During the winter break, people travel around or go back to their hometown to celebrate Christmas with their families. However, if you are still in Columbus, you can still find some interesting places to go and experience some local life here. One thing you cannot miss during your study at Columbus is watching a show at the Ohio Theatre, a performing arts center located at 39 E. State Street in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Theatre is known as the “Official Theatre of the State of Ohio” and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.
After my seven-day trip to San Francisco after our finals, I came back to Columbus on Christmas Eve. Well, a very useful tip is that you definitely want to store some food in your refrigerator or ask someone to kindly buy you some food if you plan to arrive home late on Chistmas Eve, since almost every store and restaurant is closed on Christmas. To celebrate Christmas, I bought tickets at Ticketmaster for The Nutcracker, a traditional Christmas-season ballet show, performed by BalletMet on Dec. 26, 2015 at the Ohio Theatre. The adventure with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Sweets is wonderful, especially with the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71) played by the Columbus Symphony, conducted by Luis Biava. Many parents brought their children to this show and surely those young kids enjoyed it a lot!
What a whirlwind it has been the past two weeks. It’s mostly my fault for procrastinating quite a bit but I can honestly say I spent more time in our computer lab over the past two weeks then I did in my apartment. As we approached finals week, I knew that I had a lot of work to do but wasn’t entirely sure how much. Finally, I sat down to get organized and realized I had two Corporate Finance case briefs due, a paper and presentation on the Norwegian economy, a HUGE Financial Modeling project due and a test in Derivatives worth 75% of our grade. It was time to get it in gear! With the help of my team, we crushed our Corporate Finance case briefs and presented our project on Norway like we were natives! Financial Modeling on the other hand was a bit more time consuming. We were responsible for creating a model in Excel that would provide flexibility and user-friendliness for anyone who was trying to price out a business trip to Honk Kong. After a combined 100 hours between four people, we had created a model that we were incredibly proud of. I needed a little break before starting to study for Derivatives so I took the night off and watched the original three Star Wars movies to get me pumped for the newest episode! Then it was back to the grind. I believe I could have prepared a little better for what I consider the busiest two weeks of my life, but everything worked out ok!
It was time for a little fun. The other day I was asked by one of my international classmates to play some baseball. Naturally I was very interested having played ball for a majority of my life. We met at Anheuser Busch Sports Park and split into two teams consisting of two domestic and three international students each. I wont lie, I was a little over confident and was brought down a few pegs when I hit an easy pop up on my first pitch. The rest of the game was much more competitive than I thought it would be and my team ended up losing by only a few runs. Needless to say, I had an absolute blast and am excited for the next time we get out there. With this weather though…who knows when that will be.
After our game of baseball, we took an adventure to Tensuke Market! I was told this was the absolute best and most authentic place to get sushi and traditional Japanese dishes in Columbus. We walked in to the market and I was instantly overwhelmed with foreign sights, sounds and smells…I was excited. I ordered a crunchy salmon roll, a jumbo spicy tuna roll and raw conch prepared sashimi style. The conch was the most exotic thing I have tried in quite some time and I loved it. If you are ever up on Henderson Road just off 315, I highly recommend you go check out Tensuke Market, you will not be disappointed!
Favorite place to go in Columbus: I really enjoy walking and biking on the Olentangy River Trail. Luckily, we have had beautiful fall weather this year and having the trail so close to my apartment and Fisher has given me the opportunity to spend a lot of time outdoors. On the weekends, I really enjoy wandering around Short North exploring the different shops and restaurants. I feel like there is always something new to try there.
Favorite extracurricular activity at Fisher: Any event put on by the MHRM Council. They do a great job organizing events such as scavenger hunts, networking activities, and group outings like “Zoo Lights” that make you feel closer to your classmates. A vast majority of 1st and 2nd years attend and participate, which has helped me get to know people in the program a lot better outside of the classroom.
Favorite hangout spot on OSU’s campus: The Shoe! I am a huge football fan and game days at OSU are awesome. Football Saturdays are a great opportunity to tailgate, eat great food, and socialize with friends and classmates. Once you’re inside, you realize how massive and electric the stadium really is. My first game is an experience that I’ll never forget.
Favorite MHRM class thus far in the program: I really enjoyed Markets, Organizations, and Human Resource Management. The class dives into the complexities of labor and employment issues from an economic standpoint. We discussed how we, as Human Resources professionals, must respond to changes in wage rates, employment trends, and macroeconomic conditions. I liked being able to put my economics background into a HR-related application.
