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Finals week – survival tips

This one goes out to all of my MAcc classmates…

First of all, let me say that I CANNOT believe this is the last week of classes for the first term of the MAcc program.  The past seven weeks have flown by, and now it’s time for finals.  So for now, here are some tips to succeed this week:

1.  Remain calm – you will study much more efficiently if you’re not thinking about every class, scheduling for next term, when you’re going to sleep, etc.  I find it best to list out what I need to study or practice for each course and then create a schedule I can follow easily.

2.  Get comfortable – but not too comfortable!  Set up some place where you won’t be distracted and you can sit undisturbed for a generous length of time.  That being said, I would not suggest bundling up in bed and attempting to read anything on a Sunday afternoon.  That only resulted in a wasteful, albeit enjoyable, nap.

3.  Review, don’t re-do.  Theoretically, it should be easier to go through notes and examples now that we’ve been over them once in class.  For example, don’t spend hours recalculating every number from every case in Financial Reporting, one of the autumn term 1 core courses.  Review each of the topics and focus on the ones you don’t understand.

4.  Ask for help!  It’s not too late to reach out to your professors or classmates.  Each one of the MAcc faculty members is very understanding and will make themselves available to help you.  Study groups are also a great way to prepare for finals.  Chances are you’re not the only student who needs help with a problem and studying in a group also makes it more likely that someone else will know the answer.  It’s not a bad idea to reserve a room in Gerlach or Mason for some group study time.

At this point, we’ve all been through this before as undergrads.  Finals aren’t anything new, but we seem to be stressed out each time finals week rolls around.  So for now, don’t stress, study for a few days, and before you know it we’ll all be celebrating the completion of our first term as MAcc students!


Wait, it’s week WHAT??

Apparently this quarter is going a lot faster than I had realized because it’s already week 3!  So let me start off by saying, welcome back 2nd year MLHRs, welcome 1st year MLHRs and a welcome in advance to all the prospective students that will hopefully be coming here next fall.

I won’t bore you with the details about my summer internship, but if you are really interested you can read all about it here at the My Fisher Internship Blog I wrote for this summer.

I’ll be brief and just say it was an incredible time and that OCLC truly is a great place to work for.  So much so that I am staying on until the end of this year.

I’m looking forward to a new slate of professors, a new set of classes and challenges and also to be more active with student organizations here at Fisher such as the Graduate Human Resources Association.  I’ll also be putting a lot of focus on the group that I am Graduate VP of : Out In Business, a group promoting social equality for all people but with a focus on the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgendered community and its allies.

It’s going to be a challenge balancing my home life, a love life, work and school.  But we’re MLHR!  We’re tough.

More to come soon, but welcome and welcome back everyone!  It’s good to be home (Gerlach Hall).

 

Gerlach Hall AKA Home


Fisher College of Business – The Happiest Place on Earth

That is, unless you have a class at 8:30 AM. But somehow my early morning tax class is also my favorite class in my schedule.

I have to say that life as a MAcc graduate student at Fisher is just on a whole other level compared to life as an undergraduate. It starts with orientation – three days of getting to know the people you’re spending the next three quarters with. My classmates are the most educated, interesting and diverse group that I’ve met at Fisher. Orientation provided the perfect environment for getting to know as many students as I could. In undergrad I might not have taken advantage of such an opportunity – I’m glad I didn’t make that mistake this time. We have a group with very diverse backgrounds, from other states or countries and with different academic and professional experiences. As a graduate, I feel really prepared and even psyched to become accounting masters with the people I’ve gotten to know over the first three days of the program.

Gerlach Hall - my new center of learning.

It’s a different vibe from undergrad, sharing the same courses with the same tight-knit group. Someone I have in one class can always provide input on what happened in another. There are always MAcc students doing something together outside of classes as well, whether it’s going out for hamburger specials or attending a recruiting event. I’ve become especially close with the students who took the Pre-MAcc program with me – three weeks of eight-hour class days will do that. We made it through a crash course on more accounting rules than you can shake a ledger at and now I’m guaranteed a close friend in any one of my accounting classes. In undergrad, my closest friends were in my dorm. In graduate school, my closest friends are my classmates, and it makes school work and projects a lot more entertaining and insightful. You get closer to your classmates when you work and play together.

My mother told me undergrad would be the best years of my life. She was right. Towards graduation, she told me grad school would be the best year(s) of my life. I think she might be right about that one, too. While I’m just barely into classes and the recruiting cycle, I’m confident this year at Fisher will be the richest and most entertaining year of my education, and it’s all because of the people – both students and faculty. I hadn’t planned on becoming a master of accounting, but right now I’m very glad I did.


