One of the first things the Class of 2016 learned about during our two weeks of orientation was the Fisher Family. Community was one of the top buzzwords of the faculty and staff who presented to us, and they emphasized that everyone at Fisher – faculty, staff, and students – is here to help us grow and learn both academically and professionally.
And over the past few weeks, our class has bonded and become a family – a real one. Half the time I don’t even have to ask for help – people offer before I can. Last week, one of my classmates, Michael, gave me the contact information for one of his friends who had interned with a company I was interested in. “E-mail him!” Michael said. “He’ll definitely be able to tell you about the culture and what their internships are like.” So I did. His friend wrote me a detailed mini-essay about the company. It was awesome, and it really helped me.
Then, during the weekend, another classmate, Vlad, spent over two hours helping a group of people (including myself) figure out an accounting case. Two. Hours. It was a struggle-fest, let me tell you, as we slowly pieced together how to complete the case with Vlad acting as safety net in case we wandered too far off-track. That was two hours he could have been napping. Naps are scarce and highly valued commodities in grad school. But he helped us anyways.
And it isn’t just our class that has become a family – the Fisher Family extends outwards to past students, too. On Sunday, I was talking to my friend, Jessi, who recently graduated from Fisher. I mentioned that I was interviewing with a certain company. “Oh! You’ve got to talk to Brian!” She gave me the contact information of one of her classmates who had interned with and was currently working for the company.
And when I e-mailed Brian? He immediately suggested we set up a time to talk. When he found out I was a career-switcher, and a little overwhelmed by the tough marketing questions asked in interviews, he offered to give me interviewing help and said to e-mail him anytime I have questions.
I’ve never had so many people helping me succeed. It’s pretty amazing. If you have a weakness, your career counselors, classmates, and professors will help you strengthen that skill set. The people at Fisher – both past and present – support one another and want to see each other succeed. The Fisher Family is one of the things that most defines Fisher, and what makes it so special.