What I hope to do after the MHRM program: After completing the program, I plan to become either an HR Generalist or a Compensation and Benefits Specialist for a large corporation. I’m hoping to work for a great company that will allow me to put my knowledge of HR to work right away.
Advice I would give incoming first years and/or prospectives: Do not be afraid to branch out to meet classmates and don’t be shy! Many friendships are formed within the first few days and weeks of the program. Don’t be afraid to start conversations with new people- remember: they are in the same situation as you are!
The Columbus Zoo is one of the many notable attractions of Columbus, and is nationally recognized as one of the best Zoos in America. It is home to a wide variety of animals from around the globe, and includes additional features like the Safari Golf Club, Zoombezi Bay (water park) and Jungle Jack’s Landing amusement park.
The zoo’s main attractions include: Shores hosts a variety of sea creatures, and features a touch pool. Asia Quest hosts a range of species from Asia, such as bats, Amur tigers, sun bears and elephants. Australia and the Islands hosts animals from Australia and New Zealand, and features a walk-in kangaroo yard. Expedition Congo hosts animals like monkeys and gorillas. North America and Polar Frontier hosts wolves, moose, polar bears and grizzly bears. Lastly, the Heart of Africa hosts cheetahs, lions, giraffes, zebras and more. It also features an area where visitors can take a ride on a camel or feed the giraffes.
The Columbus Zoo holds special events throughout the year, one of which is Wildlights. This runs from mid-November thru early January, and showcases the Zoo decorated in millions of twinkling lights and activities for all. The Ohio State University’s Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) plans several programs and events throughout the year for students, and this year they are organizing a trip to Wildlights! Our own MHRM council is organizing a trip too! So there are numerous ways to experience this event, but it is definitely a site to see!
1: Tepper Case Competition – This past weekend I traveled to Pittsburgh to participate in an international supply chain case competition with three others from Fisher. While our team didn’t advance to the finals, we learned a TON, networked with executives from a handful of companies, spent 30 hours working on a LIVE company problem and experienced a first-class wine and dine experience. #istillneedtocatchuponsleep
2: Football games – I used to think OSU was the evil powerhouse team that wins too much. Now, I’ve drunk the scarlet Kool-Aid. #punintended #O-H…
3: CEO of Cardinal Health – About every other week a C-suite speaker comes in for a lunch seminar. My favorite has been George Barrett from Cardinal Health. Here is the article (I was even quoted in the article!) #freepaneralunch #greatopportunity
4: Fisher prayer – every other week between 3 and 10 of us gather to talk about how life in Fisher is impacting our lives. Then we pray for 20 minutes. Great memories reflecting and opening up to classmates.
5: Winning the MBA poker tourney. We are a competitive bunch! #thisblogpostinnowaysupportsgamblingbutdangitsfun
6: Urban Meyer spoke on leadership to the College of Business just 24 hours before JT Barrett was arrested for a DUI. I snapped this picture from my seat!
7: Red Lobster – Our marketing final involved a 24-hour deep-dive into a case about Red Lobster’s effort to re-position itself in the market. This required some memorable late night studying sessions and the obligatory trip with my family and classmates to Red Lobster for ‘market research’. #thebestcheesybiscuitsontheplanet
8: Diwali celebration – Learning about Indian culture from dozens of my classmates and professors. A true highlight and such a fantastic cultural exchange. #deliciousfood
9: This coming weekend…. There are still a few weeks left in the semester, but I’ve been looking forward to the coming weekend. Fisher Follies, MSU vs. OSU, and a families of Fisher parent gathering!
10: I love classes. Seriously, I am SO grateful for a number of my classes this semester. Honorable mentions also go to Data Analysis and Econ and Leadership. The personal development and challenge we have been given to grow our emotional intelligence in leadership is invaluable!
A couple of Fridays ago, the MAcc Council and Fisher College of Business hosted its first “Food Truck Friday.” One thing a visitor to Columbus will quickly learn is that Columbus is chalk full of unique restaurants. Food Truck Friday is a terrific opportunity for students and faculty alike to try some of the most unique ethnic food around, all without even having to get in a car! During this past “Food Truck Friday” four food vendors parked outside the doors of Gerlach Hall at lunchtime. The four food trucks were:
It’s essentially like a whole season of Christmas when fall rolls around and football begins here in Columbus. The Buckeyes are our hometown version of both a college and NFL team rolled into one due to the fact that you have to go either north or south two hours to get to the closest NFL stadium. Our Ohio State Buckeyes don’t need to worry though, as the fans support the team to the fullest. On game day, you can find tailgates virtually everywhere and if you yell O-H, you’ll definitely hear an I-O coming from multiple directions.
