Making Connections

Orientation these past few weeks can be best represented by my first night of work at a local restaurant. Being a grad student comes with a lot of great aspects- unfortunately money is not one of them. To help out with expenses, I took a job as a hostess. I was excited for the job, and had a little restaurant experience. Steve, my boss, told me to come at 5 to train on what he thought would be a slow night. I was supposed to just shadow him for a few hours to learn the system.

I showed up to work early, all decked out in my black uniform, ready to master the art of the hostess. I figured that if I could get into Fisher, then this should not be a problem….was I wrong! But with the good weather, coupled with a live band, Steve could only help me for about ten minutes, leaving me to fly solo the rest of the night. I did not anyone’s name or really any of the procedures. However, over the next four hours, people were given tables, they enjoyed a good time, and left happy, and I slowly began to feel less like a chicken with its head cut off.

I went in thinking I was going to have someone to hold my hand, but looking back I realize how naïve I was. This was also my view coming into orientation. I have learned that grad school is not undergrad and also that I am responsible for my abilities. Throughout countless hours of speakers and jumping off a 55 foot pole, orientation has also showed me that feeling like a headless chicken is not necessarily a bad thing, and if you work hard, you can get the successfully get the job done.

Even though I have now realized how much work I am getting myself into, I cannot wait for classes to start soon and to start a new chapter in my life!

Village, District, whatever the name, they’re all great!

A busy night in short north
A busy night in short north

Having grown up in Philadelphia, I was always surrounded by culture and different neighborhoods. I have been in C-bus (How the locals call it) for about three weeks now and i haven’t had a moment when i haven’t liked it. My first night after driving a uhaul for 8 hours from Philly, i needed a beer and found Short North to be an excellent fit. The area is just south of campus and offers a wide array of restaurants and shops with a great neighborhood feel. Over the past few weeks I have made it back to the area a few times and have also discovered other areas such as German Village and the Arena District (a place where i think i will spend a lot of time this coming year with fellow classmates as we have already had some great bonding time there). Best of all is that all these neighborhoods with their different offerings are all within a short distance of Campus.

South Campus Gateway
Eddie George's Grill below the apartments. A popular spot on gamedays.

When I was looking for a place to live I wanted to be surrounded by one of these “neighborhoods” but with not having time to make it out to tour buildings I had to search online and found South campus gateway, a new development on the south edge of campus to be a great fit. It offers housing for grad students (mostly law and med) and many restaurants, bars and shops. What makes it perfect for me is that it is a 10-12 min walk from Fisher, saving me the parking “enjoyment” many of my fellow classmates have told me about.

Have to run now, one of my new friends/classmates is coming by to watch Entourage but I’ll keep you updated on the more neighborhoods I visit as I continue to explore my new city.

Got a Taste of the Nation’s Largest Single-Campus University

Since most of other people would probably write about the orientation in their first blogs, I would like to talk about my experience AFTER the orientation first. I got a taste of the huge campus of Ohio State. Yesterday afternoon, I walked on and around the Oval and visited the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library (the main library of the university). I did not use the word “explored” because there was no way one can touch all the details of the two places in an afternoon. I doubt a whole day is enough, either.

It was the geocaching game in orientation the day before that initiated my trip. The MAcc class was divided into teams of six and the teams competed with each other to collect stickers from various locations, using a handy GPS. I had driven through the campus several times before, but didn’t realize until the game how large the campus is and how many places I had missed. So there I walked. I was first stunned by the library, the most transparent I’ve ever seen—glass ceilings, crystal-clear windows in the reading room, the two-story see-through reception hall, and the most distinctive, the glass-shielded stack shelf area that looks like a giant glass cube “floating” in the middle of the library building.

Front view of the Thompson LibraryLibrary

Walked out from the library, the breeze at the Oval was soft and refreshing. Watching squirrels chasing one another, digging holes and chewing nuts; spotting dogs with tennis or frisbee in their mouth; enjoying being embraced by the greens…I found myself got lost in the Oval (too bad). Is it because I love the geocaching game so much that I was given a chance to do it again?!

After trying different directions and walking a long distance, I managed to locate a bus-stop and arrived home safe and sound.  The blissful feeling from my “exploration” was hurt a bit by the Google map, indicating the campus area I reached was barely one tenth of the whole campus.   I won’t post the pictures of the Oval, because that was how I underestimated the Oval’s size.  Come check it out and feel it yourself.  Don’t imagine the size of a football field, that’s not even close.  Think about multiple ones!

But I do want to share the joy of winning the geocaching game, oh yeah, we won! Here’s the prize—a scarlet Fisher mug! Go Team One, we are the best!

The prize for winning the Geocaching game!