Coffee Talk

I know all professors want to hear students pay attention and do not surf the web or do other activities while sitting in a lecture.  I understand that and recognize that we all wish to get full attention while presenting, however, sometimes that is just not possible.

Today as I sit in a lecture, one that I’ve already contributed to multiple times (yay – multi-tasking!) I am thinking about how I’ve already enjoyed a grande coffee today and am already dreaming of a second.

Fortunately, there are a long list of options close to campus where I could dash and pick up a pipping hot beverage.  Unfortunately, my favorite spot, Staufs Coffee Roasters is not within walking distance.  They do have a Cup o’ Joe cafe at Lennox Mall, however, I still don’t have time during my 15 minute break in between classes.

Ah well.  Back to discussion – mmmmm…. coffee.

Wednesday is my “Friday” when it comes to classes and Friday is often associated with cocktails and celebrating the end of the week, so in celebration of the end of the week… I proposed a coffee-flavored toast – Irish Coffee.

I think the Buena Vista in San Francisco does it best… check out their recipe here.

Slainte!  Back to California dreamin’…

The Dreaded Flu!

If you haven’t already done so, I would highly recommend getting a Flu shot!  I came home from class on Tuesday night and out of nowhere started shivering and coughing.  While in graduate school, we don’t have time to be sick and take it from me, this Flu is a doozy!

Well, I’m spent.  I have included the Wellness Center Flu shot schedule information below.  You can also visit their website at http://swc.osu.edu/.  Take care of yourselves!

Flu Shot Clinics

Walk-in Clinics

  • Location: Wilce Student Health Center Ground Floor
  • Dates: October 6, 12, 22, 26, November 4, 9
  • Times: 4:00PM – 6:30PM
  • No appointment needed

Additional Flu Shot Opportunities:

  • Morning Clinic: Walk-in to our Pharmacy, Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 11:00AM
  • Afternoon Clinic: Call ahead (614) 292-4321
    • Location: Wilce Student Health Center room 264-C
    • Dates: September 23, 24, 25, October 1, 8, 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19
    • Times: 2:00PM – 4:00PM< /br>

Cost for all Clinics:

  • $25 due at time of service
  • Covered in full under the Student Health Insurance Plan

** Flu Shots given at an individual appointment have a cost of $36.

Why Fisher?

Kumar, Fan & Robyn in the lounge
Kumar, Fan & Robyn in the lounge

So I am sitting in the Fisher student lounge with a few of my fellow classmates after an excellent discussion in our Economics class about supply & demand curves and how it relates to Organ donation. Sounds boring but trust me it got heated. So I have a few hours to kill between an MBA Intro Real estate class I am a Teaching Assistant in (a little bit more about that later) so I figured I would let you in on a little bit about myself and why I chose Fisher.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, went to the University of Arizona originally to study business but found Regional Development, a major that focused on economic development and land planning, to be more interesting. While in college I had a few internships with different real estate companies and found that I really enjoyed real estate development. After college I worked in Phoenix for two different real estate firms but decided to move back to Philadelphia to work for a commercial real estate private equity firm that focused on industrial real estate. Have I lost you yet? So after working in Philadelphia for the last year and a half and after the real estate market/stock market crash, I knew I always wanted to go back to school for an MBA and figured that now was the perfect time to take two years out of the workforce.

In evaluating schools I looked at the top 30 list and took off the schools I either thought I couldn’t get into and places I didn’t want to live. I was also focused on programs that had some type of real estate focus. My list was narrowed down to five schools, USC, OSU, ASU, Wisconsin & University of Florida. After going through the application process and visiting my top choices (USC, OSU, ASU) I was able to really find why Fisher was perfect for me.

My interview day at Fisher was long, just as long as all the other interviews but what stood out was the time the people took to help answer questions after I had left. After meeting professors that had been recruited from HBS and Booth, I was thoroughly impressed with the teaching faculty and the level of participation in the classroom visit during a first year strategy class. As I was on the way to the airport I had multiple e-mails from people I met throughout the day asking what else they could do to answer questions as well as a voice mail from the Director of the Center of Real Estate (which i am now a TA & Graduate Assistant in), Ken Gold. Obviously not only did this impress me but it gave me the feeling that Fisher wanted me and valued me.

When it came down to it all of the schools I looked at had great programs in Real Estate but what stood out were the people at Fisher. The atmosphere here is unlike any other. People are supportive, not competitive, friendly, not awkward and most of all everyone is really smart! The caliber of student I have met here is higher then any other info session I attended at all the other schools I applied to.

So the group I was sitting with just left to head to a Deloitte info session and I have some time to kill but I see some of my other friends from class at another table. I think I’ll join them before tonight’s weekly social event.

-JB

Start Small…

Over the last week of work and class, I have come to understand the importance of the little things.  For instance, while walking from my car to Gerlach this week, I looked like a big geek with my arms loaded with books and my laptop case along with my book bag.  I saw a friend who smiled to me and helped me carry my books.

Later that day, I was sitting in the lounge, when someone came up and with a smile, I offered them the seat at my over-crammed with said books.

