The Best Choice!

I bet living in Fisher Commons must be the best choice of housing I have ever made—I really enjoy living here!

Before landing  USA, I  got trouble finding my future home in deed. I looked for various apartments online but could not find suitable one. I wish to live on campus with my classmates because it would be more convenient for me to have discussion and connection with the MBA fellow students. I considered living in two bed room, but finding a roommate is also a headache.

Fortunately, I met Sharon in Taiwan this May and we decided that we would like to be roommates! In addition, we decided to live in Fisher Commons, a unique MBA living-learning community.

Well, you may gasp with admiration at the luxurious furniture shown on the pictures of Fisher Commons—-in fact, just like ordinary rental apartments in USA, the room is leased without furniture. As a result, Sharon and I made an innovative decision—we bought used furniture from two Taiwanese MBA students, Claire and Ingrid, who was going to graduate this year and also lived in Fisher Commons.(Thank you for your kind help, Claire and Ingrid!) In addition, we contacted the leasing office that we hope to directly move in their room after they move out. Therefore, on 8/16, we moved in an apartment which is furnished!

I like Fisher Commons. It’s nice because everybody lives here, so it is very convenient for studying, carpooling, etc. We have a lot of social events here also.

Let me share some pictures  of Fisher Commons with you!

The entrance of Fisher Commons


The general appearance of Fisher Commons


Flag Football

Last night provided a much needed release from the hectic life of school.  What’s better than running around a field in 40 degree weather with fellow classmates?!?  I must say that I was not initially excited about playing flag football.  Anyone who knows me knows that I know VERY LITTLE about football.  I never watch it (which I know is almost a sin here at OSU)…But I’d much rather watch track and field or tennis.  I was coerced into joining and then learned that I could not quit because the team needed a certain amount of female players.

But once I was out on the field, I found myself enjoying the fun of team sport.  The team is coed and plays against other teams in the intramural league.  It seems that most teams just go out and play but as the game progressed, our team actually executed a few plays instead of everyone just running wherever!  It was great to get to know people who I don’t have class with and to see another side of the people I do have class with.

I am glad to say that we creamed the other team (thanks to our great defense).  And I actually caught the ball in one of the last plays of the game! Our season only consists of 3 games…Hopefully we can make the playoffs!!!

Today Was My Busiest Day Thus Far.

So here we are, five weeks into school, and the MBA time commitment has finally hit me! When I first interviewed MBA students, I would ask them what they did in their free time. Everyone always said “What free time?”. I thought that they were kidding, because I was thinking back to my friends who did business in their undergrad… what we called “B-School Preschool”… I thought this trend would continue. Boy was I wrong! In a good way though! I really enjoy being busy and feel the most productive that I ever have in my life. But today I realized how many things I need to do with my day: Homework, class, group meetings, graduate assistantship… so much. So much that I decided to make a busy complex infographic documenting my busy complex day!

my very busy day
my very busy day

Cheer for the Bucks in Block-O

This was my third time in the Shoe—the Ohio State University’s football stadium. The first time I was there, summer, no one was in the stadium. I had a nice bird view from the deck and got wonderful pictures. The second time I was there, MAcc orientation, I was invited to attend a social in the prestige Huntington Club. I enjoyed the private tour to the VIP suites and ESPN boxes, and “starred” on the 40 yard line. Saturday came the third visit to the Shoe. I stood in the front section of Block-O almost the whole game, cheering for our great Buckeye athletes beating the “unbeaten-back-then” Wisconsin.

Me at the game with the Ohio State Marching Band in the back!

Block-O refers to the two seating sections right behind the two field goals in the Shoe. Audience in these two sections, most of whom students, are to lead the cheering and to create excitement for the whole stadium. We generated waves, and did the “O-H-I-O” “merry-go-around” (I gave it this name), a lot of jumping, dancing, cheering, and “booing” (Wisconsin, of course). The 96 yard return by Ray Small to a touchdown started right in front of me. I also touched Brutus Buckeye, our mascot, who was lifted by the Block-O audience and sent to the upper Block-O section!! A bonus was, free Ohio State T-shirts were thrown to us once a while through the game!

