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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Some people love Halloween for the cool costumes and others love it because they love being scared and scaring others. I fall somewhere in the middle, but I try to take advantage of it all, and there is no shortage at the Ohio State University or Columbus. This year, I had the opportunity to visit one of the state’s coolest haunted houses and attend some great Halloween parties.

The weekend before Halloween Columbus hosts one of the year’s big entertainment events, High Ball.  Spectators have the opportunity to show off their cool costumes and watch bands and even a couture Halloween costume fashion show. A lot of people are surprised to know that Columbus is the nation’s third largest fashion capital after Los Angeles. You probably won’t see my costume on the cover of Vogue, but I made a pretty solid Clark Kent.

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No need to wait for an organized event to participate in the spook of the season. Just outside of Columbus, in Pataskala, Ohio stands the Haunted Hoochie. A very interesting name for a super scary place. No pictures are allowed so I don’t have any proof, but don’t just take my word for it, actually go. Though I waited in line for far too long, I spent a good 30 minutes shaking with fear as I walked around each corner of this maze like building, constantly being taken off guard by bloody men and women holding chain saws, bone grinders and circular saws. If you’re into haunted houses, it’s a must to go to the Haunted Hoochie.

I rounded off my Halloween tour with the Fisher College of Business Graduate Halloween Party. This event was put on by our social chairs, who rented out a campus bar for us to gather as a group and celebrate the holiday. It was definitely a Happy Halloween!

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The Fisher Flag Football Championship

While the softball game we played versus the second years was mainly for networking and getting to know our fellow MBAs, the Fisher 1st Year Flag Football Championship was all about pride.

Scarlet vs. Gray (Except the Gray Team is in Red and vice versa)

Scarlet vs. Gray (Except the Gray Team is in red and vice versa)

After playing soccer intramurals with two different teams due to roster size limitations, we again had to split the Fisher first years who wanted to play intramural flag football into two teams, the Fisher Scarlet and Fisher Gray teams. I captained one team and another first year who organized most of this captained the other. We drafted all the students who wanted to play onto one of our two teams in snake-draft fashion (we missed out on having an NFL Draft-style stage to do this in the lounge).

My team went for speed (and missed taking the fastest player) and the other went for size and players who looked like they could play actual tackle football.

There was a three game season and after rain outs and rescheduling, our two teams were scheduled to meet in an epic clash across from Fisher Commons, at Fred Beekman Park, in the 2nd of the three games. You just needed to win one of the three games to make the playoffs.

The Scarlet team was absolutely jobbed out of a win in their first week after the refs completely mishandled the most basic rules of the league. The Gray team got absolutely pounded by law students, one of whom was a former BYU quarterback (yeah well I passed the NY State bar so I’m better than those law students anyway. Jerks). So a playoff spot was on the line in the Fisher v. Fisher game.

I can’t speak for the Scarlet team, but our Gray team had an hour and half long practice before the game at the ARC at OSU and got all of our formations and routes down. We figured out who was going to play what position and how to best exploit the rules for the game. We figured out which one receiver to focus our defense on. Real business school thinkin’ right here.

Thrilling high octane offense

Thrilling high octane offense

There wasn’t much action in the first half aside from turnovers and me getting decked by a girl (this happens a lot when I play sports. Usually by the same girl). A couple of interceptions almost got returned for scores, but nobody was able to get through there and the defenses consistently stopped the offenses after the turnovers. Things finally heated up, however, on the last play of the first half when the opposing QB dropped back to pass and threw an incompletion. But of course ya boy committed roughing the passer and they got another play.

Halftime Huddles

Halftime Huddles

What happened then was bogus to say the least. The other team’s best receiver CLEARLY stepped out of bounds multiple times but the refs missed every one and they scored on the last play of the first half on a play that started with zero seconds on the clock. They missed the conversion but went up 6-0 at the half.

The Gray team scored on a QB scramble to tie the game and would score another touchdown to go up 13-6. The Scarlet team got a few chances but couldn’t even it up. They ended up with one more drive to attempt to tie the game.

Us on defense

Us on defense

On the last play, with only a few seconds left, their quarterback threw a desperation heave to the flag and somehow completed it and made the score 13-12 with no time on the clock. They had to complete the one point conversion to be able to get the game to be a tie and likely send both teams to the playoffs pending final standings.

But the Scarlet team got too cute. On an end around to the Copedaddy, Ben Prater, fellow author on this blog, dove and took off the Copedaddy’s flag and ended the game 13-12. The bench exploded onto the field and nearly tackled Mr. Prater.

We got a bunch of MBAs to come out and watch and played a hell of a close game. Everyone who played had fun and everyone on the sidelines was getting into it. Even the class Grandpa (<3 you B-Rad).

My Gray team made the playoffs and the Scarlet team missed by a point and a referee mess up. And it turns out, we may be playing the second year Fisher team if we can win our first playoff game. My god.

(All photos copyright Teryn Wessel Photography, 2014)


Are you kidding me?

“Are you kidding me?” was the common response I got when people found out this my first OSU football game. I was born and raised in Medina, Ohio (not too far from Cleveland), have lived in Ohio for my entire life, and in Columbus specifically for the last two years. Better late than never is all I have to say.

