Visiting Fisher – MAcc

I had several choices when choosing a MAcc program. The programs were good but in retrospect not quite as good as Fisher. Of the three programs I applied for, and was accepted to, I visited two. When it came down to it, each school was equally affordable and relocating would be an equal hassle. My decision was purely based on the quality of the school and the fit of the program. My visit to Fisher made that decision for me.

A visit to Fisher is planned so that you get a taste of what the program will be like. You meet professors, students and you can sit in on a class. The resources available in the career management office are like a god-send for someone who comes from a small private college in the middle of nowhere with a two person department. With on-campus interviews and easy scheduling, the idea of job hunting while in school did not seem so frightening. The tiered seating classrooms and meeting rooms with large flat screens for group work were impressive. The facilities were perfectly conducive to a learning environment in which I felt I could flourish.

While the resources that Fisher offered were excellent, it was the indescribable feeling of fitting in that was present while on campus. I showed up to my campus visit early. Classes were in process and it was still early in October and winter’s chill hadn’t set in yet. I sat outside of Fisher Hall after buying a cup of coffee from the Rohr Café and I could see myself walking between buildings. I didn’t feel as much like a stranger in a strange land, campus felt familiar.

When it came to the actual visit, my host was amazing. The student ambassador who led me around Fisher left no stone un-turned. She answered every question I asked and even the ones that I didn’t. For me, that visit was my decision. I decided that, if I got in, I would choose OSU.  I haven’t for one moment regretted that decision. If you have the opportunity to visit campus, do it. Visiting campus is the best way to know if Fisher is right for you.

Why Ohio State?

Ohio State University /Fisher College of Business was my last choice. I was applying to four different universities, and Ohio State was one of them because it is a top MLHR/MHRM program, I wanted an HR program that was part of the chosen university’s college of business, and I didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket by only applying to one school.

I was planning on going to the wonderful university where I completed my undergrad, Utah State. I had loved my time there. They have a great HR program and my husband and I currently were employed and living in Logan, UT. How convenient!

Dan and I
Dan and me


I began the application process for the four schools, and within a week I had received a call from Ohio State just letting me know they were there if I had any questions, or needed anything. I was impressed, but still sticking to my original plan. With every piece of the application that was sent in there was another call or email from OSU. Not one of the other schools had reached out to me, and in these few months of communication with Ohio State they had somehow made their way from last choice to a top contender. What they were showing me was that even though it is a HUGE school, I was still important to them. I knew that I would be getting the individual attention and help that I wanted out of my graduate program.

My puppy
This is Chaz Lopez-Hilker. Dan, this little cutie, and I make up"Our Family."


By the time I received my acceptance to OSU I wanted to go there, but moving across country didn’t seem to fit what our family needed. I reached out to Ohio State about this, and I cannot put into words how helpful they were in making it possible. I was able to get a position at the University that would make it the convenient and right choice for my family. I love Ohio State, and am so happy to be here, and know that while I am one of tens of thousands of students that I am important to the program and the University.


Brutus Buckeye
Brutus and me


Duties of a Graduate Assistant: Part Deux

I think that means ‘Part Two’…

ANYWAYS – let me write about what you’re actually here to read about…some more duties of a graduate assistant at the Fisher College of Business!  The last post discussing GA duties focused on assisting with instruction in the introductory undergraduate accounting courses.  Today, you’ll learn more about working in the Recruiting and Admissions Office!

I have never worked in the Recruiting and Admissions Office, so I asked Bambee Dela Paz to share some insight.  Bambee is a fellow MAcc student, and I’ve seen her giving some great tours to prospective students throughout the year (Bambee talks about this more in her response!).  So – read on to see what to expect if you’re placed in the Recruiting and Admissions Office!

Bambee says:

1. We coordinate and facilitate campus visit for prospective MAcc students. In essence, we show what the Fisher MAcc program has to offer to these prospects by showing them our wonderful facilities, having them meet our outstanding professors, getting to know them and giving them an avenue to ask any questions that could possibly help in their decision making.

2. We conduct interviews for selected applicants over the phone and in person. These are 30 minute interviews where we ask the students a series of questions that help us try to gauge how well they “fit” into the Fisher MAcc program, if admitted, and if an international applicant, how fluent the applicants are in English, as well as their conversational skills.

3. We answer inquiries of any prospective MAcc student or anyone who is interested in the program through phone calls and emails.