Great thanks to Scott, my MAcc classmate, for the tickets!

Before you go, here are some tips for watching live game in the stadium. Eat beforehand as you will consume tons of energy. Drink enough water so that you don’t dry out, but drink just enough because there is way too much you can’t miss in the game.

Apples to Apples!

A couple of my classmates hosted a game night this past Friday for the people in our program.  It was a blast and a great way to get to know each other better.  We had 12 people in all, including a couple of my classmates’ significant others.  We also all contributed to the junk food potluck.  I brought Starburst, Star Crunches, and a bottle of wine.  I was going for convenience and apparently a star theme.  Some of my other classmates were more creative.  They brought homemade salsa, chips, and teriyaki chicken wings.  All of the treats were delicious!

Once everyone had the chance to enjoy the food and beverages we sat down in a very large circle and played Apples to Apples.  I had never played before, but it was a lot of fun!  A card is selected with an adjective and then the rest of the group chooses a card that has a word that relates to the adjective from their hand.  You can choose a serious word or you can be a bit silly.  For example, one person selected the adjective “feminine” and one of our classmates put a card down that said, “Tom Cruise.”

Getting together for a game night was a blast and it was a great way to get to know the more laid back, less stressed side of everyone.  I also think it was a great language exercise for some of our international students.  A couple of the students in the program who are from China had their English dictionary out and asked the meaning of the words when they needed help.  Some of the explanations were hilarious.  I mean really, how do you describe a cult?  The description of a cult on the card said, “They seem nice.”  That is a bit confusing!

Game night was a huge success and I hope that we do more activities like this in the future.  I’m definitely  looking forward to the Halloween night this Friday with the GHRA!

Week 4 Stress

And so begins week 4. It’s hard to believe first of all that it’s already week for and second of all that the quarter is almost half over. For those of you semester fans out there, I’m still a fan of quarters and I’m glad I’ll be done with my degree before the big switch.

I still have yet to complete my stats homework  or my reading for class this week. Should be entertaining to watch me attempt to complete everything. So far the hardest thing about stats isn’t actually the stats work, but installing the program onto my computer, helping the rest of my class install it, and creating (so far) 7 graphs and I’m only on problem 4 of 12. But hey, that means I’m 33% done and that 33% more than I was two days ago. Another two hours on homework and I’ll be golden.

I’m looking into getting a massage and/or more yoga classes. They seem to de-stressify my seemingly more and more stressed out self.

On a fun note, Ohio State won this weekend. I really should say the defense won this weekend. It’s good to know that my cousins, who went to Wisconsin, still cheered for Ohio State. They know where their loyalties lie.

Tip of the week:
Bring dinner to class. Or at least something which is microwavable and that you can keep in your locker so that during the breaks in class, you can whip up something pretty easily so tide yourself through the next two hours of class. I don’t know about you, but eating at 5 o’clock or 10:30 is not appealing to me.

-For now…

First real exercise since July…

Yesterday I went for a jog at the Fred Beekman Park for a little over 4 miles (well, I ran 2 and walked 2). That was my first real exercise in almost 3 months! The day was perfect although the temperature was a little chilly. Nevertheless, my body was tired after the run because how out-of-shape I’ve been since moving to Columbus, but my mind was refreshed and I was ready to study for 824 and put together my 804 report!

As Manru said in her previous post, life has been extremely busy (and crazy) since week 2 of school. I am willing to bet that this is the case for everyone in the Fisher graduate programs, because we’re just that good. LOL! So on top of Manru’s time management tips, I’d like to add one personal touch and that is, give yourself a minimum of an hour or two a week and get away from the books and reports. Because as you approach that threshold where you start losing focus and motivation, if you’re like me then you’ll find yourself surfing on facebook or slickdeals or simply idling when you could be recharging yourself outside!

