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Penn State vs Ohio State

Football season is one of the best parts of autumn quarter at Ohio State.  Ohio is plagued by awful NFL teams – specifically the Browns but I guess the Bengals also need to be put in this category.   Despite the Browns and Bengals struggles, the OSU Buckeyes are consistently a powerhouse in college football.  This helps my sanity as the Bengals season continues to implode.

Although the Buckeyes won’t battle for the national championship this January, they still have a great shot to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl.  This past weekend the Buckeyes played the Nittany Lions and came out victorious despite a few first half scares.

Regardless of the win, this weekend was really great because a few of my undergraduate classmates came to town to visit and watch the game.  I wasn’t able to get tickets for everyone, so I sold my ticket and we all went to the Varsity Club to watch the game with hundreds of other fans.  If you ever aren’t able to go to a game, I highly recommend you watch at the Varsity Club.  It turns into quite the scene by the fourth quarter.


Cardinal Health

I have good news to report tonight…

A few weeks ago, Cardinal Health offered me a full-time position as a finance manager.   After speaking with my family, friends, and former colleagues, I decided to accept the offer.  I’m happy to have my job search complete and I’m even happier to be returning to a company I know and like.  This past summer, I interned in Cardinal’s Nuclear Pharmacy division and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.  Over the next few months, I will work to improve my financial skill set and prepare myself for a successful start to my new career.


A day in my shoes

I’ve always wanted to record a day in my life, but my life has generally been too boring to record.  I’m not saying that my life is now any less boring, but it is a lot busier.  Here is a general layout of my Mondays & Wednesdays.

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6:40 – Alarm clock rings.  I quickly turn it off and roll back over for a few more minutes of sleep.

6:45 AM – Phone alarm sounds.  This alarm I can’t ignore since my phone is on the other side of the room.  I get up, turn off my phone and quickly browse the 13 emails I received overnight.   Most of the emails are from the university… they get deleted.  A handful of other emails are regarding group projects, so I hold off reading them until later in the day when I am more alert.

6:50 – I quickly eat breakfast even though I am not hungry – I realize in a few hours I’ll be starving if I don’t eat.

7:00 – I jump in the shower.  I’m already running late.  I quickly dry off, dress, pack my books and head out the door to the Fisher College of Business.

7:20 – I roll up to the St. John’s Arena/ ROTC parking lot and claim one of the best spots since no one else is awake – even the army reserves.

7:27 – I stroll into Schoenbaum Hall to teach the BA499 recitation.  About 34 of my students are already there.  It will be another 10-15 minutes for the next 6 to show up.

7:30 – 9:18 –> I start teaching the BA499 class.  Today each student has to turn in their first paper of the quarter and they also have to do their elevator speech in front of the class.  Overall, everyone does a great job and we manage to have fun in the process.

9:30 – 11:18 –> I start my second BA499 recitation class.  This time most of the students are on time.  This class is livelier since they were able to sleep a few additional hours.  I’m significantly better teaching this class since it is my second time through the material.

11:30 AM – 12:10 PM –> I arrive at Gerlach Hall and spend a half hour replying to emails and making sure I’m prepared for classes.

12:20 PM – 1:20 –> I meet with fellow members of FGSA and interview a classmate about a new student organization focused on Risk Management.  The meeting goes well and we determine that the group has merit but we need to gauge student body interest before we approve the organization.

1:23 – 1:27 –-> I inhale a PB&J sandwich I packed the night before.  I recently bought a plastic container to protect my sandwich from getting smashed.  Unfortunately I have been unable to successfully remove the Crayola sticker on the front of my container so I take a ribbing from a few classmates.  This doesn’t bother me because my sandwich is 3 times thicker now that it can’t get smashed while in my bag.

1:30 – 3:20 –> I attend class on Organizational Turnarounds taught by Jeff Rodek, former CEO of Hyperion.  In this class, we analyze the decisions Professor Rodek took while he was the Chief Executive of Hyperion.

3:30 -5:45 –> Standing meeting with my finance group to go over the next day’s homework for Dean Wruck’s valuations class.

6:00 – 7:45 –>  Attend Jay Barney’s Advanced Strategic Analysis class.  Professor Barney cold calls students based on names he randomly selects before class.  This makes me nervous because I usually have a good response to half his questions.  The goal is get selected for a question you can answer, otherwise you get labeled “the stupid kid.”

7:47 – I quickly run downstairs to grab a cup of coffee because my day is still not over.

