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Is it possible to be bored on campus? I really don’t think so, there is constantly fun to be had! Proof of this was the Pentatonix concert held at the Ohio Union! Pentatonix is an a-cappella group that won The Sing Off (Season 3) on NBC. OUAB (Ohio Union Activities Board) brought them in to perform and the concert did not disappoint.

My view of the stage!

My view of the stage!

The Serenade

The Serenade

 

The screen projecting the concert for a better visual!

The screen projecting the concert for a better visual!

During the concert they performed a wide variety of songs ranging from Macklemore to Ariana Grande and a ton more! They also took a volunteer from the crowd and serenaded her, unfortunately I was too far back in the crowd to be selected. Even though my seat was pretty far back, it didn’t hinder the show. OUAB had it displayed on multiple screens around the ballroom ensuring that you could always see and hear what was going on.

If you have some time, I would definitely watch their Evolution of Beyoncé, trust me it is just as good in person as it is in that video! Plus, they have a killer Christmas album if you are one of those people that gets into the holiday mood really early. I know that for me personally, Christmas music is fair game after Thanksgiving and I will have their holiday album on repeat!

This concert was a great to way to relax and have a good time after a long day of classes, it is always nice to have a distraction from day to day activities and this was the perfect one!

 

 

 


The End of Fall Semester, Session 1

It is amazing how quickly this first term has flown by; it is already our last week of the first session for Fall semester.  Here are some of my quick observations from the first session:

  • The Courses: Most courses for the program are only 7 weeks long.  Because of this, material is covered fairly quickly and a topic is usually not discussed for longer than one class period.  Since the courses are fast paced, it is important to stay organized and stay ahead of the material, otherwise it will be easy to fall behind and stay behind.  Overall, the courses have all been interesting and it was wonderful to see how approachable and helpful the professors have been.  It is crazy to think that we have finals this week and are starting all new courses next week.
  • The Class: Coming to Ohio State not knowing anyone was a little frightening, but from the first day of orientation it was easy to see that the MAcc Class of 2015 would get along well.  Whether it is eating lunch every day together in the student lounge, studying after classes together, going to trivia every Wednesday night, or hitting the bars on the weekends the MAcc kids are always together.
  • The Culture: The environment surrounding the MAcc program is unique.  Everyone has different backgrounds and different experiences that have brought them to Fisher.  Because of this, it is nice that the program involves so many group projects.  For example, one of my groups had three international students from China, a student that worked professionally for a couple years and is coming back to school for his Masters, and another student from Texas.  Combined we all brought different knowledge and skills to the table and worked well as a team.  The culture of the program may be hard to describe in words but it is something I am happy to be a part of.

Fisher Family Network

One of the first things the Class of 2016 learned about during our two weeks of orientation was the Fisher Family. Community was one of the top buzzwords of the faculty and staff who presented to us, and they emphasized that everyone at Fisher – faculty, staff, and students – is here to help us grow and learn both academically and professionally.

And over the past few weeks, our class has bonded and become a family – a real one. Half the time I don’t even have to ask for help – people offer before I can.  Last week, one of my classmates, Michael, gave me the contact information for one of his friends who had interned with a company I was interested in.  “E-mail him!” Michael said.  “He’ll definitely be able to tell you about the culture and what their internships are like.”  So I did.  His friend wrote me a detailed mini-essay about the company.  It was awesome, and it really helped me.

Then, during the weekend, another classmate, Vlad, spent over two hours helping a group of people (including myself) figure out an accounting case. Two.  Hours.  It was a struggle-fest, let me tell you, as we slowly pieced together how to complete the case with Vlad acting as safety net in case we wandered too far off-track.  That was two hours he could have been napping.  Naps are scarce and highly valued commodities in grad school.  But he helped us anyways.

And it isn’t just our class that has become a family – the Fisher Family extends outwards to past students, too.  On Sunday, I was talking to my friend, Jessi, who recently graduated from Fisher.  I mentioned that I was interviewing with a certain company.  “Oh!  You’ve got to talk to Brian!”  She gave me the contact information of one of her classmates who had interned with and was currently working for the company.

