Neighborhood Feature: German Village

Graduate School is a comprehensive experience that encompasses so much more than just the classroom learning.  For Fisher MBA students, the experience is enhanced by the vibrant city surrounding us.  The city of Columbus is an amazing city comprised of small neighborhoods that offer a wide array of things to see and do. Each neighborhood is distinct, with its own unique feeling, history, restaurants, and places to hangout. While working on your MBA, it would be a shame to miss out on experiencing everything that make Columbus the #1 city for young millennials.  Each month, I will be featuring a different neighborhood and explore how each of these unique communities come together to make Columbus such a diverse and distinctive city.

First up is German Village, as this is where I have lived for the past three years. German Village was settled in the early 1830’s by a wave of German immigrants who came to Columbus to work in the factories and industrial sector. They moved to the southern side of downtown, as at the time this was open farm fields and the cheapest place to buy land for the largely poverty-stricken immigrants. By the end of the Civil War, almost 40% of Columbus was of German ancestry, German language newspapers outnumbered English newspapers, and the neighborhood flourished. Large brick houses were built along quaint brick streets lined with trees and flowers. After WWI, anti-German sentiment increased dramatically. German language schools were closed down, German newspapers were burned, German street names were changed to more “American” sounding names like Liberty, Main, 3rd, and High street, and many of the German immigrants moved out of German village. By the 1950s German village had become a slum, and the city demolished 1/3rd of the neighborhood to build Interstate 70. In the 1970s, a young architect named Frank Fetch realized the potential of the beautiful old derelict brick houses, and bought a house in the middle of German Village, renovated it, and created the German Village Society to convince other wealthy Columbus families to buy and restore these beautiful houses. Today, German Village is once again thriving and has retained much of its original character.  In fact, it is now one of the largest historic districts in the country!

Suggested things to do in German Village:

  • Walk the brick streets and enjoy the traditional German-American architecture, checking out local shops and art galleries along the way
  • Explore Schiller Park, a large quiet green oasis full of people, dogs, and compelling art installations
  • Try Schmidt’s Sausage House or Valther’s for a hearty German meal
  • Need caffeine or a place to study?  Stauf’s Coffee house is a local coffee shop and roaster
  • Get lost in literature at the Book Loft, an enchanting brick house that’s been converted into a unique book store, featuring 32 rooms overflowing with books for sale
  • Experience the German Village “Haus und Garten Tour” where local residents open up their house to give guests a look inside their beautifully restored brick mansions.
  • Find the Little’s House on 3rd street; the mouse’s house is usually decorated for each holiday.

Whether you want to walk around brick streets enjoying the view, get a good cup of coffee, find a new book to read, or eat some good German food, there is something for everyone in German Village.

My two current favorite off-campus study spots

Recently, I decided to explore some local coffee shops with a friend, Christina, in the MAcc program as I didn’t want to head for Starbucks constantly. Columbus is filled with some phenomenal coffee shops that are excellent study spots for Fisher graduate students. Below are my two of my current favorites near campus.

1. Stauf’s Coffee Roaster on Grandview

Some of Stauf’s food options

This location is pretty closed to campus, and it was very packed on the Sunday morning that we went! However, there is plenty of space inside the shop, so finding a table is pretty easy. Parking is spacious as well, and the prices are similar to those at Starbucks. There is a lot of food options too. I like to study with noise in the background, so this is a great option, and the food is there to feed us for however long we want to stay.

2. The Roosevelt Coffeehouse on Long St

I personally prefer this place more as the aesthetic is much nicer!

However, it is a bit farther away from campus as it’s in downtown, and parking can be a bit hard during peak hours. They have fewer tables compared to Stauf’s, so it may be hard to get one during busy hours. I like to come here when I need to get some serious work done, as it tends to be more quiet and calming inside, compared to the hectic atmosphere at Stauf’s.

That is my quick review of the two places. Columbus has a lot to offer Fisher graduate students, including a lot of coffee shops to choose from 🙂 I’m hoping to explore more local establishments during spring semester and to blog more about newly discovered favorites. Stay tuned!



Travelling Across Campus and Around Columbus

Most people use COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority) to get around the city. For Ohio State students, the bus service is almost free (we pay a small fee at the beginning of each semester). We just swipe our BuckID as the fare when we get onto the bus.


I live about twenty minutes away from Fisher. So, on lazy (and/or cold) days, there are a couple of buses that can get me to college – route 1, 2 or 8. These buses come every fifteen or so minutes. Fisher is just a one-minute walk from the bus stop that most of us use (W Lane Ave and Neil Ave).

COTA takes you places other than just Fisher like the zoo, good restaurants, shopping centers, etc. Most of my SMF friends live in University Village. So, by now, I know the last bus from their place to mine, and vice versa (I also know the first bus because we usually miss the last bus :)).