8:00 – 9:45 PM –> Attend Steven Young’s Financial Institutions class.  At this point, I am on the verge of falling asleep despite the coffee.  It has nothing to do with the Professor or the class.  In fact, I think it is one of the more interesting classes I have taken at Fisher.  It really doesn’t matter how much coffee you drink, at this point I have been up since 6:40AM and have only had a bowl of cereal and a triple stuffed PB&J sandwich.

9:50 – Leave Gerlach, head to my car.  On the walk I start to plan out my dinner options.

10:00 – Eat dinner, respond to emails from students in my class, complete my homework for Dean Wruck’s class tomorrow, and organize the assignments from the two classes I taught earlier in the day.

1 AM – Finish Dean Wruck’s assignment.  Convince myself that I’m actually too tired to do anything else.  End up going to bed.

1:01AM – Fall asleep


New year, same old stuff

After a busy start to the quarter, things are finally slowing down.  Part of the reason I have been so busy is because I have over-committed myself for the first quarter (taking 4 classes, teaching 2 classes, and leading the Fisher Graduate Student Association).  It also doesn’t help that my Cincinnati Reds made it to the playoffs  (I needed to go home last Sunday to attend the game… I really didn’t have an option since the Reds haven’t been to the playoffs in fifteen years.)  This past weekend I attend a friend’s wedding in Philadelphia.  If the wedding was a year earlier, I don’t think I would have attended since I was worried about the classes during my first year.  As a second year student, I know what is expected of me and I know how to better manage my time so that weekend excursions are possible.

Tonight’s blog entry needs to be short because I am still slightly behind on my finance and strategy homework, but stay tuned since I’ll be posting some big news in my next blog entry.


Time Management

Just like last year, I have a feeling the fall quarter is going to be the busiest time of the year.  (It doesn’t help that it is also football season… and for the first time in 15 years, baseball postseason for my Cincinnati Reds.)

I’m not exactly sure why, but I decided to take all the time intensive classes that I need to graduate this quarter.  That includes Dean Wruck’s finance class and Jay Barney’s advanced strategy class.  Along with these classes, I am also the TA for BA 499: Applied Business Skills and the Environment of Business.  I taught my first class on Wednesday and I think it went pretty well.  Next quarter should be much easier and less time intensive since I’ll already have my PowerPoint slides created and I’ll know the routine.

In the little time I have remaining, my goal is to get back in shape so I can row with some former teammates at the Henley Royal Regatta in England next July.  Hopefully I will become more efficient with my time so I can find a way to get everything done… while still getting some sleep.


The End of Summer

After a summer absence from blogging, I’m officially back.   Why the long absence you wonder?  My answer is two parts: first, when the weather is nice I try using my computer an absolute minimum.  Second, my computer had a hardware malfunction and I couldn’t type anything without wanting to slam my computer against a wall.  For a few months I thought I had set my default settings to the “sticky key” format but after several long phone calls with Dell, it turned out my computer keyboard was shot and my DVD reader was also broken.  Fortunately I was able to replace the parts before my warranty expired.   Now business school is in full gear and this blog will become part of my routine again, especially as the days slowly become shorter and colder.   Since so much time has elapsed, I’ll give some quick updates.

  • Cardinal Health- This summer I spent 12 weeks interning at Cardinal Health in the Nuclear Pharmacy Services Division.  This finance internship drastically improved my excel skills and I was able to apply several business school concepts to the position.  Overall the internship went very well and I am going to stay in conversations with Cardinal Health about a full time position next year.
  • Teaching Assistant – I accepted a TA position for an undergraduate class taught by Dr. Tansky.   This is a 20 hour TA, so I won’t have much free time this year, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have my tuition waived.  I also see this as a great opportunity to practice my own public speaking skills.
  • FGSA –  Last spring, I was elected President of FGSA.  Over the summer I spent several hours each week preparing for the upcoming year and planning endless meetings.  Between my TA and my involvement with FGSA, I will have little to no free time.
  • Upcoming classes – I’ll be taking four classes this quarter.  Two finance classes, a strategy class and a leadership class.  I’m going to major in Finance and Strategy, so this year will be mostly quantitative.

That’s pretty much it.  I think we are all caught up on my last three months.  Overall my summer was really busy, but I was able to get a lot out of it and even sneak in a few relaxing weekends.  My goal now is to start blogging once a week.  Stay tuned.


Updates

I’m back… sorry for the long absence.

A lot has been going on recently and unfortunately blogging had to take a backseat while I prepared for final presentations, exams and the start of my internship.  The good news is that I successfully made it through my first year of the MBA program and have an awesome internship lined up for the summer.

Internship – I have made it through my first week at Cardinal Health.  I’m a Finance intern for the  Nuclear Pharmacy Services division.  I find the work really interesting and have already learned an unbelievable amount.  I’ll continue updating the blog with work related updates.

