When I opted to visit a local vodka distillery with a few of my MBA classmates, I knew I’d enjoy the experience (they included a free tasting) but I did not realize I would walk away re-energized and inspired.

I honestly believe there are times when planets align or when connections are made as if they were always meant to be.  This is exactly what I thought about as I stood in the distillery area of Middle West Spirits and listened to Brady and Ryan tell the story of their company and their vodka, OYO.  What happens when your significant other brings you along to one corporate event after the next?  In this case, an advertising exec and fourth generation distiller discover each other’s backgrounds and shared passions.  Voila!  A new company is born!

Brady summarized the essence of their company’s start: serendipity.  What a succinct way to capture the magic of the way things seemingly just fell into place!  Mind you, they did not get to where they are without a lot of work, plenty of obstacles, and a struggle here and there.  The inspiring part of the story is the way they handled each and every hurdle.  They addressed them and worked through them by recruiting experts to help.

Everything at Middle West is done with a focus on quality and achieving the best result.  Being different is good and they will tell you exactly why that is true.  Brady also shared that they “wanted to give their vodka a sense of place”.  Much thought was put into the logo, the name of the company, the name of the vodka, the company’s location, the partnerships sought, the distilling equipment purchased, the distilling process, and the ingredients used.  On top of it all, their operation focuses on sustainability.  In a word: impressive.

I couldn’t help myself – I began relating all this intentional detail back to the internship search and recruiting process we’re facing as first-year MBAs.  How interesting things would be for each of us if we were so focused and intentional while creating our own brand.  As I continue to hone my story, I will now incorporate some of the same concepts into my work (focus, different is good, have a sense of place, deal with obstacles, work with intention).  Seeing the world from a new point of view is energizing and gives me new hope as my personal search continues.

As I’ve mentioned before, Columbus is turning into a city for foodies.  It also cultivates and promotes an entrepreneurial spirit and the success of start-ups, local producers, and small business.  I am confident we will see more great things from Middle West Spirits in the future.  If we’re lucky, we (as Fisher MBAs) can partner with them on various business cases as they continue to grow and expand.  In my opinion, they prove there is great potential in ideas, innovation, and dreams.  I doubt I’ll be the only MBA to be inspired by their story.

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

AND “The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.” – Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald’s)

NOTES: For a nice overview of the process information Ryan shared with the group, check out this article on Columbus Alive, John Schumacher’s blog post, or The Pegu Blog.  Each offers a great summary of additional information I learned on my visit.


One of the reasons I think vampire series are so popular lately is because we see so much of our humanity visually depicted in imaginary characters, including witches and werewolves.  Whether you’re Team Edward or Team Jacob . . . or rather, like me, are clueless about Twilight yet find yourself obsessed with the brothers Salvatore (my guilty pleasure = The Vampire Diaries), there’s something about the struggle between good and evil that each of us can identify with.

My belief: B-school has a way of bringing out the best and the worst in all of us.  Some folks use a lot of smoke & mirrors.  You know the type: they put on the charade that they’ve got everything together and that all things work in their favor.  Yeah?  Bologna.  No one leads such a charmed life.  We each bear burdens.  Anyone that tells you different is either a crazy person or a liar.  As humans, none of us are perfect and that’s perfectly OK.  Remember: without contrast, those low times in life, we’d never be able to appreciate our highs or know when something is really good.

Fisher is an intimate community.  Sometimes I find it really hard to happily coexist with the “together” people day after day, week after week. Q: Why is it that I long for the moment I see a chink in their armor?  A: Why are reality shows so popular?  Why, as a society, do we love to see others screw up?  I think it’s because we seek things that are similar to ourselves.  It makes us feel better to know we’re not the only ones that struggle . . . and that struggling is normal.  Is that bringing out the best is us?  Probably not.

As I ponder all these questions of “why”, it dawns on me that even Superman and Batman had to contend with having a good side and a dark side.  If they couldn’t escape it, what chance do I have?  I’m certainly no Jedi knight.

The epic battle of my “good” self vs my “evil” self rages on during this season of job hunting . . . and here I stand without a cape.

“Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  – Mark Twain

Beyond the Ball

Breaking: OSU sports are not the only events in Columbus, OH

This post is specifically geared to the non-sports-fan audience.  So, if you ceremoniously watch ESPN’s SportsCenter, you may want to stop reading this now.  Furthermore, if your idyllic weekend involves countless hours of watching sports with a beer in hand, please stop here . . . the remaining content won’t likely appeal to you.