 

I chose the right first game, not only was it in-conference, but also a night game. There’s something about a dark sky, and the bright lights overhead that keep the field lit. I rushed to make it just in time so I could see the Script Ohio (the famous formation our marching band makes). Not only do we have one of the best college football teams in the nation, but also what we consider to be the “best dang band in the land.” The bring the energy in the beginning of the game, and keep half time exciting as well.

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The energy in the stadium was amazing. I stood in the student section, cheering and yelling for the entirety of the game. I wouldn’t consider myself a die-hard football fan, but the environment definitely brings it out of you. I couldn’t have asked for a better first experience, and it will definitely pave the way for many more games to come.

 

GO BUCKS!

Me and our mascot Brutus

Me and our mascot Brutus


NSHMBA Conference in Philadelphia

Last month all MBA students were informed about the opportunity to attend diversity conferences in the fall; the university partially reimburses students for the trip costs incurred, isn’t that cool?!. The conferences we had for this year included National Black MBA Career, National Association of Women MBAs, Asian MBA Conference, Veterans MBA Conference and National Society of Hispanic MBA Conference. At first I thought that these events were intended only for those minorities, but my career advisor ensured me that it’s great opportunity to network with different employers regardless of the race and ethnicity, anybody can attend the conference. So, couple of non-Hispanic people, including me, we decided to attend National Society of Hispanic MBA Conference in Philadelphia. We went to Career Expo for two days. It was an amazing chance to talk to companies, which don’t come to the OSU campus for recruitment. Some companies conducted interviews on-site; others accepted the resumes and connected with me later. The Career Expo was a good time to practice my elevator pitch and get to know students from other business schools as well. After all, what else can you do while standing in line to speak to recruiter?! Network!

Of course, the trip to Philly wasn’t only for business, we went out in the evening and tried Philly’s famous steak, we also walked around downtown and it was amazing!!!!
Overall, this MBA conference was awesome, I networked with my target companies, I found out more information about other firms which I haven’t been considering before, I practiced my interview skills and I had fun with my friends! Definitely take the advantage of all opportunities that Fisher gives you, because the MBA experience is much more than just class assignments!
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FISHER BOARD FELLOWS

As you may be aware, we at Fisher, have loads of student organizations at Fisher( 22 to be precise). If you think you want to learn more about analytics, you have the FBAA(Fisher Business Analytics Association). If you want to explore Operations and Logistics, you have OLMA. You get the drift. One such organization which is close to my heart is Fisher Board Fellows. FBF gives you an opportunity to sit on the board( non voting member) for a local non profit here in Columbus, Ohio for one whole year.In addition to attending the board meetings, you are also given a stand alone project with clear set of deliverables. Non-profits expect the FBF to contribute their part in running the organization and helping the community. Hence, you are not just a fly on the wall. You are going to be rubbing shoulders with the Sr VP’s and the CEO’s of for-profit businesses who happen to be on the board of these organizations. I applied for becoming a FBF for the myriad opportunities which you can leverage with your background and strengths. You can network, provide business perspective to existing social problems, learn more about non-profit way of doing business, so on and so forth. This is truly a one of a kind experience which I truly recommend for everyone( even if you think you are the hard core for-profit kind of person). Of course, if these are not enough to convince you to give this opportunity a shot, did I also mention that it looks fabulous on your resume and that nowhere else can you hope to become a board member in your 20s( unless its your family business of course)?


Classes outside of Fisher

One of the things that intrigued me most, before coming to Ohio State, was that the university has such great breadth in terms of classes in which Fisher graduate students can enroll.  All graduate students at Ohio State are given the opportunity to take  classes from other graduate-level programs from across the university. For example, this semester, I’m enrolled in Sports Marketing, which is offered through the Sport Management program. As a second year MBA, I have a lot more flexibility in my schedule, so I’m taking advantage of this opportunity even more.

For next semester, I am already enrolled in 2 classes outside of Fisher: Mass Communications & the Individual (School of Communication) and Sustainable Vegetable Production Practicum (College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences). I’m especially excited for the second of these two, as the class will plan for and harvest an organic crop. After the harvest, we will promote our product to the market, and as a marketing major, this is a great way to get outside-the-box, real world experience from inside the classroom.

As I begin interviewing with companies for post-graduation, I know I can fall back on those in-class experiences from these classes outside of Fisher. For example, I know that the aforementioned crop production class will be a great place to draw experience if I land an interview with the winery with whom I applied; I have my fingers crossed.

In my eyes, the Fisher MBA program is so much stronger because you can learn from true industry-specific experts, from any discipline, to complement the already strong Fisher business curriculum. With 115 different master’s programs from which to choose, learning possibilities are truly endless as a Fisher graduate student at Ohio State.


