Favorite Things to Do in Boston

Jasmine Sanchez, MSA/MBA'17

Jasmine Sanchez, MSA/MBA’17

One of the reasons why I moved to Boston is because of how many great things there is to do. One of my favorite things to do is go to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. There is shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is walking distance to the New England Aquarium and a great bakery that you must try called “Mike’s Pastry”.  On a nice sunny day, you must visit Boston Common. It is a great place to have a picnic, go for a walk, study, and get a tan!

If you are a sports fan like me, you can head over to a Red Sox game at Fenway or a Celtics or Bruins game at TD Garden. Do you like heights and a great view? The Prudential Tower has a great view of Boston during the day or at night.  Into Museums? Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum have a unique experience. You will never run out of things to do in Boston and if you aren’t sure ask around.

Traveling Around the Hub

Zachary Hanrahan, MSA/MBA'17

Zachary Hanrahan, MSA/MBA’17

Option 1: Your own two feet!

From NU’s campus you can walk to four of my favorite neighborhoods within 20 MINUTES!

  1.  Fenway (bars, Lucky Strike bowling, baseball and the commotion that ensues, restaurants, shopping & movies at the Landmark Center)
  2.  Newbury Street (shopping without a budget, restaurants, bars, concerts at Berkeley School of Music, and the Prudential Mall)
  3. The South End (boutique shopping, cute cafes, beautiful architecture, charming nooks, and two of my favorite spots in Boston; The Buttery & Formaggio)
  4. Dudley Square (up and coming, rough around the edges but check out the Silver Slipper  Dudley Dough, Tropical Foods, Dudley Café, and of course Haley House for awesome food and community events)

Option 2: The Charlie (The T…aka the subway)

From NU’s campus you have access to essentially the whole city via the Green Line and the Orange Line…don’t be afraid, except from 5-7pm, then you can be afraid.

The Golden Keys (1/2):  RED & ORANGE LINES Downtown Crossing = this station is a major connection between lines (great shopping too if you want to get off here)…I call it the gateway to Boston! Hop on the orange line inbound at Ruggles, and either travel to the city’s center (Chinatown, State Street (Quincy Market), Haymarket (the North End), and even beautiful Charlestown) OR switch to the Red Line to explore the cutest neighborhoods in the area (Central, Harvard, Porter, and Davis)

The Golden Keys (2/2):  GREEN LINE Hynes Convention = connects you to Boston University, Boston College, Brookline, and other Boston area neighborhoods such as Allston & Brighton, just make the 10 minute walk up to HYNES and catch the right letter!

Internship – Day 60

Zachary Hanrahan, MSA/MBA'17

Zachary Hanrahan, MSA/MBA’17

Dear Loyal readers & First-Timers alike,

My name is Zack H, and I am here to update everyone on my adventures and expeditions into the great, big and dangerous wild world of public accounting (don’t worry guys it’s not that scary). I began my journey in early January at one of the most prestigious public accounting firms in the Nation, and now that I am a full 2 months into the experience, I figured I should share my ancient wisdom about public accounting with y’all.

With a whole 60 days under my belt, I figured I should share some of my observations on the unique cultural aspects of the public accounting industry. First, we, as public accountant, sit a lot…like a lot a lot. Unlike academics where bouts of standing, walking, leisurely lunches, and hangouts define one’s day, now my days are spent mostly sitting in various types of office chair…extra cushy ones do make a surprisingly big difference in one’s global perspective. I honestly miss being more active on a day-to-day basis, but from what I’ve heard it’s just a matter of balancing one’s lifestyle needs and professional responsibilities, and it can be done.

Another lesson I have learned is the importance of people skills in the world of public accounting. Our job is to obtain specific information, documents, contacts, etc. and the gatekeepers to this valuable evidence are in fact people, and people are in fact full of many different emotions, nuances, and quirks. So our job is not only to navigate the intricacies of the data, but the ebb and flow of different individuals’ emotions.

Finally, what of my most valuable lessons to vocalize is the ability of a positive attitude to make a difference in EVERYONE’s day. I am just an infant accountant with very few technical skills to help out the team, so I try to take it upon myself to be as positive, comical, and supportive as possible for my team members from as early as 8AM, to as late as 8PM…on a side note, technical skills are very important to this job. The people skills are the delicious orange ginger icing on top, but the technical skills are the cake, and without the cake there is nothing to cover in sugar.

Stay Classy All You Business Casual Accountants,

Zack H., over and out.

The Decision to get a Master’s Degree

Zachary Hanrahan, MSA/MBA'17

Zachary Hanrahan, MSA/MBA’17

Am I Doing this?…Really?…Honestly? But…Okay, I guess this is for the best… 

People of the virtual world, specifically peeps with their bachelor’s degrees, I am going to be Frank with you (even though I am usually Zack)…the decision to pursue a master’s degree is a big one. It involves a lot of soul searching, and looking into the future to see where you want to be professionally five, even ten years down the road. For me, the decision really came down to one question: What is my earning power before and after this academic pursuit? Higher education is a costly expense, I recommend making sure that your investment is worthwhile. I found that I had hit a salary ceiling as a manager at my previous job. I needed more experience in the modern business world, and more expertise in finance, strategy, and accounting in order to reach into that next level. As an entrepreneur, I found that the MBA/MSA dual degree to be a perfect match because it allowed me to advance my management skills, and learn new material that is applicable to any business, big or small, in our highly globalized world.

Furthermore, view your master’s degree as not simply an advancement of your expertise in a particular field, but also as an expansion of your networks in that same field. For this program, and all specializations within business, people are the most important part, and without the right connections your success may be unnecessarily hard-fought.  Northeastern may not have the academic prestige of a Harvard or a Columbia, but I can tell you they have networks just as strong, if not stronger, in certain fields such as finance and accounting.