One thing that might be factoring into your b-school decision is where you’ll be living for the next two years.  Knowing that, I’ll try to give you a brief synopsis of Columbus and the options available to you from an food & culture standpoint.

ART & CULTURE Frankly, sports have never interested me from any aspect other than a social outing.  My favorite places to visit are art museums and galleries.  I could spend countless hours visiting them (but not every weekend).  There is a rather strong arts community in Columbus which I believe is fostered by the amount of colleges & universities within the city.  On campus, we have the Wexner Center for the Arts.  Just down High Street is The Short North district which houses multiple galleries, restaurants, and shops.  Further down the road, downtown, you’ll find the Columbus Art Museum, the Riffe Gallery, and CCAD’s Canzani Center Gallery.  Also downtown, my favorite space is Hawk Galleries… if glass is your passion, you’ll be in heaven.  Additionally, you can find more spaces in surrounding areas: German Village, Bexley, Grandview Heights, Dublin, and Delaware.  Admire from a distance or try your hand at creation… there’s a long list available.  I can’t possibly include them all here.

Beyond art, there are many other places to see and visit in Columbus.  For illustrative purposes, here’s a few: the Topiary Park, The Franklin Park Conservatory, The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, COSI, the Santa Maria, The Ohio Historical Center, The Ohio Statehouse, and the Ohio Expo Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds.  Columbus is truly a great place for singles, couples, and families.  Art Festivals, Oktoberfest, the State Fair, Home & Garden Show, ComFest, and just about every cultural festival imaginable are all apart of this city’s calendar of events.  Want to enjoy the outdoors?  We have the Metroparks and additional options within a couple hours driving distance (Hocking Hills, Lake Erie, etc.).

FOODIES Also worth mentioning is the food culture in Columbus.  Home of White Castle, Donato’s, Wendy’s, Max & Erma’s, and Bob Evan’s, Columbus could be viewed as nothing more than fast food and strip malls.  Yes – Columbus has fast food and vast amounts of shopping which many people enjoy.  (Note: something for everyone.)  If you are familiar with terms like edamame, sous vide, tapenade, and aoli, read on.  Columbus’ destinations for foodies are gaining national recognition lately.  Recent articles have been published in The Washington Post and Columbus was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” when Anthony and Michael Ruhlman visited a few bright culinary spots in the city.  We also have our share of Farmer’s Markets that offer fresh fare late-Spring through Fall.

So, if you’re an international student (like my roommate Edouard) and not attached to American football, have no fear.  We are a diverse city that has many international influences (thanks to the amount of professionals entering and exiting the city working in government, higher education, retail, insurance, and banking).  Without a doubt, Columbus has something for everyone.  Rest assured – you will enjoy living here and, if you ever find yourself with some extra time on your hands (which is rare), there’s plenty to do right outside your door.

Want more?  Also visit Insider Ohio for additional information on the area.

Holding On and Letting Go

B-school life is full of times to hold on or to let go.  Lately it seems I continually face the decision to hone my tenacity or choose the way of Lao Tsu and “go with the flow”.  Insider hint: the Tao of Eve needs some major work.

I’m really not one to make new year’s resolutions because I can never seem to stick with them.  When I fail, it becomes one more thing to gnaw on my conscience.  This year, however, things are different.  During break, I realized it is really important for me to let things go and I resolved to make a concerted effort to do so during 2011 (and beyond).  A few things prompted my decision:

(1) Grades: One thing you’ll hear time and time again in b-school is that grades don’t matter.  As a first-year, I’ve heard this from various people across disciplines and departments.  I suppose old habits die hard because I waited with great anticipation for my grades to be posted online.  All in all, I did alright and was pretty happy with my results.  But there’s always that one class… in my case, it was Organizational Behavior.  I missed the next letter grade by one point and wasn’t one of the students that was moved up based upon class participation.  “Disappointed” is a fair way to describe my feelings on the situation.  What to do?  Let it go and move forward.  I’m not happy about it but there’s not much I can do to change it at this point.  I could dwell on it and let it affect me or release it and focus on the next term.  I choose to focus on the future.  And, although I realize that grades do matter to me (at least somewhat), I also know that I want to take full advantage of the other opportunities & activities available in the full-time MBA program.

