Archive for May, 2014

Looking Back On My Time At Fisher

Where have the past two years gone? I still remember sitting through orientation at the Blackwell and listening to various administrators and faculty members telling students that their time in the MBA program would fly by. I remember even more vividly thinking to myself that they were full of it.

A few weeks later, during my stats, finance, and accounting classes, I recall thinking that the program might never end.

Now, two years later, I realize that they were absolutely correct. The full-time MBA program flew by.

As a recent graduate of the MBA program at Fisher I’d like use my last blog post as an opportunity to reflect back on my experiences here as a student. Here’s a glimpse into what I have loved and enjoyed about being a Buckeye MBA.

  1. Friendships – Some people refer to this as “networking” – another lame business buzzword. It’s almost as ridiculous as leverage and core competencies. Real “networking” is being a good human, looking out for others, and making friendships that last a lifetime. If those friendships help you in your career progression, great! If not, you’ve made a great friend with whom you can share your joys and sorrows as you go through life. The friendships that I have made with many of my classmates are real, authentic, and don’t include a bogus 60 second elevator pitch. I look forward to staying in touch with my classmates over the years. I feel indebted to them because they have helped me grow and become a better person.
  2. Development – During my time at Fisher I have had the chance to learn and grow in so many ways. Classes, case studies, interviews, guest speakers, job offer negotiations, and many other aspects of business school have given me a greater understanding of myself and what I can become. Business school is a grind which seems to break you down the first year and build you back up the second. The process is incredibly challenging but worth every minute, even when you are awake at 2:45 in the morning studying for a final.
  3. Community – This is what the Fisher College of Business is all about. When I was analyzing business schools to attend I spoke with many different people from Fisher. I talked to alumni, admissions staff, current students, and associate deans. All of them kept mentioning the word community throughout our conversations. Now I know what they mean. Fisher isn’t just a place to attend school and gain a piece of paper. There are plenty of places to do that. Fisher is a community of diverse individuals all striving for excellence. Not only is everyone welcome within the community but others help and encourage everyone to succeed. Successes are celebrated and accomplishments recognized. Students help one another succeed by working together to prepare for exams, negotiate job offers, analyze career opportunities, etc. Professors and administrators offer their wealth of knowledge and experience to students and alumni.

To summarize, Fisher has been an incredible experience and I am grateful I decided to attend school at The Ohio State University. Good people. Great education. Incredible community. I’ll never forget my time at Fisher! It’s been life changing!


Jessica Reynolds, MBA

I GRADUATED!

This past weekend was such a mix of emotions, family, friends, graduation celebrations — and lots of food and good times. Maybe a little bit too much food and good times, but hey, it was graduation!

Reynolds  family at graduation!

Reynolds family at graduation!

On Saturday, May 3rd, the Fisher College of Business held its “hooding ceremony” for all graduates. It was a great ceremony, and perfect for family, friends and loved ones to attend. The hooding ceremony (or pre-commencement) occurred at Mershon Auditorium, and is the first step of graduation weekend. All Fisher master students are encouraged to attend the intimate ceremony, and it’s a great opportunity for pictures. What can I say? I am a sucker for capturing all of the great memories. :)

As an undergraduate of OSU, I attended the big graduation in The ‘Shoe. Because the school was still on quarters, I graduated in the month of June. Personally, I thought it was HOT and LONG. However, it is a cool experience for those that have never attended – and now graduation is in May, so it is significantly cooler. If you chose not to attend the OSU graduation on Sunday, you can pick up your diploma the following week.

jr and kn - hugging - complressed

One of my best MBA buddies – Kelly!

For the Fisher pre-commencement/hooding ceremony, a few speeches were given, and then graduates for each program were called by name. You walk across the stage and a professor puts the Masters’ hood around you neck. Lucky for business students, it’s the beautiful color of drab (we all know it wasn’t a marketer that came up with THAT name!). At the end they play a slideshow (only part where I got slightly choked-up), and a brief reception is held after. It was a great time, and I was very happy that my parents and best friend were able to attend.

Me and the beautiful Melissa!

Me and the beautiful Melissa!

So, I am closing the MBA chapter of my life, and starting my journey as a young professional. I will begin my career at Alliance Data in a few months, and can’t wait to see what happens next. Entering this program was one of the best decisions I have ever made – and the laughs, tears, struggles and TONS of learning were absolutely worth it. I know that I am going to miss my business school friends that are moving across the country like crazy, but am so proud of my entire class and all our accomplishments. And, this means I have lots of people to visit!

I have made best friend, found mentors and created relationships that will last forever. None of this would have been possible without the support of my family, friends, everyone in the GPO and the Office of Career Management — and for that, I am extremely grateful.


Still feels a little weird to consider myself a Master of Business – but hey, that’s what my degree says. :)



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