Here are some of my suggestions for a temporary escape from school work:

  1. Exercise – Fred Beekman Park, RPAC, ARC, or the gym downstairs at your apartment complex
  2. Columbus Zoo – you can get cheap tickets at the student union
  3. Visit German Village, Amish Country, etc
  4. Sleep – this one is particularly precious these days… when all else fail to interest you, take a huge nap!
  5. Last but not least, come read our blogs and see what suggestions or stories we have for you. heheh okay just kidding…

Relax! Chances are you’ll be in a group with 3-5 people so I’m sure you can lean on your team for a couple hours. However, I will not be held liable if your group decides to take a field trip to the zoo and somehow miss your project/report deadline… XD



This week’s top five

  1. Mental quote: “Hm, I wonder if that’s our plane” referring to a plane I could see through the window while I was already taxiing towards the runway.
  2. Event: The Alejandro Fernández concert!
  3. Quote: “I’m Samantha”, by JPD. It’s amazing what a hungry person will do for a slice of free pizza.
  4. Place: The Minneapolis skyway.
  5. Show: The City, and also the fact that I actually got to see it without sacrificing schoolwork.

“Life is demanding, without understanding…” – Ace of Base

Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens

Recently I’ve been missing Austin, but as soon as the leaves started changing, I quickly remembered why I moved back to the Midwest.  I love the seasons, especially fall.  There are so many fun fall activities such as pumpkin carving, corn mazes, and of course, football!

When the leaves have changed to beautiful oranges, reds, and purples I can sit and stare at the trees forever.  OSU campus has the perfect place to enjoy the fall colors too.  It is called Chadwick Arboretum and it is right next to the business college.  Chadwick Arboretum is such a perfect place to take one of those extremely interesting books about business structures or strategic business planning and study.

Chadwick Arboretum also has a labyrinth in its Lane Avenue Gardens.  Sometimes, as graduate students, we need a place to go contemplate life.  As stated on the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens website, “The labyrinth symbolizes the cyclic journey that each of us must take daily and seasonally throughout our lives as we follow a path to unity and wholeness. While reaching the center of the labyrinth is a goal, every participant in this ancient ritual will approach the center and then be taken back to an outer circuit that is far removed from their destination. Eventually, however, the center is reached. The lesson of the labyrinth is simple: As long as you persist, you will reach your destination.”

There is a ton of excellent information on the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens website about the labyrinth, as well as information about their volunteer program.  I hope everyone gets out to visit the Arboretum because it is truly beautiful!

The Search for the Missing Wallet

October 2 was supposed to be a ‘slow news day’ for me. Because I did not sign up for any of the events of the day, I decided to just work and then attend the Accounting review session. If I only knew that things would become more complicated.

Because the review finished early, I decided to head to the bank to deposit something. But when I opened my bag, my wallet was missing. My stomach lurched. I dumped all my things out. It wasn’t there. I searched under the table and seats. Nada!

I immediately ran out of the room and back to Mason Hall (I am a student assistant with EdTech). I frantically searched there. My wallet wasn’t there either. I remembered that I went through the tunnel which connected Mason and Gerlach at lunch. It still wasn’t there.

I ran back to the classroom again, hoping that the wallet was there and I just missed it. Nope!

Search and rescue was over! I had to cancel my cards. I needed internet. Because my BuckID (OSU ID) was also in my wallet, I could not get in to the computer lab. I decided to go to the Graduate Programs Office (GPO) and ask for help. I knew I needed to go to Alisa.

Alisa McMahon is the Information Associate at GPO and the ‘mom’ to Fisher graduate students. She is amazing! You would not meet a kinder and more caring person. Before that moment, ‘hi and hello’ were the only words I ever spoke with her but she got out of her way to help me. First step was to calm my panicked state. Then, she helped me get the information I needed to do what I needed to do (i.e. cancel my cards and ID).

Fast forward to Sunday morning, I woke up to a Facebook friend request and message from an unfamiliar name – Latoya Sanderson. She found my wallet! She is a Consumer and Family Financial Services student at OSU and had an Accounting class at Fisher. She found my wallet lying on the ground. Turns out, I was being careless. The wallet must have jumped out of my bag.

My story has a happy ending – thanks to great people (and my personal heroes) in Fisher and the Ohio State University. Thank you Alisa and Latoya! I pray that God shower you with more blessings and love.

A special mention goes to Facebook! I will never call you a timewaster. Never again! 😀