(2) Clutter: If there’s any advice I can give you that will prove helpful, it’s PURGE NOW especially if you’re moving to Columbus from somewhere else.  Downsizing is extremely important to do in advance; you really don’t want to move everything and then realize it doesn’t fit.  In my case, I was faced with the closet storage reality over break.  I finally had time to fully switch my wardrobe from warm weather to cold weather.  I ended up with several bags of trash and six piles of clothes that need to be donated to Goodwill.  Some mementos are worth keeping but all the stuff you have set aside “just in case” should be dumped before you get here.  You won’t have the time to do it when classes begin and you’ll feel so free by ridding yourself of the excess baggage.  Let it go and make room for good things to come into your life.

(3) Rejection: Recruiting season is heading into full swing and I can honestly say I have already gotten my share of rejection.  I *really* don’t need any more.  Realistically, it could be a lot worse.  The good news is that I have a few angles that may pan out.  The ones that didn’t work out really didn’t suit me anyway.  My advice to you is: do your homework and decide what matters most and what you really want.  Have the conversation with your Career Management counselor and make sure your goals are realistic.  If you have a specific target, you can focus all your energy toward that goal.  If you’re anything like me and are unsure, or are switching careers, you might need to spend extra energy and take a path less traveled.  I believe we all want to be wanted and it is normal to feel validated by a potential employer wanting to speak with us.  But when your request for interview is rejected, it doesn’t invalidate you.  In my case, each “no” pushes me closer to a “yes” and the path I trod is not the most worn.  Fisher provides many resources for us to use to build our networks.  Finding the ideal career fit may involve on campus recruiting but it may not.  Some of us choose a path less common.  At Fisher, faculty, staff, and alumni are very willing to help each one of us discover our way.  They really see us as individuals.  Personally, I’m letting go of the “no”s and holding on to the perfect fit being out there.  It just takes some of us longer to find it.

This quarter proves to be getting better by the minute.  To gain momentum and keep the right pace, I resolve to hold on to what’s truly important and let go of the things that can slow me down.

The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency.  All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Under the Weather

Actually, if you talk to a number of people in the program, you’d hear the opposite: they’re “so over the weather”.  Yes, friends, we’ve just started to get some more snow over the past two days.  Heh.  In the melodic words of Bachman-Turner Overdrive: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet”.

As for me, since starting on our student health insurance plan, I have encountered three occasions that required prescription meds.  The most recent occurred this week.  The quarter started on Monday and by Tuesday afternoon in Cost Accounting, I could tell my cold was developing into something more.  I hoped for the best (2pm) and opted to see how things developed.  By 8pm that night, I was miserable and opted to inform my roommate of that fact every couple of minutes.  He knew I was sick but had no idea to what extent . . . until I grabbed a flashlight and had him glance at the back of my throat.  Sparing you the details, I’ll leave it at: it was quite a mess.

Here’s the thing: as students, we have health coverage for doctors appointments and unanticipated illness.  We can make appointments to be seen at the Wilce Health Center… which is fine and dandy as long as you don’t need to be seen outside of the hours of 8am-5pm M-F or 8am-noon on Saturdays (unless there’s a football game and then you’re out of luck).  Appointments are meant to be scheduled in advance.  Unfortunately, many of us can’t pre-plan when we’re going to really need to see a doctor.  Considering that, you can call in the morning and try to get seen the same day.  I had to do that in October and it happened to work out extremely well.  That time, I called at 7:30am and got a lab appt followed by a doctor’s appointment within about an hour.  The process there went like clockwork: all ran on time and I was in and out within about an hour.  There’s a pharmacy on site and I was good to go.  That was October . . .

. . . flash back to the nastiness of my throat infection on a Tuesday night ….

After seeing the mess my throat became, my roommate was a bit freaked out and worried (it really was nasty) and believed I should seek more immediate medical attention rather than wait until 7:30am and try to score an appointment at the health center.  By this time (10pm), the alternative treatment options listed on the website had all closed for the day… all except for one: the OSU Medical Center Emergency Room.

Desperate times call for desperate measures . . . but I really did not want to be one of “those people” tying up emergency resources for something non-critical (it’s not like I had a severed arm).  I was really on the fence: my situation was becoming increasingly dire and I didn’t want to be up a proverbial creek the next morning unable to attend class AND unable to get an appointment.  For reassurance, I called the phone number listed and spoke with a delightful woman named Nicole.  She said they’ve treated people with less serious issues; if I wanted to come in to see a doctor I should.  Given that, I opted to give it a go and head over there . . . knowing the wait would likely be a long one.  I wasn’t mistaken.  My roommate, aspiring for sainthood, chose to accompany me.  By 3am we were at a 24-hr CVS picking up my prescriptions.  We woke up at 7am to make it to classes (8:30am start).

