MAcc Student Orgs and Leadership Opportunities

Sarah recently asked about student organizations in the MAcc program, and about any corresponding leadership opportunities.  I did some research, so I’ll be sharing what I found – as well as an interview with Fiona Pan, President of the MAcc Council.

Just looking at the Fisher Graduate Student Organizations list, I counted 28 different student orgs.  YEAH – that’s a lot of student orgs.  And the coolest thing is it is so easy to create a new group if somehow the group you’re interested in doesn’t exist!  This is in addition to the hundreds of other student organizations that are not Fisher specific, but that you are more than welcome to join.  I, for instance, have been actively involved with Team Buckeye, a group related to Pelotonia all year.

Having so many Fisher-specific orgs in combination with the general student orgs is great, because it really lets you mix business with pleasure.  You’ll have a great time in any org you choose, but the Fisher orgs tend to cater slightly more to your professional development.  On the other hand, the general student orgs tend to allow you to really pursue your passions!

Holding leadership positions is a little bit more difficult in the MAcc program, as typically you’ll want to be in the organization for a period of time before taking on leadership.  That’s not to say it can’t happen though!  Don’t go into it assuming you won’t get to hold a position simply because you’re a MAccer!

Of course, the MAcc Council, which is made up of just MAcc students, is a great way to hold a leadership position.  The MAcc council puts on a variety of community service, social, and professional events (such as the speaker series) for students.  Further, the MAcc council represents MAcc students on the Fisher Graduate Student Association Board, which serves as a link between students and administration.  The MAcc council holds elections early in the fall for its president, treasurer, and various vice president positions (such as VP of of Social Events, VP of Professional Events, etc).

Here’s what Fiona Pan, our current MAcc council president, has to say on her experiences this year!

First of all, I really enjoy it a lot. We have really good team, and I guess one of the benefits of taking a leadership role is to know and work with your fellow classmates and faculties outside of class. Everyone in the council team is very creative and responsible in terms of event/social planning and following up. The support from the faculty members is tremendous. They are the ones who pass on the legacy every year and we really appreciate that.

Secondly, MAcc council is always trying to provide as many opportunities in professional development, community services and social networking as possible. Though we inherited some from previous classes, such as FETCH!, EY MAcc Speaker Series, VITA and MAcc Gives Back, we also want to have something of our own, creating a character for the 2012 class. By creating events, students will have a more comprehensive experience with MAcc, Fisher, OSU, Columbus, and even the U.S. Plus in the end, people will always remember the people and the good times they spent together in the program, and that is the tone we are trying to set.

Lastly, as you asked how to get involved with MAcc Council or any other student organization. It is easy, make sure you read your Council Email and sign up for whatever you feel interested in 🙂  Take initiative on the projects you have passion with and enjoy your time in MAcc!

Well Sarah, there you have it – straight from the Prez!  Getting involved is easy, and definitely something I would recommend.  It’s possible to take a leadership role, but being in the MAcc program does make it slightly more difficult.  Just approach it with determination and you will be all set!

Around the World in One Small Program

I was really looking forward to meeting all kinds of people in the MAcc program.  Reading about the program on Fisher’s website indicated that I would be working not only with students from all over the US, but all over the world.  While I definitely got these experiences to an extent in undergrad, I knew the experiences would have a much larger impact as a graduate student.  (Check out this link to see more information on our diversity)

I participated in the Fisher Connections program, so I did meet an international student right away.  By communicating through email, I was able to help this student get a feel for Columbus before he got here, and more importantly, give him some tips about OSU (e.g. ordering textbooks, etc).  Then during orientation I was introduced to so many more diverse backgrounds – and I don’t just mean geographic location anymore.

I think the most fascinating aspect of the MAcc program so far has been that we do have students from all over the world, but even the students I’ve met that studied at OSU for their undergraduate degrees, making them just like me, contribute just as much to our diversity.  Each of us has a different way of thinking about the problems we face in class, which makes classroom discussions and problem sets incredibly fascinating.  There are so many creative solutions flying around that you forget there’s only a handful of people in the room.

Thinking about these creative solutions made me realize what I wanted to write about this week: MAcc council elections.  We recently elected our President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair.  These four individuals will be responsible for ensuring that we MAcc students get the most that we possibly can out of our year here.  They will help us bond with one another, learn from outside speakers, and give back to our community.

There were numerous candidates for the four positions, and I can honestly say each and everyone candidate was more than qualified.  During their candidacy speeches, we were given the opportunity to listen to their fantastic thoughts and plans for creating an incredible year.  I was so fascinated by the diversity of ideas, and by how different each candidate’s background was!  Everything I had heard and read about the diversity of the MAcc program came true in that short hour of speeches.

In the end, only four officers were elected and I know that they will do a fantastic job.  Like I said earlier, every candidate would have been incredibly successful and I am sure will continue to contribute their great ideas in other ways.

So – the MAcc program here is a great way to meet all kinds of people.  You will be introduced to those that think the opposite of what you are thinking, those that are from the other side of the world, and even those that could almost be your twin.  You will be given the opportunity to work with these individuals and learn from them.  You will be given opportunities to lead teams of these students and there will be times you will follow.  Most importantly, you will develop relationships with a variety of people, not only making your year in the program a ton of fun, but helping your professional network expand.