A Quarter in The Fisher MAcc Under My Belt

I can’t believe fall quarter has come and gone already.  Seriously, it seems like last week I was making sure I had enough notebooks, pencils, and pens to last me 10 weeks.  I was just sitting down to write my first blog post.  I was getting ready to meet my professors for the first time.  Yeah – that wasn’t last week…

So what do I think about the MAcc program, now that I’ve actually had the chance to get my hands dirty?  Come on – you know that on paper (or on the website) Fisher makes the program out to be incredible.  “Work on incredible teams, learn from the best faculty, attend once in a lifetime guest speakers, and participate in great extracurriculars” are just a few of the claims you’ll hear through Fisher.  I can honestly say that each and every one of them is true.  I’ll even go so far as to back them up.

1.  Work on incredible teams – Each of the courses I took this quarter involved teamwork.  Some (Professor Turner’s 804) required a ton, while others (Professor William’s 824) required a little bit less.  In any case, there’s a slim chance that you’ll work with the same people for every class, so you get a lot of exposure.  And this exposure will be to different thinking styles, different backgrounds, and different cultures.  My finance 811 group, for instance, consisted of six members:  an American student, a Chinese student, a German student, a Puerto Rican student, a Ukrainian student, and a Phillippino student.  How’s that for an incredible team?

2.  Learn from the best faculty – When you can wake up in the morning excited for class not one, not five, but ten weeks in a row, the faculty must be doing something right.  Each faculty member I’ve had the pleasure to learn from so far has been obviously passionate about what they do, and want nothing more than to teach you as much as possible.  They’re willing to meet anytime to discuss lingering questions and more than happy to do whatever you need to make sure you learn.

3.  Once in a lifetime guest speakers – Guest speakers are a great way to mix up a class, as they can provide such a unique view to what you’re currently learning.  (Sorry Professor Dietrich, but I don’t think I can include your guest lectures in this category – just kidding!  Professor Dietrich guest lectured in one of our classes this year, and we had the opportunity to think critically about some bizarre accounting treatments…there were no right or wrong answers, so we really got to just think.  How often can you do that in a class??)  We also heard from Jim Leisenring, a member of the Fisher Accounting Hall of Fame and an influential member of the FASB and IASB.  Outside of the classroom, there are always events you can attend to listen to speakers…many of them include a free lunch too!  I was able to listen to Donald Kimble, CFO of Huntington Bank, talk a little about how the current economic environment has affected a regional bank.  His insight and talk of the future truly was fascinating.

4.  Participate in great extracurriculars – If you read my blog posts regularly (thank you!), you’ll remember some of the posts I’ve done relating to this topic.  My personal favorite this quarter had to be the MAcc intramural flag football team.  Return of the MAcc was so much fun, and I got to develop some new friendships with some of my classmates.  There are so many other great extracurriculars, such as the FETCH service program (teaching financial responsibility to younger kids), the VITA program which will happen this winter, and weekly Event of the Weeks.  If the academics haven’t convinced you Fisher is the right choice, these definitely should.

This really was a great 10 weeks and I’m sad to see it come to an end.  On the plus side, I’ll get to experience brand new courses and faculty, work with new groups, and participate in even more extracurriculars in just a few weeks.  And it does feel good to have a quarter under my belt!

“The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry”

So I said at the beginning of the summer term that I was going to write about once every other week instead of the usual once a week.  Well clearly that did not happen since the quarter and my internship are almost over.  I have nothing clear to say, so I am going erratically express my thoughts and hope that you enjoy then when you are procrastinating/bored/clearly not doing anything important or significant in your life at this time by reading this blog.

