1st Years out in full force.

Professor Bendapudi looked at us and stopped our stats class last year.  He fealt that we, now the second year class, did not have as much of a social bond as previous classes before us.

I think he was right.  We as a group did not party together, study together, or spend much time outside of class together at all.  Although we are getting better, I am much more impressed with the now 1st year class.

We have had several social events and have been participating in the MBA EOTWs and I would like to mention how impressed I am with the 1st year classes commitment to balancing life and school.

They are out in full force and I am completely impressed.  I know they have a quiz tonight and don’t get out of class till 9:48, but I am looking forwards to seeing them all at Hampton’s on King for the EOTW.

Echoes from Fisher MAcc, 2010 – Shalabh Gupta

This week I will like to introduce you to one of the brightest minds in the MAcc programme. He is Shalabh Gupta. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Illinois State University. He is an amazing cook and loves dancing to bollywood movie songs.

Over to you, Shalabh.

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Enjoying the Indian Culture in Uncle Sam’s land

Most of the students at Fisher say that almost all of their time is spent studying. While this is true, there are a lot of other things to explore in the city of Columbus, the only thing required is time management and a will to experience new things. I have been fortunate enough to get a few opportunities already in the short span of a month to enjoy the amazing Indian culture.salabh2
There are a lot of things you can do. There are plenty of Indian temples in the area that one can drive too. I have personally been able to go to a Gurudwara (a Sikh Temple) and a Jain Temple. Besides that, I was also able to celebrate Navratri (a festival where you dance the two beautiful dance forms of ‘Dandiya’ and ‘Garba’) with some friends in Dublin. I had no idea before coming to OSU that this area would be so diverse with so many opportunities providing variety of experiences.
I am trying to get out once in a while exploring other opportunities that Columbus has to provide. MAcc is a nine-month program which does not give me a lot of time. However, I am trying to make the most of it. Within a month I have done quite a bit, so I am sure that if I organize myself and try to make some time for such things I can get a lot out of this city.
It is turning out to be a great experience and I advice everyone to comes to Fisher to take some time to get out and get to know the city you are in. If anyone needs more information about some of the things mentioned above, get in touch with the Indian Students Association at OSU (http://isa.org.ohio-state.edu).

Andrew Bird and my first midterm exam

Monday night I went to the Andrew Bird and St. Vincent concert at the Southern Theatre. This show, like the Wilco show, was put on by the Wexner Center and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to the theatre until the end of St. Vincent’s set because I was doing some last minute studying for my MBA 870 midterm. The few songs we did see were good though. Andrew Bird took the stage at about 9:15 PM and played by himself for most of the show, using loop pedals to make the songs sound more full. St. Vincent also came back out to play a few songs with Andrew Bird towards the end of the set and they sounded great. You can read reviews of the show here and here.

One thing that I’ve learned so far this quarter is that I need to plan ahead a little better. Because I went to the Notre Dame football game on Saturday and the concert on Monday, I didn’t have a lot of time to study for my midterm on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, I still have one more weekend of this. On Sunday I am going to the Bengals – Bears game in Cincinnati and on Monday I am going to the Gaslight Anthem concert. I am also going to the Jay-Z concert on Wednesday, but fortunately my MBA 812 midterm is on Tuesday. Going forward I am definitely going to plan better so that I am not stressed out about my tests because I don’t have enough time to study. Luckily, I did well on my midterm so I guess that means that I can carry the heavy workload (although I don’t plan on doing this again).

Below are a few pictures from the concert.

Food continue… but not exactly food

Just complained about the busy schedule of an ordinary MBA student’s life… but I have to say that is not the whole story. In fact,  MBA includes not only busy schedule but also relaxing hours, not only tons of “painful” assignments but also numerous enjoyable moments.   And I will share one of such moments as following.

