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Things to Consider When Considering the Fisher MHRM Program

Thinking Monkey

I received my acceptance letter to the MHRM program about a year ago. So I thought I would share some of the things I considered when making my decision to apply to the Fisher MHRM program and also accept my admission.

•At the time of my acceptance I was working full-time, and I appreciated that the courses were designed for the working professional. Classes are scheduled Monday-Thursday 6:00-9:15pm, so they compliment the working professional’s work schedule very well. Most students in the program utilize this flexibility because most work in some capacity, whether part-time or full-time. For those thinking classes seem late, don’t worry. It may take some time, but your body adjusts.

•I really appreciated the program’s Core Human Resource Skills curriculum that provides a generalist’s perspective, as well as the Business Context curriculum. I think being able to speak the language of business is critical to being a strategic partner. Effective Human Resource professionals must be able to explain how Human Resources impacts the bottom line and contributes to the organization, and the program is well-designed in providing a breadth of knowledge so that individuals acquire business acumen and exposure to different areas within the field of Human Resources. In addition, I liked that the program required either a thesis or internship experience (majority of students select the internship) during the summer between their first and second year in the program. This allows students to apply and connect what they learned in the classroom to practical experience.

•The active and supportive Office of Career Management (OCM) was also something that distinguished Fisher’s MHRM program. They provide ongoing counseling, support and preparation. More importantly though, they sincerely care about each individual they work with. The OCM goes out of their way to ensure students feel ready and confident to secure and pursue internships and jobs. It was also comforting to know that the internship placement was 100% and the job placement was 93%.

• I was also impressed by the faculty and their areas of expertise. Fisher has a great mix of faculty who primarily have experience in academia, and others who have more experience in the corporate world. Again though, similar to OCM, the faculty are incredibly passionate about the field of Human Resources and take an interest in their students as individuals. Many of them are more than happy to meet with students outside of office hours to serve as mentors or advisers. Additionally, because the class size is typically around 50 students, this allows for more discussion during class and more individualized attention.

•I also liked that the program is diverse. Students come from different previous fields of study, different work experiences and years of prior work experience, and some work full-time while pursuing the program while others work part-time or not at all. Furthermore, there is a strong presence of international students in the program who add a lot of value to the program and class discussions.

•Lastly, location, location, location. I was born and raised in Northeast, Ohio. However, Columbus is something completely different than any other part of Ohio. It is such a thriving city with so much to do and see. There are several small communities/areas within Columbus that all have their own unique cultures and characteristics, which I absolutely love!

OSU Basketball

As a grad student pretty much all of my week nights are filled with classes or study sessions, so it’s nice when I have a night off to take a break from school and enjoy something fun around campus. Obviously, Ohio State is a huge football school, but during the cold winter months basketball is a fun sport to watch here in Columbus. There are also a number of other great sporting events during the winter, including the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ohio State ice hockey team.  In fact, later this month the whole MHRM class is going to a Blue Jackets game together, which will be a fun outing. Last Wednesday I went to the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game and had a blast. It’s really easy as a grad student to get affordable tickets to the basketball games. My seats were in the second row, and I even got to meet Greg Oden who was there watching the game and supporting the Buckeyes. I’d definitely recommend going to at least one basketball game just for the experience.  It’s definitely a good way to fill the void when football isn’t in season.

Brutus passing out t-shirts to the student section

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At the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game after meeting Greg Oden

Pizza, French Fries, Pizza, French Fries

I bet you thought this post was going to be about food. Well… It’s not. Although pizza and french fries do sound pretty good right about now.


There are two ski resorts within an hour of Columbus. How awesome is that? This is one of the reasons I love Columbus, and picked Fisher. Mad River Mountain is about 45 minutes northwest of Columbus. This is where I do most of my skiing. I have a pass that allows me to ski one day a week (all you need with classes all week), and it was only around $200. If you are a skier, you know how cheap that is. For the price, this place is pretty awesome. This coming weekend there is going to be music and an airbag to land on. If you do not know how this works, you pay $25 to land on an airbag which allows you to try all the tricks you are too scared to do on the snow.Also, Friday is college night, so with your BuckID you can ski all night for $15. They also have nice deals on pizza and drinks on Fridays, too. Last, but certainly not least, there is a snow tubing park. This place is awesome, especially for those who hate skiing/snowboarding, or just have no idea how.

Snow Trails is located about 45 minutes north of Columbus. While I have never been here, others in the office have and say very good things about this resort as well. This resort has much of the same perks as Mad River. They have deals and promotions,snow tubing, bands playing on the weekend, competitions, lessons, beginner’s area, and many other awesome things.

All in all, no matter where you go, you are still being able to enjoy a family friendly environment while kicking up powder!

Airbag Tricks

Snow Tubing Night Skiing


Just remember if you are learning to ski: pizza, french fries, pizza, french fries!

Escaping the Cold in Columbus

When my wife and I moved to Columbus two years ago, we were excited to be back in the Midwest, to be close to family again, and to reconnect with friends. Moving back in May, we were also excited to be approaching festival season in Columbus, which basically runs from May to mid-October and features a variety of outdoor festivals with excellent food (my personal favorites are the Jazz and Ribs Festival in the Arena District in July and the Greek Festival downtown on Labor Day weekend). In fact, there were only two things we weren’t excited about on our return to Columbus: January and February. For all of the amazing things that can be said about Columbus, our weather isn’t winning us any awards or attracting any new visitors.

water garden

There are few ways to escape the snow and ice, but one excellent way to get some fresh air is to visit the Franklin Park Conservatory ( Located just east of downtown, the conservatory and adjoining botanical gardens are situated in the middle of Franklin Park. The conservatory offers visitors a collection of tropical and desert biomes from across the globe, such as the Pacific Island water garden (my favorite), Himalayan highlands, and American desert. Each of the rooms is held at about 70 degrees and is full of plants from the respective biomes. The building’s walls and ceilings are made of plexi-glass, so you get the full effect of being outside (fresh air and vitamin-D), plus the much needed warmth of being indoors. Throughout the winter I stop by at least once a week, and frequently I bring a book or class readings and work there in lieu of a coffee shop. With annual student passes for $30, it is a small price to pay for a weekly getaway.

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?!?!

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