Buckeye Traditions

The Ohio State University has a rich history, which has inspired passion, pride and traditions. Some of the traditions that exist on campus today are the following:

“Carmen Ohio” – This song was written by The Ohio State University’s four letter athlete and Glee Club singer, Fred Cornell. This song is sung multiple times throughout football game days, as well as different commencement events (i.e. Candlelight Ceremony and graduation). The title means “Ohio Song,” and continues to be one of the university’s oldest school songs and traditions.

“Buckeye Battle Cry” – This song is recognized as Ohio State’s fight song, which is performed by the acclaimed Ohio State University Marching Band (also known as TBDBITL – The Best Damn Band in the Land).

Script Ohio – This has become a trademark associated with OSU football. TBDBITL forms a looped “Ohio” script on the field. Another tradition tied to Script Ohio is Dotting the I. Each game a different fourth- year or fifth-year sousaphone player is selected to stand as the dot in the “I” of “Ohio.”


Homecoming – There are several homecoming events that celebrate OSU students past, present and future. The Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Pep Rally help kick-off the festivities, and throughout the weekend there are tailgates, football, and more!

Mirror Lake – The Ohio State University and University of Michigan athletic rivalry is one that has caught the attention of sports fans around the world. As a result, the week leading up to the OSU vs. Michigan game is referred to as “Beat Michigan Week.” One of the events that students participate in is known as the Mirror Lake jump. Mirror Lake is a man-made pond near the Oval (also known as the heart of campus), and students gather to jump into the lake the Tuesday night of Michigan Week. It may not be sanctioned by the University, but it’s a tradition that continues to build camaraderie amongst Buckeyes.

Commencement Week – This week is filled with celebratory events for graduating students, and one of the traditions within Commencement Week is the Commencement Eve Candlelight Ceremony. This is an event where undergraduate, graduate and professional students and their families and friends gather on the Oval on Commencement Eve. Guest speakers share remarks, and then attendees light a candle and sing “Carmen Ohio.”

The Long Walk – Being a romantic, one of my favorite traditions is known as The Long Walk, which takes place on the Oval. It is said that if couples are able to walk the brick path from College Road to Thompson Library holding hands without interference or another crossing their path, then they are destined to be together forever.

These are just a few of the traditions that exist here at OSU, but there are many more. The traditions exist to bring people together, build community, and make memories.

Note: Since there are several references to TBDBITL, you can check them out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAzzbrFgcUw

Bring Your ‘A’ Game to the Internship/Job Search

Recruiting season is back, which means it’s time to bring your ‘A’ game.

Most of Fisher’s MAcc and SMF students are going through the full-time job search process (1 year programs), while the MBA and MHRM students are either going through the internship search process or full-time job search process (2 year programs). Regardless of program though, this is an exciting time of year, and students are dressed to impress!

My tips for those going through the internship or full-time job search process are quite similar, and they are as follows:

Reflect on what is important to you, both professionally and personally. Take into consideration what intrinsically motivates you (what are you passionate for), as well as what extrinsically motivates you (what tangible rewards bring you satisfaction and pleasure)? In addition, take into consideration your ‘must-have’ and ‘deal-breaker’ items. Examples of these would be location, amount of required travel, development programs, and more.

Also, consider what industries interest you. It’s okay if you are still unsure of which industries peak your interest, but narrow it down by eliminating those that you know do not interest you at all. This is where you can ask yourself questions about what products you feel some kind of connection with, or what products resonate with you or excite you.

Furthermore, consider what type of environment you are looking for. What type of culture will inspire you and bring out the most in you? Additionally, what values do you have that you would like aligned with the company you choose to work for?

Most of the tips above are focused on being introspective and thoughtful about the search process. This is because it is important to take time to soul search and identify who you are, and then how you can best align yourself with the right company and right position. Once you have taken the time to do this, I think it becomes much easier to bring your ‘A’ game, ‘A’ referring to ‘AUTHENTIC’ game (or self) in this particular instance.

Authentic Self


Q&A with a MHRM Student: Fatou D.

Q&A with MHRM Student

Fatou Diallo: MHRM Class of 2016

Hometown: Conakry,  West Africa

Undergraduate Major: Marketing and International Trade

Hobbies and Interests: Hanging out with my family and watching movies

Favorite Movies: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy F

avorite Music Genre and Favorite Band(s): R & B – Nico & Vinz: Am I wrong?