Just before the group discussion this Thursday,  some of my group members introduced a simple but delicious place to eat… When hearing the topic about “food”, I was eager to try (as always:))… Actually they talked about the “Junior’s Tacos” but the only thing I remember is that they sell the Tacos at the truck. Without any surprise, since my poor memory that could not remember the name of the food , I said “where to try the truck food” (obviously not a good expression to describe the food, especially when you taste it).  Anyway, we drove to the place and tried the different types of the food. What I bought is kinda “Tortos” (spanish word for sandwich I guess?) and with the help of one group member who is majoring in Spanish, I made the order of beef sandwich… And it turned out to be really really really DELICIOUS~  Moreover, I learned some interesting spanish words~~

Also some thoughts for international students, do not hesitate to try different things, especially out of your comfort zone… Food is like that, other things are the same. You will find much more surprise waiting for you on two years’ MBA study ahead~

Pics for Junior’s Tacos: (courtesy of http://tacotruckscolumbus.com/2009/05/30/juniors-tacos/)

Juniors taco plate

Juniors menus

The Columbus Zoo

This week I’ll let my lovely wife, Tiffany, share her experience at the zoo with everyone.

Tiffany: The Columbus Zoo is a fun place for the whole family to spend a half day.  The zoo is clean and we like how the zoo is designed so we won’t miss any attractions.

The Halloween decorations are all over the zoo. You can see pumpkins everywhere. The zoo is a good place for picnic and there are also many outdoor eating areas. We arrived at the zoo at noon and noticed that not all the food court and food stands are open. I guess it’s because it’s a weekday.

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My three favorite places in the zoo are the aquarium, the kangaroos, and the baby elephant areas. At the Aquarium, there is a huge fish tank with hundreds of colored fish. It’s easy to stay there for an hour watching beautiful fish and tank decorations, and watch every kid hunting for Dory (one of nemo’s good friends). We like the kangaroo area because we get the chance to be in close contacts with these wild animals. For example, the fences are so low that the kangaroos can jump over easily.

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Instead of buying general admission for $12 ($11 on the website), you can buy tickets from the Ohio Union located in the Ohio Stadium for $5. Parking is an extra $5 and you can pay for parking on the Columbus zoo website to save time at the tollbooth.

If you want to beat the crowd, go during the weekdays. However, some attractions are weekends only such as pony ride (for children), boat ride, and the penguin area.  So you may want to check the zoo website to see the show schedule and what attractions are open on the weekends.

Take advantage of the nice weather while you still can. Our next stop is probably the German Village or the Amish Towns. See ya~

Saturday at Paninis

Yesterday, Sarah and I were invited to go watch Football at Paninis, a local bar/grill. We went to watch the Buckeyes, and the Texas/OU game. Quite a fun time, with a lot of MAccers in attendance, as well as a few significant others, and a couple of OSU Law students as well. The food at Paninis is great. They serve paninis (big surprise) but these things are different than panini I have ever seen before. They are piled high with meat/cheese/cole slaw or whatever else you ordered, and are absolutely monstrous, just huge! Sarah and I had a lot of fun watching the game and meeting a few new people, it was definitely a bummer the way the Buckeyes game ended. Only consolation is that if we win out, I still think we win the Big Ten, and go to a BCS bowl game. Sarah has some things she would like to say, so here goes!

Hi Everyone!

I just have a few words of advice for any significant other considering coming to Ohio.

1. Make sure you have a George Foreman grill. It will allow you to make the aforementioned paninis for…500% cheaper. Seriously. George is my new best friend.
2. Buy an OSU jersey. If you’re like me and you don’t know a single person in Ohio, you will with one of these! I’m still struggling with the whole talking to strangers thing, (so many people are shocked to find I am less outgoing and sociable than Kyle) so details to come.
3. Don’t be afraid to try a new hairstyle. If you’re like me, the idea of letting anyone but your trusted hometown stylist handle your locks terrifies you. Therefore, I am a HUGE proponent of trying a new style–it’s called grow it out (or buy clippers…but that’s a whole new ballgame.)
4. Find a new hobby or focus in your life. We got a puppy, and she helps take away the lonely 🙂 You could try knitting, studying for a certification (also a new hobby of mine), picking up a new sport, or pet sitting/volunteering (if you’re volunteer pet-sitting…let Kyle and me know [only kidding, you will need to submit your social security number so we can run a background to get your hands on L.E. dog without parental supervision])

That’s all folks–George is calling my name! So until next time, bye y’all!

Northstar Cafe

When I was working I often felt like Sundays carried a different weight than other days of the week.  If things were great at work, Sunday was a often spent out with friends at brunch, shopping, cooking, in the park, or sleeping in after a great Saturday night out on the town.  During busy weeks at the office, or when I was less than excited about my job, Sunday carried that scent of anxiety or sounds of a steady clock ticking down on remaining free time, or sometimes, I was already back in the office.

