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Columbus Fun Facts

Since Ohio State has a widespread presence in the U.S. and beyond, it can be easy to equate Columbus with the University. While OSU is a major component of the Columbus scene, there is a lot more to the city to discover!

I’m from Ohio (Toledo, specifically) and have spent a good deal of time in Columbus before attending the MAcc program. I’ve found that Columbus newcomers are often surprised at how vibrant and welcoming our state capital truly is. Here are some tidbits about the city that may help you to understand why so many Buckeyes never leave it.

Cbus Fun Facts:

  1. 15th largest city in the U.S.
  2. Business is booming! Greater Columbus is home to the headquarters of Nationwide Insurance, AEP, Wendy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, L Brands (think Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works), Big Lots, White Castle, Cardinal Health, and more!
  3. Home of the Columbus Clippers (Triple A baseball; affiliate of the Cleveland Indians), the Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer), and the Columbus Blue Jackets (National Hockey League). And, of course, we can’t forget about our Ohio State Buckeyes!
  4. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is world renowned and its director emeritus is “Jungle Jack” Hanna
  5. The annual Ohio State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the U.S.

Check out this link to learn more about things to do Columbus:


Columbus Skyline

Columbus Skyline


Midterms, Accounting and Networking: Not that Bad!

Things have kind of ramped up here in the Fisher Full Time MBA program over the last couple of weeks. Even though we were already busy, our first set of midterms were upon us, our first accounting case was due and graduate careers fairs were beginning.


My Husky Energy dog from the Career Fair says “Arpha!”

This is going to sound as bizarre as having a football team with nobody over 5’10, but midterms were probably the easiest and least stressful part of the middle of September. There was only so much to study three weeks into school. Our Marketing Math quiz was literally based off of three pages, our Marketing exam was more application than memorization, Econ was more art (literally) than science and Finance could have been about 1000000% harder than it was. Like they say in business school, learning more than grades are what matters and once you realize the professors aren’t going to absolutely kill you on exams, the focus on learning becomes a lot easier to handle. It’s all about application and not rote memorization like many undergraduate exams tend to be.

The real big bad in all of this was an accounting case worth about 2% of our grade, if even that. Accounting has supremely thick barriers to entry, at least in the way we have been taught, and with CPAs being exempt from the class, it seemed like absolutely nobody knew what was going on. Thankfully, because our CPA Fisher Family brothers and sisters love us so much, they were happy to help us with our homework and at least give us a push in the right direction. We had study groups the two days before the case was due and even if nobody could completely figure it out, we’re learning and I think that’s all that matters. I hope, anyway. I’ll let you know how the next case goes.

And then there was the Fisher Graduate Career Fairs. The big one was in the Blackwell on the Fisher Campus and brought companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Nationwide, Wendy’s and PolyOne. It was a chance to try out our pitches of ourselves if nothing else and get used to talking to people at these booths about their companies and learning about places we could potentially intern next summer.

To say my first attempt at this was a trainwreck would be a lie as it was far, far worse than that. I’ll keep the details of this talk classified but let’s just say I won’t be getting a job with this employer. I slowly got better, however, and once I got to the companies I was actually interested in such as Wendy’s, as I am a longtime consumer of their wares, I felt like I was doing a decent job. Anyway, these fairs aren’t the end all be all of the job hunt but are good practice if nothing else.

Anyway, once these trials and tribulations of business school were over, there was still time to play soccer, do homework and do some intense Friday night networking in the Short North.

The best parts of all of these things though is that nearly every one of your classmates is going through the exact same thing and it helps you all bond and really become a Fisher Family (copyright someone, I’m sure). A lot of us have gotten closer or just met more people through studying at Gerlach Hall or going to talk to the same employers at info sessions and then having some hardcore networking seshes on Fridays.

This part’s really been my favorite as I haven’t always had the easiest time making friends in the past. In law school everyone was dispersed and it was hard to see anyone outside of class. Undergrad was more of a bizarre experience for me, personally. But here, I’ve done the best I’ve done since about 2nd grade socially and am apparently the class mascot somehow. My face is on the top of this Grad Life blog. I couldn’t have made a better decision to have come and even things like midterms and horrible accounting cases and scary career fairs haven’t dampened that in the least.

Lions and Tigers and…Dinosaurs?!? OH MY!

Let’s be honest, between school, work, and life, it can get a little hectic at times. Nonetheless, I’ve quickly learned the importance of making sure I take care of myself as a whole so that I don’t get burnt out.

