I worked a lot during midterm exams since examinations are always a source of big pressure for me. But as an old Chinese saying goes, “Good things will be waiting for you in the corner of your suffering.” I had a really exciting weekend in Columbus after all the midterm exams.
On Thursday’s evening, my friend, Zai, and I went to AMC cinema to watch new movies. AMC is a palace-like cinema, having 23 gorgeous movie stadiums. The seats there are very comfortable so that you won’t feel tired after a whole movie. We watched three movies all together— Foot Loose, a story about how a group of teenagers in a small town pursue their right to free public dance; The Lion King, a classic carton about growth which recall my good memory of my happy childhood; and Jonny English Reborn, a comedy about spy which let me forget all my worries, at least temporarily. I always think that watching movie in a cinema is a big difference than watching in front of computer or TV. The big screen and the sound effect can easily drag you into the movie, making you think what characters think, feel what they feel.
Last Friday was the party day for Halloween. However, I didn’t choose to attend a party. Instead, my best friend and walked along High Street to watch Ohio State’s Homecoming Parade for last Saturday’s football game. I was totally impressed by people’s love of the Buckeyes. Many parents even brought their little children to take part in the parade. We waved back to people who were in the parade and they screamed back to us at the same time. This is the first time that I really feel being *really* close with OSU football and being a part of the whole Buckeye family. Although we walked in the dark cold wind, we still felt happy and engaged. Sometimes, if you can just go out of your own home and your comfort zone, you will have some really memorable and cherished (not to mention different) experiences of life.
In China, a very popular get-together activity is singing karaoke. But, we haven’t had time or opportunities to sing songs together since we always had different things to do before midterm exams. To reward our hard work, we decided to go to Momo near campus to sing songs Saturday evening. For someone who is familiar with the environment and facilities of typical Chinese karaoke, s/he cannot imagine what the karaoke is like at Momo. Small room, simple voice box and rather outdated Chinese songs cannot begin to describe Momo’s karaoke condition. You must think that I want to complain about the poor condition of Momo’s karaoke. You are wrong! I just want to do a quick contrast. Even in this condition, and although this karaoke room is far more simple and crude than karaoke rooms in China, we spent the happiest time together since we came to Columbus! It seemed that we relieved all the pressures off our shoulders by simply singing some songs. After that night, I know that people need to refresh themselves periodically to keep working well. So I should learn how to give myself some rest and take some time off, regardless of how busy I get.
A couple of weeks ago some classmates and I had the opportunity to attend the National Society of Hispanic MBA Conference & Career Expo, thanks to the Fisher Latino Association. Just a month after starting the MBA program, I was already in touch with over a hundred companies who value diversity and were looking for candidates for possible full time jobs and internships. The conference & career expo was a two-day event in Anaheim, California. It was a great experience to practice networking, discuss your resume and goals. This event also gave me the evidence of why may I need at least two versions of my resume according to the type of company I am looking for. I made some connections that hopefully would help me in the future. At the conference, we had great support from Fisher alumni who gave us advice and tips on how to succeed in the job search process. They understand you and you feel like part of a family.
Just to mention some of the companies present at NSHMBA: Microsoft, HP, IBM, Amazon, GE, P&G, General Mills, J&J, Toyota, etc. I had a great time there, and had the chance to get to better know my Latino classmates from Fisher.
As you see, Fisher is always looking to offer you opportunities to succeed in your goals; this is a clear example.
I had a few options of what I could write about this week. First, it was midterm week. While this is an important and challenging part of Fisher life, it is not what I want to discuss. Instead, I am going to follow this piece of advice: “Don’t let worrying about your GPA get in the way of real learning” and talk about what (besides preparedness, perseverance, and time management) I REALLY learned.
Two significant events happened last Friday: FisherServes community service day and the Alumni Award banquet. Community service day began with a presentation by Paula Davis, President of the Alcoa Foundation. She talked about how important it is for businesses to connect with their communities and how such engagement differs in various countries. Ms. Davis also discussed the importance of motivating employees to volunteer in areas about which they are passionate.
Fortunately, Fisher students were already motivated to volunteer, and we had enough people to split into eleven groups. Mine went to a hospice center and made crafts for patients and employees. It was wonderful to be in a relaxed, creative environment and to get to know classmates from various programs while making a difference! I learned about many people, cultures, programs, and career goals throughout the afternoon.
In the evening, I attended the Dean’s Dinner and Alumni Awards event at the Blackwell hotel on campus. It is so inspiring to hear about what former Fisher students have accomplished in their lives and know that I also have the opportunity to make a difference in the world. To learn more about the honored alumni, click here.
These alumni demonstrate what can happen when you follow your passion and aim to positively impact the world. So many lives have been touched by Mr. Klamer’s invention of the Game of Life, Mr. Scott’s CASH program, and the improvements Mr. Heschel made to Kroger. Mr. Milby spoke about the importance of coming to Ohio State, and Mr. Yamasaki spoke about his inspiration. All of these men talked about the impact certain people had on their lives. Fisher is an amazing place to meet impactful people and to become one yourself. Growing up playing the game of “Life,” I had no idea I would someday sing about Ohio State with its inventor 🙂 You just never know what Fisher will do for you!