And when I e-mailed Brian?  He immediately suggested we set up a time to talk.  When he found out I was a career-switcher, and a little overwhelmed by the tough marketing questions asked in interviews, he offered to give me interviewing help and said to e-mail him anytime I have questions.

I’ve never had so many people helping me succeed.  It’s pretty amazing.  If you have a weakness, your career counselors, classmates, and professors will help you strengthen that skill set.  The people at Fisher – both past and present – support one another and want to see each other succeed.  The Fisher Family is one of the things that most defines Fisher, and what makes it so special.


Observations from Ohio State Football Games

Having done my undergrad at North Carolina State I was anxious to come to Ohio State and see the differences in the atmosphere and environment surrounding the football games.  Here are some of my observations from the first couple games of the season.

  • Tickets:  The ticket process was very different than at NC State.  If you want to buy tickets for Ohio State games you have to be on the lookout for an email in the middle of the summer with instructions on how to do so.  There are only two options for packages, either the full season home games or just Big Ten home games, no single game tickets.
    This was very different from NC State where the week before the game I would just have to go online and request a ticket for the upcoming game, for free! This whole process shows that the demand for students tickets is way higher than the supply.  I would definitely recommend at least trying to attend one game, if not buying tickets for all of the home games.
  • Tailgating:  The big thing about Ohio State tailgating is that it isn’t confined to just parking lots, the entire city is a tailgate.  From the bars on High Street, to the houses surrounding campus, to the parking lots around the stadium, everyone is out for the game having a good time.  Whether you attend Skull Session (still on my OSU bucket list), or are just throwing the pigskin with some friends before the game the atmosphere is second to none.  Pedestrian traffic is insane making driving on gamedays nearly impossible.  Even for the 8pm game people were out before noon making the game a whole day event.
  • Traditions: Even people that know nothing about Ohio State football are aware of some of the traditions.  Ohio State has more traditions than I can even list.  It’s almost impossible to be walking around on a gameday without hearing “O-H!” “I-O!” every five minutes.  The traditions that occur inside the stadium are absolutely amazing to be a part of.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the words to “Carmen Ohio” yet, you will learn them quick as it is sung at the beginning and end of every game.  The stadium O-H-I-O chant is also a very cool tradition, as the entire stadium shows their Buckeye pride.  And obviously I can’t talk about Ohio State traditions without mentioning The Best Damn Band In The Land.  Everyone is on their feet as the band performs Script Ohio and dots the I.   The band also performed a ten minute long amazing halftime show dedicated to famous and popular TV shows.  I highly would recommend everyone check it out if you haven’t seen it yet (here’s a link)!Script Ohio
  • Attire: I guess it’s just my North Carolina roots, but it came to a surprise to me that what people wear to games is definitely different than what I am used to.  It was almost expected that girls would wear sundresses and cowboy boots to NC State football games, while guys would dress up a little nicer with a tucked in polo or button down shirt.  The majority of people wear their OSU jerseys or shirts, and shorts or jeans.  I guess this just means I’m not in the South anymore.

Midterms, Accounting and Networking: Not that Bad!

Things have kind of ramped up here in the Fisher Full Time MBA program over the last couple of weeks. Even though we were already busy, our first set of midterms were upon us, our first accounting case was due and graduate careers fairs were beginning.

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My Husky Energy dog from the Career Fair says “Arpha!”

This is going to sound as bizarre as having a football team with nobody over 5’10, but midterms were probably the easiest and least stressful part of the middle of September. There was only so much to study three weeks into school. Our Marketing Math quiz was literally based off of three pages, our Marketing exam was more application than memorization, Econ was more art (literally) than science and Finance could have been about 1000000% harder than it was. Like they say in business school, learning more than grades are what matters and once you realize the professors aren’t going to absolutely kill you on exams, the focus on learning becomes a lot easier to handle. It’s all about application and not rote memorization like many undergraduate exams tend to be.

The real big bad in all of this was an accounting case worth about 2% of our grade, if even that. Accounting has supremely thick barriers to entry, at least in the way we have been taught, and with CPAs being exempt from the class, it seemed like absolutely nobody knew what was going on. Thankfully, because our CPA Fisher Family brothers and sisters love us so much, they were happy to help us with our homework and at least give us a push in the right direction. We had study groups the two days before the case was due and even if nobody could completely figure it out, we’re learning and I think that’s all that matters. I hope, anyway. I’ll let you know how the next case goes.

