I’m finally back!!

Hey guys –

After a somewhat long hiatus I am finally back!

These past few weeks have been unbelievable: class workload AND work – we have been 60% to capacity at work, which makes for a very long and tiring week.  No worries now – we have added another team member and we are in the process of hiring one more (uhu!!!!).

Let’s first catch up on Spring Break….

Lots of Fisher bloggers have been posting about their Spring Break adventures in the warm waters of Florida or by a pool somewhere.  Well, I decided to be different.  I spent Spring Break working on focus groups for a client in Dallas, TX and Chicago, IL.  I had a marvelous time with great weather in Dallas followed by a lengthy adventure in the Windy City.

Since I was finishing up work in Chicago, I decided to spend a long weekend there right before the start of the quarter.  This was my first touristic trip to Chicago.  All of the other times I have been there were for business only.  My husband and I had a great time acting goofy like all tourists do with their cameras.  We got a CityPass deal which got us into five major Chicago attractions for $69 a piece and, the best part, let us cut the long lines at every stop.  Of course, that made several people mad, but what a great investment.

FYI: CityPass deals are sold in all major cities.  I would highly recommend that you check it out when traveling for pleasure.  They even have an iPhone app for the CityPass that will help you learn more about it.

Back to school…

This is my third quarter on the WPMBA program.  It goes by SO FAST!!!  We will be studying Marketing and Finance this quarter: two of my favorite subjects and two that I have studied multiple times during my undergraduate programs.  I am excited about meeting new people, networking with other professionals and being able to finally have an easy quarter!!

I will catch up with you soon enough.  Now I need to go back to the books.  Weekends are the only chance I have to catch up on my weekly school readings.

Happy Easter to all of you!


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

Hey guys –
From the title of my post you probably guessed what I am going to write about (or complain about)…yup, it’s snow time in Ohio (AGAIN!!!).  After the first snow storm a few weeks ago and then the second most of us probably thought we were done with the snowstorms.  But guess what? More snow is coming our way!!

Being from Brazil and having to drive on all this snow is definitely not fun.  Not only do I have the challenge of driving in slushy roads, but also owning a house means having to clean the driveway time and time again during a snowstorm.  If that wasn’t enough, I also learned that hardly ever will OSU close the main campus, which means struggling to drive during the snow in rush hour to get to class and then having to wake up early the next day to get to work  – Franklin County never declares a Level 3!!!

Ok ok…I will stop complaining, but before I do so, I’d like to share a few pictures of today’s snowstorm: one from my driveway and another from the parking lot at work.  FUN TIMES – and to think that the current temperature at my hometown this evening is 84F!!

Stay warm!!

OSU Men’s Basketball and Celebrating the 1960 National Champions

Hey guys –

While I take a break from studying for my first midterm tomorrow (MBA 850 – Operations), I decided to update you on what I did this past weekend.  Lucky for you guys I won’t bore you with my days packed with books and lecture notes, but I will tell you a bit about my experience of watching the OSU Men’s Basketball team for the first time.

First, I’d like to thank my dear VP at work who gave me two tickets to the OSU Men’s Basketball game this past Sunday (OSU vs. Minnesota).  If it wasn’t for him I would not have had the experience of watching OSU’s victory AND celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1960 OSU Men’s Basketball National Championship!!


The game was AWESOME.  I thought the OSU team was great and I learned that a cool move the players make, which is by far my favorite, has a very interesting name: alley-oop.

“An alley-oop in basketball is an offensive play in which one player throws the ball near the basket to a teammate who jumps, catches the ball in mid air and immediately scores a basket, usually with a slam dunk. The alley-oop combines elements of teamwork, pinpoint passing, timing, and dunking.”   Wikipedia.org

I can’t help it…this word is contagious!  Alley-oop!!!  The players are very talented.

OSU-basketball1 While I have been to OSU’s hockey game before, this was a very different experience.  The stadium was pretty much empty for the hockey game, but for basketball it was almost a full house.  The crowd was loud and I sat by an older gentleman who screamed non-stop – he was definitely a HUGE OSU fan.

In addition to the game, the OSU Dance Team also performed during half time, there were 5th and 6th graders doing some fun basketball moves. Mr. Brutus was around as well.

If you haven’t taken the time to checkout OSU’s basketball team, I’d HIGHLY recommend.  I believe students can get in free and the $10 parking fee at the Schott is also waived for students – it couldn’t get any better.

Hope you guys have a GREAT week. Stay warm!

Winter quarter: we are half way there!!!!!

The quarter is moving fast…

So this is week three…

… only seven more to go…

…we are almost half way there (again!).

