Second night of class

I just finished my second night of class and now that school is in full swing I have had to sketch out my calendar for the next 10 weeks. In October, I have a ton of events that I have tickets for and thus I have had to plan ahead. Among those events are concerts, out of town football games and the local Italian Festival which you’ll hear all about in my blog over the next few weeks. Anyway, what I guess I am trying to say is that time management is really, really important. If you want to do all of the fun stuff, you have to manage your time well so that you can still get all of your work done.  October is going to be crazy, but fortunately it should slow down a little in November and I will have a little more free time then.

Also, one thing I forgot to mention in my last post was that I went to Montgomery Inn in Dublin over the weekend and it was awesome.  If you like BBQ then this is definitely the place for you. If you don’t like BBQ then it is also definitely the place for you. The service and food were great. Make sure you check it out.

Some ideas for expeditions for those new to C-bus

Even though I’ve been living in metro-Columbus for the past two years, there are ALWAYS new, exciting things to do! Let me give you some examples:

1. The Chihuly exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory, which goes through November. Dale Chihuly and his studio members create some of the most beautiful glass objects in existence (in my humble opinion)! There are currently THREE separate exhibits of his work in Columbus – it’s hard to believe he’s not a Columbus native! There’s the exhibit at the Conservatory, one at the Columbus Museum of Art, and one at the Hawk Gallery. Check out some of the pictures of his works.

Ceiling of Chihuly glass

The Blue and Purple Boat

Blue Grass

Beautiful Flower

2. Shadowbox – a sketch comedy/live rock&roll club. This place is absolutely a blast – I’ve been with co-workers, friends, even my mother – and everyone has a great time. It’s composed of a very talented group of singers, actors, comedians, etc that perform cover songs, original music, and some of the funniest live sketch comedy around. As a bonus – they have student discounts! Located at Easton, it’s only a 15 – 20 minute drive from campus. Definitely worth checking out on a Friday or Saturday.

3. Gallery Hop in the Short North. This occurs the first Saturday of every month. There are lots of local artists and artisans selling their wares, along with free food and wine at some of the galleries. Personally, one of my favorite parts of the Gallery Hop is the people-watching!

4. The North Market. This somewhat hidden gem is in the Arena District. It’s a great place to peruse on the weekends – try some free samples of all kinds of cheeses, enjoy Jeni’s ice cream, sushi, all kinds of wild game, and much much more!

5. Dawes Arboretum – the home of the giant hedge! This park is in Newark, which is about 45 minutes east of Columbus. Admission is free. Many people take senior pictures and wedding photos here; once you visit, you will understand why! It’s a great place for a walk, a run, or a picnic dinner.

Dawe's Arboretum

6. The Longaberger headquarters and homestead. Also on the east side of Columbus, the Longaberger headquarters brings to mind the phrase “going to hell in a handbasket”…. Check out the picture to see why. This is a fun daytrip – tour the HQ, and check out the homestead.

Longaberger

7. Scioto Downs – live harness racing, a short drive southwest of Columbus. A fun time can be had here, although don’t aim to strike it rich!

Scioto Downs

Anyone else have any other “hidden treasures” they recommend to C-bus newbies??

First day of class and OSU – Illinois weekend

I had my first night of class this past Thursday and I was pleasantly surprised that the (almost) 4 hours of class went by as quickly as they did. In 812 (Managerial Economics), we discussed a case for the majority of class and in 870 (Data Analysis for Managers), we went over the syllabus and then jumped into the course material. I think it will be a good quarter as long as I stay up to date with my work.

Since Thursday’s class I really haven’t had time to think about the reading and homework I have to do for class on Tuesday. My girlfriend’s family flew in from Chicago on Friday and we’ve been busy until now. Friday night we went to dinner at Marcella’s in the Short North. The food was good but the service was slow and the restaurant was ridiculously loud.

Saturday we went to the OSU – Illinois game. As most of you know, the weather was awful and despite our waterproof jackets and ponchos, we still managed to get pretty wet. Five minutes into the 2nd quarter we decided to go underneath and watch the rest of the quarter. We quickly decided that it would be a good idea to leave at halftime and watch the game from home. The defense looked great and it was nice to see the Buckeyes get another shutout.

Once the rain had cleared Sunday morning, we went golfing at OSU’s Scarlet course. It was a little soggy out there and I didn’t play very well but we had a great time. Scarlet is one of my favorite courses and for $30 you won’t find a better deal in Columbus. For those of you that aren’t golf fans, OSU’s golf courses were designed by Alister MacKenzie who designed Augusta National (where the Masters is played) and is considered by many to be the greatest golf course architect ever.

Now that the weekend is winding down, it is time to to get started on my homework and readings for class. Thanks for reading…below are a few pictures from the game.