Favorite thing to do in Columbus: Going to the Columbus Zoo (nationally ranked)

What interests you most about the field of HR: Getting involved in attracting and engaging the best talent for an organization

Favorite part about being in the MHRM program at Fisher: Being around the best and brightest people in the HR field

What advice would you give incoming first years and/or prospective students: Seize every opportunity to gain knowledge (engage in class discussions and group work, get involved in student organizations, participate in extra-curricular activities, complete an internship, etc.)

Just Around the Riverbend

“What I love most about rivers is
You can’t step in the same river twice
The water’s always changing, always flowing.”

-Schwartz & Menken-

It’s now year two of the MHRM program, and I have to admit, it feels quite different. Upon arrival during first year, most students spend their first month or so in the program getting their feet wet. They’re trying to acclimate to their new home in Columbus and at OSU & Fisher. They’re also adapting to graduate level course work and the new classroom environment, becoming familiar with the faculty and their expectations of students, and building relationships with peers. Upon arrival for second year though, students are much more relaxed, laid-back and comfortable. I am not suggesting that this was not the case first year, but perhaps not immediately during first year. Nonetheless, I do think there has been a shift in attitudes and confidence.

You may be thinking, why? Well, I can only provide my opinion on the matter, but I believe it is the result of the ongoing support of our faculty and staff here at Fisher, as well as the experiences and knowledge gained from summer internships. Throughout our first year we had the opportunity to engage in class discussions and projects with our peers to push outside of our comfort zone in order to learn from one another. We also had the opportunity to build personal and professional relationships with faculty and staff, who offered their expertise, shared their personal experiences and stories, offered a listening ear, and provided guidance when needed. In addition, since one of the program requirements is the completion of a thesis or internship (most students select the internship) during the summer between the first and second year, many students are returning from their internships having gained hands-on experience in HR. Being able to apply theory, concepts and knowledge from the classroom into organizational practices is invaluable, and I think people came back with a much deeper understanding of HR, as well as a greater appreciation for the impact HR can have in organizations.

It’s just the beginning of year two, but I am excited for the fresh perspectives everyone is bringing back into the classroom, and I am excited to see how the year unfolds. What will be…’Just Around the Riverbend’?

*For those who may be unfamiliar with the quote above, reference –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZrg3hhntQY (Classic).

Q&A with a MHRM Student: Bagyasri H.

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Bagyasri Hari – MHRM Class of 2016

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Undergraduate Major: Business Management

Hobbies and Interests: Sketching/Painting, Anime, Jigsaw Puzzles and Music

What you like most about Columbus: I appreciate that it is a pretty calm and relaxing city with very friendly people.

Favorite things to do in Columbus: I enjoy shopping at the many malls and shopping centers in the area, and am really happy that Columbus has a Godiva store (I love Godiva chocolate!)

What interests you about HR: Human Resource serves as a link between a business idea and its effective implementation. It is a live wire connecting and converting ideas into happenings. I want to be actively involved in attracting and retaining the right talent, as people are the most important asset for any enterprise.

Favorite aspects of being a MHRM student at Fisher: The knowledgeable faculty, class times that allow students to balance a job and school, the atmosphere in class and the curriculum.

What advice would you give incoming first years and/ or prospective students: If you are an international student (on F1 visa), it is important to understand that it can be difficult to find an internship/job in HR as it is not a STEM field, but it is not impossible. So please be mentally prepared to be optimistic and work hard. Use the resources available like the career management office and company information sessions to network.

Negotiating Fisher MHRM Electives …

One of the Fisher MHRM program requirements for those completing Plan B (internship/tutorial) is the completion of 3 credit hours of electives. The 3 credit hours is usually completed by taking one 3 credit hour class or two 1.5 credit hour classes. Most students select MHR courses or courses within the Fisher College of Business to fulfill this requirement. However, electives can include MHR courses, Independent or Group Study hours, or outside electives in areas related to human resources.

Last session I took BUSMHR 7222: Advanced Leadership (1.5 credit hours). This course explored leadership effectiveness through class readings and discussions about effective leadership; guest speakers who shared their life stories and leadership styles, as well as tips for leading others; and introspection on one’s own leadership style and how one can improve identified areas based on 360 feedback. This course helped make the topic, leadership, much more personal. It encouraged students to reflect on their life stories, values, motivations, self-awareness, and life balance so that they can ultimately identify what they want their Leadership Legacy to be in life. Great class!

