to!
While Ohio State football is the main priority (at least for sports fandom) on campus, everyone becomes a basketball fan once March rolls around. This year, the Buckeyes made the tournament as an 11-seed and upset a strong Iowa State team in the first round. I watched the game with my friends at a campus bar and everybody was very excited. Unfortunately, we lost our second game to a very good U of Houston team.
My favorite part of March Madness is the bracket. This year, a bunch of MAcc students joined together to form a bracket pool. I am currently in first place in the pool (humble brag), as I had a perfect “Sweet-16.” If Gonzaga wins the tournament, I should be set to win bragging rights over my MAcc peers for eternity.
Watching sports often builds relationships. The other night, the MAcc students headed to a local restaurant to watch the games and get some tasty appetizers. This event us just one of many unofficial events that our program has hosted this year. We have also done a bar crawl, scooter tour, and had parties for various holidays, such as Halloween and Chinese New Year.
While academics are definitely the main focus of our program, it is important to be involved socially so that you can build friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime!
Buckeyethon is one of The Ohio State University‘s signature events each school year. This 24-hour dance marathon is a fundraiser for children being treated in the Hematology/Oncology/BMT Unit at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. This year, Ohio State students raised $1,704,184.19 for the kids!
As a participant in Buckeyethon for the first time, I was amazed at how many Ohio State students selflessly sacrifice their time to fundraise money and dance for twelve hours on the weekend in order to promote awareness for childhood cancer. My shift was the “Scarlet Shift” which ran from Friday at 7 P.M. to Saturday at 7 A.M. My friends and I were placed on the green team. Each color team had seemingly more than 100 members and had kids from the hospital to celebrate and dance with.
There was more to do than just dance – I played dodgeball, mini-golf, “Gaga ball” and caught up with friends I had not seen in a while at the dance marathon. My favorite part of the night was the 3 a.m. rave, where all of the students got together to dance under neon flashing lights in the Union Ballroom.
Overall, Buckeython was an amazing experience and I am so glad I made the commitment to doing it back in the fall. I would recommend every OSU undergraduate or graduate student to take part in this event, as it is truly a great time and raises money for an outstanding cause.
In just a few weeks (March 1–3), we will be welcoming Full-Time MBA admitted students to Red Carpet Weekend 2019! This gives them the chance to visit Columbus and the Fisher College of Business, meet some of their future classmates, as well as learn about the opportunities available at Fisher.
To me, this was a very special and significant experience, as I knew that Fisher was the right place to earn my MBA. As a current student ambassador, I look forward to this event since I get to share the Fisher spirit and show others who we really are. If you are still considering whether to apply to Fisher, I encourage you to apply and be eligible to attend Red Carpet Weekend! Here are some upcoming events that one can experience at this VIP event:
Columbus Bus Tour
Last year, I hosted this tour where we got to visit several popular neighborhoods in Columbus! The Short North, Victorian village, German village…etc. Just to name a few. If you are able to make it to this tour, which happens before the welcome reception, you should definitely check it out!
Welcome Reception and Tour at Ohio Stadium
I was most excited for this portion of the weekend as I got to meet faculty, other admitted students, and their significant others. You also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ohio Stadium!
Welcome to Fisher Faculty Lunch at Faculty Club
These are two important sessions where you get to know more about our newly redesigned MBA curriculum, as well as learn more about our global programs.
Breakfast for Significant Others
My husband, who attended Red Carpet 2017 with me, met others who were going through the same feelings and experiences as he was. Going to business school affects not just you, but the people who dearly support and love you as you go through this important change in your life.
Social Event at Du Amici
What a great way to end a Saturday night! My husband and I continued the evening by ourselves where we managed to catch the last part of the Arnold Sports Festival.
Women’s Breakfast (Optional)
Since I am on the leadership team for the Fisher Graduate Women In Business, I highly encourage all women to attend this breakfast. I will see you there! 🙂
Hello, everyone! I hope you all had great, relaxing and recharging holidays!
One of the great things about being in Ohio is how close we are to many cities that are easy to visit in a road trip. After I was done with my exams, a couple of friends from the program and I decided to take a three-day road trip to Nashville, Tennessee. I have heard great things from several people about that city so I was excited. I had the chance to visit Nashville very briefly when I was for a tennis tournament around three years ago but we did not get to explore much of the city.
My friend and I planned the road trip and we decided to stop at different cities along the way:
Yellow Springs, OH
Bowling Green, KY
The whole road trip was a blast, strongly recommended if you have three free days and a group of friends you want to have a good time with.
Our fun little trip started by visiting Yellow Springs, which is a very colorful, chill and cute small town close to Dayton. We ate breakfast there and walked around the streets exploring different shops. The town had such a happy vibe (see below picture of the colorful trash cans) that we stayed exploring for around two hours. Unfortunately, it was getting dark and we needed to make it to Louisville on time if we also wanted to explore the city there.
We left Yellow Springs around 3 p.m. and arrived at Louisville around 7 p.m. We were starving at that point so we stopped by a Vietnamese pho place to grad dinner. It was delicious! After dinner, we headed back to our Airbnb, which, by the way, had the best hosts we could imagine!
For day two of our trip, our hosts had some coffee and cookies available for breakfast before we took the road to head out to Bowling Green. One of our friends who was initially coming with us is a big car lover, why is why we decided to include the National Corvette Museum as one of our stops. Once we arrived, the place was not too fabulous thus we were a little bored and one man at the museum suggested us to go visit the Mammoth Cave.
The Mammoth Cave turned out to be a blast!
After our tour at the Mammoth Cave, we headed over to Nashville! We arrived quite late that day around 6 p.m. and were exhausted and almost decided to go back to our Airbnb and go to bed. But we were at Nashville, and Nashville is known besides its food for its fabulous nightlife so we pushed through it and ended up having the best time.
On our way back from Nashville, we stopped by Cincinnati, which is less than two hours from Columbus, and we regretted not having planned more time to visit. The city was so beautiful, especially at night. Cincinnati was our last stop before we returned home.
I came back to Columbus, Ohio recharged for this last semester of studies.