Ohio State students use Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) to travel across campus. There are ten routes that encompasses the whole campus. These buses come every five-ten minutes, and you can look at the bus arrival times via the Ohio State app.

Ohio State App showing Campus Loop North and South routes

When I want to walk a bit (instead of taking the COTA bus), I walk to Ohio Union, and take a CABS bus from there to Fisher. The Campus Loop South bus drops us right outside Mason Hall.


If you want to go somewhere across campus or around Columbus, one of these two bus services will get you there!


Nostalgic Eats: Remembering my first time in CMH

About a month ago, I traveled out of state and traveled through CMH, Columbus’s airport. While traveling, I got to spend plenty of time in the Columbus airport, which I had not been to since my visit day last year as a prospective MAcc applicant. It brought back plenty of memories, as my dad and I ventured through this same airport last February when we visited Ohio State and its MAcc program for the first time.

CMH Entryway
By Nick Juhasz at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5,

While in the airport, I even ate at the same spot my dad and I had eaten at while we waited to depart Columbus nine months ago: Eddie George’s Grille 27. This was a nostalgic experience for me, and I remembered the feeling of being in a totally new place and the excitement of potentially calling Columbus home should I attend Ohio State. 9 months later and in the same restaurant, I can definitely say I made the right choice to complete the Fisher’s MAcc program.

3 Months as an MBLEr

We are now standing in the halfway of a semester. Looking back at the memories we made, I found countless sparkling moments. MBLEr is a noun created by me, which includes every student in this program. Once an MBLEr, forever an MBLEr! There are several highlights I would like to share with you here.

This is how we get started

Our new semester started with a lot of outdoor activities, I still remember the scenario at Ohio Union when we rushed to the papers listing out the activities we could participate in. Columbus Zoo left me with a strong impression. That was also the place where I met many of my classmates, and everything was like yesterday. There were a lot of kids in the zoo that day, compared to the animals. I paid most of my attention to the children around me. We were amazed by the third largest zoo in the USA, while laughing and discussing, we had a preliminary understanding of each classmate’s background and personality. This is super cool!

The most important thing as a student!—Study

Our first class started on August 20th. The overall class experience is: fast and inspiring. The most exciting part of the class is that we not only learn about fundamental knowledge but also do projects that are related to real-world logistics operations! Although the project has not started yet, I am looking forward to it now!

When asking about the question: “which course impresses you the most” to our classmates, I bet 100% of them will answer with: “Linear Programming”. Despite the difficulty, all of us worked hard. LP is very applicable for solving problems, for example, logistics, and transportation network. And since this is a data-driven world, learning LP helps us in the future if we learn programming languages. I love LP!

The most challenging thing right now—work

Fisher College of Business provides us with adequate resources to attend a lot of career fairs and supply chain symposiums. Thanks to these events, I got a chance to do an internship and strengthened my understanding of Supply Chain and Logistics. Career guidance is also very helpful. I did not even know how to polish my resume, but after meeting with Steve Singer and GAs, I am very satisfied with it and more confident about how it helps with my future interviews. Career service is one of the reasons that I chose MBLE, and I found that it never disappoints me.

Columbus Weather

As a southerner of China, I only experienced summer and winter. Late Autumn in Columbus is all I have expected for this beautiful season. Autumn colors are orange, yellow and pink. Season transition from summer to autumn takes a blink of an eye, and green turns to caramel. Because of Columbus, autumn becomes my favorite season in my whole life.

The first semester has not ended, but I already miss it! The next inspiring part is that winter is coming!

Making the most of your days as a grad student

From my previous blog post, I made it seem that the life of an SMF student is just hours and hours of studying and group projects in the Bloomberg Lab. Fortunately, there are many events around Columbus that give us the opportunities to “break free” and enjoy our days to the fullest.

On October 13, my friends managed to drag me out of my apartment after finishing the finals to go to the Chainsmokers with 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella Concert at the Schottenstein Center.  To be honest, I had one of the most exciting nights in my life watching them performing live. To make it better, I got to spend some quality time with my classmates whom I had only been able to talk with briefly in our core courses together.

My friends and me at the concert

This upcoming Sunday, October 20th, one of my all-time idols, Celine Dion is coming to perform at the Schottenstein Center. If you are in the area and you love her as much as I do, you might want to check out her concert.

At times, life can get so crazy and busy at times that you might forget to live it. It is during those times that you might want to stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy yourself. It doesn’t have to be a concert or a fancy night out. Sometimes, just a night for yourself is all you need. After all, it’s the memories of these nights that you look back on down the road.

Much Needed Break

Session 1 of Autumn semester is over! I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months since the first day of our SMF pre-term.