And then there was the Fisher Graduate Career Fairs. The big one was in the Blackwell on the Fisher Campus and brought companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Nationwide, Wendy’s and PolyOne. It was a chance to try out our pitches of ourselves if nothing else and get used to talking to people at these booths about their companies and learning about places we could potentially intern next summer.

To say my first attempt at this was a trainwreck would be a lie as it was far, far worse than that. I’ll keep the details of this talk classified but let’s just say I won’t be getting a job with this employer. I slowly got better, however, and once I got to the companies I was actually interested in such as Wendy’s, as I am a longtime consumer of their wares, I felt like I was doing a decent job. Anyway, these fairs aren’t the end all be all of the job hunt but are good practice if nothing else.

Anyway, once these trials and tribulations of business school were over, there was still time to play soccer, do homework and do some intense Friday night networking in the Short North.

The best parts of all of these things though is that nearly every one of your classmates is going through the exact same thing and it helps you all bond and really become a Fisher Family (copyright someone, I’m sure). A lot of us have gotten closer or just met more people through studying at Gerlach Hall or going to talk to the same employers at info sessions and then having some hardcore networking seshes on Fridays.

This part’s really been my favorite as I haven’t always had the easiest time making friends in the past. In law school everyone was dispersed and it was hard to see anyone outside of class. Undergrad was more of a bizarre experience for me, personally. But here, I’ve done the best I’ve done since about 2nd grade socially and am apparently the class mascot somehow. My face is on the top of this Grad Life blog. I couldn’t have made a better decision to have come and even things like midterms and horrible accounting cases and scary career fairs haven’t dampened that in the least.


Living in Columbus: A New Yorker’s Perspective

After living in NYC for 4 years, I kind of feared moving to Columbus. New York City had it all – culture, world class entertainment and sports, a vibrant nightlife, every walk of life, great public transportation, a diverse music and food scene, iconic parks, etc. In my mind, Columbus would be the typically college town, with a few rundown bars overrun by undergrads, some chain and fast food restaurants, a sleepy downtown area, and lots and lots and lots and lots of open space.

I have now been living in Columbus for a few months, and I must say this couldn’t be further from the truth. While I do miss the NYC subway, Columbus offers everything that NYC does, except on a smaller scale. You will find great diversity (e.g., ethnicities, nationalities, LGBT community) in and around the city, especially since Ohio State and the Fisher College of Business draws students from all over the U.S. and world. Major companies located in Columbus, including Nationwide, L Brands, and Cardinal Health, also bring in a diverse crowd of young and seasoned professionals. There is a great nightlife, especially in the Short North area, which caters mostly to young professionals and graduate students both during the week and weekend. Columbus residents, not surprisingly, are extremely passionate about sports, especially since Ohio State harbors some of the best U.S. college sports teams (Go Buckeyes!). There are also plenty of opportunities to get yourself into shape with the numerous bike paths, top-notch sports facilities, and parks in Columbus and on campus. And there is definitely an active Columbus foodie scene – every type of restaurant you can imagine from vegan to Indian to Asian to Ethiopian to American to Mexican to you name it! There is even the Columbus Food Truck Festival right before fall semester begins.

I’m still pretty new to Columbus, but it is feeling more like home every day. I still have more to explore, but thankfully there will always be something to do.

Full disclosure: I do live across from a cornfield, but it is a part of the Ohio State campus ;)


The Internship

The Internship-Vaughn and Wilson
Second year MBA students-they’re older, wiser, and more mature, right?  The first one in that list is guaranteed to happen.  The others, not necessarily, but the internship between the first and second year of the MBA program is aimed to help towards that.  This summer I interned as a Global Supply Chain Project Manager at Greif, which is a $4.5 billion industrial packaging company headquartered here in the Columbus area.

Greif Global Supply Chain
It was a great internship.  The Greif supply chain folks welcomed me as a full member of the team and never looked at me as an “intern”.  The projects I got to work on were ones that the other full time team members would have been working on if I weren’t there.  Not only that, but I also worked on a project that had an international focus and was able to travel to Amsterdam for a week during the summer to pitch the solution we had come up with to the leader of the business unit there.

