My MAcc year so far…

“Today’s accountant is expected to know more and do more than ever before. To be successful, accountants must demonstrate critical and analytical thinking, teamwork, leadership, and be effective communicators. Fisher’s MAcc program can give you the tools and training to get you there” (Fisher, 2011).

During this period, there are many out there who are yet to make one of the most important decisions that will shape their career path. Many questions rage on but one that I would love to answer is this: Is Fisher’s MAcc program what it says it is?

I enrolled in the MAcc program because I was convinced by what I read on the school’s site. Looking back, I have no regrets. With just a few days to end my 1st quarter in the program, I would like to give you a candid account of my experiences so far.

Critical and analytical thinking – Learning from world class professors who make you challenge every thought process will inevitably make you into an individual with good critical and analytical thinking skills. I worked as an auditor prior to my enrollment in the program where I used these skills a lot. However, examining my own thought process now makes me know that something more has been added; something has changed: I think and analyze differently – and more effectively.

Teamwork – If you don’t like working in teams then brace yourself to move out of your comfort zone. From an undergraduate program where team work wasn’t the norm, it’s been extremely beneficial having to learn how to work in teams about 60-70% of the time. As an accountant (esp. an auditor) – or in any field for that matter, the importance of teamwork cannot be overemphasized. This is exactly what Fisher works at: helping to make you a person who functions efficiently/effectively in a group and not only when you work alone.

Leadership – No group functions effectively without direction. To have direction, you will need a leader. Interestingly a “shadow” leader emerges for every single assignment even though every member of the group takes ownership of the task. We all accommodate the strengths and weaknesses of others but when it is time for the group to capitalize on your strength, you lead and drive the group to success. Leaders serve others and are blessed!

Drive your team to success

Effective Communicators – Aside writing papers, presentations are much a part of most courses. Also, the rich diversity in the MAcc program provides the enabling environment to help sharpen your communication skills to be understood by both the native and foreign students (see class profile). Other opportunities such as writing blogs will help you improve your communication skills.  You would have no excuse to graduate without a significant improvement in your communication skills. You will learn and will be an effective communicator.

The MAcc program has lived up to and beyond what it says it is. I will not hesitate in recommending any of Fisher’s programs to you. Choose the program you are passionate about but pick Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Proud to be a Buckeye







What I would have done differently to prep for the GMAT

I am unable to boast of a high GMAT score but I am well positioned to offer some advice on how to make the most out of the exam.

Many worry about getting high scores but spend little time preparing for it: Sadly enough, that was my mistake!

Let me walk you through my mistakes. If you learn from my experience a stepping stone to a very high score awaits you.

Wrong Timing

 I decided to take the exam in my final semester whiles pursuing my undergraduate degree. I had a dissertation to complete and other requirements to fulfill as a senior. In spite of all these pressures, I thought I could pull a fast one by sitting for the GMAT as well. This adversely affected the number of hours committed to study and thus my preparation as a whole.  My advice: Do it when you know you can make enough time to study. It is critical!

Don’t rush

Prepare adequately.  That’s my simple advice. I committed little time and effort as I prepared for the exam. I had to take it quickly and get it out of the way so I could concentrate on my academics. I used barely 2 weeks to prepare; I just don’t know what I was thinking. You can tell I wasn’t being realistic, right? But sadly enough, many of us make the same mistake.

Be true to yourself

Know thy self and be true to yourself.  I need to read to get things right unlike others who may not even need to read at all. Just know your strengths and work on improving your weaknesses. Develop your own personal approach. Review various websites, course preps, blogs… and you will be amazed by the amount of information out there. Commit enough time to do your research before you buy any course material. Everyone is different and thus will need a different approach.

  Easy but not easy

It may look very easy when you start reading the books but from my perspective, don’t under estimate the exam. It is involved and you will need to prepare very intensely no matter how easy it looks. It takes approximately 4 hours to actually sit for the exam (including short breaks). Make sure you practice sitting and engaging your brain actively for 4 hours before exam day.  I know I made silly mistakes because I was exhausted after 3 hours. You can do better!!!

Update your knowledge about the exam and its structure.

The next generation GMAT is scheduled to take be administered from June 2012. Here is the current structure of the exam. Read more about the exam from links provided at the end of the post.

What’s your plan?

If you really want to get into that business school you have always wanted; if you want to be proud about your score; if you want to be as happy as a chick that comes out from an egg shell then study hard!!!

Discipline, commitment and hard-work will get you this:

More information about the exam can be found on these websites:

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