Weekend Adventures in Columbus

Cheering the Buckeyes on to a win!

This past weekend in Columbus was a blast as I had one of my friends from undergrad visiting, braving the cold coming up from Atlanta. Showing him around campus and the city was a great time. Columbus makes it easy for me to be a great host and show a guest an action packed weekend.

On Saturday, we hit up the men’s basketball game against Purdue. Student tickets are super affordable and give a closeup view of the court. As always, the Buckeyes in the student section were lively and loud as the team cruised on to a win. Personal highlights included catching not just one but two free t-shirts.

After the game, we headed south to spend the afternoon browsing North Market, which is downtown, a quick drive from campus. It’s an open market food hall type of place with a ton of vendors selling anything from donuts to ramen. We got a few different foods but of course not everything we wanted to try because a person’s stomach can only hold so much.

After Sunday brunch and a trip to the airport, my fun weekend was over and now we’re all buckling down. Finals for this unit of classes are looming and then MAcc students will begin our final courses. Crazy how time flies.

It’s not just studying and networking!

You would think that graduate students are all studying, networking and no fun (the last part was kind of exaggerated, but you know what I mean). However, we do have those days where we would gather and goof around.

A couple of weeks ago, after our midterms, our SMF class along with our professors, decided to make use of a Saturday and went bowling. We had a total of seven lanes reserved and we went all out playing against each other.

 

Everyone going all out on a Saturday Afternoon
Everyone going all out on a Saturday afternoon

It was truly an enjoyable day! Working as an ambassador for the SMF program, I got the chance to interact with many prospective students, and one of the concerns they have, specifically international students, was that they wouldn’t be able to get along with the whole class and the professors.

Well this picture should help address that!

Our SMF Class with our Professors
Our SMF Class with our Professors

With a class size of 48 bright individuals, we are able to bond with not only each other but with the professors as well. The program’s faculty actually take time to get to know the students and hang out with them while also providing advice and intertwining lessons in the midst of relaxing conversations.

I’m really looking forward to our next “hang-out” session!

A Night of Sharing Culture

Over the weekend I attended one of my fellow classmates, Karina Ribeiro Teixeira, birthday celebration. Karina is a first-year international student from Brazil in the MHRM program and we also work together in the Graduate Program Office together. She and her husband were gracious enough to host us at their home and share some traditional Brazilian food, drinks, and music with us.

Karina set up a beautiful spread for us to share our meal, take home key-chains included! To start off the evening we were introduced to one of Brazil’s national cocktails called Caipirinha, which is made out of cachacha, sugar, and lime. You can also incorporate fruits like pineapple (Karina’s favorite) to add additional flavor.

Next up was dinner! There was Feijoada, a stew of beans and pork, served with rice. We also had Farofa, toasted cornflour mixture, topped with collard greens. If I wasn’t full enough at that point, for dessert there was a Spanish Flan and my favorite Brigadeiro. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without learning to sing Happy Birthday in Portuguese.

At the end of the day, there is nothing better than sharing a meal with friends. Thank you for your hospitality and Feliz Aniversario Karina!

Fisher Follies

While the Fisher College of Business has many excellent clubs and organizations that work to benefit its student’s professional and cultural experiences, only one organization is focused on providing students with financial support when they fall under some unexpected misfortune.

Fisher Follies is a student-run organization whose focus is on providing bridge funds to students who need help when the unexpected takes place. These unexpected costs range anywhere from car repairs and broken laptops, to providing support for students who need to move due to issues with their apartments.  Due to its philanthropic initiatives and student focus, it is one of the most highly regarded and actively involved organizations on campus.

To help fund these activities Fisher Follies hosts one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events of the year, the Follies Auction.

The Follies Auction is generally held in the Autumn Semester  and is primarily funded through donations from students, alumni, and faculty.  In the silent auction phase of the night, attendees have the ability to make bids on a variety of items and experiences that can range from cooking classes and Airbnb stays, to outdoor adventures including trap shooting and rock climbing.  Some of our most popular items this year included babysitting and dog sitting provided by students, as well as a homemade OSU quilt.  During the live auction half of the night, the bigger donations are put up for bid.  This year, the big-ticket item was a suite at the Schottenstein Arena for up to 12 people with food and drinks included, donated by OSU Athletic Director, Gene Smith.