This session I am taking BUSMHR 7240: Managerial Negotiations (1.5 credit hours).  The class is focused on exploring different concepts and theories of bargaining and negotiating, as well as the different dynamics that can exist and possible resolutions. The class consists of several in class exercises and activities, which include role playing in different negotiation scenarios. I knew entering the class that at times this is going to challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone, but negotiations take place all the time (i.e. coworkers and peers, employer, significant other, children, businesses, etc.) so the knowledge and skills I will acquire throughout the class are certainly relevant and beneficial, both personally and professionally. So far, so good!

Pet or no Pet (while being a grad student)?

If you do not currently own a pet and are getting the itch to own one, I encourage you to consider a few things first.

I already owned my dog, Riggs (aka: Riggles/Rigsy) when starting the program, but pets can be a large responsibility. So consider how much time you will be able to devote to your pet during the program, especially if it is a dog. If you’re considering a dog, will you have to train them? Will they be crated or not? What are the traits of the specific breed (i.e. are they prone to anxiety, are they high energy, etc.)? The answers to these questions will impact how much time you will need to devote to them and ensuring they have healthy outlets to exert their energy. If you plan on balancing work, school (classes, studying, group work) and a social life (including events before or after class), are you okay with knowing that you may have to rearrange your schedule sometimes to meet the needs of your pet? In addition, you will need to consider whether your student budget can cover the cost of vaccinations, vet visits, food, and toys.

On the flipside, I completely understand wanting to come home to a cuddly, fluff ball. They can become quite the companion too. Heck, Riggs is like a son to me (yes, I just admitted that). A pet can bring life to a home even when you have no energy left after work or school. In addition, having to walk a dog can be surprisingly relaxing. I have come to use the walks as refreshing study breaks to clear my head and relax. One of the many benefits to living in Columbus is that it is really pet friendly. There are quite a few dog parks and scenic areas to walk your dog. There are also several places to board your pet if needed, and several daycares (If you live near Grandview or Upper Arlington…I highly recommend Puptown Lounge!). Some extra perks are that there are several food establishments that are pet friendly. DQ has “pup-cups” (Vanilla Ice Cream w/ a Milkbone) for dogs AND if you bring your dog to Graeter’s on the first Thursday of the month during the spring/summer months they will give you a FREE Frosty Paw Treat (dog ice cream)! Needless to say, but Columbus is pretty great!

Between work and school, I definitely find myself rearranging my schedule to ensure I am able to meet the needs of Riggs. This means that sometimes I can’t go out after class or I can’t just relax on campus between my job and class. In my opinion, it’s totally worth it. However, not all people would agree. So consider what is practical and feasible to maintain while pursuing the MHRM program.


Your bed becomes their bed.
Your bed becomes their bed.
Your food becomes their food.
Your food becomes their food.
Your clean room becomes their play room within 5 minutes (no joke...5 minutes)
Your clean room becomes their play room within 5 minutes (no joke…5 minutes)
Their happiness becomes your happiness.
Their happiness becomes your happiness (Riggs sure loves his DQ Pup-cups).

Things to Consider When Considering the Fisher MHRM Program

Thinking Monkey

I received my acceptance letter to the MHRM program about a year ago. So I thought I would share some of the things I considered when making my decision to apply to the Fisher MHRM program and also accept my admission.

•At the time of my acceptance I was working full-time, and I appreciated that the courses were designed for the working professional. Classes are scheduled Monday-Thursday 6:00-9:15pm, so they compliment the working professional’s work schedule very well. Most students in the program utilize this flexibility because most work in some capacity, whether part-time or full-time. For those thinking classes seem late, don’t worry. It may take some time, but your body adjusts.

•I really appreciated the program’s Core Human Resource Skills curriculum that provides a generalist’s perspective, as well as the Business Context curriculum. I think being able to speak the language of business is critical to being a strategic partner. Effective Human Resource professionals must be able to explain how Human Resources impacts the bottom line and contributes to the organization, and the program is well-designed in providing a breadth of knowledge so that individuals acquire business acumen and exposure to different areas within the field of Human Resources. In addition, I liked that the program required either a thesis or internship experience (majority of students select the internship) during the summer between their first and second year in the program. This allows students to apply and connect what they learned in the classroom to practical experience.