Next summer plans – I recently committed to join some of my Yale rowing friends in a competition next summer (The Henley Royal Regatta) in Henley-on-Thames, England.  This will be my fourth time rowing in the regatta, so hopefully we can finally win it.  The regatta is similar to March Madness – basically it is a single elimination bracket and teams row a 2112 meter course in a one-on-one competition.  If you win every race it will be five consecutive days of exhaustive races.

I’m going to remain quite busy with FGSA this summer.  We are working with Dean Wruck to set-up several “current event debates” between faculty members during the lunch hour.  If you have any good ideas for topics, please let me know.

That’s all for now.  I’ll start updating the blog more often.

-Joe


Third Quarter Update

It has been a while since my last blog, but I’ve had absolutely no time this quarter.  It’s actually a little strange considering I’m only taking four classes and my internship search is complete.  My lack of time is directly correlated to the increased reading load of the core classes.  Strategy and Global Business alone require us to read and understand several case studies a week and, in addition, Global Business requires us to read The Economist and prepare for a quiz every Wednesday.  I might have mentioned this before, but if you’re unfamiliar with The Economist it is basically a dry, British magazine focused on global affairs from a British perspective.  It’s not the most amusing way to spend a Tuesday night.

In order to remain sane with all the reading, I have really looked forward to our weekly intramural softball games.  The team has improved each week and we’ve really surprised people who have underestimated us because of our 30th seed ranking.  Unfortunately our season ended tonight in the quarter-finals.  We played a solid game against the law school, but we had one bad inning and it turned out to be too much to overcome.  It’s unfortunate because we were probably the two best teams in the tournament and if we had been able to beat the law school, we probably could have won the whole tournament.  I guess it’s time to recommit 100% to classes, projects and finals.


Intramural Softball Playoffs

Tonight was the first round of The Ohio State Intramural Softball Playoffs.  Although I always find a way to injure myself while playing intramural sports, I am committed to finishing the season.  This decision probably has less to do with my commitment to the team and more to do with the fact that my scar actually turned out to look pretty sweet.  Anyways back to the softball story.  Since we lost a couple of games in the regular season, we were able to make the playoffs but by the skin of our teeth.  Entering the tournament with the 30th seed, we weren’t too excited about having to play the #3 team.  (Seeds 1 and 2 are given a first round bye.)  You’re probably thinking:  The MBA team probably isn’t bad, but they certainly aren’t capable of beating one of the best teams, especially the young undergraduate teams.  If this is what you thought, you’re wrong.   Tonight, we destroyed our undergraduate opponents and taught them a valuable life lesson:  softball is a game that is meant for out-of-shape graduate school students with beer guts and receding hairlines.

We were able to bat around the line-up several times and scored 20+ runs in five innings, which included four homer runs (one by me).  The umpire had to call the game after the fifth inning because of the 10 run mercy rule.  It was definitely exciting to be a part of a team that played exceptionally well.  Hopefully we can keep this momentum and bring a softball championship to Fisher College.


Spring Town Hall meeting

On Wednesday, April 28, FGSA hosted our final Town Hall meeting of the school year.  The turnout was larger than expected, but we had plenty of pizza for everyone. To kick-off the meeting, the Social Chairs announced their upcoming events and reminded us to buy tickets to the Fisher Formal on May 14th.

After the announcement, FGSA asked for feedback regarding the two-day course evaluation panel comprised of 2nd year students. Overall, the event seemed to be a major success and there was overwhelming support for us to host the event next year, even if online course evaluations are available.

Following this discussion, FGSA updated the class on our progress with implementing a course evaluation system. A few weeks ago, we discovered that The Undergraduate Student Government recently purchased a course evaluation system which could be the solution to our problem. We have requested a meeting with the USG to determine if there is a way to customize the system to better cater to our needs.

The conversation then shifted to a few other projects that FGSA is working on which included getting picnic tables for the Fisher courtyard, adding a copy machine to the computer lab, and improving the room reservation system. After a brief overview of these projects, FGSA opened the floor to questions and comments. The overarching theme is that FGSA should work towards improving alumni relations and find a way to improve the room reservation system. Other suggestions included purchasing a fax machine for the computer lab, developing alternatives to expensive course packets, and getting an ATM machine in Gerlach Hall.

Our next meeting with Dean Wruck is on May 17th and we’ll address these issues with her during that meeting. In the meantime, let us know if you have any other suggestions.

Sam Adams & Joe Fahrendorf

Sam Adams & Joe Fahrendorf

Spring Town Hall Meeting

Spring Town Hall MeetingTown Hall meeting

FGSA Town Hall meeting

FGSA Town Hall meeting


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