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OSU Basketball

As a grad student pretty much all of my week nights are filled with classes or study sessions, so it’s nice when I have a night off to take a break from school and enjoy something fun around campus. Obviously, Ohio State is a huge football school, but during the cold winter months basketball is a fun sport to watch here in Columbus. There are also a number of other great sporting events during the winter, including the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ohio State ice hockey team.  In fact, later this month the whole MHRM class is going to a Blue Jackets game together, which will be a fun outing. Last Wednesday I went to the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game and had a blast. It’s really easy as a grad student to get affordable tickets to the basketball games. My seats were in the second row, and I even got to meet Greg Oden who was there watching the game and supporting the Buckeyes. I’d definitely recommend going to at least one basketball game just for the experience.  It’s definitely a good way to fill the void when football isn’t in season.

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At the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game after meeting Greg Oden


‘The Bad Assets’ Dance For The Kids!

This past weekend myself and six other MAcc students participated in BuckeyeThon.  BuckeyeThon is the largest student-run philanthropy at Ohio State with an ultimate goal of ending childhood cancer.  BuckeyeThon raises money to support the kids treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.  More than 5,100 students registered for the 24 hour dance marathon with the ultimate goal of raising $1,000,000.  Hearing about the event last semester we formed a MAcc team, “The Bad Assets”, and raised money all For The Kids (FTK).  BuckeyeThon is set up in 2 shifts of 12 hours each.  During your shift you are supposed to stand for all 12 hours, showing that together, as a university, we stand with the kids through their fight.  Our shift was from 11:00am to 11:00pm.  Every team was assigned a color team and The Bad Assets were part of the Pink Team, so that is why all the pictures we are wearing pink.

Before it started every color team met in an assigned room and they brought in one of the Miracle Kids and their family.  This was a great chance to meet the people we were trying so hard to benefit.  After that the official start was with the opening ceremonies which included multiple speakers ranging from the President of BuckeyeThon to the Vice President of Student Life.  One of the speakers was a mother of one of the Miracle Kids.  She told us about how her daughter was diagnosed and the struggle the family went through.  Listening to her speak really put into perspective the impact we were making.

Throughout the day they had different things we could do to keep us on our feet.  There obviously was plenty of dancing throughout the day.  They also set up a lot of games.  We played Gaga Ball for a couple hours which if you don’t know what it is look it up, its incredibly fun.  They had a tug of war competition between the different color teams (we got 2nd), and also had rooms where you could play board games or video games.  Overall there was plenty of activities going on to help keep us busy and not think about sitting down.

As it got close to 11:00pm we gathered back to watch the closing ceremony and the big reveal of how much money was raised and if we reached our goal of $1 million.  The closing ceremony had more speakers including a 14-year old Miracle Kid and three current Ohio State students who have personally been affected by cancer.  The final reveal showed that we raised a total of $1.23 million all FTK.  Overall it was a great experience and I would highly recommend participating to any students that get the chance.

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Surviving the Ohio Winter

If you come to the program from a warm area, you will no doubt be shocked by the weather in our relatively northern state. While the weather conditions in Ohio can be very volatile, the temperatures are generally in the 10 to 30 Fahrenheit (-12 to -1 Celsius) degrees range.

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OSU in Winter (Credit: The Lantern)

Thus, the single most important thing to prepare for Columbus’ winter is to make sure you have a warm coat. Additional preparations include a warm scarf, gloves, socks, and something to protect your head.

The second most important tip is to layer, as multiple layers help trap warmth and keep it close to your body. This is especially important as the average daily minimum wind speed is around 10 mph, which can make effective temperature much colder than actual temperature.

It typically snows in January about 40% of the time. This means that a sturdy pair of boots would be a wise investment. Additionally, because it rains about 20% of the time, compounded with the freezing temperatures, another wise investment would be ice cleats or spikes to attach to boots to ensure that you’re not falling all over the sidewalks. While the campus does a very good job of keeping the sidewalks iced, off campus is not always so well-tended.

As always, keep a nice pair of shoes in your locker at Fisher or carry a pair with you, just in case you need to interview or meet with someone important.


There’s No “Typical” Week

People always ask what a “typical” week of an MHRM student looks like, and I find myself stumped every time. The truth is, it varies greatly depending on the individual and their other commitments and priorities. The MHRM program has such a diverse student population that people are all over the map (or in this case, book) with what page they’re on in life and what their other commitments are. Some students juggle a full-time job and school, while others juggle a part-time job and school or are solely a student. In addition to this, we have students with varying marital and parental statuses. Plus, let’s not forget the pet owners (that’s me!) because having to run home to a dog or another pet can certainly change priorities and what a “typical” schedule looks like.