At the last football game (my first ever OSU game!), I came to realize how loud the Buckeye crowd can be.  Between the cheers of O-H….I-O and the jaunts towards the only Illinois person around, along with the pouring rain, it was hard to communicate with anyone in our group.  But whenever something good happened, we all cheered towards each other and then “high- fived” everyone around us, as if we were the ones who just scored the field goal. ( I will admit, half the time I didn’t really know what was going on, so I just cheered along with the people around me…)

At last week’s EOTW, the bar we were at was so crowded and the music was blaring.  Despite the environment, we still met some of the other first years and the second years.  I am sure people could not understand what I was saying because I tend to be soft-spoken, but I don’t really know because I was always received with a smile and a nod of the head.

While this post seems cliche, and maybe someone who reads this will see me and ask for the five minutes of their life back they spent reading it, I think that this week has shown me a valuable lesson.  It is the small things, the signs of unity and the consideration towards each other that makes Fisher stand out.  While we are all busy with work and such, a small gesture such as carrying some one’s books, holding a door, or an understanding smile can go a long way.

Thank you to those of you that have shown these acts towards me!

How Far Are We From Med School?

Obviously, the title doesn’t mean the physical distance between Ohio State’s med school and Fisher.

Last Tuesday I attended a Fisher Hub event–MIT Global Broadcast. Audience watched a lecture give by a MIT professor on his biotechnology research and, more importantly, how his ideas and products were commercialized. The topic involved networking among various fields, lots of which are between science and business. Besides the business terms and concepts I am familiar with, waves of scientific terminology stroke me. I was glad that my grades in science were not bad and I still remember most of the knowledge, otherwise it would be very hard for me to understand a significant portion of the lecture.

All these things lighted a bulb in my head.

I believe very few graduate students at Fisher think about getting to med school afterwards. Many of us may not touch anything in science because we think that’s “not our business”. But, are we really saying “Goodbye” to all other subjects after we confirm our career path in business?

Same Tuesday, at the MAcc Boot Camp, a partner from one of the large public accounting firms gave a presentation. When asked his opinion on how the economy would affect job markets in these coming years, he said, “I am not sure, but if you know the European history well, you might expect similar situation like what the European countries experienced.”

“If you know the European history well”, we can forecast future economic environment! Right, this was what my history teacher told me in high school, but when and how did I begin to forget all of these?

Everything is related to business. Medical technology is, history is, computer science is, art is, everything is! So my Fisher fellows, once we are in Fisher, we are not saying “Goodbye” to any other fields. Say “Hello”!

Upcoming events for WPMBA

I considered several other part-time MBA programs in the area.  One area that surprised me is the level of involvement and number of additional activities available for students like me .  Here is a list of upcoming events available to working Professional MBA’s for just this quarter!

October 1st MBA Networking Event: 15 Companies Represented 7:00pm – 9:00pm
October 4th Fisher Potluck Picnic 11:30am – 2:00pm
October 5th Fisher Professional  Serves Kick- Off Lu nc/i 12:30pm — 1:30pm
October 5th Chinese Business Assoc. Mid-Autumn Day Celebration 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 7th How to Networking Using Linked-In 12:30pm — 1:30pm
October 7th MBA Marketing Assoc: Brand Management Speaker 12:30pm — 1:30pm
October 8th Cuilman Exec Lunch: Jason B. Jones, VP, Lockton Companies 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 13th Evening Professionals Town Hall Meeting 5:15pm – 6:00pm
October 14th Innovation Fisher Kick- Off Meeting 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 20th Google VP of Finance: Business Performance Management 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 2Ot Evening at Limited Brands 5:30pm – 9:00pm
October 22d Thermo Fisher Scientific Sr. VP Info Session 12:30pm – 1:30pm
October 28th1 Warren Buffett Trip Info Session 5:15pm – 5:45pm
November 12th International Speaker: William Fetter 12:30pm — 1:30pm
November 13th Job Hunt and career Design: Daniel Porot 8:30am – 1:00pm
November 13th Deloitte Case Interviewing Workshop 1:30pm – 4:00pm
November 1 6 Alumni Relations Brown Bag Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm
November 1 6th International Speaker: Tom Heilman 12:30pm – 1:30pm
November 20th Fisher Winter Games 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Hopefully the program director for these programs will gain enough resources to podcast or stream some of these events so working professionals can actually benefit from them!!!!

Kid’s story: Why the heck am I here?

Timeline: Sunday, right after dinner

I see: the smoke remaining from my cooking

I hear: the washing machine in the spin cycle

I smell: smoke, go figure…

I feel: confused

My little cousin asked me recently how a person gets admitted into an MBA program at a top-ranked business school.

My short answer was: “I don’t know”.

I mean, I never meant to study at Fisher. As a matter of fact, the first time I heard of Fisher was this year and an image of a pond, a kayak, and a smelly guy wearing a hat came to mind. I did mean to get an MBA degree against my wishes, but I applied elsewhere (and got admission offers, in case you’re wondering).

