The day started, as usual, around 4:40 am in the morning. I played a kung fu form, watched a little bit of the news as I grabbed a quick bite to eat. I had prepared my lunch and dinner to be ready to go. By 5:10 am I was on my way to work with my mug full of coffee. I read over the articles that we were going to discuss in class before I prepared to do a check in for work. The client that I manage has appreciated the time that I have spent on site at their company and increased their order from our company. My boss was pretty happy, but I confess it was a little overwhelming, because it also means my responsibilities were growing. Just in time for the beginning of classes! The day quickly flew by staying consistently busy and my break around 2 pm was a welcome relief. I sat at my desk eating my lunch and my thoughts drifted to how my kids and wife were. I knew it was nap time, so I didn’t want to wake them up. The rest of the day flew by and I barely had time to finish my work.
I traveled to OSU and as I was parking the car, I got a call from our client and we had an informal chat about the ongoing partnership. I met up with some friends from class and had a nice time listening to their perspectives on careers and more background. The professor for the class tonight had a much different style and seemed to be able to engage everyone in the room without much effort.
The professor ended class early so that we could go to a networking event with Marathon Oil company. I spoke to some folks from the MHRM council and learned a couple of things about the case competition that we will be participating in. The next group that I floated to included Jill Westerfeld (career development) and an HR representative from Marathon. I asked questions about his experiences and enjoyed hearing not only about his experiences, but the fact I was asking the questions in front of Jill. I have a meeting planned with her next week, so it will be interesting to hear her impressions about the type of questions I asked and the manner with which I asked them. I spent about an hour at the event and said goodbye to a couple of classmates as I left.
I drove home, hoping that I would get the chance to see my kids before they went to sleep. Luckily, I got to hug my little girl. My little boy was a little tired, but I got to see him too. I finished off the night typing up this blog and then preparing for tomorrow.
Another busy day of work today, filled with the normal challenges that helped propel the day forward. Our boss offered to treat everybody to drinks and food, but I had to say, “no” because I had to teach a guitar lesson and it would be the first time all week that I could sit with both my kids at the same time. Before I was able to go home though, Jill Westerfeld had arranged for a photographer to come to OSU and took free professional headshots for all the Fisher Grad Students. My current LinkedIn profile is a picture of me and my daughter playing guitar. Prior to the MHRM program, I was teaching guitar full time and so it was a more appropriate photo. Now that recruiters might peek at my profile, I took advantage of the opportunity to put something more professional up.
After smiling awkwardly for the camera, I had to buy two more books for class. Since I was already on campus, I stopped by the bookstore. I have two bachelors degrees and a music minor and yet I still keep forgetting how expensive books can be. On top of that, it would seem that being in a graduate program also means that the price of books are “graduated” to a higher price tag. Despite the higher price tag, I am excited to be back on campus and look forward to getting into the material.
I got home and my wife had a nice meal for us all to enjoy together. To be honest, just holding my boy in my lap, talking to my little girl, and being with my wife was what I was really hungry for. It was like the best kind of reward for a busy week. All of us are getting used to the new schedule. We definitely haven’t worked it all out, but I believe it will come soon enough.
Classes are soon starting and I feel like I did when I was a kid going to the first day of school. There is a definite uncertainty of the future twisted with the excitement of the beginning of a new adventure. Being an untraditional graduate student, I had anticipated a certain type of distancing that would occur because of my unique background. My theory was completely demolished by the welcome provided at orientation. Professors and advisors all made me feel welcome and that I both belonged and deserved to be there. Even though orientation was only a day and a half, by the end of it, I already felt like I have known some of my classmates for a long time!
I sat there in class and connected with a few people that I had met with during orientation. We chatted about various things as we waited for the professor to come in. He introduced himself and very thoroughly went through his syllabus, clearly outlining his intentions for us to learn. He also sincerely professed his desire to help us along the way. We then had a brief lecture introducing us to the fundamentals of HR. I was really grateful to have my computer, because he spoke with such detail, that I would have had a hard time writing everything down by hand.
After the lecture there was a short break. The class seemed to re-energize a little as we broke into small group discussions about the topics we discussed. The class concluded with two of my classmates debating the issue in front of the class.
My name is Lewis Charles and I am a student in the Master of Human Resource Management program at Ohio State. I wanted to do a blog to provide people with a unique insight into life as a grad student in the program!
I have been married for thirteen years, have a three year old girl and a 11 month old boy. I have a degree in Biology from 2002 from Virginia Commonwealth University and a degree in Psychology with a Music minor from Ohio State University. I have taught guitar and lectured at Muskingum University for several years while maintaining a private studio in Worthington. I currently work full time as a staffing coordinator for a third party staffing agency.
I wanted to do a blog to share my journey with others and hope that it provides a glimpse into life as a grad student.