I think it comes down to what a person’s commitments and priorities are in life. MHRM classes are at least 3 nights a week from 6-9:15pm so making use of weekends is a must because “doing it after class” is simply not going to happen! When possible, and time permitting with your schedule, take advantage of the OSU and Fisher campus and amenities. There are several hot spots on campus you can go to get work done in between work, meetings, classes (electives), and more!

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Gerlach Hall and Mason Hall on Fisher’s campus have plenty of breakout rooms that can be reserved for studying or group projects. Gerlach Hall also has the computer lab at your disposal for computer use and printing, and Mason Hall has Rohr Cafe for those much needed coffee breaks. Also, Subway and Panera are just across the street from Fisher so you have somewhere to go for those quick bites to eat or another place to get your work done.

When exploring OSU’s campus beyond Fisher, you can explore one of the gyms on campus: Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), Jesse Owens North (JON), Jesse Owens South (JOS), or the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC). You can also check out Thompson Library and find somewhere within the 11 story building to kickback and enjoy a good book or get work done. And, if you’re wanting more food (who doesn’t like food) just walk around the corner to High Street and enjoy one of the many options available to you!

One of the best things about Fisher is that if you want the feel of a Big 10 institution then you can certainly get that experience, but if you want the feel of a smaller community, you can certainly get that too! There are so many options available to you; you decide what your schedule looks like, how much time you spend on campus, and how you utilize all that is available to you through Fisher and OSU.


New Year, New Classes, New Goals!

After spending the New Year watching the Buckeyes beat Alabama in New Orleans, the thought of coming back to school was not the most appealing idea. However, now that I am back at Fisher and getting into the school groove, I am more than happy to be back with my fellow MAcc students and professors!

Of course at the beginning of every year everyone makes a bunch of resolutions, which are more than likely unattainable. I decided to try and break this horrendous trend and make a couple attainable goals for my next term in the MAcc —

1) Wake up early enough for breakfast – I always end up just grabbing a bar before I leave to go to class and I really want to work towards waking up and taking the time to eat something a little more substantial. I’m hoping this will make me more awake for my 8:30 am IFRS class. I really do need to work on this since I am currently eating oatmeal at work…

2) Go ice skating – This one might be cheating since the Fisher College of Business Social Chairs have organized an event and this became a goal after I received the invitation but regardless, I want to go skating for the first time!

3) Keep on top of my assignments – This term looks like it has a lot of assignments/readings due every class period. In order to deal with this, I want to utilize my time on free days and get a bulk of the reading done or at least try and keep organized enough to have everything printed off so I can read it during down time between classes or easily at home.

4) Stay busy and give back – I really want to do as much as I possibly can this semester to really stay involved and to volunteer on and off campus! I will be a Site Manager for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program and I am getting more involved with recruiting events for EY. The New Year will hopefully allow me to give back to those who have helped me in the past and to stay involved with the community!

5) Have fun! – This will definitely be the most attainable goal, it is my last semester at Ohio State and I really want to enjoy it!

We will see if these all come true or if they stick for the rest of the term — I like to think I will be able to achieve them for sure!


Beat *ichigan Week!

One of the best times of the year to be an Ohio State student is during Beat *ichigan Week, it is a time when all the students rally to beat TTUN (that team up north)! One of the biggest events before the game is to jump in Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake is normally a peaceful place to walk around on campus right by the South Oval, but on the Tuesday night before everyone goes home for Thanksgiving Break it transforms into pandemonium. Students are everywhere partaking in the event and jumping into the freezing cold lake! This year was my fourth year jumping and it was a lot of fun to go with some of the other MAcc students because they had never jumped before. Needless to say, we were frozen running back to North campus from the South Oval but it was definitely worth it! Below are some pictures from that night.

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Jumping in!

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O-H-I-O after we jumped!

While mirror lake is an exciting aspect of Beat *ichigan Week, the best part of the week is the actual football game! Normally this game is one of the toughest of our season but Michigan football has fallen on some hard times. I went to the game with my sister who also attended Ohio State for undergraduate and graduate school so we were pretty invested in the outcome. My first game as a student was with my sister and now I have officially gone to my last home game as a student with her, bittersweet! We stayed through Carmen and rushed the field after the game, overall a great experience!

On the field!

On the field!