Whoa, slow down… against my wishes? Yes, as a matter of fact. I was fed up and done with being a student, given that I already earned a salary (one that we call “decent” in my country, but that’s actually pocket change when turned into dollars) and that can be addictive. Also, I like partying in a measure that does not allow for it to be anywhere near “cheap”, so I was like a kitten in a yarn basket.

My cousin then changed her question into why would a person want to study an MBA.

I began thinking about my experience and how during the first few weeks the faculty members made it clear that they’re convinced that everyone is there for the money (which may be true) and nothing else (which I’m sure is wrong). I started evaluating every single aspect of my short life as an MBA student: the resources, the possibility of learning from distinguished professors, the pride of having a degree from The Ohio State University, the dream of a six-figure salary in the end, the vision of a career, the possibility of making a difference in the world…

None of them make sense. There is just one aspect of my new life that keeps me from regretting my decision, and it just makes everything else go away.

It’s the people. It’s my classmates. It’s my friends. This is the invaluable asset of an MBA experience. This is what keeps me going. And I am grateful for it.

By the way, my little cousin is applying for the MBA next year.

“How does it feel to come out of nothing…” – Dark Tranquillity (yes, with two l’s)

This week’s top five

  1. Quote:  “You look like a vampire”, which I said to NLM. The funny thing was that I actually thought he’d bite me.
  2. Event: 80’s Night, at the FC. Thanks to MT for putting that one together and to NF for getting me to go.
  3. Fact: JB was denied entrance to Gaswerks because he was wearing parachute pants.
  4. Best class: Economics. Prof. Campbell is the only teacher we’ve had so far who wrote a class agenda on the board.
  5. Lesson: my academic life has a lot of catching up to do, because right now my social life is overwhelmingly more interesting.

“So you like to dance!” – John Digweed

First day of class and OSU – Illinois weekend

I had my first night of class this past Thursday and I was pleasantly surprised that the (almost) 4 hours of class went by as quickly as they did. In 812 (Managerial Economics), we discussed a case for the majority of class and in 870 (Data Analysis for Managers), we went over the syllabus and then jumped into the course material. I think it will be a good quarter as long as I stay up to date with my work.

Since Thursday’s class I really haven’t had time to think about the reading and homework I have to do for class on Tuesday. My girlfriend’s family flew in from Chicago on Friday and we’ve been busy until now. Friday night we went to dinner at Marcella’s in the Short North. The food was good but the service was slow and the restaurant was ridiculously loud.

Saturday we went to the OSU – Illinois game. As most of you know, the weather was awful and despite our waterproof jackets and ponchos, we still managed to get pretty wet. Five minutes into the 2nd quarter we decided to go underneath and watch the rest of the quarter. We quickly decided that it would be a good idea to leave at halftime and watch the game from home. The defense looked great and it was nice to see the Buckeyes get another shutout.

Once the rain had cleared Sunday morning, we went golfing at OSU’s Scarlet course. It was a little soggy out there and I didn’t play very well but we had a great time. Scarlet is one of my favorite courses and for $30 you won’t find a better deal in Columbus. For those of you that aren’t golf fans, OSU’s golf courses were designed by Alister MacKenzie who designed Augusta National (where the Masters is played) and is considered by many to be the greatest golf course architect ever.

Now that the weekend is winding down, it is time to to get started on my homework and readings for class. Thanks for reading…below are a few pictures from the game.

Maybe a History degree wasn’t a great idea…

On Wednesday of last week, I had my first class as an Ohio State graduate student.  I never thought I’d say this about school, but I am really excited about my core curriculum and the skill sets that I’m about to gain.  After graduating from Yale University in 2006, I entered corporate America thinking I was prepared for anything that would come my way.  As you can probably imagine, it didn’t take long before I realized that I still had much to learn.  (Despite this discovery, I have no regrets about earning a BA in History… it just needs to be complemented with an MBA.)

Now that I have a couple classes under my belt, I need to stay on top of my assignments so I don’t fall behind in class.  Since I am one of a handful of students who have never taken a business class, I’ll need to work twice as hard as my peers.  Fortunately, I have come to this realization before receiving my first round of grades, and I am currently in the process of finding a place where I can study in the most efficient manner.

My first weekend as a student on Ohio State’s campus has been fairly dull from a blogger’s perspective.  On Friday, I woke up and started reading the 4 chapters that were assigned in Economics.  Around noon, I helped a friend move a futon to his place. (He provided Chipotle for lunch.)  Afterwards I started reading again until I could no longer focus due to my excitement for that night’s social activity:  1980’s theme party.  As expected, it rocked.

On Saturday, I woke-up to the sound of pouring rain and decided against going to The Horseshoe to root on the Buckeyes.  Instead of watching the game on TV, I decided to make it a “reading day” and drove to the Upper Arlington Public Library to get some work done.  I stayed in the library for 8 hours and left at the 5pm closing time.  After spending the entire day in the library I was completely brain dead when I left and decided to make it an early night rather than going out with my MBA friends.

Sunday was very similar to my Saturday.  I woke up early and went to Gerlach Hall to study.  I started reading my Accounting chapters, but continuously took mini breaks to watch the Bengals game on TV in Gerlach’s hallway.  All I can say is “Who Dey, baby!?”