Being back home this past weekend for Thanksgiving Break got me thinking about what I am thankful for. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to say that there is so much I am thankful for, and that I have been very blessed throughout my life. So much has changed in just the past year alone though. I got my rescue dog (Riggs), bought my first home, and began the Fisher MHRM program and my position as the MHRM Ambassador.

Deciding to attend the Fisher MHRM program was one of the best decisions and investments I have made for myself. The path I took to get to where I am today was not always clear, but I am so happy with where it led me. The MHRM program has a rather diverse student population with different cultures, educational backgrounds, work experiences, and more. Prior to beginning the MHRM program I had received an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration. It was not until my first Masters program and two years of full-time work after that I learned more about the different HR functions and fell in love with it!

When the time felt right, I started researching different programs, and it did not take long for me to realize how Fisher’s program is set apart from several of the other programs. I firmly believe that people need to find programs and schools that are a good fit for them, and that are aligned with their goals and aspirations. Nonetheless, Fisher’s MHRM faculty and staff have a passion for what they do and take a sincere interest in their students.

I didn’t have a HR background or business background prior to beginning the MHRM program, so I love that the program provides a business acumen and HR Generalist’s perspective. Plus, I think the curriculum is positioned nicely and helps create a foundation to build upon throughout one’s time in the program. The faculty also do a great job at breaking content down so that it is digestible, but if students have questions or concerns along the way, faculty and peers are more than willing to provide assistance!

In addition to the distinguished curriculum and faculty, the Fisher staff is extremely supportive. The Graduate Programs Office staff and the Career Management staff go above and beyond to ensure that students have the necessary resources to succeed. They are readily available, approachable, and care about you and how they can help.

I’m also super thankful for how inviting the program is. I was a little nervous before starting the program, not only about the curriculum, but also about the culture that would exist within the business school. I was happy to find that people are overwhelmingly supportive, and that peers are willing and able to help one another and encourage one another. I love that the class size is typically 45-50 students because that allows us to get to know each other, both inside and outside of the class.

So, as I think about the past year and where I am at in life, I think choosing to pursue the MHRM program at Fisher has definitely impacted me for the better. I can honestly say that it was a great decision and that I am thankful for the knowledge, skills, experiences, and friendships the program has provided thus far.

Did I mention how thankful I am for all the free food at Fisher too?!?
Did I mention how thankful I am for all the free food at Fisher too?!?


Class Projects in the Fisher MHRM Program

The majority of MHRM courses have a group project as one of the graded assignments. I know what you’re thinking, and I’m fairly certain that everyone could admit that working in teams isn’t “always” easy. Multiple people often means multiple and/or differing communication styles. On the flip side though, multiple people also means multiple strengths, abilities, and ideas that can contribute to the final product. Overall, I think this is good practice for the real world. We all need to be able to work effectively in teams and groups because we are going to have to do so after we graduate, so why not start practicing now?

Quite a few instructors will assign groups, which has been another great way for me to get to know people in the program. The program utilizes several ways to connect with peers, such as orientation, classes, extracurricular activities, socials, and yes, group projects.

Another benefit to the group projects is learning more about Human Resource practices currently being used in different organizations today. Through your own research and listening to peer findings, you learn more about HR best practices and what a high performing organization looks like.


Homage founder and creator, Ryan Vesler.

Business Excellence I assigned a group project that required each team to analyze an organization using the VRIO and Five Forces models. My group and I interviewed Homage, which is a vintage inspired clothing company that highlights moments and history around pop culture, sports, colleges, and cities. They are also known for their quality materials and products, as well as their comfort. We had the opportunity to meet the founder and creator of Homage, Ryan Vesler. His passion, innovation and motivation were truly inspiring, which made this a really fun experience. Plus, I got to take home a super comfy hoodie (an added bonus). It feels like I’m walking around in a snuggie. Needless to say, but it’s a new favorite of mine!


The Internship



Fisher MHRM students have the opportunity to choose between completing a thesis or an internship experience to fulfill their graduation requirement for the program. The class makeup is pretty diverse with people from a wide range of academic backgrounds and working experience, so it’s convenient that people have two different options. Nonetheless, the majority of students choose to complete an internship. Luckily, Fisher does a phenomenal job at connecting students to different opportunities for the internship and provides resources and support throughout the entire process.

Those who choose the internship option have the opportunity to begin their search from the moment they step foot on campus. Fisher and the Office of Career Management are intentional in their efforts to provide students multiple networking opportunities, informational sessions with different companies, Career Fairs, and more. Plus, they make it super easy to arrange meetings, mock interviews, and resume reviews with the Office of Career Management. MHRM students have a primary contact in the Office of Career Management, Jill Westerfeld, who meets with each student within the first couple weeks of class to discuss and explore the individual’s goals and objectives, potential industries and companies of interest, and general requirements and/or restrictions for their internship. Once this assessment is completed, she continually provides resources and support to help students find a good fit and the experience they’re looking for.

In addition to utilizing the Office of Career Management, it’s important to frequently utilize Fisher Connect to review and apply to open internships, and to utilize Fisher’s HUB to register for information sessions and Career Fairs. Not everyone knows what type of industry they’re wanting to work in for their internship during week 1, and that’s okay. The important thing is to respond with curiosity, and to learn more about different industries and companies so that you get a better feel for what would be a good fit!

Once you’ve submitted your resume through Fisher Connect and you’ve been granted an interview…prepare! Before the interview, do research on the company and practice interviewing. During the interview, dress business professional, make frequent eye contact, try to remain upbeat/positive (it’s understandable that there may be a certain degree of nervousness, but you got the interview for a reason so ‘TRY’ to remain calm and confident), listen carefully and ensure you respond to the questions being asked, utilize the STAR approach (Situation-Task-Activity-Result) when answering questions, and ask the interviewers questions about topics you genuinely want to know more about.