First year at Fisher, Sunday took on a different space, often feeling much like the next day in a continuous week.  School somehow felt like a fully integrated element of life – the separation of personal life, school life and career often seemed blurred into one and the same; full of team meetings, homework, internship applications, the occasional brunch, and yes, sometimes a great day for sleeping in.

This year, I have tried to set aside many Sundays to enjoy some of the rituals I most enjoy:  Sunday morning news and political round tables on TV, a delicious cup of coffee, some lounging around and organizing paper files in my apartment, and a true joy – brunch and tasty breakfast dishes.  Most mornings this all takes place within my own home, but at least once a month, if not twice, it is spent at Northstar Cafe (Beechwold location) with a pup at my feet and a dear companion across the table.

All of the food I’ve ever had there is amazing, and the blueberry smoothies are almost too hard to pass up, however, my dish of choice has definitely become the:  Classic Egg Sandwich – Warm from the oven buttermilk biscuit topped with two over-medium eggs* and aged white cheddar (Add your choice of bacon or housemade King Family pork sausage)* I always get the bacon and ask for a side of preserves for the biscuit… Mmmmm!!!

Although this morning I’m enjoying CBS News Sunday Morning  and Meet the Press with a cup of Stauf’s Coffee from the comfort of my own home… it won’t be long until my next trip to Northstar.

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In case you’re inspired and now throwing a full on brunch of your own.  Consider celebrating Sunday with friends and a classic brunch cocktail:  the Mimosa

Grab some sparkling wine (try one of my grad school budget favorites: anything from Gruet’s sparkling selection) and orange juice (find blood orange juice if you can – just for fun) and pour into a champagne flute.  Enjoy!

Creepy Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins!

This Friday the Graduate Human Resources Association (GHRA) planned a social event to go to Terrorfest, a huge and very creepy haunted house in the Brewery District of Columbus and then go out after in the Gateway (a section of High St right off of campus).  I was really excited because our class hasn’t done a whole lot of out of class bonding.  Well…I was excited until I remembered what exactly a haunted house entails…creepy people, strobe lights and screaming.

I decided to suck it up and go.  We had about 26ish people go, a mix of first years, second years and friends and significant others.  Somehow…I don’t know how.. I ended up being at the front of our group (the worst place ever!) with Samantha, a second year who I work with.  We were pretty brave for the first 2-3 minutes or so, but then you kind of get tired of people jumping out at you all the time so we rotated back to the middle of the group 🙂

We all made it through the entire haunted house, chainsaws and all and I was actually surprised at how fun it was.  I started talking to the people who were scaring us and laughing and it was a very good bonding experience for everyone.  We all then drove back to the Gateway and went out to Ugly Tuna, a bar/restaurant.  The food seemed good they had a bunch of fun margarita drinks and it seems like it gets a pretty good crowd!

Overall it was a really good night and fun to do some out of class bonding and get to know some of the second years better as well.  They are such a good resource to ask about classes and interviews and companies and they are willing to share anything you want to know.

So thanks to Lauren Griffith and the rest of the GHRA social chairs/committee for organizing the event it was fun!!

(for pictures check out LaToya’s MLHR blog she was the smart one who remembered her camera!)

GHRA Halloween Extravaganza

Boo!

Did it work?  Are you scared?  Not even a little?

This Friday night the Graduate Human Resources Association is attending the World Renound “Terror Fest.”

Check out theterrorfest.com

If you are looking for something fun to do between now and November 1st, be sure to check it out.  We don’t go down to the Brewery District often, but this is a nationally ranked, true story, haunted house.

Who doesn’t like to get a little jeepers creepers feeling around Halloween,

If anyone is interested, please let me know!

Life as Is….

So, I have officially been in Columbus, for a month.  While I still feel like a newbie, I am beginning to attain more of a social life.  I still primarily hang out by myself on the weekends, but slowly but surely I am gaining friends whom I can associate with outside of the classroom… Thank God!  I had my first “clubbing” experience last weekend, which was interesting (dance club).  We had no idea, but we ended up at a spot that was geared more towards the undergraduate crowd.  It definitely took me back 4-5 years ago when I was still new to the club scene and college life.  I am looking forward to attaining more friendships as the school year goes on, in addition to experiencing more of Columbus. More to come…