Our job is a very “people person” job. On a day-to-day basis we have to meet and talk to people who are interested in our program and cater to their needs to show them that Fisher is a wonderful place. Our job on visits is really to give our prospects “first person” perspectives of the program, which is not very hard to do. All we really need to do is answer their questions honestly and the program sells itself! We have to adapt to different personalities and engage different kinds of people in conversation. We are hospitable and make their visits memorable so they choose Fisher once they see that it is a good fit for them. We talk to and meet so many new people who have interesting backgrounds and try to help them in making decisions that would have a clear impact in their lives/careers. I also work for the coolest guy on earth (a.k.a. Rob Chabot), and the chillest office ever (Graduate Programs Office). And of course, the occasional free/working lunch at the Blackwell is not a bad deal, either.

Bambee makes it sound so easy, which I am sure it is not.  However, I’m also sure that this is a highly rewarding position that provides great opportunities to further connect with faculty and prospective students and learn a ton more about Fisher.  Communicating with all the applicants is also a great way to develop your people skills, as Bambee mentioned, and this is certainly hugely beneficial in the “real world”.

P.S. – The free/working lunch comes into play when giving a prospective student a tour.  Each tour consists of a GA from Admissions, the prospective student, and a current MAcc student.  I’ve had the pleasure of attending one of these tours as a current MAcc student, and I can say that Bambee is not lying when she says the lunch is not a bad deal!

Fisher Season Premiere Kicks Off The Fall Recruiting Season

While the application season for the full-time MBA class beginning in the fall of 2012 kicked off officially in August with the launch of the application, it was kicked into high gear this weekend with the annual Fisher Season Premiere!

55 students from across the country were invited to campus this weekend to explore everything Fisher and the Columbus community have to offer. After being welcomed by Associate Dean Wruck, prospective students participated in a sample class with Professor Dial, toured the Fisher and OSU facilities, learned about the resources offered by the Office of Career Management from Director Jeff Rice, and dug into the details of applications and financial aid processes with Admissions Director Alison Merzel. Guests were also greeted by current 2nd year MBA candidates, who volunteered to speak with prospective students about their involvement in student organizations such as Fisher Professional Services, Fisher Board Fellows and other various social, cultural and professional organizations. While these events were well received, many of the students pointed to the lunch with Fisher faculty and staff as the highlight of the weekend, getting to explore their interests with experts in the respective fields in addition to interacting with our very own Dean Poon.

The event was topped off with a great dinner at Due Amici in downtown Columbus which provided the attendees the opportunity to get to know both other attendees as well as current students. The entire weekend not only provided guests a taste of the Fisher experience, but also provided us a snap shot of the Fisher class of 2014. I speak for all of the student ambassadors in saying we could not be more excited to welcome the new and diverse class into the Fisher community in the very near future!

For those not able to attend this weekend, I encourage you to check out the Fisher website to identify additional opportunities to come to campus and experience the culture first hand. The next on-campus event will be help December 10th and will include an admissions presentation, an application overview/Q&A session, a tour of Fisher/OSU, and a panel of current students to answer any additional questions you may have.




OSU MAcc Program: Non-Accounting Majors Welcome

When I first applied for the Master of Accounting program last fall, I had only ever taken one accounting class in my entire life. Many graduate accounting programs require multiple prerequisites for entry, so if you are a non-accounting major like myself, it is often difficult to gain access to some of the most selective programs. Ohio State offers a unique 3-week intensive program called the Pre-MAcc Seminar  that allows people to take three intermediate accounting courses in three weeks, thus satisfying most of the prerequisites for the MAcc program. If that sounds intense, that’s because it was – we met for eight hours a day, with lectures in the morning and TA sessions in the afternoon.  We even had to come to class on Saturdays, twice during the preseason football games! (*I have been told that future students will not have to suffer this injustice, because the program will be held a few weeks earlier next year, since OSU is changing from quarters to semesters.*)

In just thirteen classes, we covered a year’s worth of intermediate accounting. You may be saying to yourself “it’s not possible to learn a year’s worth of accounting in that amount of time” but it really wasn’t so bad. Sure, we were living, sleeping, and breathing accounting, but in the end we all surprised ourselves with how much we were able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. But really, there was no question about whether or not we would make it. We all came into the Pre-MAcc with a great passion for accounting, and we knew that we would have to work hard in order to make it through to the MAcc program. Many of my colleagues in the MAcc program have said they wished they had done the Pre-MAcc just as a refresher. I highly recommend it, whether it be as a reminder of what you have learned for the past four years, or a crash course in your future, the Pre-MAcc seminar is a rewarding experience that more than prepares you for the transition to grad school and the MAcc program. More information about this past year’s program can be found here.