The internship search process is what you make of it, but there are many possibilities. You have the option to secure an internship through Fisher’s networks or to conduct an independent search, and you can decide whether you want to relocate or stay within the Columbus area. At the end of they day, it’s an opportunity for you to learn more about yourself, as well as an opportunity to learn more about what you’re looking for and what you’re not looking for.

Be proactive in learning more about what you need and want with regard to the internship experience then seek out different opportunities that are aligned. Prepare. Keep and open mind and remain positive. Lastly, don’t compare yourself to others because what may be a good fit for them, may not be a good fit for you. Both the search process AND the actual internship experience are learning opportunities though, so don’t forget that!

Reflecting on Session 1: How Grad School Differs from Undergrad

The first session of classes is concluding, and I’m left wondering where the time went! Luckily, only one more final to go!

I’ve had an increasing number of people recently ask me what the differences between undergraduate and graduate school are. My initial thought is that you need to show up. I mean REALLY show up (Yes, literally. Go to class!). Also, BE PRESENT (Be prepared and ready)!

Current mood because of my last final for session 1 tomorrow.
Current mood because of my last final for session 1 tomorrow.

Several undergraduate classes are designed as lectures. However, that’s not the case for most graduate programs, and certainly not the MHRM program. Instructors expect students to have read the assigned readings and come prepared to engage in conversation and ask questions about the readings. This may be intimidating to those who are not comfortable public-speaking, as this is something I continue to challenge myself to improve on. Nonetheless, the instructors and classmates are extremely supportive and provide continual encouragement. Plus, this provides a great opportunity to learn from peers, and practice and apply real principles and concepts that are related to the field!

Another large difference for many students is having to adjust to the 7 week session classes. So when I was asked last week what I would do differently thus far in the program, I would advise anyone to start off strong with your best foot forward. There’s no more “syllabus day.” So during the first class of each course, when the instructor explains the course project (most courses have 1-2 exams and a paper/project), there’s no waiting until later. There’s not really a “later” to rely on because the session moves pretty rapidly. Use your time wisely and plan ahead. So if the semester looks like it is going to get increasingly demanding, get the ball rolling on the project earlier in the session or semester. Trust me, you will be incredibly thankful!

Additionally, since graduate programs are typically smaller in size, I think it’s fairly natural for a stronger sense of community to be created with classmates. Fisher plays an integral part in helping to create this community through different intentional efforts, though. Between the discussion-based classes, group projects, and weekly outings, graduate school definitely creates a very strong sense of community. It’s the best of both worlds. Fisher creates a space to learn and grow, as well as laugh and play.

Lions and Tigers and…Dinosaurs?!? OH MY!

Let’s be honest, between school, work, and life, it can get a little hectic at times. Nonetheless, I’ve quickly learned the importance of making sure I take care of myself as a whole so that I don’t get burnt out.

It can be easy to get caught up with the hustle and bustle of school, work, and going through the job or internship process. If we don’t manage our time properly or we don’t prioritize, other important things can fall to the wayside. At the end of the day though, we’re much more than a student. Whether it’s working out, shopping, going to sporting events, hanging out with family and friends, attending cultural events, or something else…it’s important to take time for ourselves. With that said though, it’s also really important to know your limits and know that it’s okay to say “no” sometimes.

I’m slowly (but surely) getting back into the groove of things, and I’m feeling better about prioritizing and ensuring that I have time to do what I ‘need’ to do, as well as what I ‘want’ to do. Columbus is too great of a city to let time fly by without exploring what it has to offer. From the world renowned Columbus Zoo, the Short North Gallery Hop, the concert venues, theaters, cultural events, Movie Tavern, multitude of restaurants for foodies with any preference, or the school spirit and pride that exists throughout the city during game days…there’s something for everyone! Gotta love this city!

Exploring the Columbus Zoo! Dinosaur Island...sign us up!
Exploring the Columbus Zoo! Who wouldn’t love Dinosaur Island?!?





The Journey Begins…

It’s weird to think that this exciting new journey as a first year MHRM student has finally begun. Oh, the places WE’LL go!

From the moment I stepped foot on campus, both the faculty and staff have done a phenomenal job at extending a warm welcome and offering a helping hand to get students acclimated. It has been intentional acts of kindness such as this that has helped me quickly connect with the OSU campus, resources and community. I cannot stress how critical and helpful orientation was for me a couple weeks ago. I will be the first to admit that I was a little nervous going in to orientation. I didn’t really know anyone in the program, and I had no idea what orientation would entail. Nonetheless, it was a great opportunity to mix and mingle with faculty, staff and peers in a casual environment. Faculty and staff provided invaluable information about resources available on campus, as well as information about how to get involved in order to make the most of graduate school. In addition, we had an entire day designated towards Career Management where we learned the ins and outs of professional networking, utilizing the career management websites and tools, and conducting a successful internship search. This also provided us the unique opportunity to meet and network with knowledgeable HR professionals from different organizations, such as P&G, Rolls-Royce, PepsiCo, and Eaton.

Let’s not forget one of my favorite parts of orientation…meeting my peers! Graduate school emphasizes teamwork and group work, so it was really nice being able to meet my classmates before the academic school year began. It didn’t take long before making plans to hangout with my new MHRM friends outside of the classroom. It’s comforting knowing that we all are in this together, and that we can support one another through this new adventure! Together…we got this!