I was extremely excited to hear that Fisher wouldn’t be lacking in the tailgate area during my two years in the MBA program. Every Saturday, our program hosts a tailgate at Fisher Commons, which is the apartment complex many of our students live in. Everyone pitches in or brings a dish to share and no matter the time of day, we feast and celebrate. For noon games, we will typically host a breakfast tailgate with pancakes, bacon and more, while afternoon and night games bring your standard tailgate grill foods. Fisher Commons has a central grassy area which makes for the perfect space to eat, drink and hang out before making the short walk over to the Shoe. Once we get to the Shoe, our class sits together in a seating block we form prior to the season. As a former graduate of Ohio State, I am so glad to be in a program where I can continue my fandom with a group of friends.
However, while football is king, I have also begun to appreciate the other sports options we have in the fall here in Columbus. Within Ohio State alone, you can visit any of our fall sport matchups depending on what interests you most. It’s also not too late to catch a Clippers game in August and early September and you may even time it up to catch one of the famous “Dime-A-Dog” nights. If baseball isn’t your sport, you also have the option to catch a Crew game and this year the soccer team has made it through to the playoffs, extending the season for us fans. Overall, no matter what your sport is, you can find a game to go cheer at during the fall months here in Columbus. With that, as always, GO BUCKS!
In China, Halloween is a day for a small group of people who wear horror costumes. But here, Halloween spirit is everywhere. In the store, I see Halloween decorations everywhere. Along the street, people cover their elegant houses with spider nets and skeletons. Halloween is also not just for children. Here, it’s a second chance for adults to be children again, becoming the character we dreamed to be and even getting candy in the process. I also learned that parents will go for “trick or treat” and some families will put special pumpkins as a sign for children with allergies to dairy and nuts. Halloween is not only about horror, but also about thrilling, caring, and community.
One thing I have realized since moving to Columbus is that there are a ton of amazing restaurants in the area. One restaurant called Katalina’s has really stood out to me in particular. Katalina’s is a cute cafe-style neighborhood restaurant located on the corner of 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenue in the Victorian Village and is a very popular place to go to for brunch.
Since I live in Grandview, I often go to places that are not located right near Ohio State’s campus. The great thing about Katalina’s is it is only about a 10 minute drive from where I live and about a 10 minute drive from Ohio State’s campus as well. Therefore, this is a very convenient place to go for students living a little further from campus and for students who live closer to campus and are looking for a change of pace.
Katalina’s uses almost all local ingredients to make their Mexican-inspired food. The most unique and popular item at Katalina’s is their pancake balls. You are able to choose the filling you want in the pancake balls with the choice of Nutella, dulce de leche, or pumpkin-apple butter. The pancake balls are served with Katalina’s famous sweet and spicy bacon.
There are numerous other menu choices such as various sandwiches, tacos, and biscuit balls. The line is always out the door at Katalina’s, but I can confidently say that it is well worth the wait. Check out the menu for yourself and if you are looking for something fun and new to try, I highly recommend eating at Katalina’s!
Fall is coming, along with the new session of the semester.
In autumn, pumpkin seems really important here. My host family invited me to do the pumpkin carving. I thought pumpkin carving only looks like the creepy smiling face, but when I Googled it, I found that it actually can have many layers so that it generates amazing effects when the candle is lighted inside. I planned to do the Chinese paper cut pattern on it, but that’s too much for just 2 hours. People’s creativity impressed me.
It seems people only use the big pumpkin to carve and bake the seeds inside. I want to cook it as I did in China, but I’m surprised when the shopkeeper in Kroger told me he had never ate pumpkin, and he only know that it can be made into soup. I made some pumpkin bubbles, like the bubbles in bubble tea, but with pumpkin flavor. The pumpkin meat inside the carving pumpkin is actually very soft and sweet when cooked.
Our big MHRM family will also have all kind of events in this special season. This time, we went to the Lynd Fruit Farm. When we walked into the corn maze, I tried to study and follow the map with my schoolmate. But my classmates just walked around the maze at will. Driving along the way, two male senior students were shaking to music all the way. I didn’t know they looked like that when out of school and work. Work is work, life is life. It feels awesome to be with them and feel the cheerful energy. O-H-I-O. Life is wonderful!