Posts filed under 'Exploring Columbus'

The North Market

One of the staples of Columbus is the North Market. The North Market is basically a farmer’s market, and a fantastic one at that. You can buy fresh salsa (AMAZING), fresh fruits, homemade chocolate, homemade bread, different cultural foods, homemade popcorn, and fresh spices.

Spices Salsa


I would like to touch on the salsa and spice shops. The salsa shop has a vast array of salsas, hot sauces and a few other things. The salsa is the best I have ever had. I usually like salsa with a kick, but I have taken a liking to roasted garlic and mild salsa. Both of these are very sweet and VERY good.

The spice shop is by far my favorite, though. The spice shop has a vast array of spices. Most of the spices do not contain salt which keeps them from being “diluted.”  These spices are very potent and very good. A recipe for chili I had called for 2.5 tablespoons and 1 tablespoon was more than enough. Their chili seasoning has won multiple contests. They also have extracts, peppers, sticks of cinnamon, etc. What you can buy and the combinations are almost endless.

A full list of vendors can be seen here.

I highly recommend visiting this place!

Being Out & Proud at Fisher (and Columbus)!


When searching for business schools, I was not only looking for top-notch academics, but also whether there was a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) presence on campus and in the surrounding community. It was important for me to feel safe, accepted, and share my MBA experience with other LGBT students. Fortunately, Ohio State and Columbus have one of the largest LGBT populations in the Midwest. In fact, Ohio State was ranked as one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly campuses by Campus Pride ( and Columbus earned a perfect score as a LGBT-friendly city by the Human Rights Campaign (, which is America’s largest LGBT civil rights organization.

On-campus: Although most LGBT organizations are undergrad-based, they all welcome LGBT graduate students and allies. Most of these organizations meet regularly and offer informative and fun events, ranging from socials to LGBT speakers. Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who appears on “Orange is the New Black,” even spoke at our school this semester. For business students, Out in Business ( is Fisher’s main LGBT business club. I also recently attended the Reaching Out MBA conference ( in San Francisco with several of my classmates. Definitely a fantastic conference that brought together LGBT business students from all over the country and included speakers, case competitions, recruiting fairs, and social events. Highly recommended!!!

Off-campus: Not surprisingly, the LGBT “scene” in Columbus pales in comparison to much larger cities, such as New York City and San Francisco. Even so, it is still very vibrant and active! There is something for everyone, ranging from nightlife in and around downtown Columbus to support and wellness organizations, such as Stonewall Columbus (, and musical groups, such as the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus ( If you are ever looking to experience LGBT outside of the area, Columbus is in close proximity to other major cities, including Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

So whomever you may be, Fisher and Columbus is definitely a welcoming LGBT environment! As a business student, now you just have to find the time to see all that it has to offer, but that’s for another post 😉

The CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Speaks at Fisher

Columbus has a very vibrant, up-and-coming, and creative population. It should come as no surprise that there has been some incredible innovations that have started here. A favorite local artistic creation is Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Founded in 2002 by Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s scoops out tasty flavors year-round such as Salty Caramel, The Buckeye State, and Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean. Honoring seasonality, they serve unique flavors during certain times of the year like Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam, Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk, Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows, and Middle West Whiskey Eggnog. In recent years, the business has expanded to other locations such as Cleveland, Nashville, Atlanta, Chicago, Charleston, and New York. Through its growth, Jeni’s has stayed true to its artisan roots and values.

What sets Jeni’s apart is its commitment to finding the best ingredients- whether that’s using milk from cows that graze grass on a family farm less than 200 miles from Columbus or locating the finest Fair-Trade-Certified vanilla beans in Uganda. After a bite of one of Jeni’s creations, all other ice creams pale in comparison. You can just taste the exquisite quality and truly savor the special treat.

Jeni’s is really something special, and so when I heard that its CEO, John Lowe, was going to speak at Fisher, I knew I’d have to attend. Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity, sponsored the event and opened it up to all Fisher students. It was a well-attended and excellent presentation. John was relatable, a great story-teller, and used his talk as an opportunity to reflect on his background, mistakes, and aha moments. He was good friends with Jeni before he was asked to take on the role of CEO of the ice cream company, and he attributes all of the creative success of Jeni’s to her. What John brings to the table is business acumen and persuasive speaking skills. During his presentation, he emitted a true entrepreneurial and competitive spirit. He wants the world to know that Jeni’s is the real deal in the world of ice cream, and they dream of expanding their scoop shops and wholesale business so more people can taste Jeni’s true artisan creations.