The first time I needed to see a doctor was a few days after our insurance began but a couple of weeks before school was actually in session.  I did not have my student insurance card yet and was unsure of how everything worked.  Luckily, there is a lot of pertinent information listed on the OSU web and I was able to reach the website of the administrator of our student insurance plan.  On their site, I registered and gained immediate access to a version of my insurance card.  With a printout in hand, I visited a local urgent care center (the Wilce Health Center wasn’t open; it was a weekend during break) and was taken care of rather promptly.  The only dismay came when getting my prescription filled: if you don’t do it at the pharmacy on campus, the cost is out of pocket.  Luckily, I was still on my previous employer’s insurance and could use their prescription coverage to make ends meet.

So, to quickly summarize: OSU has outstanding facilities and services available to students.  With pre-planning, all works like clockwork.  Unexpected illness can be dealt with rather timely although a small wait could be involved.  Our medical staff and support personnel are professional, courteous, and very patient-oriented.  They are truly a first-class operation at the OSU Medical Center as well as the Wilce Health Center.  I am very happy with the treatment I’ve received and I’m confident you will be too.  To me, it is just one more reason to illustrate the power of a large research university backing an intimate and individual MBA program like Fisher.  You get the best of both worlds.

It’s All Relative

One thing I guarantee you: it snows in Ohio.  Being from the Cleveland area, I don’t think it snows much in Columbus.  However, I forget how many people aren’t used to snow . . . and how many of my classmates have never seen snow before (much less driven in it).  This year, the weather turned colder earlier than usual and we’ve had snow accumulation for at least a week.  Right now I’d guess we have only 2-3 inches on the ground… which really translates to nothing major… especially if you’re from Minnesota (where they received a couple of feet within a single day last weekend).  My roommate is from France: according to him it was a blizzard.  What can I say?  It’s all relative.

Speaking of my roommate, he accompanied me home for Thanksgiving.  From my perspective, it was really neat to be able to extend a warm welcome to a friend that has never celebrated such a holiday.  Thanksgiving is an American custom that I’ve taken for granted all my life.  When I think of “Americans”, I don’t consider us to have a culture per se.  We all come from different backgrounds and heritages – which means many of us still practice the customs and traditions our ancestors did.  It was nice to realize that, as Americans, we share a common bond and tradition that dates back a few hundred years.  Nicer was the fact that my father decided to cook the turkey Martha Stewart-style (he covered it with cheesecloth) and it came out beautifully (my roommate took the picture to prove it).  Along with preparing a fine meal, my dad set the table and decorated the dining room with harvest-time colors and patterns.  I felt quite proud when my roommate first saw it and whispered “It reminds me of home”.  Being far away from loved ones for an extended amount of time has got to be difficult.  I’m glad I was able to share my family with him… surrogate relatives.

Final grades just finished posting = fall quarter is officially in the books.  One thing that can throw you for a bit of a loop in b-school is the way you are graded.  Grades are distributed on a forced curve with the average at B+.  Being the achievers we are, we aren’t exactly used to being average . . . much less *below* average.  Sadly, the fact of the matter is: someone has to be below average (technically, half of us).  What you’ll need to figure out, amongst many other things, is how much effort you need to spend on your academic work in order to achieve the standing you want… and then hope all of your cohort teammates share the same goal.  Grades aren’t everything but they do matter.  Realistically, your final grades should come as no major surprise… most of the time.  By the reactions I’m reading on Facebook, many of us got surprised by at least one of our grades (class varied by individual).  Inherently, your calculated percentage could normally equate to an A- but you get a B+ in the class.  Why?  Because it depends how the rest of your classmates scored.  So, as much as you want to celebrate each others’ successes, you also want to stay near the top of the pack.  Yes friends, it is all relative.

Turkey Martha-style

the table is set for Thanksgiving

Just Say No

Ahh yes my friends . . . I’m actually old enough to remember Nancy Reagan championing this phrase in her war on drugs during her husband’s presidency.  It turns out to also be a handy dandy phrase to keep in mind during your MBA experience.