  • I took one undergraduate course this summer.  Introduction to Counseling Psychology.  It literally made me want to drop out of the program and go back to undergrad.  Well actually, I have wanted to do that after the first quarter of being a grad student, but in a different way.  I forgot how easy (well at least now as a graduate student) undergraduate courses were.  I aced every exam, but did not start studying for each one until the day of the exam (I did not ace the final because it was cumulative and I think I got too cocky).  There were LOADS of extra credit opportunities (which I have missed so much).  There was only one assignment, that required no prior reading or course work to be learned or completed before turning in (it was all hypothetical).  I obviously aced the class which is great, because I am finally close to having a GPA I would actually want to put on my resume.  The only thing I have realized is that after a year of classes starting at 6pm in the evening is that I CANNOT take any class that does not meet in the evenings, and meets more than one day a week.  Those classes are long, but it allows you to space out your work and academic schedule at a better pace.  I was not the fan of it when I first started the program, but it is what I prefer now.
  • I think I have learned a lot from my other 2 classes.  With my Teaching Adults Online class, it is very “I am Teacher” and not a “I am Training Coordinator” in how the course is designed and what it teaches you.  I figured that was the way it would be designed, but I am excited to see how I can apply concepts to this class to the Training and Development class I take in the spring.
  • I have also enjoyed my negotiations class too.  Not only have I valued the skills I have obtained from practicing my skills in every class, but I have also appreciated the chance to interact with some of the MBA students as well.  My cohort is great, but one of the things I liked about undergraduate classes (at least my experience) is the chance to take classes with different and new people.  I hope that any second years taking the class in the fall considers doing negotiations and working in groups with some of the MBA students, because they are not as intimidating/scary/evil as you think (well a few are but I mean you could say that about some people in the MLHR program … but NOT me :-)).
  • I really can’t wait until fall for football season.  But most importantly, because hopefully global warming will have subsided and I will not sweat profusely in my house.  None of my other 2 roommates want to pay for air conditioning, so I just sit in my room dying on a nightly basis.  I actually stay at my internship longer just to enjoy the air conditioning.
  • Speaking of internships, mine is about to come to an end.  I did not sign up for the internship blog, so I am not going to go on and on about what I have done.  BUT….I did work on a lot of recruiting for student positions (particularly the marketing for those positions), calculating turnover costs, performance appraisals of our managers, and enhancing the overall process employees have from being an applicant to starting their first day (at this time I cannot think of the HR term to use to describe this).  Thanks to “Excel for Dummies” I’m starting to get better with this Microsoft product as well.
  • I went to the Ke$ha concert at the Ohio State fair and it was awesome.

Well that’s basically been my summer.  I probably will not have anything else interesting to say until school starts so sorry for not meeting your expectations, blog-wise 🙂


P.S.-If there is any member of the cohort I miss the most it would be Eric J Dosch because:

1. His postings about me would always boost my self-esteem like no other and

2. He has the best teeth in the world.

P.P.S-I have no idea how I am going to manage studying in the fall.  I all of a sudden have a TV schedule set Tuesday-Thursday. I am not going to tell you the shows I am watching due to dignity purposes, but let’s just say that my DVR has a lot of ABC Family, CW, BET, and MTV programming recording on a weekly basis.

Unexpected Surprises

I logged into Facebook this morning, just like any other morning. And as I was perusing through my typical “stalker” routine, I noticed that the Fisher MLHR page had a link advertising the MLHR students’ blogs! After my initial excitement that we were being publicized, I clicked on the link and noticed my latest blog was the first to pop up. And not only that, but I had TWO comments! That’s pretty exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had comments before, but most of the time, it’s only one comment per blog, and typically happens about a month after I write. These comments were within 27 hours of my blog being posted. That’s pretty awesome. A shoutout to Urmi and Amelia for writing such wonderful notes.

Last night marked the completion of our Compensation course. Thank goodness. I’m pretty sure if I had put one more hour into my studying I could have done better, but I’ve done really well in all of my projects and exams in that class so far, so I could stand to have a few points deducted. At least my slacking wasn’t due to doing unimportant stuff. Working two jobs, packing for the big move and finishing everything for the wedding is taking a toll on my time allotment. But the countdown continues to the end of my first year in graduate school. All that I have left are 1 class, 2 papers due (one is done, minus final edits, the other is 3/4 of the way done) and one final. I still have to email some poor professor and sucker them into being my internship advisor. I may wait for that requirement for Winter quarter because my boss at GE said that it will probably carry through into the fall. And, I already have enough courses on my plate for the fall.

So, straw vote. With my internship and graduate assistantship, there’s no way I can take both electives I’ve signed up for. I already have one of my elective credits, so I only need one more in the fall. I need help deciding which one to drop.

The first, MHR 869: Strategic Management of Human Assets.