Learn more about Jeni’s here:


MAcc Goes to a Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch 1

Found my perfect pumpkin

Pumpkin Patch

On the tractor ride over to the pumpkin patch

The MAcc program does a great job of setting up social events for everyone in the program.  Getting the feel for the season, we obviously had to go to a pumpkin patch.  One Friday after class we carpooled our way there and enjoyed the beautiful fall Ohio weather.  The pumpkin patch included  a corn maze and a sunflower maze, and even a small petting zoo.  Clearly the best part though was the tractor ride through the pumpkin patch.  We got to go out and rummage through all the pumpkins until we found a keeper.  This may sound simple, but finding the perfect pumpkin is harder than it sounds.  Eventually I was able to find my perfect pumpkin! The entire event was a great way to be able to hang out with people in the program and just relax outside of the classroom.

After we went to the pumpkin patch everyone took different approaches on what to do with their pumpkin.  I got together with a couple friends in the program one night to carve our pumpkins so we could display them outside.   pumpkin

The Columbus Arena District

One of my favorite parts of Columbus is the Arena District, and it is located in the northwest area of downtown. The focal point is Nationwide Arena, for which the district is named. Nationwide Arena is the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL team and also the site of many big concerts. Another great concert venue in the district is The Lifestyles Community Pavilion (known as “The L.C.”). They host outdoor concerts during the spring, summer, and fall and indoors concerts year-round.

Not only is the Arena District home to Columbus’s hockey team, but it is also home to the city’s minor league baseball team, the Columbus Clippers! The AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians play at Huntington Park, and the stadium has a capacity of 10,100 fans.

The Arena District has a nice balance of buildings and nature. McFerson Commons Park (or Arch Park) is part of the Scioto Mile Parks System and is named after Dimon R. McFerson, the former Chairman and CEO of Nationwide Insurance. The Arch located in the park was recovered from Columbus’s Union Station.

For movie buffs like me, Studio Movie Grill is located in the Arena District. It is a dine-in movie theater where you can order food to be delivered to your seat at any point during the film.

In addition to being the location of many exciting Columbus sporting, musical, and cultural events, the Arena District has some of Columbus’s best restaurants. No matter what you choose to do in the Arena District, you can’t go wrong!


Me exploring the Arena District with my MAcc friends, Pat and Tanya

Exploring the Arena District with my MAcc friends, Pat and Tanya






Bulls vs The Return of the King

Being in Columbus, one would assume that all sports-related events revolve around Ohio State. Although that is true for the majority of the year, Columbus is also home to the NHL Blue Jackets. And the Cleveland Cavaliers usually play one exhibition game right before the start of the regular NBA season in Columbus at the Schottenstein Arena.

Bulls vs The Return of the King: Or shall I say, the D Rose dominating the court. October 20th, the Schottenstein Arena hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. Even though this was a preseason game, the Arena was packed in hopes of seeing LeBron, K Love, and Kyrie taken the floor and play D Rose and the Bulls. A group of us from the SMF program had very good seats and took advantage of the festivities by showing up about 3-4 hours early. There was tents for free Cavs t-shirts and places to play basketball and eat. Quite a few people were down on the court meeting LeBron, D Rose, and K Love.

Warming up D Rose LeBron

While the scene was not near as exciting as it was in LeBron’s return home for his first regular season game as a Cavs, again, it was definitely buzzing with excitement.

Walk outs


The game itself was exciting until the Cavs pulled away in the 3rd and 4th quarter, but Derrick Rose kept it interesting for as long as possible. Derrick Rose ended the night with 30, as the Bulls fell short by 9. The surprise of the night was Anderson Vaerjao who put up 22 points and 8 rebounds. Kyrie had 28 points while LeBron only had 18. The most interesting part of the night was in the 4th quarter during LeBron’s curtain call. The place erupted as he came off the court.

With events like seeing LeBron play without even having to drive to Cleveland, who wouldn’t want to come to Columbus?!?!

Fall Fun for Dayzz

One of my favorite parts of the MAcc program is getting to know my fellow classmates! As the VP of Social Events for MAcc Council I want to try and plan events that as many students as possible want to participate in. The first event was a trip to a pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was about a half hour away and we all car-pooled over. There were quite a few things to do while at the pumpkin patch — mazes, a hayride, a hay barn (or as they call it, a “fun barn”), and as a bonus there were donuts. Oh! Of course, we were also able to pick out a pumpkin and take it home with us!


Posing with pumpkins!

Posing with pumpkins!