Since the time we started our pre-orientation work (yes, you are given homework for orientation due during various sessions at orientation), we have had numerous exercises, surveys, evaluations, and tests that give us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, our motives, and our interests.  Whether the intent is to make you a better teammate or help you choose a career path, self-knowledge and reflection play a major role in your MBA experience.  Not only is reflection encouraged, it’s required.

Spoken best by Polonius in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”:

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

Amidst all the self-awareness “food for thought”, there is a lot going on within the Fisher College of Business and in the greater OSU community.  You may choose to be involved in groups/chapters/clubs as a member or by pursuing a leadership position.  In addition, you have the opportunity to attend events of all varieties: lectures, guest speakers, panel discussions, debates, celebrations, pep rallies, and informational meetings.  The list is nearly endless and most are great uses of time that will educate, inspire, energize, and inform you.  BTW: factor in social gatherings such as the weekly EOTW (end of the week) event, karaoke night, $3 burgers at Brazenhead on Wednesdays, tailgating, salsa lessons, and various other sporadic fellowship functions that arise impromptu.  Meanwhile, make sure you don’t neglect your career search (resume workshops, career fairs, company info events, site visits, networking, industry and company research, interviews, correspondence, etc).  One last thing: you have a family and friends . . . or at least you did before you entered the program.  Don’t forget to carve out time to nurture those relationships.  PS: You balance all the above with classes, homework, papers, team projects, and possibly a job on campus.

DAILY DILEMMA: You have 24 hours and you need to spend some of that time sleeping and eating.

The better you know yourself and your limits, the better you can determine which events to attend.  I guarantee you: many of us are still figuring out how to best balance our schedules and occupy our time.

I continue to struggle with what matters most.  For me, it is *really* difficult to pass up a great opportunity.  Priorities matter and I must continually weigh each opportunity against my long-term goals.  What do I want to get from the MBA program?  How can I best contribute to the Fisher community/my cohort team?  What type of company (culture) fits me best?

Pursuing something based on intrinsic motivation will result in greater satisfaction and success.  Listen to heart, not just your head.  For some of us, that’s easier said than done.

KEY: Knowing when to say “No”


As I’m sure you’ve read, things have been moving along at a fast pace and we’ve all survived midterms.  I am guilty of being a delinquent blogger and I’m truly sorry for the absence of posts.  My intention will be to catch up with multiple topics so you continue to get a feel for life in the program.  I promise: none of my posts will be about OSU football.

When you enter the program, one of the considerations many of you will need to make is whether or not you want to find a roommate.  My opinion: go for it.  Sure, it can be risky but there are several tools available to help you find a roommate within the program.  Rooming with a stranger becomes much less risky when you know you’ll have classes with the person for an entire year.  Worst case scenario: you don’t find a lot in common, you live under the same roof, and your expenses are cut in half.  Best scenario: you make a new friend, you have someone to study and commiserate with, and your expenses are cut in half.  Either way, it’s not a bad deal.

Resource-wise, you want to connect with your incoming class on Facebook and possibly LinkedIn.  Beyond that, there is a Google group for graduate housing and OSU has an off-campus housing site that provides leads on housing as well as your search for a roommate.  I found my roommate via Facebook . . . or maybe I should say he found me on Facebook.

Some days I consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world because I honestly do have a great roommate.  He’s from France and is part of the shared program Fisher has with Audencia.  Having an international student as a roommate has serious perks.  Not a single day goes by that I don’t learn something new . . . and the culture differences make life really interesting.

You’ll soon find: it doesn’t take much to amuse me.  Within the first couple of weeks, my roomie observed that there are a few words that play a major part in my day-to-day vocabulary and, evidently, their overuse was surprising.  My three most overused words are: hilarious, “ish”, and seriously.  Needless to say, I was amused. 

Admittedly, I use hilarious all the time and am quite aware of my dependence on the word.  I’m not sure when it crept into my vocabulary but it has definitely been in heavy-rotation for quite some time.  Hopefully someone comes up with a word equally as fitting that can replace hilarious.  I’d love to move on.

“ish” really isn’t a word but it is a way of describing the accuracy of a situation, attribute or thing.  My use of it was the first time my roommate had ever heard it.  He immediately questioned it which forced me into an explanation.  Think about that for a moment . . . you try explaining what “ish”, cranky, or grouchy mean to someone that’s never heard of them before.  Go on, do it.  See?  Not as easy as you thought, is it?

