Relationship Drama

I was so excited to meet him the first day of class.  He was intriguing, logical, and extremely diverse.  I’ve been getting to know him better over the past two weeks and even though he is all of the above, our relationship already seems to be hitting some of those normal bumps in the road.  He seemed so clear in the beginning and then, BAM, he became very confusing.  I never know what he is trying to get at. Ugh!

Statistics, the guy I am talking about, is no longer so enticing, but I’ve got to stick though with him until at least the first week of December.  Luckily it seems there are a lot of people in my class who have also dated him and they have some great advice for me.  They have told me I need to approach him with patience, really listen to what he is trying to tell me, and focus!

Well, like any relationship, I think Statistics and I are going to have some drama, but it looks like I have a great support system and with my classmates’ and Professor Bendapudi’s help we will make it though the quarter.  Statistics and I are going to make many memories together!

I have less and less free time

Tomorrow will be the fifth time we meet for class and things are starting to pick up. I have my first MBA 870 midterm on October 20th and my team is in the process of picking a project for MBA 812. Not only that, but work has been very busy and my social calendar is very busy this month as I have stated before. In order to get my work done, I am going to need to make it over to the library for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Friday through Sunday I have the Italian festival. I am 0% Italian but my condo is literally inside the festival grounds and so I always have friends and family over that weekend to eat, drink and have fun. Sunday night I am going to see comedian David Cross who some of you might know from Mr. Show with Bob and David or Arrested Development. As of this writing, tickets are still available.

Monday night I am going to see Wilco at Mershon Auditorium. If you are a fan of good independent music, you need to keep an eye on the Wexner Center’s website for upcoming shows. I have seen a lot of great bands there over the last few years. There are still a few tickets available for the Wilco show as well, but I am guessing that it will probably sell out before Monday.

If you do decide to go to the Italian Festival this weekend, you can get 50% off of admission if you bring this flyer provided by Experience Columbus. Sunday afternoon I will post pictures from the Italian Festival for those of you that may be interested.

A few laughs and time for yourself

As I logged in this morning to provide my weekly dose of “Fisher Life”, I started reading some of the other blogs. It’s really cool to see the perspective of other students who have never been at OSU until this year. I, however, have been on the OSU campus my entire life, I’ve worked here since I was in eighth grade (woot woot, summer job!) and I’ve been going to football games since I was 8. My mom is faculty in the Animal Sciences department and between my parents, my sister and myself, there are currently 7 degrees from The Ohio State University and currently the 8th is in progress. I guess the funny part comes from reading posts and imagining that their thoughts are how I reacted when I first saw OSU and the first time I went to an Ohio State game. I’ve befriended a girl who is each of my classes, Xing Xing, also known as Elle – like the magazine (that’s what she says each time someone asks her name). It’s been a lot of fun talking to her because the things that I pass off as every day common occurrences are things that she otherwise would never have encountered. I suppose even though I’m an old vet at this OSU thing, it’s still fun to get to explain everything and see it all for the first time through another person’s eyes.

I definitely recommend reading the other posts. There are quite a few laughs in there and they’re sure to brighten anyone’s day. Especially the post about Tommy’s Pizza by Shay Merritte.

Amanda’s Tip of the Week:

Take time for yourself. Having class three days a week, each class 4 hours and each having about 100 pages worth of reading each week can be overwhelming. I’m taking a yoga class every Tuesday for two hours and it is one of the most relaxing things I could do. Yesterday in class, our teacher Shannon Titus, had us do her ‘word-call-out’ where we say how we’re feeling. The majority of my classmates, including myself, said either tired or stressed, and I’m the only grad student. It’s only the third week and we’re already feeling this way. So, take some time to yourself. Make sure after you get home and before you start studying or even before you go to bed that you take time to unwind from the day and make time for yourself. Otherwise you’re going to go crazy and stress out even more.

Happy Wednesday!

Random rants

I don’t like the cold.

I think MA’s EPI presentation with his 3-year-old was the best ever, especially due to PC’s tears.

I’m going to Minneapolis this weekend (and missing sangria pitchers).

I want to go shopping.

I think people should speak up in class.

I can’t believe people are actually reading these posts.

I hope my brain doesn’t give up on me.

I think that the picture on this page should be changed.

So there.

“And again, we talk about cultural differences…” — Prof. Inks

Super Wednesday

Tomorrow is a big day for me for two reasons.

First, I am meeting with Professor Tony Rucci to discuss my career interests and to learn more about corporate strategy and business development.  Dr. Rucci is one of my professors in MBA 860: Organizational Behavior and Leadership Effectiveness, but this is not his only claim to fame.  Prior to joining the Fisher faculty, he was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Business Development at Sears Roebuck & Company.  He was also Chairman of the board of directors for Sears de Mexico and served on the boards of Sears Canada, Western Auto, and Grupp Carso’s retail board.  Before his Sears days, he was the SVP of Human Resources at Baxter International.  Needless to say, I am really excited to sit down with him and discuss my career options.

