Hello, everyone! My name is Caitlin Duke, and I graduated with my B.B.A. in accounting from East Tennessee State University. I've lived in the mountains of East Tennessee my whole life. But six weeks ago, I packed up everything I own and made the six-hour drive to Columbus. It's been a bit of an adjustment, to say the least.
Everyone will tell you something different, so here is my own take on my experience with juggling the MAcc program, CPA exam prep, and a part-time job. For reference, I am taking 8 credits this quarter (or 15 for the semester), work 10 hours a week, and study about 20-25 hours a week for the CPA. I am here to tell you, you can do it! It may take an extra cup of coffee in the morning but it is completely doable.
One of the biggest concerns I had about the MAcc program was the emphasis on group work. Like most people, I've dealt with more than my fair share of poor academic groups. I'm in five classes this seven-week period, and each class has a group. Even though it's early in the year, my groups are already meeting often. It's not avoidable; you'll work in groups. The difference from undergrad is that I enjoy these groups. Yes, really!
As a non-accounting undergrad, I had to enroll in the Pre-MAcc program before officially entering the MAcc. It's one of the most rigorous academic experiences you'll ever have--approximately equivalent to completing 2 intermediate accounting classes in about 2 weeks!--but it's set me up for success in the academic year and, more importantly, my career. I recommend the following to maximize your chances for success in the Pre-MAcc.
One of my favorite parts of Columbus is the Arena District, and it is located in the northwest area of downtown. The focal point is Nationwide Arena, for which the district is named. Nationwide Arena is the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL team and also the site of many big concerts. Another great concert venue in the district is The Lifestyles Community Pavilion (known as "The L.C.").