I must say that my first quarter as WPMBA student was a lot more intensive than quarter two.  I am trying to figure out if it was the combination of having Data Analysis and Managerial Economics together that made my first quarter so hectic or the fact that it takes some time to adjust to at least forty hours of work in addition to the MBA program.

Regardless, I must say that I am truly enjoying quarter two even though we now have three classes and one of them is called Enhancing Professional Interchange which is basically a public speaking class with a lot more pressure since we are being recorded!!!

A nice difference between quarter one and two is the  good feeling you have when you see familiar faces around the room.  During the first quarter the time right before classes or right after were mostly made up of silence.  Now, we are very talkative, we hang out after class, and even get together for dinner before class.  What a difference.

Week one and two went by fast, three should follow suit, before we know it we will be done with one more quarter.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel already!!

Have a great week!!

The break is over…

After a three-week break from Autumn Quarter, we are now back at full speed.  It was definitely a good and worthwhile break, but I am ready to learn and have a very very busy 2010!

As you may have read from other bloggers, first week of classes is not just going through the syllabus, but actually having chapters to read and assignments due on week two.  In fact, our case study team for operations is meeting at Fisher on Sunday afternoon to prepare our first paper due on Thursday!

This quarter I am taking Operations Management, Cost Accounting, and a required public speech class – I can’t recall the official name of this class.  I had to miss classes on Tuesday, so all I know is that I have to give a persuasive speech this Tuesday (1/12) for 2-3 minutes!!!!  It should be fun preparing for it without any class notes =)

Regardless, it is nice to be back and no longer be a newbie at Fisher.  During orientation last Monday, I volunteered to give new students a tour of Gerlach and the Fisher complex and had the opportunity to meet the incoming students – some of which are actually in my class this quarter.

Newbies – WELCOME!  You will definitely find your experience at Fisher worthwhile and hopefully you will get accustomed to your new schedules in a week or so!

—-Gotta go – I have class assignments waiting for me…

Yes I am back…

…after a somewhat long pause, I am back.

Blogging is a lot of fun, but it ends up being second place when family calls – I know, I know, hard to believe… 🙂
I feel like the end of the year is always hectic: family holidays, performance reviews, group projects, finals.  It didn’t used to be that way when I was younger.

To start wrapping up the quarter, I’d like to share a quick list of what has helped me get through my first quarter as a WPMBA without compromising my work or school performance:

1) Organize yourself from the beginning –
I bought a Levenger portfolio with enough divisions to keep my in-class name tag, Fisher name tag, and, of course, a special division for each of the subjects.  For a few additional dollars they will even monogram it for you.

2) Use a planner or your Smartphone to keep track of key dates –
While Carmen is great to keep track of your progress during the quarter and to make sure you have all the complimentary documents shared by the professors, the good old planner or a fancy Smartphone can help you make sure you don’t miss any work or school due dates

3) Exchange your contact information with a couple other students –
If you are a WPMBA student, chances are you may end up missing a class here or there due to work-related responsibilities.  Having a couple of contacts will help you keep up with classes when you cannot make it to Fisher.

4) Listen to your professor’s advice –
The professors will guide through the course by advising you on how to perform best on each class.  As odd as this may seem, your quarter will go a lot smoother if you actually follow their instructions and adapt them to your own learning style.  Reading the course material prior to going to class, for instance, is one of the ways that make my learning experience a lot easier, yours might be something else.

5) Avoid stressing out over tests and projects –
As much as you want to succeed and as high as your GPA probably was on your undergrad, you will feel a lot better once you decide what grade you are willing to accept for the amount of effort you are willing (or able) to put in for each class.  Having to manage a family, a full-time job, and school is rough.

If you have any additional advice, feel free to post it to the comment area.

Have a great last week and stay warm!

YES, I CAN – Becoming an American Citizen…

Hey guys –

I apologize for the delay in posting a new update on my saga of becoming an American citizen. As you may have already read in different posts, things are getting busy with finals coming up and group projects due fairly soon. On top of that, WPMBAs like me are likely preparing for end-of-year performance reviews which I promise an an entire post will be dedicated to it – mine is due Nov. 20!!!

Back to becoming an American citizen…

Last Thursday I had my final hearing downtown at the courthouse (can’t recall the specific address) which was directly followed by the the oath ceremony in which we did the Pledge of Allegiance and received the official paperwork stating that we are now American citizens.  For those of you who haven’t read my previous posts, this has been a five-year journey for me and I am very excited about it.