It can be easy to get caught up with the hustle and bustle of school, work, and going through the job or internship process. If we don’t manage our time properly or we don’t prioritize, other important things can fall to the wayside. At the end of the day though, we’re much more than a student. Whether it’s working out, shopping, going to sporting events, hanging out with family and friends, attending cultural events, or something else…it’s important to take time for ourselves. With that said though, it’s also really important to know your limits and know that it’s okay to say “no” sometimes.

I’m slowly (but surely) getting back into the groove of things, and I’m feeling better about prioritizing and ensuring that I have time to do what I ‘need’ to do, as well as what I ‘want’ to do. Columbus is too great of a city to let time fly by without exploring what it has to offer. From the world renowned Columbus Zoo, the Short North Gallery Hop, the concert venues, theaters, cultural events, Movie Tavern, multitude of restaurants for foodies with any preference, or the school spirit and pride that exists throughout the city during game days…there’s something for everyone! Gotta love this city!

Exploring the Columbus Zoo! Dinosaur Island...sign us up!

Exploring the Columbus Zoo! Who wouldn’t love Dinosaur Island?!?





Living in Columbus: A New Yorker’s Perspective

After living in NYC for 4 years, I kind of feared moving to Columbus. New York City had it all – culture, world class entertainment and sports, a vibrant nightlife, every walk of life, great public transportation, a diverse music and food scene, iconic parks, etc. In my mind, Columbus would be the typically college town, with a few rundown bars overrun by undergrads, some chain and fast food restaurants, a sleepy downtown area, and lots and lots and lots and lots of open space.

I have now been living in Columbus for a few months, and I must say this couldn’t be further from the truth. While I do miss the NYC subway, Columbus offers everything that NYC does, except on a smaller scale. You will find great diversity (e.g., ethnicities, nationalities, LGBT community) in and around the city, especially since Ohio State and the Fisher College of Business draws students from all over the U.S. and world. Major companies located in Columbus, including Nationwide, L Brands, and Cardinal Health, also bring in a diverse crowd of young and seasoned professionals. There is a great nightlife, especially in the Short North area, which caters mostly to young professionals and graduate students both during the week and weekend. Columbus residents, not surprisingly, are extremely passionate about sports, especially since Ohio State harbors some of the best U.S. college sports teams (Go Buckeyes!). There are also plenty of opportunities to get yourself into shape with the numerous bike paths, top-notch sports facilities, and parks in Columbus and on campus. And there is definitely an active Columbus foodie scene – every type of restaurant you can imagine from vegan to Indian to Asian to Ethiopian to American to Mexican to you name it! There is even the Columbus Food Truck Festival right before fall semester begins.

I’m still pretty new to Columbus, but it is feeling more like home every day. I still have more to explore, but thankfully there will always be something to do.

Full disclosure: I do live across from a cornfield, but it is a part of the Ohio State campus 😉

The Newest Pieces at the Wexner Center

On Friday night, after a long day of working on group projects and assignments with some of my SMF peers, I donned a suit and tie to attend an early showing of the newest exhibit at the Wexner Center for the ArtsTransfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection was nothing short of breathtaking. The blockbuster paintings were remarkable pieces by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet.I found myself arrested with two paintings in particular.

The first was Diego dans l’atelier by Giacometti. At first glance it’s an ashen man in a dirty room. But upon closer inspection, it’s an inscrutable, otherworldly figure. The artist seems to have poured his tensions and anxiety through his brush, yet the feverish pitch left nothing concrete for the onlooker to see. We are left to ponder.

Diego dans l’atelier by Alberto Giacometti

The other was Three Spokes by Susan Rothenberg. The horse reminded me of a cave painting, but everything else was a mystery: the color scheme, the cut off hooves, the inexplicable cracks, and the white dividing line. I could not possible imagine what it meant, but I could barely take my eyes off it.
Three Spokes by Susan Rothenberg

Three Spokes by Susan Rothenberg

Sherri Geldin, Director of the Wexner Center, assembled the exhibit and its début in stunning fashion. Between chatting up the University President and a member of Columbus City Council, I had the pleasure to meet some executives from Huntington Bank, one of Ohio State’s closest partners in delivering value to students. While Friday ended up being very long indeed, I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and made a few contacts along the way.

My happy move-in!

Well, the student year has already started, I’m all settled in but I still remember the painful process of researching housing options. Isn’t that crazy that you have to fight for the apartment you have never seen 5-6 months in advance?! Well, I got lucky to find my apartment and that was the best decision I could have made. I live in Neil Building; it’s student residential hall, located in South Campus. I absolutely love my place for the following reasons.

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Firstly, my apartment is fully furnished!!! Yes!! Can you imagine a tiny girl moving or assembling the furniture alone?! I wouldn’t be able to do that, that’s why my main search criteria was to find a furnished place. The studio has everything that person may need: desk, drawers, closet, shelves, bed and fully equipped kitchen. The only thing you need for move-in process is to move in with your luggage, that’s it!

