Archive for October, 2011

October 25, 2011

Managing That Student Stress

by Scott Roehl

It’s tough being a student. Your time is stretched in every direction and sometimes it can almost seem too much. I am reminded of the stress in being a student especially at this time of the year when midterm exams are occurring at many of the post-secondary institutions in Manitoba.

While I have no magic solution for making all that stress disappear, I do want to take a moment to offer some ideas on how to manage (perhaps even minimize) some of it. Feel free to share your tips in the comments!

  • Exercise – As @TypeACubed suggested on our @cmamb Twitter Account, “Boxing and Pan Am Boxing Club! There is nothing like hitting the bag and sweating out the stresses of the day.” Whether it is boxing, running or playing team sports, exercise is a great way to release stress and re-energize.
  • Get More Sleep – What is that? I realize it is easier said then done as a student. but take care of yourself and make sure you are getting adequate rest.
  • Take time for Friends – When opportunities arise, take time in your schedule to meet up with friends. Friends are there for you and can be a sounding board for the stress and challenges you are experiencing.
  • Tune in to something else – Put some music on or put on that favourite TV show to watch. These little “breaks” can help you in coping with all that stress.
  • “Staycation” – If you ever watched the show Corner Gas you might recall actor Brent Butt taking a “staycation” – essentially dreaming about vacationing in an exotic location without actually going anywhere. Reality is, not all students are in a position to take vacations away during school. Instead, have a mini-vacation and find some fun activities you can do locally to get out, have fun and relax.
October 21, 2011

Accredited University Graduate Explained

by Scott Roehl

A popular question I have received this fall has been in regards to what the CMA Accredited University Graduate means and how to achieve it? Let me explain.

For most students interested in pursuing a CMA designation, a recognized Canadian university degree (or an approved international equivalent) in conjunction with the successful completion of CMA pre-requisites in accounting and management topics is required to challenge the CMA Entrance Exam. Graduates who have not completed all of the CMA prerequisites can complete the CMA Accelerated Program in order to challenge the CMA Entrance Exam.

In Manitoba, the B.Comm. (Hons.) accounting major program delivered at the Asper School of Business is a program accredited by CMA Canada. This means that students at the Asper School of Business who successfully complete their degree program including all CMA pre-requisite topics while maintaining a high GPA over their course work may be eligible to be waived from the CMA Entrance Exam. If approved as an Accredited University Graduate, the student would be able to proceed directly in to the CMA Strategic Leadership Program.

Students who are considering the Accredited University Graduate path need to consult with the CMA Manitoba Office while completing studies at the Asper School of Business to ensure understanding of what is required to apply for the waiver.