Fisher Red Carpet Weekend: Tour de Columbus

One of the biggest questions many of my non-Ohioan classmates had when they were considering Fisher for their MBA was “What is there to do in Columbus?”  The answer to that question reveals that Columbus is a vibrant and thriving city with something for everyone.  But don’t take my word for it, why not come and see for yourself?

One of the best events to have that question answered is during our Red Carpet Weekend, March 27-28, where admitted candidates can take an optional tour around some of Columbus’s most exciting neighborhoods.

Scheduled for Friday afternoon, March 27, MBA candidates will be picked up in front the Blackwell Inn and taken through the Short North. The Short North–encompassing the Italian Village, Victorian Village, and Harrison West neighborhoods–is filled with restaurants, breweries, and art galleries located just a short walk, bike, scooter, or car ride from the OSU campus. Candidates will be provided with an opportunity to check out some of the local shops and restaurants in the first of the two planned stops along the tour.

Following our brief stop in the Short North, we will continue South through Downtown and the Arena District. With Nationwide Arena serving as its major landmark, this area provides easy access to plenty of gyms, local concert venues, and a newly renovated waterfront with an extensive bike trail.

We will be finishing up our southern loop in the historic German Village. Filled with many small and locally-owned restaurants and coffee shops, along with writes favorite bakery, Pistacia Vera, German Village provides a great place to live for those pet parents looking for a small duplex or house rental during their time at OSU.

Turning north we will be taken through the burgeoning Franklinton neighborhood. Home to two of Columbus’s most popular breweries, Brew Dog and Land Grant, as well as expansive and welcoming communal art spaces, Franklinton has seen many brand-new apartment complexes opening over the past year.

Following Franklinton, we will be continuing on our trip back to OSU as we move through the Grandview Heights neighborhood. With a mixture of apartment complexes, home rentals, and a wide array of restaurant options, Grandview has become a favorite location for graduate students seeking housing or a night out. Grandview is also the home of our planned second stop, Fisher Commons.

Fisher Commons is the OSU housing complex built to serve the needs of graduate students. Made up of both single and two-bedroom pet-friendly apartments, Fisher Commons provides easy access to the Fisher Campus with a direct campus bus route and only a 15-minute walk away from the Ohio State Football Stadium.

Wrapping up the tour, through the Clintonville neighborhood, candidates will be returned to the Blackwell Inn with a greater understanding of the city and a new question: “What experience will I embark on first?”

Weekend Adventures in Columbus

Cheering the Buckeyes on to a win!

This past weekend in Columbus was a blast as I had one of my friends from undergrad visiting, braving the cold coming up from Atlanta. Showing him around campus and the city was a great time. Columbus makes it easy for me to be a great host and show a guest an action packed weekend.

On Saturday, we hit up the men’s basketball game against Purdue. Student tickets are super affordable and give a closeup view of the court. As always, the Buckeyes in the student section were lively and loud as the team cruised on to a win. Personal highlights included catching not just one but two free t-shirts.

After the game, we headed south to spend the afternoon browsing North Market, which is downtown, a quick drive from campus. It’s an open market food hall type of place with a ton of vendors selling anything from donuts to ramen. We got a few different foods but of course not everything we wanted to try because a person’s stomach can only hold so much.

After Sunday brunch and a trip to the airport, my fun weekend was over and now we’re all buckling down. Finals for this unit of classes are looming and then MAcc students will begin our final courses. Crazy how time flies.

A Night of Sharing Culture

Over the weekend I attended one of my fellow classmates, Karina Ribeiro Teixeira, birthday celebration. Karina is a first-year international student from Brazil in the MHRM program and we also work together in the Graduate Program Office together. She and her husband were gracious enough to host us at their home and share some traditional Brazilian food, drinks, and music with us.

Karina set up a beautiful spread for us to share our meal, take home key-chains included! To start off the evening we were introduced to one of Brazil’s national cocktails called Caipirinha, which is made out of cachacha, sugar, and lime. You can also incorporate fruits like pineapple (Karina’s favorite) to add additional flavor.

Next up was dinner! There was Feijoada, a stew of beans and pork, served with rice. We also had Farofa, toasted cornflour mixture, topped with collard greens. If I wasn’t full enough at that point, for dessert there was a Spanish Flan and my favorite Brigadeiro. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without learning to sing Happy Birthday in Portuguese.

At the end of the day, there is nothing better than sharing a meal with friends. Thank you for your hospitality and Feliz Aniversario Karina!

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.