This weekend I will be traveling to Indianapolis to watch the Buckeyes take on the Badgers in the Big 10 Championship, hopefully we come out victorious! Go Bucks!


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.

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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.


MHRM Internal Case Competition

I recently participated in the MHRM Internal Case Competition here at Fisher. Before going into this experience I had no idea what to expect. The competition started early Friday morning and the entire class was presented with a “real world” HR problem from the judges (The judges are current HR professionals from companies around the region). We were then assigned break-out rooms with our group, and given 24 hours to come up with a solution and form a presentation for the judges for the following day.

I was on a team of all first-years and none of us had any previous HR work experience. My team worked really well together, though, because we were able to communicate effectively and collaborate as a group. Once we got to our break-out rooms, we spent a lot of time brainstorming ideas, organizing our thoughts, and figuring out which ideas we wanted to focus on. If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to focus in great detail on a few of your ideas or solutions, but don’t try to tackle everything. There’s simply not enough time to address everything. My group ended up staying at school pretty late into the evening (or should I say, morning) because we had so much content to fit into our short, 15-minute presentation.

We arrived back at school early Saturday morning to finish up printing our materials and slides, but actually ended up cutting it so close that we didn’t have any time to practice our presentation before we went in to present to the judges. Our presentation went really well, though, for having not ever rehearsed, and in fact, one of our group members, Erin, won an award for best speaker overall. Looking back on this experience, I am really proud of my group for jumping in with no expectations and working really hard to produce an overall great presentation. It was definitely a memorable two days and I look forward next year’s competition.

My awesome case competition team

My awesome case competition team                                (Brennan, Chip, Erin, Me)

 


Being Out & Proud at Fisher (and Columbus)!

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When searching for business schools, I was not only looking for top-notch academics, but also whether there was a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) presence on campus and in the surrounding community. It was important for me to feel safe, accepted, and share my MBA experience with other LGBT students. Fortunately, Ohio State and Columbus have one of the largest LGBT populations in the Midwest. In fact, Ohio State was ranked as one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly campuses by Campus Pride (www.campuspride.org) and Columbus earned a perfect score as a LGBT-friendly city by the Human Rights Campaign (www.hrc.org), which is America’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.

On-campus: Although most LGBT organizations are undergrad-based, they all welcome LGBT graduate students and allies. Most of these organizations meet regularly and offer informative and fun events, ranging from socials to LGBT speakers. Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who appears on “Orange is the New Black,” even spoke at our school this semester. For business students, Out in Business (www.fisheroib.com) is Fisher’s main LGBT business club. I also recently attended the Reaching Out MBA conference (www.reachingoutmba.org) in San Francisco with several of my classmates. Definitely a fantastic conference that brought together LGBT business students from all over the country and included speakers, case competitions, recruiting fairs, and social events. Highly recommended!!!

Off-campus: Not surprisingly, the LGBT “scene” in Columbus pales in comparison to much larger cities, such as New York City and San Francisco. Even so, it is still very vibrant and active! There is something for everyone, ranging from nightlife in and around downtown Columbus to support and wellness organizations, such as Stonewall Columbus (www.stonewallcolumbus.org), and musical groups, such as the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (www.columbusgaymenschorus.com). If you are ever looking to experience LGBT outside of the area, Columbus is in close proximity to other major cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

So whomever you may be, Fisher and Columbus is definitely a welcoming LGBT environment! As a business student, now you just have to find the time to see all that it has to offer, but that’s for another post ;)


Experience the World through Columbus

International exposure and work experience is becoming hugely important in the business world. This year I had the pleasure of attending the Columbus International Festival. I’m a member of the Fisher Global Business Association and we used the festival as an opportunity to come together and have a fun international experience.

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A small group of us hit up the Ohio State Fairgrounds to see what the rave was all about. Thankfully it was indoors; if you don’t already know about Ohio it starts to get a little chilly in November. Obviously from the start of the festival we were pretty focused on FOOD, who doesn’t love food. I settled on some bubble tea and Chinese, but I couldn’t help but take a picture of this humungous pretzel.

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Throughout the few hours we were there, there was a stage hosting various styles of dances from all over the world. The variety was great, and ever better, some acts featured some cute kids doing their best to impress the audience. I captured some good ole bag pipe action.

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Outside of the food and performances, there were various booths ran by different international organizations from Columbus and a lot of shops with cool cultural knick knacks. Columbus is always hosting cool festivals that present you with new food and cultures that you may not have had the opportunity to confront otherwise. There’s a whole world out there, go experience it!

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