  • Description – Acquaint students with theory and research regarding teamwork and leadership, and apply concepts to enhance understanding/build skills in team leadership, membership, change and follower-ship.
  • Positives – really goes along with what I want to do later in life (convince people the company really does care about them, train and develop them, and hire the right people for the job); the professor is apparently really awesome; I had to beg and plead my way into the class; no exams, just papers and projects; It’s on the same days as my 2 night classes, so I would only have to drive into campus twice a week.
  • Negatives – Well, it’s two days a week, in the early middle of the day, so I wouldn’t be able to work as much, or my work at MSE would be really choppy.

The second, MHR 870: The Business of College Sports.

  • Description – Course provides business analysis of intercollegiate athletics, including an in depth look at OSU athletic program; develop understanding or college sports administration, educational, business missions.
  • Positives – It’s with Gene Smith! The OSU Athletics Director!; It’s at 8:00 in the morning, so I could work all day, without interruption; no exams, just a paper or two and a project; all of the people who have taken it say it’s a lot of fun, really relaxed and you learn a lot; Jaimie’s in the class; Gene Smith teaches it!
  • Negatives – It’s at 8:00 in the morning and I live 20 minutes away; It’s on opposite days as my night classes; It doesn’t really have that much to do with what I want to do in life.

So…do I take the class that’s bound to be more fun, and I’ll learn a lot of unrelated knowledge from? Or do I take the class which is probably more applicable to my future, but will be a lot more work in an already shaping out to be very busy quarter? Help!

Happy Thursday to you all, and for all of the business students, Happy Weekend, because we don’t have classes on Fridays! Good luck studying for finals!

Kid’s story: on Fall Quarter

Timeline: the usual…

I see: Katt Williams

I hear: jokes (amidst cursing)

I smell: Sonoma Pear

I feel: relaxed

As Fall quarter ends and Christmas break nears, here’s my opinion on what this experience has been so far.

Columbus is a quaint little city where everything is nearby. I like the fact that there are so many young people here, as the atmosphere is very vibrant and modern. So far, the cost of life has not seemed too high. I am, however, a big-city person, so for someone like me the city gets a little dull after a while. I intend to get to know more of the city during the upcoming quarters so I may have a more thorough opinion on it.

OSU is an enormous university that mainly revolves around its girlie-football team. Its size is a very big advantage, and being part of it has given me access to a network of uncountable people. I was able to experience this during Thanksgiving weekend in DC: as I was getting my picture beside the “Ohio” pillar of the World War II memorial, my cousin and I were approached by some men who turned out to be alumni and just like that I was able to meet new people. I thought it was kind of neat. I think I have not been in contact with OSU enough due to time constraints during this quarter, and I hope to improve on this aspect in the future.

Fisher College of Business is a close-knit community of people with amazing skill sets. I have actually felt part of a very select group during my stay here, both with respect to my classmates and the people who work there, especially at the GPO (Graduate Programs Office) and the IPO (International Programs Office). The downside has been that there is definitely a shortage of study rooms, especially during midterms and finals, as the facilities are very welcoming for that purpose and many people prefer to use them rather than going home or elsewhere. This just goes to show the high quality and desirability of the college.

Fisher Commons was definitely the right choice for a place to live, as almost all my neighbors are in the MBA program (first and second years) and it is located less than 5 minutes away from Gerlach Hall. It is adequate only for people who don’t have big space needs, as the apartments are only comfortable for 2 people at the most, so for example my classmates with children live for the most part elsewhere. Also, some people who don’t live here say they found it too expensive, but in my opinion it’s not so much more expensive than the rest of the city and we get a good value for our money. The downside is that closet space is tiny for someone like me.

In general, I’ve liked it here, although I have missed my home much more than I had imagined. The greatest disappointment I’ve had so far is that, before I came here, I was convinced that cultural differences between people from distant parts of the planet could always be overcome with some effort. For the most part, I have come across people who have been welcoming and eager to learn about other cultures, but there are more than a few exceptions to this rule. It’s been encouraging to see that the most welcoming people are the Americans, though. Hopefully, this situation will improve even further as we spend more time together as classmates.

If you’ve ever spoken to me, you know I could write on and on about this. The main takeaway is that living here is far from perfect, but my experience has been very rewarding and I am most grateful for having this opportunity.

“You gotta be (expletive) grateful for what you (expletive) got all the (expletive) time!”  – Katt Williams