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!
If you’ve never been to Ohio Stadium (aka “The Shoe”) when The Ohio State Buckeyes are playing football, then you need to hop on ticketmaster and snag a ticket as soon as possible. I grew up watching Buckeye football my whole life and I must say, the experiences have been better with age. There is just something about the emotion of having 100,000+ people flood Columbus to cheer on this group of brothers that puts me on a whole new level of excitement. I am getting chills just sitting here thinking about it. “Buckeye Nation” is what the loyal following is known as and members range from die hard nuts to casual viewers. Whatever your interest or affiliation, Buckeye Nation is always accepting new members.
On the 12th of September I woke up, put on my white #5 jersey, grabbed a snack and took off for Lane Avenue where I met my fellow Buckeyes for some pre-football tailgating. We stopped at a few tents on the way to our destination (all overflowing with people and FOOD..lots of food) but eventually made it to Fisher Commons where our host and fellow SMF student, Taylor Richard, had buffalo chicken dip ready to be demolished. After enjoying more than my fair share of buffalo chicken dip, we took off for The Shoe and what we hoped would be another Buckeye victory.
There really isn’t anything quite like a Buckeye football game. I could go into details about the deafening roar of the crowd when we score a touchdown or the amazing feeling you get as you sing Carmen Ohio while embracing your fellow Buckeyes arm-in-arm, but I am going to let you experience it for yourself! Because my words just don’t do it justice.
This past Labor Day, I assumed there would be some type of music event around the city. When I started to do my research, I was surprised by how MANY music options there were in one weekend. From the Fashion Meets Music Festival to Country Jam 2015 to the concert I ended up choosing at the LC, I could have filled my whole weekend and then some. I ended up going to see Citizen Cope and Counting Crows at the LC, which was amazing. The concert took place in their outdoor venue (they also have an indoor space) and while it was hot, the atmosphere was great. Both Citizen Cope and Counting Crows put on great shows. What was even more exciting was the LC actually started the concert in the afternoon so they could show the Ohio State game at the venue. Everyone at the concert was able to stay on the lawn and watch the game projected on a big screen, which we all know is important here in Columbus!
(Citizen Cope performance)
Overall, all of the concert options last weekend reminded me how lucky we are with the music scene in Columbus. From well-known artists like Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw to local bars hosting open mic nights or karaoke, the options are endless. What makes this even better is the plethora of venue options. If you like the big feel of an arena, Nationwide Arena or the Schottenstein Center will have concerts throughout the year. On the other hand, if you are like me and prefer smaller venues where you can get super close to the stage, there are places like the Newport, the LC Pavilion or even bars like A&R bar that host small scale concerts.
As a student, I have seen a ton of concerts that offer a student discount option, either through the venue itself or through the Ohio Union. Ohio State also puts on an annual “Free Concert” which is amazing to experience as a student. No matter what genre, artist or atmosphere you are interested in, I can almost guarantee that Columbus will have a concert for you this year!
Hobbies and Interests: Sketching/Painting, Anime, Jigsaw Puzzles and Music
What you like most about Columbus: I appreciate that it is a pretty calm and relaxing city with very friendly people.
Favorite things to do in Columbus: I enjoy shopping at the many malls and shopping centers in the area, and am really happy that Columbus has a Godiva store (I love Godiva chocolate!)
What interests you about HR: Human Resource serves as a link between a business idea and its effective implementation. It is a live wire connecting and converting ideas into happenings. I want to be actively involved in attracting and retaining the right talent, as people are the most important asset for any enterprise.
Favorite aspects of being a MHRM student at Fisher: The knowledgeable faculty, class times that allow students to balance a job and school, the atmosphere in class and the curriculum.
What advice would you give incoming first years and/ or prospective students: If you are an international student (on F1 visa), it is important to understand that it can be difficult to find an internship/job in HR as it is not a STEM field, but it is not impossible. So please be mentally prepared to be optimistic and work hard. Use the resources available like the career management office and company information sessions to network.