•The active and supportive Office of Career Management (OCM) was also something that distinguished Fisher’s MHRM program. They provide ongoing counseling, support and preparation. More importantly though, they sincerely care about each individual they work with. The OCM goes out of their way to ensure students feel ready and confident to secure and pursue internships and jobs. It was also comforting to know that the internship placement was 100% and the job placement was 93%.

• I was also impressed by the faculty and their areas of expertise. Fisher has a great mix of faculty who primarily have experience in academia, and others who have more experience in the corporate world. Again though, similar to OCM, the faculty are incredibly passionate about the field of Human Resources and take an interest in their students as individuals. Many of them are more than happy to meet with students outside of office hours to serve as mentors or advisers. Additionally, because the class size is typically around 50 students, this allows for more discussion during class and more individualized attention.

•I also liked that the program is diverse. Students come from different previous fields of study, different work experiences and years of prior work experience, and some work full-time while pursuing the program while others work part-time or not at all. Furthermore, there is a strong presence of international students in the program who add a lot of value to the program and class discussions.

•Lastly, location, location, location. I was born and raised in Northeast, Ohio. However, Columbus is something completely different than any other part of Ohio. It is such a thriving city with so much to do and see. There are several small communities/areas within Columbus that all have their own unique cultures and characteristics, which I absolutely love!

There’s No “Typical” Week

People always ask what a “typical” week of an MHRM student looks like, and I find myself stumped every time. The truth is, it varies greatly depending on the individual and their other commitments and priorities. The MHRM program has such a diverse student population that people are all over the map (or in this case, book) with what page they’re on in life and what their other commitments are. Some students juggle a full-time job and school, while others juggle a part-time job and school or are solely a student. In addition to this, we have students with varying marital and parental statuses. Plus, let’s not forget the pet owners (that’s me!) because having to run home to a dog or another pet can certainly change priorities and what a “typical” schedule looks like.

I think it comes down to what a person’s commitments and priorities are in life. MHRM classes are at least 3 nights a week from 6-9:15pm so making use of weekends is a must because “doing it after class” is simply not going to happen! When possible, and time permitting with your schedule, take advantage of the OSU and Fisher campus and amenities. There are several hot spots on campus you can go to get work done in between work, meetings, classes (electives), and more!



Gerlach Hall and Mason Hall on Fisher’s campus have plenty of breakout rooms that can be reserved for studying or group projects. Gerlach Hall also has the computer lab at your disposal for computer use and printing, and Mason Hall has Rohr Cafe for those much needed coffee breaks. Also, Subway and Panera are just across the street from Fisher so you have somewhere to go for those quick bites to eat or another place to get your work done.

When exploring OSU’s campus beyond Fisher, you can explore one of the gyms on campus: Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), Jesse Owens North (JON), Jesse Owens South (JOS), or the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC). You can also check out Thompson Library and find somewhere within the 11 story building to kickback and enjoy a good book or get work done. And, if you’re wanting more food (who doesn’t like food) just walk around the corner to High Street and enjoy one of the many options available to you!

One of the best things about Fisher is that if you want the feel of a Big 10 institution then you can certainly get that experience, but if you want the feel of a smaller community, you can certainly get that too! There are so many options available to you; you decide what your schedule looks like, how much time you spend on campus, and how you utilize all that is available to you through Fisher and OSU.


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I admit it. I am often behind on what is “trendy” and “hip,” but I’ve been seeing a lot of #nonewfriends on Twitter and Instagram. I finally took the time to look it up on Urban Dictionary though, and honestly, it is a tad #redonkulous.

I prefer, “make new friends, but keep the old.” I also think taking this approach when joining the MHRM program will get you much further both personally and professionally. We all enter the program having existing friendships and relationships, but I think it is crucial to be open to creating new ones.

I’ve mentioned on previous blogs how Fisher provides numerous opportunities to engage with peers, such as orientation, MHRM Council events, group work, and more. We also have different opportunities to get to know the Fisher MBA, MAcc, and SMF students too, which is awesome! We have two years in the program and work very closely with our peers throughout the entire duration. It makes the experience much more enjoyable if you make friends along the way.

With class sizes of roughly 50, most of us have different interests and hobbies, share different experiences and backgrounds, and also may be on different pages in life than others, so I think it becomes natural to find individuals who you may connect with better than others, but keeping an open mind and heart can elevate your experiences during your time at Fisher. Don’t be afraid to try new things, or to go outside of your comfort zone from time to time, or to socialize with people different than yourself. Most importantly, don’t let the time you have at Fisher slip away without making #newfriends.