I’ve found as a 2nd year MBA this year there are a lot of things I’ve been able to hit on from my internship at Greif while at career fairs and in interviews.  The things I learned while doing the internship have been beneficial in growing my experience and understanding of supply chain management, and it was largely due to the role I had there.  So, when looking for an internship it’s worthwhile to focus on what kind of internship it will be and if you’ll get a great experience out of it.  I sure had that at Greif, and was more than happy to intern there this summer.


The Newest Pieces at the Wexner Center

On Friday night, after a long day of working on group projects and assignments with some of my SMF peers, I donned a suit and tie to attend an early showing of the newest exhibit at the Wexner Center for the ArtsTransfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection was nothing short of breathtaking. The blockbuster paintings were remarkable pieces by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet.I found myself arrested with two paintings in particular.

The first was Diego dans l’atelier by Giacometti. At first glance it’s an ashen man in a dirty room. But upon closer inspection, it’s an inscrutable, otherworldly figure. The artist seems to have poured his tensions and anxiety through his brush, yet the feverish pitch left nothing concrete for the onlooker to see. We are left to ponder.

Diego dans l’atelier by Alberto Giacometti

The other was Three Spokes by Susan Rothenberg. The horse reminded me of a cave painting, but everything else was a mystery: the color scheme, the cut off hooves, the inexplicable cracks, and the white dividing line. I could not possible imagine what it meant, but I could barely take my eyes off it.
Three Spokes by Susan Rothenberg

Three Spokes by Susan Rothenberg

Sherri Geldin, Director of the Wexner Center, assembled the exhibit and its début in stunning fashion. Between chatting up the University President and a member of Columbus City Council, I had the pleasure to meet some executives from Huntington Bank, one of Ohio State’s closest partners in delivering value to students. While Friday ended up being very long indeed, I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and made a few contacts along the way.

Business School, Or Why I’m Enjoying Not Having a Minute of Free Time

Business school is filled with reading, class, club information sessions, studying and professors with fancy hair (maybe too fancy?). But that probably describes every business school in these United States. Every school has a finance association and every school has textbooks and every school has quiet rooms. But Fisher and The Ohio State University has so much more than that and as I told a second year, “I can’t handle myself right now.”

Your views are not appreciated here, Business Cat

Your views are not appreciated at Fisher, Business Cat

I could describe abstractly my schedule and everything I’ve had to do in the month plus I’ve been at Ohio State coming from New Jersey and another huge state school in Rutgers. I could just say you could get lost in everything here, but I think there’s a better way to do this: I’m going to lay out as much of my schedule on Monday September 16, 2014 as I possibly can. It may seem like a crowded day, but I promise this is pretty much what every Monday is going to be for me for the foreseeable future, so here it is COMIN’ AT YOU HARD.

8-8:30AM: Print out Econ discussion questions for that sweet participation credit.

8:30-10:00AM: Accounting class featuring Jolly Bob’s Jerk Joint and joining intramural flag football leagues. I am a good student I swear.

10:15-11:45AM: Econ class! A blur of supply and demand curves even a day later. Reminiscing about Jolly Bob’s.

12-1PM: 3M Marketing Info Session: Free lunch! It was sammiches. And free pens! Oh and learning about 3M’s marketing internships and full time opportunities.

1-2PM: I exercise/listen to the Pitch Perfect Soundtrack. Barden Bellas 4 lyfe.

2:30-3PM: The two team captains for intramural football draft our players. It can get challenging determining the net present value of Ryan McClellan vs. Adam Tedrick. I should be doing work now butttttttt….no.

3-7PM: Studying for Marketing Math Quiz tomorrow and realizing I don’t have a calculator. I buy a $3.50 one from the bookstore. It does not have exponents. Also studying marketing cases and doing finance homework. I realize (have it reinforced, more likely) that I have no idea what is going on in finance. This is important as the midterm is 3 days away. I need to pack in all this studying for tomorrow because the day’s about to go sideways.

7:30-8:45PM: Intramural Soccer. I’m also one of the captains for one of our two intramural flag football teams. While the football one entails duties like drafting people you know and pretending to be Urban Meyer, the soccer iteration involves bothering people endlessly to get them to officially sign up and telling them where the hidden field at Lincoln Tower Park is. But hey we won 7-6! Woo go Fisher Gray!