Some of my co-workers and friends have been asking what are some of the differences between being a legal permanent resident and an American citizen.  Here is a few I can think of:

1. I can now register to vote
2. The requirement to stay in the US for at least 6 months out of 12 months is lifted – so I could actually entertain working overseas for a period of time
3. FTA security are less likely to pull me on a separate room when I am trying to re-enter the US with the permanent resident card – yes, that has happened before for no good reason!
4. I no longer have to carry the permanent resident card
5. I have the same rights as all other Americans

And here is the funniest thing…I get to be made fun of by my co-workers!  When I got back to work after the morning ceremony, here is what I found:


Crazy indeed! My co-workers decided to play a joke on the new American girl and decorated my cube accordingly.

Hope you enjoyed the “becoming an American citizen saga.” This week I have to change my status at the social security office and get an American passport – I might have to blog about that too.

Take care!


Mr. Buffett here I come (hopefully)…

Thinking positive…

I have just submitted my application form to be considered for Fisher’s annual trip to visit Warren Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska.  I am so hoping that my name will be randomly chosen!!

In order to be considered, I had to attend an information session and then fill out an online form where I had to submit a 250-word essay stating why I consider myself to be a good candidate to attend the event and also submit a question that could be asked to Mr. Buffett during the visit.

I did some math and, if I get selected, I will have traveled 5,436.19 miles from my hometown on Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil to Omaha, Nebraska.

Here is my one request to you, dear blog readers: please think positive on Nov. 16 when they will be randomly choosing the twenty-seven lucky Fisher MBA students to attend the trip.

So what is in it for you?
Well…I will make sure I post every single detail on the blog AND, if you wish, I can add you to my facebook page and you will get up-to-the-minute updates during the trip.  How is that for a cool blogger?

In the event that I do not get selected, if you know of anybody that do (or if you get selected), please share the love and let’s report the info here on the Fisher Grad Life blog – I am sure we will all be dying to know the details so I will open up my posts to the lucky winners who would like to share anything from the preparation for the trip to the actual trip.

Stay in touch!!

No Halloween for me…

Hey guys:

While a lot of you are posting or reading about the Halloween weekend, I am here to not post about Halloween.

Am I one of those people that skip Halloween altogether? Not usually.  In fact, when I was back in Brazil I was always hoping to be here in October to enjoy Trick or Treat and dressing up like a monster.

Here is my cost-benefit analysis of my Halloween weekend:

This year I was stuck in MBA classes on the day my neighborhood had its Trick or Treat event.
Benefit: not having to pay $11 per bag of good candy
Cost:  I didn’t get to enjoy the cool outfits of the children or the candy-starved parents that take their 3-month old babies Trick or Treating.

On Friday, my husband and I were supposed to head to an adult Halloween party with costumes and a lot of good friends.  Close to show time, the hubby started feeling unwell and the result was almost an entire night spent at the ER at Mount Carmel East with tons of sick people – talk about experiencing scary moments in Halloween.
Benefit: humm……spending time with the hubby?
Cost: missing a cool party that happens only once a year

Saturday and Sunday were pretty much a waste.  As other bloggers posted, we have an Econ group project to present on Tuesday, so the rest of weekend was all about finalizing the final document and putting a six-minute presentation together.  The amazing difference between undergrad and grad school was clear: while in undergrad we would be meeting at odd hours at OU’s library, in grad school we simply got everybody together on a conference call. Are we fancy or what?

Anyways, summing up the Halloween weekend for a Brazilian WPMBA student: MBA class, no candy. no scared children or candy-starved parents, no costumes, no parties, a visit to the ER, and Econ project.

Have a great week guys!

Oath Cerimony – Becoming an American Citizen…

I know I owed you guys some more info on becoming an American citizen, so here it is (finally!).

Last week, amid group projects and midterms, I received a letter from the Department of Homeland Security asking me to attend the Oath Ceremony to finally be sworn as an American citizen.  The ceremony will take place on November 12 at 8:30AM.  I still need to find out how to get to the location, but I still have some time.

I am not 100% sure what happens from here.  I believe you have to repeat the oath, but I don’t know if they give you a piece of paper stating you are a citizen or if you then have to apply for more paperwork such as the passport document.

Regardless, this has been a LONG journey.  I first applied for an authorization to work in the U.S. back in 2005.  from then on I had to fill out numerous forms and pay several fees to show that I am indeed serious about pledging allegiance to the U.S.  November 12th will definitely be an emotional day.  Even though I was born in Brazil, I have been very welcomed in the U.S. and enjoy living here despite being away from all my family and Brazilian friends.

God Bless America!