We finished our finals last on Oct 9 and then got the rest of the week off as fall break. This was our first “actual” break since the start of the program, so as you can imagine, we were very excited.

My housemates and I walk by this pizza place, Adriatico’s everyday on our way home, and always say we should go there. So, that’s what we did Thursday night.

Pepperoni Pizza and Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks

Next evening, a couple of my friends and I went to a Bollywood movie, The Sky is Pink starring Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar. To no one’s surprise, it was just us in the theater.

The scene when I realized I should click a picture for my blog

Saturday evening, I celebrated my mum’s 50th birthday (from 8067 miles away) by attending mass at a beautiful church and getting game day mini cupcakes!

Happy Birthday Ma!

Finally, Sunday evening, a couple of us went to a South Indian restaurant, Gokul Cafe, and enjoyed pav bhaji. South Indian food is definitely something I miss about being away from home.

Pav (bread) Bhaji (mashed vegetables)

Something that has stuck with me through this short break, is a dialogue from the movie we watched. In a scene, the son gets yelled at by his teacher for coloring the sky pink instead of blue. When he narrates this incident to his mum, she says, “your sky can be any color you want it to be. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise” (loosely translated, sorry).

And, that’s what I’ll end with – your sky can be any color you want it to be.

Lighting up the Scioto River at the Water Lantern Festival

A big perk of going to Ohio State is its location – for those of you that don’t know OSU is located in the heart of Columbus. With that being said, there is always an event in the area, whether it is some sort of cultural or food festival or a concert. This past weekend I attended the water lantern festival with several of my friends from the Fisher MAcc and MHRM programs.

The water lantern festival is a unique cultural event. It brings people together with friends and family to celebrate life together as you watch the lanterns you all created drift off in the night. This festival focuses on experiencing happiness, discovering love, bringing healing to your soul, enjoying peace and unity, increasing hope and faith, and connecting with one another.


The festival took place in downtown along the Scioto Mile. When we arrived, there were food trucks, a live singer and a very calming and relaxing atmosphere. After getting some food from the food trucks, we found a patch of grass among the river and began to decorate our lanterns. We each reflected upon our hopes and dreams and what we were thankful for and decorated our lanterns accordingly. It was a great time to step back from the hustle and bustle of campus life and reflect. After we finished decorating our lanterns, we relaxed and listened to calming music. When it finally got dark, we all went down to the river to release our lanterns. It was a beautiful sight to see, as hundreds of lanterns filled with hopes and dreams drifted through the night. I had an amazing and refreshing time taking advantage at one of the festivals Columbus had to offer.

The lanterns we created released in the river

Finding a little piece of home

Homesickness is something that most international students have to deal with during their time abroad. You can never be completely used to it, but there are days where it gets easier in the company of the right people at the right place at the right time.

For countries following the lunar calendar, we have an annual festival called the Full Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival where families and friends gather to give thanks to the moon for our harvests as well as to pray for the upcoming ones. Needless to say, I got rather homesick during this period as my family does have a tradition of celebrating it together. It was thanks to the new friends I had made in the Specialized Master in Finance program here that I managed to find a little piece of home in the states.

This is a picture of us dining at a BBQ restaurant to celebrate the occasion

In addition to us celebrating the festival with bellies filled with BBQ, we got to enjoy a traditional dessert that comes along with this occasion, Mooncake.

The mouthwatering Mooncake that I got to enjoy thanks to my friends.

Indeed, the celebration here can never be completely similar to the ones we might have back home. However, it was certainly more than enough to make our homesickness go away for a short while.

It doesn’t really matter if this is your first year, second year or your fifth year living in the U.S., homesickness is always going to be a bit harder to cope with during special occasions. It is during these times that you should surround yourself with good friends who can help you find that little piece of home just like mine did.

It’s Not All Debits and Credits…

After a long week full of learning about everything from the statement of cash flows to how to code probabilities in R, my brain sure needed a break.  Luckily for me, I was able to take some time off from studying and venture to Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center, which hosts athletic contests for the university (e.g. basketball, etc.) as well as concerts and live events.

Along with other students from the MAcc program, I went to a concert to see Quinn XCI. While I didn’t know much about him prior to the show, Elise and Celine (two of my colleagues that work in the Graduate Programs Office) claimed to be super-fans of Quinn XCI. So, I tagged along and got to experience a Friday night on the town in Columbus. I had a blast at the concert, and had so many pizza slices over the course of the night that I had to stop keeping track. While keeping up with schoolwork can be challenging in such a prestigious program, it’s nice to have friends to spend time with for a few hours to take your mind off the stress of a big test or project. I’m thankful that Celine and Elise let me tag along and broadened my musical horizons, and hopefully I can return the favor someday!