With the funds raised through this night, Fisher Follies continues to be of great help to the student body, while providing one of the most unforgettable evenings of the school year!

My best and saddest moment of this semester

It’s still quite surreal for me sitting here, back from being in Houston for my winter break knowing that I have made it through half of the program! I still remember my struggle when moving in August, adjusting to the new environment (especially the weather), and getting to know all of the people in the program, and here we are about to start our last semester after a phenomenal autumn/first semester. There are many moments that I would always cherish when I leave this program, but two of them are the best and saddest during the past few months.

My best experience is definitely my first time at the Shoe, when we beat Michigan State! Coming from a Division III liberal arts college, I’ve never experienced being in a stadium with that number of people. The atmosphere is just so different and so much more exciting compared to watching the games on the screen. It was a great opportunity for many of us in the program to bond together outside of class as well.

Our first Big 10 home game against Michigan State

On the other hand, my saddest moment was the end-of-semester reception in early December where we celebrated the end of all fall classes and, at the same time, saying goodbyes to students in the KPMG MADA program as they head out for their internships in the Spring semester. Having working with and getting to know many of them personally, I’ll definitely miss seeing them around and being in the same classes with them. It’s also weird to know that I may not be able to see some of them after all as they would come back to campus for summer term after we graduate at the end of spring semester.

During winter break, I was able to relax, recharge myself after a very fast-paced semester, and enjoy my time away from classes. Now that spring semester has started, I’m ready to head into the home stretch. Stay tuned!

MAcc Fall Reception

As a way to celebrate the end of our semester, the Fisher MAcc program hosted a MAcc Fall reception for us the Friday after our last classes, and it was a very festive event! The MAcc Fall reception at the Faculty Club consisted of a cocktail hour, dinner, and speeches. This event was an excellent opportunity to bring students, faculty and staff together one last time before the holiday break! I even had the chance to mingle with one of my professors from undergrad.

I enjoyed the cocktail hour of the event because it was a great opportunity to mingle and say hi to all of my classmates, some of whom I may not have seen recently and will not see for a while. It was bittersweet time to say bye to all the students who are a part of the KPMG program and will be heading off to their internships next semester. Some of us had gotten very close over the semester and will miss their presence in the program. (They’ll be back at Ohio State in summer semester 2020.)

After the cocktail hour, we enjoyed a dinner buffet and listened to Dr. Zach give a speech that had us all laughing as he wove some of his classic jokes that he had told throughout the semester. Additionally, we had a guest speaker who was a prior OSU MAcc student. It was really neat to listen to her advice about how to handle the MAcc and post-grad life as she was in our exact shoes, just two years ago.

After the reception, to continue celebrating being halfway done with the Masters program, we all headed over to one of our friend’s apartment to hang out and relax. Then after a while, we all decided to go and explore the nightlife in downtown Columbus to say goodbye one final time. I wish all the KPMG students the best of luck with their internships, and we will all truly miss them next semester!

MHRM Friendsgiving, 2019 edition

A few weeks ago, the MHRM program held its very own Friendsgiving! It was graciously hosted by one of our working professional MHRM students, Scott Bassett, and the evening was filled with tons of food, drinks, and laughter. These events are especially important as we head into finals in the upcoming weeks. It really is a time to sit back, relax, and enjoy each others company.

In our class, there are a number of students representing different backgrounds and cultures so our meal consisted of traditional American food to dishes represented from China and Brazil.

Traditional Brazilian Brigadeiros

As the semester begins to come to a close I want to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am to be apart of the MHRM program as well as for the professional and personal relationships it has enabled me to develop with my fellow classmates! Although this was my last Friendsgiving as an MHRM student I know that that the friendships will extend far beyond my time in the program.

Finding Your People

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)…

Garba Night
Food!

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.

All The SMF South Asian Ladies
Almost All The SMF South Asian Men
Trying To Guess (Probably A Made-Up) Hindi Movie
Lots Of Biryani!

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. 

 

 

My Year in Review

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:

At OSU beating Michigan
  1. 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.
  2. 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. 

    Sand Volleyball Intramural Team
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Memories from the MAcc Class

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.

Some of the Graduate Programs Office GAs at Formal!