The Ohio State University Campus

I decided to take a walk across campus on Wednesday night and take a seat on a bench in The Oval.  Seeing the Main Library, I started thinking about how much the campus has changed in the 7 years that I have been in Columbus. The restoration that has taken place has been nothing short of amazing.

The “Oval Restoration Project” was the first major renovation that I can remember happening while I have been on campus. It started during the Summer quarter of 2004. The oval was completely closed for renovation, and with no walkways available, I had to leave my dorm 15 minutes earlier each day just to make it to class on time. The pathways were opened for Autumn quarter, but fences stayed erect until Spring quarter of 2005. After all was said and done, the grass was greener, the pathways were much nicer, and it will stay beautiful for years to come.

I chose to talk about restoration of campus because there has been a lot of construction around The Ohio State University lately- The Union, The Main Library, 315, the parking garage by Fisher- just to name a few. Although it might cause some delays, or some headaches at the time, the future of The Ohio State University campus becomes much more exciting and beautiful because of the work that has been done.

aerial view

Picture taken from The Ohio State University website

The Oval is one of the most recognizable and favorite spots on campus, and throughout the rest of the year I will be posting some of my other favorites. So stay tuned!

Working for the weekend?

Applying for interviews takes forever!  I am pretty sure I just spent four hours filling out four applications, but I can’t really tell… because I’m not quite sure when I started, or what time of day it is… or where I am.

The Fisher Fall Career Fair Guide is 58 pages long, I wish I could get an audio version.  When I was little, I used to listen to Russian fairy tales on my grandparents’ gramophone, it was very relaxing.

Jeni’s Ice Cream is Splendid indeed.  The beer flavor is delicious, but would anyone on earth be able to resist some cold goat cheese with cherries?  Didn’t think so.

Anyway, the three-day “weekend” has commenced.  Somehow, I ended up experiencing all of my four classes in the two days allotted to the first week of school.  Not once did I fall asleep, or feel an unstoppable urge to sneak out for a bathroom break.  I even remembered to bring a water bottle.  Here’s to hoping the trend continues.

Next quarter I am definitely going after an early schedule.  Classes starting at 1:30 pm or later sounded like a good idea a few months ago, but that’s just not how I work.

First week MBA + First month USA

Time flies by.  Here comes the first week of my MBA study, and the first month of staying in USA for the first time.  My life seems never ever to be so exciting, fulfilling, and interesting:

1)  New York New York! – I went to Big Apple to attend 1st Asia MBA conference, and explore many sites of interest like MET, UN headquarter, 5th Avenue and Central Park. More over, during the football time of OSU vs USC on Sept 12, we joined a gathering with hundreds of OSU alumni in a bar near Time Square to watch the game. We drank, cheered, sang, applauded  and shouted “Go Bucks” all the time.  This is a really great experience.

2) Case study and group meetings – Given my engineering background and education experience in China and Singapore, I have never been exposed to the case method and group study. In first sessions, case study is really a challenge for me — professor talked about Opera show, which I have never seen although heard of; my group buddies used slams or idioms like “beat  a dead horse” that I am not quite sure the exact meaning; and topics in the class changed so quickly that you must be focused 110 percent to catch up…  But, I like challenges because challenges mean the opportunities for self improvment.

3) Food: Food is always an attractive topic.  I spent several years in Singapore, where I can find all kinds of oriental foods like Japanese Sashimi, Korean grill, roti prata from India, and Southeast Asia-style spicy seafood. Here in Columbus I had chances to try western style foods — like genuine American food (other than Macdonald and KFC of course), and my favorite is “sweet corn” (they put butter and pepper on the corn which is truly delicious). Last night I went to “Buca di Beppo”– an Italian restaurant in Columbus where got wonderful pasta, and I am planning to go “Schmidts” for German food now!

My happy ending: my first week/month is over, but the long journey just started.  Overcome the obstacles, acquire what I really want are the goals of my two year B-school study~  and don’t forget — have fun!

The Book Loft: One Of My Favorite Columbus Places

Re-posted from shaymerritte.com/blog

So I went to the Book Loft in German Village. Imagine a fun house with all those wacky mirror, but instead replace all those mirrors with books. Now imagine a haunted house with a whole bunch of sketchy people in costumes but replace all those sketch people in costumes with books. Now imagine 30 other kinds of houses with some salient feature, but replace said salient feature with books. Welcome to the Book Loft, located on South 3rd Street, “The Loft”  is more than a block long and has 32 rooms of books, but also greeting cards, calenders AND OHIO’S LARGEST SELECTION OF JIGSAW PUZZLES. Now that I have your attention, I must apologize that the Book Loft doesn’t have any coffee or pastries, no re branded Starbucks crap here. This is a true, independent bookstore (with greeting cards and puzzles). On top of all of that, EVERY BOOK is at least 5% off the cover price, most are even cheaper than that. So if you have a spare couple of hours to spend to get lost in a labyrinth of literature, hit this bad boy up. please. Also if you have a few minutes and are feeling nostalgic about vintage web design and animated gifs… check out their website (I am in love with it).