Get asked for a definition for the twentieth time in one afternoon and you’re reply may be: “Seriously?”  Or have someone cut you off in traffic and almost cause an accident . . . “Seriously!”  Well, I was able to explain this overuse to my roomie very easily: Grey’s Anatomy.  I’m amazed at how much our culture and everyday lingo is influenced by TV.  Case in point:

SERIOUSLY?! (You Tube)

Free Time

Outside of the classroom, there’s a lot going on at Fisher.  As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I’ve been busy busy busy.  Technically, I can only speak for myself . . . but, in this case, I’ll confidently go on record to say it’s not just me . . . we’re all extremely busy.  Busy in a good way.

Group projects have started: we just finished our second group case in Accounting, we’ve chosen our group project topic for Econ, Fisher Professional Services’ Project One has officially kicked off (I’m not participating in that one but my roommate is), and some of us have assembled for the upcoming P&G case competition (marketing majors).  All tasks involving small groups also involve small group meetings.  Happily, I report: so far so good.

Most student organizations have kick off meetings this week and next.  So far I’ve joined Fisher Graduate Women in Business and Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals.  Also this week: I apply for Fisher Board Fellows and attend an information session on the Initiative for Managing Services.  Unfortunately, I am double-booked and can’t attend the first meeting of Innovation Fisher (hopefully I’ll be able to connect with them sooner than later).  Honestly, there are so many fantastic organizations to join and get involved with . . . it’s really difficult to choose between them.  My opinion: Choosing is a must.  Without focus, I’ll be in many groups unable to fully contribute.  I’d rather choose a few and really make a difference.

Final free time topic: travel.  I’ve been lucky enough to spend time away from my apartment and from campus lately.

Nice to see you again Cleveland

A couple of weeks ago, I took a roadtrip to Cleveland with my roommate.  Our purpose was two-fold: visit an outlet mall and see Lake Erie.  Lake Erie is the closest largest body of water (for anyone that’s used to the sea, Columbus is a tad land-locked).  Last weekend, I attended the NAWMBA conference in Louisville, KY with approximately 72 other fabulous Fisher females.  REPRESENT!  Today, I visited The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium as a guest (I work there part-time and have spent quality time there prior to starting the full-time MBA program).  I brought my roommate along; while there, we ran into a fellow classmate.  What can I say?  Great minds think alike!

I could do this in my sleep

Side-note: Being from Parma, Ohio and of Polish heritage, I have an affinity for flamingos.  Inspired by this flamingo, I will remember the importance of balance.  I plan to balance life within the program with life outside the program.

perspective enhances appreciation

Most Valuable Resources

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me… while I looked around for my possibilities.  I was so hard to please.  Look around, leaves are brown and the sky is a hazy shade of winter.      – Simon & Garfunkel

Don’t worry: it’s a gray day but no sign of winter.  It’s officially fall, week two is in full swing, and I have yet to find my groove.  Assignments, applications, and deadlines are fast and furious.  I am doing my best to stay on top of things but it feels like I’m chasing them down before tackling them.  With concerted effort, I know I can find my rhythm.  The key is to streamline my efforts.

Everyone has different goals for their MBA experience.  Believing that opportunities are limitless, I want to maximize my potential outside of the classroom just as much as I want to succeed in class.  THE PLAN: load my schedule to the fullest extent possible without severely compromising academic performance.  Visually translated:

My two most valuable resources: TIME and ENERGY

There are only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in each week.  At face value, no one person has an advantage over another; we each have the same amount.  What sets one person apart from the rest?  Utilization.  Spend time wisely and you can maximize results and broaden your experiences.  Being efficient (doing things right) is good . . . but being effective (doing the right things) is better.

My team is enabling me to maximize my activities.  I can tell they will be a great support system.  Like most other teams, we’re “chomping at the bit” to get started on group assignments.  That said, we’re not meeting for the sake of meeting.  We’ve opted for a strategic approach and acknowledge the need to use each other’s time wisely.  Patience is a virtue . . . we’ll have significant quality time together soon enough.

Many applications for student groups are due this week.  Additionally, I started my Graduate Assistantship with the Leadership & Professional Development Office.  Thursday evening, I make my way to Louisville, KY for the National Association of Women MBA’s (NAWMBA) Conference.  The Fisher College of Business is the host for this year’s event and I’m fortunate to be volunteering while I’m there.  Before I depart, I need to update my resume and continue to practice networking and interviewing.  Several intern opportunities are available at the companies attending the conference.  Interview fact: you can never be too prepared!

Want to be memorable?  Tell your story.