While there were a lot of things to do while there, the best part was getting to speak with some of my fellow MAccers! It is always more fun to talk outside of class and get to know each other besides chit chat between group work. I really appreciate all the students who came out to enjoy the wonderful fall day!


The full group at the patch!

The full group at the patch!


While there are a limited number of official events planned each semester through MAcc Council, that doesn’t mean that those events are only times we see each other outside of class! Every weekend we try and get people to get together and watch the game or just hang out. I have been pleasantly surprised by how close I have already become with my classmates. This is definitely a huge benefit of the program, since so many people are not from Columbus or Ohio State, people are always open to try new things and explore campus. Breaking out from your comfort zone and meeting new students is sometimes hard but the benefits are so huge! I think this is something that students from OSU undergrad should try and keep in mind as well as they continue their experience at OSU into graduate school. I know that the people I meet here will be people I stay in contact with as we all begin our professional careers and beyond!


Double Buckeye Status

When I returned to Columbus back in August, I assumed I already knew everything there was to know about Ohio State and the Columbus area.  I went to Ohio State for undergrad and graduated from Fisher with a major in Marketing.  Because of this, I expected to have a good feel of Fisher and all that it has to offer.  However, now that I am two whole days into our second session, I have to say that I have discovered many new things about Fisher and Ohio State.  There have been many differences between my time as an undergrad student and now, but there are a few key differences I have to highlight.

1) Class Size/Interaction: I am sure many of my fellow students considered Fisher’s intimate class size as one of the reasons they chose to get their MBA here.  However, for me this has been a drastic change that I really enjoy.  As an undergraduate student here at Fisher, I knew some of the other students, but classes were large and everyone was free to make their own schedule.  With just 120 classmates who are taking the same core classes as me, I love that I have the opportunity to get help if I need it, talk through class assignments and even just have classmates to eat lunch with in the lounge between classes.  This brings me to #2…

2) The Graduate Student Lounge: As an undergrad at a university as large at Ohio State, it was sometimes hard to even find a seat in the library (especially during finals week).  It was also hard to find areas for groups to meet and discuss projects.  The lounge has been the perfect place to meet with other students, grab a seat for lunch and even just to get some homework done when you have time to kill between classes.  It has also been so convenient to have a fridge and microwaves so that you can bring lunch instead of eating out every day (which was a bad habit of mine during undergrad).

3) Enhanced Student Organizations/Opportunities: Ohio State has numerous student organizations available as an undergrad.  However, I have been so impressed with the options available to Fisher students in the MBA program.  From Fisher Board Fellows, where you have the opportunity to sit on an actual non-profit board, to Fisher Follies, that hosts the annual Auction and Variety show, there is an organization for everyone.  What I find most exciting about our MBA organizations is the amount of involvement/leadership opportunities.  This all ties back to the benefits of a small program, but everyone has a chance to take a role in an organization if they would like.

4) New Columbus Areas to Explore: As an undergrad, you tend to act as though you are confined to the campus area.  Now that I am back in Columbus as an MBA student, I find that I am exploring new restaurants and areas more often.  As a graduate student, everyone seems more willing to explore outside of the campus area and as a result I feel like I am living in a brand new city.

As I said before, there are many differences between being a graduate student here and an undergraduate student.  I loved my time as an undergrad, but I am just as excited for these next two years as a graduate student.  I would say I will be a Columbus/OSU “pro” by the time I am done, but I thought that before so I am sure there will still be new things to explore!

Campus Hacks – Getting Around OSU

In the fall of my senior year of undergrad, my college offered a “career planning” class to help itinerant, liberal-art students like myself launch their career search. While I was excited to take some focused steps towards my vocational search, I was immediately skeptical when the first exercise of the class was to take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test. The Myers-Briggs is essentially a multiple-choice test that asks test-takers questions like “Would you rather eat spaghetti with a friend or go see a horror movie alone?” I was already skeptical of personality tests, and while I was giving the Myers-Briggs an honest effort, the bizarre mix of wandering yet oddly specific questions seemed to confirm my doubts.

We received the results two weeks later. I got chills as I opened the results analysis and discovered that Myers-Briggs knew more about me than I did. The first sentence of my analysis was, “Despite the fact that you travel to the same locations on a daily basis, you take different routes and time each route to determine which is most efficient.” I was stunned – I do this constantly everywhere I go. Shocked and humbled, I changed my attitude about personality tests that day.