Power in Numbers

Whenever I tell friends outside of MLHR that the program has an emphasis on group work, the usual response is something to the effective of, “Ugggg I HATE group work.” or “I don’t know how you handle group work all the time. Isn’t that so hard to find time with your schedules?” Now, I must admit, I came into the program with a similar attitude when they told us we would be working in groups for most of our time here. However, I think I might have come to rather enjoy group work. Here are a few reasons why group work isn’t as bad as people think:

1. It’s a great opportunity to get to know people in the program. Last quarter, was the beginning of a new program with new people. Our group projects facilitated a way for us to get to know each other. As with every group project there are times when we get off topic, and it is really nice to actually have the opportunity to get to know the AMAZINGLY TALENTED people in our program.

2. Divide and conquer. I know sometimes solo projects can move a little quicker because you are not dealing with a group, but you still have to do all that work by yourself. I love being able to divide up the work for the project knowing that each person in our group will do an excellent job.

3. Meeting in different places and getting away from campus. Like many people, being in Fisher at night during the week and on many Sundays is not my idea of a good time after awhile. Don’t get me wrong, Gerlach is a beautiful, dare I say, high-tech building, but it gets old. Especially in the winter when all anyone wants to do is go outside in warm weather. This is why winter has been a great time to get out and meet at other places. Today, my group met at a Panera in Upper Arlington. New scenery and not as crowded as the one by campus. You can explore different parts of Columbus and get work done at the same time. How about that?

4. This may go along with divide and conquer, but less presenting time. It’s great having people stand up there with you when you are presenting your work. Unlike many other programs, you have to do the work by yourself and then stand up and present it on your own. Then, you have to talk for at least 20 minutes. Can you say SCARY? It give me so much more confidence when you have people with you as you present and you don’t have to speak for very long when there are 3-4 members that all need to do some of the talking. Literally, power in numbers.

Of course, there are some downsides to group work. It can be challenging finding time to meet with people, especially as more people get jobs during the school year (myself included), but it’s worth it. Now that many of us know each other’s schedules it is not that bad. One thing to do though, is be up front with your schedule at your first group meeting. This sets the tone if you will, so everyone is on the same page when it comes to meetings.

MLHR has made a believer out of me when it comes to group work. Go Team!


Well, Well, What do we have here?

I think what we have are the following:

  • Gerlach having the fire department called on it for the 3rd time in 2 weeks
  • The rooms, which are sometimes freezing, are now sometimes “roasting”
  • Being finished!! with my IMS project
  • About finished with one other project
  • Almost half finished with my other two projects
  • My wedding being officially less than one month away!
  • Found an internship! (more details to come once all of the offer paperwork is completed)
  • Completely forgot about my bridal shower, and then remembered it all later
  • Moving in 16 days

This quarter seems to be in a major hurry to end, and I’m not ready for that yet. Good news is that my IMS project is finished, presentation given, and I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I should go ahead and start working on the presentation for our Compensation project, but I just haven’t had time yet. I’ve been way too busy with everything else. But at least 2 of my group projects are past the “having to meet every week” phase and we can pretty much work on stuff on our own. The Compensation project, however, that may be the death of us all. Good job to everyone who presented last night.

So, my goal for this month was to be in the top 5 of the top content report. I think this is a lost goal. A lot of my fellow bloggers seem to be on hiatus, and since only a few of us are consistently blogging, it’s not a fair competition. But, I have been advertising my blog to all of my classmates. Shout out to Jenn Cargile who has the top “comment” posts for my blogs.

It’s still hard to believe that it’s the end of week 8. Time just flies when you’re having fun. Or, in my case, when you’re really, really busy. Today is the first day I don’t have a meeting, or a conference call. I can finally use my lunch hour to get errands done that I need done for myself. Yay for that. Well, have a great day!


Unusual Occurrences

Well, last night I was sitting in MHR 856 – Staffing, as I do every Tuesday night, and all of a sudden the fire alarm started going off. Now, for those of you who remember back to elementary school, fire alarms usually happened in the dead of winter when it was -25 degrees and you had to stand outside for 30 minutes or so while they “made sure the fire was out.” And for those of you who went to Ohio State (I’m sure it happened at other schools, I just only know about OSU) when you live in the dorms, within the first week of classes had a random fire drill in the dorms. These fire alarms were normally around 10:00 at night, or very early in the morning. Also, since it was a “fire” you weren’t able to take the elevator, so trotting down 20 flights of stairs and then back up again once the “fire was out” made for a seemingly disruptive hour or so. But this fire alarm was not the usual annoyance that most are – no, it allowed me to get out of class an hour early and go home and enjoy a nice dinner with my fiance. I’m sure Dr. Klein disagrees with me on the fact that it was a glorious event, but oh well. It gave me a chance to catch up on some much needed sleep.

So, for everyone’s enjoyment, I have included a picture from last night. Of course I wish no ill harm on any part of Fisher, especially our beloved Gerlach Hall, but it was a fun and memorable event – as fun as that sort of thing can get, I guess.

All of the commotion outside Gerlach.

I’m sure tonight’s class will be much less eventful, but it’s ok. Happy Wednesday everyone!



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