Things I discovered this weekend

Happy Monday!

I spent this weekend attempting to explore a little bit of Columbus.  Having gone to undergrad only 25 minutes north of Columbus I feel fortunate in the fact that I am relatively familiar with the area (especially all of the highways) and have some friends and my boyfriend who live nearby.  I have never lived in Columbus however, which is a totally different and wonderful experience so far.

I was lucky enough to find a comfortable and reasonably priced apartment for me, myself and I on the edge of Upper Arlington, a nice friendly neighborhood with literally everything you would need.  They have a huge Kroger (a grocery store), a Borders, a Barnes and Noble, a Macys, and a fantastic library system (I’m a big reader and they have a huge selection of DVDs!).  The location is about 4 miles north of campus but it took me 20 minutes to get there this morning due to rush hour and the five trillion lights on Kenny Rd.

This weekend I explored 2 places.  The first was the Park of Roses at Whetstone Park.  The website said that the best times to go were mid June and mid September and while not all of the park was in bloom the roses that were there were amazing.  I had no idea there were so many types of roses.  It was pretty small but there were a lot of nice benches you could sit on with a good book.

The second place is….Rita’s.  It’s an amazing water ice/custard stand right down the road from me and I had passed it several times but didn’t go until some people I work with told me it was worth it.  So I went on Friday and immediately fell in love.  Not only are the ices amazing but they have the most amazing flavors.  I got key lime and loved it so much that I went back on Saturday.  More trips will be made in the near future….I have to keep getting stamps for my frequent customer card.  On Saturday I mixed raspberry and lemonade which was also delicious.  Next time I go I will take a picture so everyone can see how wonderful it is.

There are some more places on my list to visit and I’ll start bringing my camera when I go!

The rest of the week is composed of finishing up my job training and classes beginning…I’ll let you know how it goes!

Discovering Columbus

I have recently been driving around discovering Columbus.  It only took me about a year and a half of living here to start checking things out!  I have found that Columbus is a bit spread out with a bunch of little communities within it.  My two personal favorite areas at the moment are Victorian Village and German Village.  Both of these areas have beautiful homes and a laid back vibe.

Goodale Park in Victorian Village is the perfect spot for a picnic.  I love to go grab some Jersey Mike’s or Jimmy John’s and hang out at the park.  The lilies in the pond are especially beautiful this time of year and I am sure the park will be even more beautiful when the leaves change.  It is also the perfect park for those who have social dogs.

German Village also has a great park but I am going to focus on the food in German Village.  In German Village there are two of the best places I have eaten in Columbus.  First, there is the East Side Café.  They serve Greek food and it is absolutely delicious.  Watching the servers light the flaming cheese is fun as well.  Everyone in the restaurant yells out, “Opa,” and then I look around to make sure everyone still has hair and eyebrows.

Second, right down the road is The Thurman Café.  The Thurman Café has been featured on the show Man v. Food on the Travel Channel.  If you love hamburgers, this is the place to go.  The cheeseburgers are HUGE and amazing!  The Thurman Café itself is really small, so I would suggest going early to enjoy that burger as big as your head!

Thurman Burger

I still have a lot to learn about Columbus but these are a few little treasures I have found thus far.  I would love to find some great places to see live music.  If anyone has suggestions, please share.

Experiencing O-H-I-O: Corn Maze + Picking Apples

ApplesThis past weekend was my last free weekend before classes start and to mark the day I decided to enjoy a bit of O-H-I-O by visiting a corn maze and by picking apples at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, OH.  My husband and our little brother and little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters also joined me in this countryside adventure.

From what I understand, Lynd Fruit Farm is well known for its fresh and locally grown produce and also for being a great place for picking your own apples from several different varieties of the fruit.  This time of the year,  families can also enjoy going through their 4.5-mile corn maze which takes an average human being 30 minutes to get through – that is if you manage to find the exit without getting lost like we did.  This year’s theme is “Persian Nights” and the organizers created lots of little tasks to be completed (if you wish) while going through the maze.

Below is some contact info on Lynd Fruit Farm if you’d like to check it out – I’d highly recommend it especially if you have children or teenagers around.  For young adults, check out the maze at night (they are open until 10PM) and you can try to conquer the maze with flashlights – very spooky!!

Lynd Fruit Farm – http://www.lyndfruitfarm.com/
Address: 9090 Morse Road SW, Pataskala, Ohio 43062
Phone:  740-927-1333

CornMaze

Enjoy the last few class-free days!