The MLHR program requires many group projects and a lot of speaking in front of the class. Public speaking is something that I am terrified of. I don’t know why. There really is no logic behind being afraid of speaking in front of people. I keep trying to remind myself that I have done many other things in my life that are much more scary than public speaking, such as scuba diving. Possibly getting eaten by a shark or separated from my group at 100 feet while scuba diving should cause me more fear than speaking in front of a group of my peers. Well, that is not the case!
I'm teaching a course this year called "Applied Business Skills and the Environment of Business" or BA499 as Ohio State calls it. Every business major has to go through it and some students refer to it as "Public Speaking 101." The course focuses on three key areas: 1. team building skills, 2. communication/presentation skills, and 3. ethics/corporate social responsibility. So far it's gone well, but it has really made me appreciate my professors a lot more.
The first week of classes is officially over. It has been an exciting week of getting to know my classmates better, figuring out what time I should leave for campus to avoid traffic, realizing that time management is going to be a major factor in my success, and dealing with the fact that I am going to have to get over my fear of public speaking immediately!
I am too busy recently. But I really appreciate this status, since it brings me a great stage for self-development. Overwhelmed by the stress from study and new living environment, I also receive lots of help from my friends and classmates home and abroad. Here, I would like to show my sincere gratitude to my close friend and classmate Eva, who I met in the OIA during check-in. She is from India and she came here with her smart and nice husband Renji.
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 complemente