With the help of Myers-Briggs, I have learned to embrace my subconscious need for punctuality. A logistics/efficiency junkie and advocate of alternative transportation (i.e. walking, biking, and public transit), I have spent the last few weeks testing each bike and bus route to campus from my home in German Village. To make most efficient use of time, energy, and resources, I have developed a number of “Campus Hacks” that are helpful for those who (a) hate traffic, (b) don’t want to show up to class sweaty and disheveled, and (c) prefer to do their networking on COTA (Columbus’s public bus system). For my first grad life blog, I wanted to share some of these tips to help reach and navigate campus as efficiently (and comfortably) as possible.

• Pack strategically!

  • Pack your dress shirt separately: I roll my dress shirts (to prevent wrinkling – it’s only semi-successful) and wear a different t-shirt (polyester – performance wicking) while I ride. Once I arrive at school and stand in front of an A/C vent for long enough to cool down, I change shirts and leave the sweaty shirt on my bike outside to dry off.
  •  Invest in good Tupperware: Nothing is more disappointing than a leaky lunch. Pay the premium for good containment supplies to keep your books dry and lunch intact

• Keep a small but ample arsenal of supplies in your locker

  • Coat and tie or Business Wear
  • Fleece: I am always cold in class, and carting a sweatshirt or fleece back and forth everyday takes up unnecessary space and weight in my pack.
  • Granola bars/snacks: Something that can supplement breakfast when time is against you
  • Comb/hair stuff: I get terrible helmet-hair when I ride my bike.
  • Gym Clothes: I keep a pair of tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirt, socks, and even dress shoes in my locker. This way, if I decide to work out during lunch or after class, I don’t have to carry these. On days I ride the bus, I bring the sweaty stuff home and replenish my locker supplies.

• Make productive use of time on the bus: sometimes the weather throws curveballs, and the real benefit from the bus (besides the socializing, of course) is the ability to get other things done in-transit.

  • Print readings and homework out a few days in advance. This way, if you have to take the bus on short notice, you can be sure to make best use of the time.
  • News Aggregators: It’s hard, but important, to make time to read about current events, the economy, etc. I use an app called Feedly, but there are several others out there. Basically, these allow you to build your own newspaper: you choose the media sources and even the categories. The app simply filters new articles from those sources into the categories you setup.
  • Download Podcasts: Podcasts are another great platform for keeping up with current events or other topics of interest – they are free, and sometimes after a series of busy days, projects, and other work it is much more enjoyable to sit back and listen. My favorites are NPR Planet Money, On Being, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, and The Art of Manliness series. Downloading them in advance via WiFi will save you on your data plan!
  • Audio books: The Columbus Metropolitan Library is amazing. My next blog post will probably be entirely about why it is the best library chain in the world and why it is so valuable to citizens of Columbus. In the meantime, I will just mention that if you have a subscription to the library (free) you can download audiobooks to your smartphone or computer (free) through an app service called OverDrive (free). Okay, so it’s not “free” – you pay for it with your taxes – but it is an amazing, underutilized resource.

Travel well!


Food Perks Around Fisher

One of the perks of constantly being on Fisher’s and Ohio State’s main campus is the multitude of places that deliver food. Once I find a place I love, I usually do not go anywhere or try anything new. Being a student ambassador, I am constantly looking for places to deliver while I am working. Since not many places in Arkansas delivered, I stuck with Jimmy Johns for starters. The subs are fantastic and the food is delivered in like 5 minutes. I usually get this amazing ham and turkey sandwich with bacon.  If you are looking to go outside the box a little, I would advise my new favorite place, Currito (known to me as burrito with a C). This place is FANTASTIC and also reasonably priced! For $10 I can get a burrito bowl exactly how I want and a strawberry banana smoothie! Their slogan, “Burrito without Borders” fits them perfectly. You can get anything you want on your burrito, or burrito bowl, within reason. While the delivery time is a little slower, it is DEFINITELY worth it.

Burrito...with borders in this case

Burrito…with borders in this case

By the time you finish reading this, the freaky fast delivery will be at your doorstep

By the time you finish reading this, the freaky fast delivery will be at your doorstep

Now to the splurge meal that gets its own paragraph. Adriatico’s is like a little slice of heaven…more like a big slice, actually.  During my visit last year, I experienced the perfectness that is Adriatico’s. No pizza I have ever had even comes close, and they have specials constantly for college students. For instance, on Sundays with your BuckID, everything is 20% off. On Mondays and Tuesdays, as well, large pizzas are $12.55.

Best pizza on EARTH!

Best pizza on EARTH!


I honestly would be able to imagine life and Fisher without these three places. When Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, just feed one,” I wonder if she knew this would be my life story, constantly feeding myself delivery at Fisher…hmm….

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