9-10PM: Go home and lay facedown drinking Gatorade. But today’s not over because I’m dumb.

10:30-12: Go play intramural Broomball with people I don’t know. I am a crazy person. It’s played with sneakers on a normal ice rink. I fell on my butt about 12 times and sent part of a broom almost into the stands that were filled with kids with nothing better to do than laugh at me fall on my face (no it was funny I don’t blame them). I did not know this sport existed before OSU and now I have a sore butt from it. Oh and we lost.

1AM: Finally eat dinner. Subway was literally the only thing open since McDonalds switched to their breakfast menu at midnight. I do not like eggs so this did not fly.

2AM: Bed.

7AM: Study for marketing math quiz.

SOOOO that was my day and a little added afterward. It may seem like I was annoyed or frustrated with the day, but there are just so many opportunities to take advantage of at Ohio State and Fisher. If I went to a smaller school or one with fewer opportunities, my day could have been over early and I could have been sleeping by 11. But why waste what’s out there? You’re not going to find stuff like this everywhere or maybe anywhere else.

 


First Year MBAs Connecting with Second Years

One of the aspects of coming to the Fisher MBA program most of us were worried about to some degree was connecting with our fellow first year MBA classmates. Through almost two weeks of orientation, Summit Vision (I assume), getting together after class and even Facebook of all things, that turned out to be one of the easier parts even for us who aren’t the most naturally social people in the world. But one of the more important aspects you don’t hear about is connecting with the second years. They have experience, knowledge and, most importantly for getting a job and not ending up sleeping on the streets in gargantuan debt after graduation, connections! And it turns out, connecting with them was just as easy.

Events with second years started even before pre-term at Fisher started in August. There were Fisher Social Chair events hosted by second years during the summer including a World Cup Final watch party. I was studying for the presumably Satan inspired bar exam at the time in New Jersey, so I couldn’t attend, but heard only great things. The night before pre-term started, there was another social event to get to know second years who had participated in Pelotonia in Columbus.

Through Facebook, they also invited anybody interested in participating in pickup sports to come play basketball and soccer with them when we hadn’t even really had an opportunity to meet us. A few first years went to the ARC and played basketball, even some of us (me!) who have the athletic ability of a fence post. I may have gotten destroyed by a girl in basketball, but that’s beside the point. She was an NCAA athlete shut up. I played soccer with different second years as well and, if anything, that was an even more inclusive atmosphere. Everybody makes an effort to get to know you and remembers you later. It’s the #FisherFamily coming together, obviously.

And of course, there are the tailgates for the OSU football games even if the team completely forgets to block and loses to middling Virginia Tech teams. Yes, I’m bitter. But we tailgated all afternoon at Fisher Commons before the 8:00 game at Ohio Stadium. There were games, hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and, of course, there was walking through cornfields. That last part was just implied but I wanted to make sure you guys out there knew. Point is, the second years hosted it and made us feel like we were really part of the class.

Walking to the Stadium after tailgating at Fisher Commons!

Walking to the Stadium after tailgating at Fisher Commons!

There is also the sterling 2nd year buddy program, as Danielle Black went in depth on. My buddy couldn’t attend as he was getting married during that mixer so I guess he has his priorities straight.

The biggest event was the 6 hour, North High Street bar crawl at the end of pre-term. The Social Chair led us on a true bonding experience with second years as well as our fellow classmates that was truly memorable and ended, expectedly, in a Taco Bell. Fun times had by all. There were also smaller happy hours held by clubs and associations at Fisher. We also later went out and sang karaoke. Thankfully, me singing Ignition (Remix) by R. Kelly does not have video evidence I’m aware of.

Fisher Karaoke!

Fisher Karaoke!

You may get destroyed by a girl in basketball in front of the second years, may not remember all their names and may not feel comfortable asking them questions about Fisher any time one pops into your head, but I promise they’re all there to help you out and are happy to. It’s really one of the most welcoming atmospheres I’ve ever been in. Just put yourself out there and you’ll have one of the best times of your life. It’s only September, and I already am. Some of them are even playing on the first year intramural soccer teams!


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