At the beginning of January, I accepted a job and will be moving away from Columbus. After nearly five years of being in Columbus and just finishing finals for the third term of the Fisher SMF program, it’s finally hitting me that I will be leaving Columbus. Here’s my bucket list for my last two months in Columbus:
Catch the Rocky Horror Picture Show live performance at Studio 35 in Clintonville, OH.
Spend a day at The Book Loft—I’ve been there many times, but I’d love to spend an early Spring day just strolling among the books.
One of my favorite things that I do weekly is Trivia Night with some MAcc friends at a local bar called The Grandview Cafe. The place is packed (usually 20+ teams) with grad students and young professionals every Thursday night for a competitive and challenging round of trivia. Some friends and I started going early in the semester and have gotten hooked. We’ve finished in second and third in the past, but we’re still striving for gold!
Prof. Zach heard about our Trivia Night tradition and decided that he wanted to join in on the fun. He’s gone with us the last two weeks and definitely carries his weight, particularly with his knowledge of sports and world geography. One of the great things about the MAcc program is that our faculty and staff are down-to-earth and genuinely interested in what we are doing. Whenever I see Prof. Arya, our program director, he likes to check in to see how our trivia team is doing. There is such a fun, relaxed learning environment here with a great work hard, play hard mentality. Trivia Night is just one example of the many things that MAcc students are up to outside of the classroom!
Check out Columbus Trivia Challenge if you want to play – they host trivia Sundays through Thursdays at different locations throughout Columbus!
Having lived in Columbus, OH for nearly five years now, I’ve had many opportunities to sample the restaurants, and have come up with a list of my favorites. Unfortunately, I recently found out that my favorite restaurants, Deepwood, between the Short North and Nationwide Boulevard shut down on New Year’s Eve. Deepwood was an upscale American eatery with charcuterie, soups, seasonable vegetables, and duck, as well as a wonderful selection of bourbon cocktails. In remembrance of Deepwood, I will now run through my revised listing of restaurants.
5. The Pearl – this seafood restaurant is a bit newer on the Columbus dining scene (circa 2013), but from the first time I visited, I loved its many nautical themes and casual atmosphere. It has one of the best oysters on the half shell and Moscow Mules around, and water is usually served in mason jars.
4. Hyde Park – the upscale American steakhouse, replete with a raw bar, hearty soups, seafood sides, chop salads, and carbs galore. The ambiance is wonderful, staff are always top-notch, and it’s truly an experience no matter where you’re sitting in the restaurant.
3. Rigsby’s – while Marcella’s and Martini didn’t quite make the cut (both are fantastic restaurants), both lack the heartiness and simplicity, yet incredible diversity of northern Italian cuisine, incorporating various seasonal vegetables, wines, and meats.
2. Till – by night, Till is an off the beaten path watering hole for the older university/young professional crowd, filled with pizzas, burgers, seafood, and tofu. By day, the restaurant is more of a café with the absolute BEST pour over coffee I’ve ever tasted. My barista had me sample a number of pour over variations from Till’s supply, and she compared them to strange flavors. I settled on a Burundi coffee that she likened to the taste of “car engine.” I can’t say that I’ve ever tasted car engine, but the coffee keeps me coming back. It’s very close to campus on King Avenue, closer to Neil Avenue, and I’ve found myself many a time studying for hours on end at the coffee bar.
1. L’Antibes – in my view, this is Columbus’ best kept secret. Usually when someone asks me my favorite restaurant and I respond with L’Antibes, they usually have no idea what I’m talking about. While its official address is on North High Street in the Short North/Italian Village, its entrance is really on Warren Street. Inside the restaurant stand about ten or so square or round tables seating two to four with white table cloths, lots of natural light, pale yellow walls, and tasteful yet discreet artwork scattered throughout the restaurant. It’s very quiet, which is such a break with all the noisy Columbus restaurants where you can’t hear the people with whom you’re having dinner. The restaurant bills itself as French with American influences. Any of the escargot and salmon dishes are to die for, as well as any of the desserts or dessert wines.
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!