Secondly, there is a huge cafeteria Marketplace on the first floor of the building. They have numerous eating options, starting from salads and sandwiches and ending with pasta and soups! Btw, their broccoli and cheese soup is amazing! You may want to check it out! What I like the most is that residents of Neil Building have separate entrance to the café; you have to swipe your BuckID and you are already there. When it rains on weekend and I don’t feel like going out, I can just go down and use the magic door to access the food paradise.

Thirdly, the staff at Neil Building is very helpful and friendly. For example, when I moved in, I had the problem with air-conditioning system. I filled in the report online and my issue was solved the next day. So they are very quick to react on residents’ needs. I also like the fact that I don’t have to worry about being at home when my package arrives, because reception receives all the packages and then you get an email saying that your package is ready for pick-up! It makes my life much easier because I shop online a lot!

Finally, it’s great in terms of location. I’m 10 minute walk to Thompson Library and RPAC and about 15-20 minute walk to Fisher! That’s a good point, as you can’t be late to classes, and my experience of using bus wasn’t good. I took the bus once, but because of the traffic I was late to the class! So if you plan to use public transport, especially in the rainy weather, plan additional 10 minutes for the trip or, as in my case, rely on yourself and walk to the campus!

Neil Building is good choice for those who want to avoid headache of buying/ selling furniture, mostly for international students who are moving to Columbus for the first time. It’s a bit more expensive than off-campus housing but, remember, there is no free lunch in this world!

MAcc Scrapbook

How the time has flown! I have gone from being a prospective MAcc student reading the My Fisher Grad Life Blog and wondering why some authors didn’t post more, to being a soon-to-be graduate who is impressed they posted so much! The past nine months have been the most intense period of self-growth and change I have ever experienced in my life. I met so many amazing people and was exposed to different perspectives on life and business. I know I will walk into my first full time job as a finance auditor at the Auditor of State’s office better prepared to be a successful professional thanks to my time at Fisher.

Here is a small sample of some of the things I was doing over the past year while I was too busy to blog:

50 Yard Line

Standing on the football field during Orientation


Inside Arya’s Management and Control class

Corn maze

Heading into the corn maze at Circle S Farms

Picking pumpkins

Picking pumpkins!


I managed to get out and see Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Neko Case at the Newport, a concert venue on High St. across from campus


Neko Case


Me and my boyfriend Brent all dressed up and ready to go to the Fisher Grad Student Halloween party

Fraud: never worth it

Aaron Beam talks about drugs, SEC and rock and roll during his MAcc talk

Held at the Faculty Club

The Class of 14 at the MAcc winter dinner

Christmas in bloom

A winter break girls day out to the Franklin Park Conservatory. Left to right: Liana, Lina, Dongqi, Yeajung and me

Our professor then hosted the speaker at his house

Barry Hoffman speaks to our Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions class about the Valassis-ADVO merger

Book your group ahead of time!

A bunch of hungry MAcc student getting pizza after hunting for a place to play lazer tag

The food was delicious!

I didn’t get pictures at the FISA’s Holi dinner so I snapped a selfie with my friend Ping before our Advanced Negotiations class

Tip: Place your napkin on your lap immediately when you sit down

My table at the MHRM etiquette dinner

The last ever MAcc talk, given by OSU's own Dr. Zhang on accounting research (my camera created the rainbow effect)

The last ever MAcc talk, given by OSU’s own Dr. Zhang on accounting research (my camera created the rainbow effect)

Group photo of MAcc students and alumni who participated in the spring MAcc gives back event. I helped organize the Dress for Success store in the Short North

Group photo of MAcc students and alumni who participated in the spring MAcc gives back event. I helped organize the Dress for Success store in the Short North

Also: travelling to Africa alone, working with Steve Jobs and her non-profit Free the Tampons

Nancy Kramer of Resource Marketing speaks to our Advanced Leadership class about her leadership legacy

AKA Grad School Prom

Action shot of the Fisher Formal

Me and my boyfriend Brent dressed up at the Fisher Formal

Me and my boyfriend Brent dressed up at the Fisher Formal

My friend Lina and I at the Formal

My friend Lina and I at the Formal

He plays the best music before class!

My last ever class- Dr. Mittendorf’s Non-Profit and Governmental Accounting course.

Summer Activities – Pelotonia

It is hard to believe, this this school year is already coming to a close.  Last August seems like such a short time ago, and the months have gone by in the blink of an eye.  I am currently in the middle of mid-term exams for the second term of the spring semester, and will be halfway through my MBA journey in under a month.

