Kid’s story: on Fall Quarter

Timeline: the usual…

I see: Katt Williams

I hear: jokes (amidst cursing)

I smell: Sonoma Pear

I feel: relaxed

As Fall quarter ends and Christmas break nears, here’s my opinion on what this experience has been so far.

Columbus is a quaint little city where everything is nearby. I like the fact that there are so many young people here, as the atmosphere is very vibrant and modern. So far, the cost of life has not seemed too high. I am, however, a big-city person, so for someone like me the city gets a little dull after a while. I intend to get to know more of the city during the upcoming quarters so I may have a more thorough opinion on it.

OSU is an enormous university that mainly revolves around its girlie-football team. Its size is a very big advantage, and being part of it has given me access to a network of uncountable people. I was able to experience this during Thanksgiving weekend in DC: as I was getting my picture beside the “Ohio” pillar of the World War II memorial, my cousin and I were approached by some men who turned out to be alumni and just like that I was able to meet new people. I thought it was kind of neat. I think I have not been in contact with OSU enough due to time constraints during this quarter, and I hope to improve on this aspect in the future.

Fisher College of Business is a close-knit community of people with amazing skill sets. I have actually felt part of a very select group during my stay here, both with respect to my classmates and the people who work there, especially at the GPO (Graduate Programs Office) and the IPO (International Programs Office). The downside has been that there is definitely a shortage of study rooms, especially during midterms and finals, as the facilities are very welcoming for that purpose and many people prefer to use them rather than going home or elsewhere. This just goes to show the high quality and desirability of the college.

Fisher Commons was definitely the right choice for a place to live, as almost all my neighbors are in the MBA program (first and second years) and it is located less than 5 minutes away from Gerlach Hall. It is adequate only for people who don’t have big space needs, as the apartments are only comfortable for 2 people at the most, so for example my classmates with children live for the most part elsewhere. Also, some people who don’t live here say they found it too expensive, but in my opinion it’s not so much more expensive than the rest of the city and we get a good value for our money. The downside is that closet space is tiny for someone like me.

In general, I’ve liked it here, although I have missed my home much more than I had imagined. The greatest disappointment I’ve had so far is that, before I came here, I was convinced that cultural differences between people from distant parts of the planet could always be overcome with some effort. For the most part, I have come across people who have been welcoming and eager to learn about other cultures, but there are more than a few exceptions to this rule. It’s been encouraging to see that the most welcoming people are the Americans, though. Hopefully, this situation will improve even further as we spend more time together as classmates.

If you’ve ever spoken to me, you know I could write on and on about this. The main takeaway is that living here is far from perfect, but my experience has been very rewarding and I am most grateful for having this opportunity.

“You gotta be (expletive) grateful for what you (expletive) got all the (expletive) time!”  – Katt Williams