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Fisher Follies Auction

Here comes the time for the Fisher Follies Auction, which marks the beginning of the Thanksgiving season. Some background information on the event: Fisher Follies Auction is organized by Fisher graduate students and aims to raise funds for Fisher students who are facing unexpected or extreme hardship. This year, the auction has received over 100 generous donations from students, faculty, and staff.

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The auction has become a hot topic for all of our MBA students who are exciting to offer a bid. To me, I am interested in “A Day with Mr. Warren Buffet.” The lucky bidder will be joining the trip to Omaha and will get to spend a day with Mr. Buffet over the spring break. Some other interesting auction items are “Prime Seating for Your Family in the Pre-commencement Exercises,” “Best Seat in the Shoe,” and an “All Expenses Paid Trip to California: SEA and C-Suites.”  I have to mentioned that one of the most exciting moments in the auction was the bidding for the California trip. Prof. Matta, our Marketing professor, will lead a team to visit Apple headquarters, have conversations with C-level executives, and tour an exclusive winery and estate. Apparently, all the bidders have done a lot of studies in terms of the bidding strategy and it ended with a historical price of $4,100 for 4 persons.

Lucky guys!

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The auction has raised over $23,500, which will be used to strengthen the Fisher community. I have to say, I’m lucky to be one of the members of the Fisher family and know I will be taken care of all the time.


Attending Diversity Career Fairs !

For an MBA student, September and October are probably the busiest months. We are surrounded by company info sessions, interviews, and of course, career fairs. Career fairs are the first step you get to know a company, and usually recruiters use career fairs as a filter to screen out unqualified candidates. Besides from the career fairs at Fisher, there are a couple of nation-wide influential diversity career fairs, such as National Black MBA Annual Conference, National Society of Hispanic MBA Annual Conference, and Asian MBA Annual Conference, just to name a few. Don’t give up these great opportunities if you have a misperception about who are qualified to attend these diversity career fairs. Every MBA student, no matter race, are welcome to attend. In terms of the job locations, most of the openings are based in U.S. However, there are companies which are actively seeking candidates to work abroad. One of my American classmates asked me several weeks ago how to find a job in Asia, Singapore to be specific, because he wanted to have more international exposure. Asian MBA Conference is a good source for him.

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The pace of conferences are fast and interview opportunities are given in advance or on that day because recruiting companies really want to find best candidates as soon as possible to fill out the opening positions. Many of my classmates successfully got internship/fulltime interviews during conferences and got offers afterwards.  Here are some helpful tips that are given by Fisher Career Management Office:

  • Review the list of companies who will be attending
  • Apply for positions that interest you on conferences’ websites, as many companies have jobs posted with deadlines that fall before the Recruiting Event.
  • Research your target companies.
  • Practice your elevator pitch, prepare for career-related conversations and refine your interview stories

In a word, definitely attend those diversity career fairs if you have enough budget!

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Happy Lunar New Year! An Amazing Celebration in Fisher!

Happy New Year every one! January 30th was the first day of Chinese New Year-the year of Horse! To me, it was my first time to celebrate this traditional Chinese festival abroad. It should be the day to spend with family members, just like Christmas. This year, instead of celebrating it with my family members in Beijing, I celebrated it with my new family members in Columbus! Check this video for all those sweet greetings sent from my classmates:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhWCpm5wB6g

Isn’t it sweet? All of them in the video are saying Happy New Year in Chinese. My fantastic classmates are so interested in learning Chinese and Chinese culture.

photo-CNY2So, in Fisher, as an international student, you are never alone. Last Saturday night, the CBPA(Chinese Business Professional Association) and MBLE Council held the Chinese New Year Gala in Fisher. A total of 150 people attended this gala, including First year and second year MBA students, MBLE students,  professors, and corporate guests. Everybody had a lot of fun. Picking eggs by using chopsticks, guessing the Chinese idioms, Chinese Kongfu show……and, of course, Chinese food! 3 hours passed fast…..I’m even looking forward to the gala next year! And I hope more and more friends come and join us to celebrate the new year.

As Chinese old saying, it’s always lucky for a person born in the year of Horse. I wish, not only to those who were born in the year of horse, but also to everyone in the MBA program, a prosperous year of Horse! Good luck in your MBA study!

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My First Year MBA Life Begins!

After 5 years working, I finally choose to come back to school to pursue a MBA degree. Exciting! Everything at Fisher and OSU is new to me; it’s totally different from my past experience in the undergraduate university in Beijing. During Pre-term from 5/Aug to 21/Aug, I met my dearest classmates,  those guys will spend the next 2 years with me. How wonderful! It must be quite  amazing to share each others’ experience and wonderful stories in class. Also, each of us was assigned to a team, usually 4-5 team members per team, including 1-2 international students and 1-2 female students. For my team, my dear team 13, we have John, Tara, Joey, Deepu and me. It is important to build a team successfully because many assignments are required to be handed in as a team. I must say, my team members are fabulous, talented, passionate and nice!

 



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