Last October, I made the decision to pursue a graduate degree in finance. I was an agricultural economics major, so I did not really have any faculty members or advisers from the field of finance to provide suggestions for potential programs.
Anthony DeAngelis, the founder and editor of MSFHQ.com, created the website to promote and provide information related to the Masters in Finance degree. As the most comprehensive online resource on Master’s in Finance programs, MSFHQ offers detailed information on admissions, curricula, tuition, and much more.
A few weeks ago, Anthony visited Columbus to meet students, faculty, and admissions staff and learn more about the program. I had the opportunity to go to dinner with him … what a cool guy!
Choosing a Masters in Finance program is a major decision. The investment in time, tuition, and hard work required by the degree justifies a thorough exploration of all potential options. By leveraging the insight and information from MSFHQ during my program search, I was able to choose The Ohio State University/Fisher SMF program with the utmost confidence in my decision. I would encourage anyone exploring various Masters in Finance options to do the same.
As I packed my truck prior to leaving for Columbus, I faced the harsh reality that I would not be able to bring everything. After fitting in a bed, dresser, furniture, and clothes, I had to decide which items would get to spend the year in Ohio and which items would stay in Kansas.
Included in the junk that did not make the cut was my road bike. Over the past few years, I have developed a very amateur passion for cycling. One day, while watching the Tour de France on TV, I decided to order a road bike online. It opened up a whole new world, where I could ride far enough to explore new places but slow enough to take in all of the scenery. As an added bonus, cycling offers a great endurance workout.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Columbus cycling community. There are a series of paved bike paths that wind through nearly every part of town. The streets are also very bike friendly, and drivers seem to be cautious around cyclists. Even at football games, there is a free bicycle valet called Pedal Instead that allows Buckeye fans to bike to the stadium. Three weeks into the quarter, I realized that I needed to invest in a new bike.
From a buyer’s perspective, the great thing about a bike-friendly town is that there are numerous new and used bicycle shops. There are at least seven stores on High Street alone. I spent one Saturday morning visiting many of these stores, and I found almost every store to have great service and a high level of expertise. I ended up returning to a store called Handy Bikes, where I found a hybrid bike for $160 (I later discovered the same model used bike was selling online for around $300). The advantage of the hybrid is that it offers the strong frame needed to bike on city streets, but it is light enough to take for a long road ride.
Although Columbus has one of the best systems of bike paths in the region, it is only going to get better. There is a project right now, called the Ohio to Erie Trail, that aims allow cyclists to ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland (through Columbus). When this project is complete, we will have a “Tour” of our own right here in Ohio.
On September 5, I set sail from Wichita, Kansas, in a black Ford pickup truck named Bullet — a little bit more comfortable than the Santa Maria. Instead of sailing west for a few months, my voyage took me east and lasted 14 hours. I did learn, however, that the world is round and that it does not fall off after the Kansas-Missouri border. Although my travels along I-70 will not lead to the naming of a city or holiday after me, the experience of discovering a “New World” justifies a blog post honoring Columbus in Columbus on Columbus Day.
I had the opportunity to visit Columbus for a campus visit in early January 2011. The visit was a fantastic experience, and I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in the Fisher College of Business to visit and experience the campus. Although I had enjoyed my time in Columbus during my brief January visit, was a bit nervous as I approached the end of the summer. I could find Columbus and the important parts of the OSU campus on a map, but I did not know the people, the places around town, or the things to do for fun.
It has now been a month since I have been a Columbus resident. Just as it took some time for news of Christopher Columbus’ discovery to reach home, it has taken me a while to write about my experience on the Grad Life Blog. But here I am, excited to share with the world that Columbus, Ohio, is a world-class city.
Every day over the past month, I have discovered something new and unique in this “New World.” Over the next nine months, I look forward to sharing the people, places, and exciting opportunities I encounter in Columbus with the SMF Grad Life Blog.