With no intention of bothering you with grueling details of assignments, projects and exams, here are some important updates on the bright side of my life:
Columbus welcomed bona fide snow that successfully accumulated overnight at the end of November. It was something like this… isn’t it beautiful?
Over Thanksgiving break, my friend Rizvi (who is also from the SMF program) and I took an awesome road trip to Chicago. We visited the famous Millenium Park, strolled alongside Lake Michigan and experienced Black Friday vibes at Macy’s.
While wind chill was real in the Windy City, we managed to stay warm by eating a lot! We slept in and gobbled down cheesy deep dish pizza in our Airbnb, enjoyed all-you-can-eat hot pot in Chinatown on Thanksgiving and wrapped up our last night in the city with some warm pho soup. Trying new food is the best part of traveling, don’t you all agree?
Oh and before we hit the road on Saturday, November 24, 2018, we witnessed Ohio State’s seventh consecutive victory over Michigan in our car. What a life!
To enjoy the good weather while it lasts, my friend Ben and I visited the village Yellow Springs last weekend. We first went to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, where pets were not allowed, and then turned to John Bryan State Park to make it up to Coke the Husky.
Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve was located in a quiet small town with little sign of human habitation. The pity was that almost all trees there had already shed their leaves (if only we had come earlier!). Nonetheless, I enjoyed the serenity there.
John Bryan State Park warmly welcomed Coke with a red-and-yellow carpet of autumn leaves. I want to say that we took Coke for a nice stroll, but it was actually the other way around since he was super excited about nature and kept pulling on the leash, so we were basically dragged in whichever direction he decided to take. But it was OK because he’s cute!
Along the way, Ben picked Coke up in his arms so I could take a close-up. Coke, who is two years old, apparently thought he was already too old for this and gave us an awkward look (OK we get it, you’re a big boy now), which was still SO CUTE in my eyes LOL.
After our trip, we treated ourselves to some hot food at Jiu Thai Asian Cafe. Yummy! : )
At last, just a photo of banana, nuts and Greek yogurt I recently made slipped in (Ohh and it might snow next week. Literally can’t wait).
Although I knew nothing about football, my friend Ben did not give up on me and he was kind enough to invite me to a revenge game this past Saturday, where－SPOILER ALERT－Buckeyes returned home and fended off the Nebraska Cornhuskers!
The game was really tight the whole time, giving everyone in the audience a hard time. Fortunately, it was a happy ending!
With Ben’s detailed explanation during the game, my understanding of football grew from 0% to at least 60%－enough to pass a test if given one.(Thank you, Ben!)
What I enjoyed most in the game was the incredibly contagious Buckeye spirit! It was like we were all in this together… you just have to be there to feel it. Oh, how adorable Buckeyes are!
I’m really, really glad The Ohio State Buckeyes won their game. This may sound cliche but, I am so proud to be a Buckeye. : )
(This post is dedicated to all the avocado lovers in the world… I know there are many of us out there.)
So every morning I get up at 6 to go swimming at the RPAC. It’s already 30-ish degrees right now, but the hardest part is not jumping in the water since they’ve got awesome warm water pools. Instead, climbing out of bed is the challenge here. Let’s hope I can keep up on this early-morning swim thing when winter comes!
Cutting to the chase, after swimming, I am always VERY hungry. I want to share with you how I eat breakfast like a queen:
Step 1: What is more cheerful than cutting open an avocado? I can’t be the only one who feels like a proud mom when looking at these perfect halves!
Step 2: Mash the green little things and grill them on toast with tuna and cheese. My heart missed a beat when taking this picture… So beautiful!
Step 3: Best avocado toast in the world IMO.
I’m not a cooking enthusiast, but I still feel blessed to have a decent oven in my dorm. Hope you enjoyed my simple recipe!
Shout out to avocado lovers again: An avo a day!!!
It’s getting colder and prettier in Columbus. Stay warm and happy everyone 🙂
Hello dear readers, this is Zola speaking. At the start of my life as a Fisher grad blogger, I would like to introduce myself:
Where do I come from?
Taiwan. A tiny island across the whole Pacific Ocean. On this map, you can get a rough idea of its size and distance. (It took me about 32 hours flying and waiting at airports to get to Columbus!)
Before coming to OSU, I graduated from National Taiwan University with bachelor’s degrees in Finance/Accounting and my one-year internship at KPMG Advisory in June.
Why am I here?
My list of applications for graduate programs abroad was not super long: Three schools. That’s it. And oh you bet The Ohio State University was on the top of it. Not only was I deeply impressed by the “Buckeye Proud” during my school research, the super friendly and helpful Assistant Director of Specialized Graduate Recruiting & Admissions Rebecca Zurek also made me fall in love with the school and the SMF program itself. With enormous help from Rebecca and the Director of Specialized Graduate Recruiting & Admissions Rob Chabot, I was fortunate enough to receive the University Fellowship, which has made my OSU experience even better.
How’s it going so far?
Right after my flight landed in Columbus, I lived with a temporary homestay arranged by International Friendships, Inc (IFI). The host, Janet, and her family welcomed me with open arms, allowing me to adapt to my new life in the U.S. with absolute ease. I really couldn’t appreciate their kindness more. I strongly recommend applying for a short-term homestay through IFI to any international student who wishes to make local friends and experience American culture before school starts!
Now, I have been through the preterm courses in August led by the SMF program director Professor George Pinteris, which is basically Finance 101 for the SMF program and I personally consider a solid start of the program.
Sneak peek of my next episode
Just one month into the new semester, I’ve already started to know my way around the SMF program, the OSU campus and Columbus itself. I will be sharing something fun about my classes, my dorm, my food and… just MY LIFE in general. Hope that’s spicy enough.:) Don’t change the channel!