Second, my first accounting team project is due.  We finished the project a few days ago, so for the past two days we have been able to work on other assignments.  (Note: Several of the teams I know did not work ahead on this project and will be burning the midnight oil to finish on time.  Good luck to them.)  I’d also like to take this time to say that I probably have the best team in Fisher — no joke.  My group is hardworking, collaborative, intelligent, efficient, and FUN.  Not every group is so lucky.  My team members include:

  • Kevin Lawrence – This week’s Accounting All-Star
  • Meng-Tse (Joseph) Cheng
  • Alison Guzman
  • Ian Menchen

Now back to the books…


Location, Location… Research

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first couple of weeks in the MAcc program thus far.  It has been extremely challenging with trying to do so much at once, but very rewarding at the same time.  One of my favorite parts of the program is the ability to take classes that interest you.  Outside of the required accounting class, I am currently taking a managerial negotiations class because negotiations interest me; a financial management class that I really enjoy; and finally, an interesting real estate class that focuses on the core principles of real estate.

In my past class on Thursday night (the class is held from 6-10), Professor Hudson challenged the common saying that real estate is all about location, location, location.  Instead, he said that it is now about location, location, and research.   While real estate research is very costly, it is also very, very useful considering that a good real estate decision can last a long time and the owner can reap the rewards of a wise decision for many years.  On the other hand, an unwise decision can be costly and hurt the owner for many years.

In making a decision, it is important to know the land cost, where the customers are, the access that a location has to roads/ interstates, growth potential, and competition in the area.  Our class is split up into groups (similar to all 4 of my classes) , and we are each given the opportunity to develop a very specific real estate project and present it to a jury of real estate professionals at the end of the class.

The opportunity to take such a wide variety of classes that interest me has been one of the many things that I have enjoyed up to this point.

Thoughts on the past 2 weeks

So it’s the middle of the second full week of classes… Here are some musings:

  • Can you get carpal tunnel from turning 100+ pages in an Economics text book? (I certainly hope not!)
  • Will I ever get a full (I use this term loosely) night’s sleep again? (Does it count if I dream about getting one?)
  • Have I ever been in a classroom with so many intelligent, engaged people? (Nope, but it’s great!)

I have to say, it’s definitely been a huge breath of fresh air to get to know so many interesting, smart, funny people, who are all driven to succeed.

I’m hopeful that I’ll get into a good routine in terms of my schedule – I think it’s going to be critical  to do some school work every day, especially as we begin the team projects in several classes.

However, I know it’s going to be important to carve out some time to really get to know my team members and classmates better – we’re in this together for the next 21 months – might as well be friendly 🙂

Good luck to everyone!


This Week’s Top Five

  1. The effort: I posted up against MH in a basketball game, and he’s only like 8 feet taller than I.
  2. Event: Friday accounting review!
  3. Quote: “I felt just like Charlie Brown”. That was DW referring to the Friday accounting review.
  4. Place: “Great Clips” at the University Plaza on Olentangy. They really are great!
  5. Song: “Untouched”, by The Veronicas. I can’t get enough of it, for some reason.

“[unintelligible]” –Decapitated

Recording lectures

I started my MBA program hoping to record most lectures using a digital voice recorder.  My plan was to review lectures during my commute to work or class.  For my Organizational Behavior class (MBA860), the recordings were invaluable (Thanks to Prof. Ford for his permission) .  This is especially true when the professor does not use or make available his lecture notes.
This quarter, however, I am not using the voice recorder.  In MBA870 Data Analysis, the class is primarily based on in-class  laptop/Excel work in which recordings would not nearly be as useful.  My other class, MBA825 Enhancing Professional Exchange (Speech), does have several lecture days however the professor preferred that students not taped his lectures.  I fully understand his reasons for such, though it sure is nice to have the lecture recordings available in case I have to miss class for business travel or sickness.
  • Always ask permission first before recording the lectures.
  • When recording, try to sit close to the professor so the recordings are clear.
  • If you bother recording lectures, then listen to them!  Recordings demand some extra attention in order to classify, sort, save, and burn CD’s.

Weekend studying and other stuff

This weekend was rather uneventful. I spent my time sleeping, studying, catching up on TV shows and watching sports. And I also just got back from seeing “It Might Get Loud” at the Landmark Gateway Theater on campus, which was good, but not quite as good as I was hoping.

This morning I went to campus around 10:30 am to do some studying for MBA 812 and MBA 870. Unfortunately, the main library doesn’t open until 11 am on Sundays so I ended up going to the Science & Engineering library, which I know from my undergrad days is open 24 hours a day. There I was able to get a few hours of studying in and get caught up on some of my reading and homework.

On the way back to my car from the Science & Engineering libary, I decided to stop in the main library and look around since it was recently renovated. Wow. The library looked really great. It is much, much nicer than it was when I was an undergrad. However, one downside is that it was very crowded and I don’t think I’d be able to focus as well there.

Rewinding the weekend a little, the Buckeyes and Blue Jackets both won on Saturday night. I am a big Blue Jackets fan and Saturday night was their first game of the season so it was nice to see them get off to a good start. I had some friends over and we set up two TVs so we could watch both games at the same time.

The weekend is winding down now, but fortunately tonight I have some time to watch a few of my favorite shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm and Mad Men. If you haven’t seen either of these shows, I recommend checking them out.