This summer is showing no signs of being any less busy, between working during my internship, to participating in the GAP program, and taking advantage of other opportunities around Columbus.  One of the activities that has occurred in Columbus every summer for the better part of the last decade is the Pelotonia charity bike ride, which raises funds for the James Cancer Center here on campus.  A short description from the ride’s website:

The model of Pelotonia remains simple: Pelotonia’s operating expenses are covered by funding partners so that 100% of every dollar raised by Pelotonia riders, virtual riders and volunteers goes directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Pelotonia was initially funded with a five-year, $12.5 million commitment, with a goal to raise $39 million during this time period.

The ride has raised over $61 million dollars to help fund cancer research over the years, and is a great way to give back to the community.  This year, I will be riding as part of the Fisher College of Business team, along with several of my other classmates who are also going to be in the Columbus area over the summer.  So, along with my internship this summer, I will be balancing my training regime in order to prepare for the ride.  If you have any interest in learning more about myself and the other Fisher students who will be riding, you can follow this link:  Dan Reeder

My First Half Marathon!

Columbus in October is a pretty exciting time. Not only are the leaves changing color and the holidays near, it is a time where over 18,000 people gather together to run at least 13.1 miles before lunch. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon just completed its 12th annual run; however, for me, this would be my start.

So, you might ask, why in the world did I want to spend my morning running 13.1 miles around downtown Columbus and through different suburbs (click here for the course 

map)? Well, to be brief, essentially my mom. My mom, about three years ago, decided to pick up running as her new form of exercise and I thought she was crazy. She was not a runner in high school or college, but at the old age of 25 (she may or may not be lying about this) she decided it was time to change her exercise ways and find a new outlet. So, slowly, she would increase her walking to running as her goal was to complete a half marathon by the following year. Well, not only did she complete her first half marathon in less than a year, she then went on and signed herself up for another one, and another one, and another one after that.

My mom is what led me to pick up running myself, as it is a fantastic form of exercise and I know I can get a fantastic workout from it. I cannot tell you what great motivation my mom was in initially starting, as I could barely go over two miles without feeling like I was going to die. It takes time, but I now cannot fathom going even a couple days without this routine in my life. My mom then wondered why I wouldn’t sign myself up for a half marathon (as she completed about 6 already) and I told her there’s no way I could run that much.

Well, finally, after two years of running consistently, my mom forced me to run this half marathon with her and a couple of my siblings. Looking back, I cannot thank her enough as seeing that finish line was such an exhilarating experience for me. I am now signed up for another half in May and hopefully my family will run it with me. Oh, and the best part? I beat my brother (whose doesn’t train) by a couple minutes.

Could not have done this without my family!

“The Game” Week

Being a Buckeye means a lot, especially during rivalry week. Every year, Ohio State and That Team Up North compete in one of the most storied football rivalries in the country. Everyone in the states of Ohio and That State Up North feel the excitement and energy that comes with rivalry week. This is definitely true for graduate students in the business school.

As I have walked around campus this week, there have been some noticeable differences in comparison to other weeks during football season. Buckeye students and faculty seem to be wearing more scarlet and gray than ever before. A few brave students with affiliation or allegiance to That Team Up North seem to be more annoying than ever before as they wear the hideous maize and blue. It has even been fun to see a lot of the international students get involved in the sport and the rivalry.

Last night was the annual Mirror Lake jump that takes place on Ohio State’s campus (although the university claims it isn’t sanctioned or sponsored by OSU). Thousands of students, faculty, friends, alumni, and other Buckeye fans turned out to celebrate rivalry week by jumping in a freezing cold Mirror Lake. This annual jump takes place on the Tuesday night before the game and results in lifelong memories for the participants that dare enter the freezing waters of Mirror Lake.

Viewing parties are also a huge part of the rivalry week. When Ohio State is not hosting the game, thousand of viewing parties take place throughout Ohio. Fans invite family, friends, and basically anyone wearing scarlet and gray to watch the game and cheer the Buckeyes on to victory.

This year the game has some additional drama and ramifications as the Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 23 game win streak to Ann Arbor. Not only do they bring an impressive win streak, but they also will enter The Big House as the number three team in the country. The Buckeyes will need a win this weekend and a future loss from either Alabama or Florida State in order to make it to the National Championship. Fans in Ohio feel that Ohio State is deserving of entering the title game, but they will need some help from Alabama’s and FSU’s opponents. Therefore, this weekend I (along with hundreds of thousand of Buckeyes) will be cheering for Ohio State, Auburn, and Florida.

Regardless of who wins, rivalry week is always a fun time to be a Buckeye. However, we all know that it is much more fun when you win. O-H!!



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