GO BUS: Before I underwent Fisher’s Global Option in Business

Adam Wolf reflects back on when he started the Global Option in Business program, on what he was not aware then, and how the program has changed the way he thinks. He encourages others to join the journey as well!

Before I came to The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, I did not know what to expect. I never thought about the Global Option program, I never thought about what I truly wanted. I wasn’t even sure that I was going to stay in business. I thought about things in a pretty closed-minded way because I hadn’t yet been exposed to the type of international stimulus to build my personal character. Before I started the program, I wasn’t ready for what was coming my way.

As an operations management major, I was not generally too sure of how to define a supply chain. The only thing that I really heard about from the news was in terms of China ‘stealing jobs’ and I did not understand where that ever came from in the first place. My major was a recommendation as Operations Management because my school did not offer supply chain specific curriculum.

Another perspective difference I had before I joined the program epitomized the idea of considering residents of another country as ‘foreign’ as opposed to ‘international.’ I did not even think about what that difference meant until I had it applied in another context. The idea behind the argument to consider members of another country in your resident country (or the other way around) is in the scope of applying it in different perspectives. In short, if you were to go to India, you would be considered a ‘foreigner’ there; that doesn’t feel good! It’s important to keep this type of distinction separate because, as I learned later, it affects the way that you perceive members of your future company in the workplace.

The perspective difference is not meant maliciously against those who still use the term. Rather, I write about the difference to raise awareness. A lot of people in the United States never have the opportunity to leave the country. A lot of people never have the opportunity to go to college. A lot of people never have the opportunity to participate in the Global Option Program at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. Although I’m scratching at the surface of another blog post where I talk about my growth after the program as a whole, I think it’s important to raise as much awareness as I can.

All in all, the Global Option served me well in terms of changing the perspective that I had before the program. I would in no ways call myself stupid before I started the program, and I think that given enough time in life, I would be able to change my previous ideas of global business. However, the most meaningful way the program affects me to this day revolves around how it has changed the way I think. I wanted to do the best job possible of painting my life on a written canvas to show the ways that the Global Option program has affected me. I hope that whoever reads this can think about how this will affect them in the future, or even join the program itself!