Discover MBA fairs and Conferences

MBA job search is all about Networking! Networking! Networking! Dammit what is Netwoooooooooorking :) and how do I do this? Well, MBA fairs and conferences are a big part of it. My dear potential MBA students who are looking to join a program this year and current students who are not too sure what the MBA conferences are all about, I hope to give you guys a little bit of insight today (Especially the ones who are tight on the budget and seeking to maximize their bang for the buck)

So should you or should you not attend?? that is the question…

Before coming to Fisher, I had heard a lot about the MBA conferences and several MBA students whom I talked to, had attended a conference and suggested that it’s a great experience! It seemed like quite an investment in terms of time and money and I wasn’t so sure if I should attend.

There were mainly 2 conferences being held in the month of September: The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and The National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA). There was the Fisher Graduate career fair coming up on the 9 th Sep,2014  and I decided to attend this fair first and see how it goes.

Suggestion no. 1: As a Fisher MBA, you would have the opportunity to attend the Fisher graduate fair, A nice opportunity to get started and test out your networking skills. You may also discover the real value of such conferences and fairs.

While at the Fisher fair, I discovered that the recruiters want to hear how well you know their company and what made you approach them. There has to be link, it could be your past experience in that particular companies industry, a set of skill set that matches the job profile well, or a passion that you share which the product or service provided by the company. You MUST have a story to tell!

The other thing were the interesting and insightful conversations that I had at the fair with company representatives. It is a learning opportunity and some of them told me about strategies that the company is following or problems faced by them and the industry as a whole.

I started to enjoy this process of getting to know different industries, firms and work profiles. That same day I decided to attend the Hispanic conference and landed in Philadelphia on Sep 26th with my suit on :)

 

Beautiful company at NSHMBA! Kirti Barry (R), Natalie Megrbyan(L) and myself(Middle).

Suggestion no 2: Its not just about looking for a job or internship at such fairs\conferences but also getting to know the companies, researching and analyzing your best fit. This helps you increase your knowledge  base, broaden your network and target your targets(companies) much more precisely. Come across as someone who is not just looking for a job or an internship, but as someone who can utilize his or her skills and experience effectively to solve the companies problem or provide them with a strategic asset.

 

City Hall Station at Philly

City Hall Station at Philly

Downtown View

Downtown View

The Hispanic conference was a blast and I ended up talking to several companies over those 2 days. After the conference got over, I decided to take a short walk around the downtown area and get a bite to eat. Do I think it was worth it? Absolutely and I am glad I went to the Hispanic conference. I made some strong connections and come across to recruiters as having a genuine interest in their companies. I was able to connect with some of the recruiters the following week over email and LinkedIn, especially the ones who do not visit Fisher on campus as one of their MBA recruiting schools.

Suggestion no. 3: While tons of companies visit fisher, The conferences are a great way for you to connect with companies which don’t recruit at Fisher. Remember – the more you network with companies, recruiters and their employees, the better chances you have…

Lets talk about the internship search strategy in the next blog –  What is it all about? How to go about starting your internship search and challenges you may face especially as an international student. Coming up soon!!!

 


Double Buckeye Status

When I returned to Columbus back in August, I assumed I already knew everything there was to know about Ohio State and the Columbus area.  I went to Ohio State for undergrad and graduated from Fisher with a major in Marketing.  Because of this, I expected to have a good feel of Fisher and all that it has to offer.  However, now that I am two whole days into our second session, I have to say that I have discovered many new things about Fisher and Ohio State.  There have been many differences between my time as an undergrad student and now, but there are a few key differences I have to highlight.

1) Class Size/Interaction: I am sure many of my fellow students considered Fisher’s intimate class size as one of the reasons they chose to get their MBA here.  However, for me this has been a drastic change that I really enjoy.  As an undergraduate student here at Fisher, I knew some of the other students, but classes were large and everyone was free to make their own schedule.  With just 120 classmates who are taking the same core classes as me, I love that I have the opportunity to get help if I need it, talk through class assignments and even just have classmates to eat lunch with in the lounge between classes.  This brings me to #2…

2) The Graduate Student Lounge: As an undergrad at a university as large at Ohio State, it was sometimes hard to even find a seat in the library (especially during finals week).  It was also hard to find areas for groups to meet and discuss projects.  The lounge has been the perfect place to meet with other students, grab a seat for lunch and even just to get some homework done when you have time to kill between classes.  It has also been so convenient to have a fridge and microwaves so that you can bring lunch instead of eating out every day (which was a bad habit of mine during undergrad).

3) Enhanced Student Organizations/Opportunities: Ohio State has numerous student organizations available as an undergrad.  However, I have been so impressed with the options available to Fisher students in the MBA program.  From Fisher Board Fellows, where you have the opportunity to sit on an actual non-profit board, to Fisher Follies, that hosts the annual Auction and Variety show, there is an organization for everyone.  What I find most exciting about our MBA organizations is the amount of involvement/leadership opportunities.  This all ties back to the benefits of a small program, but everyone has a chance to take a role in an organization if they would like.

4) New Columbus Areas to Explore: As an undergrad, you tend to act as though you are confined to the campus area.  Now that I am back in Columbus as an MBA student, I find that I am exploring new restaurants and areas more often.  As a graduate student, everyone seems more willing to explore outside of the campus area and as a result I feel like I am living in a brand new city.

As I said before, there are many differences between being a graduate student here and an undergraduate student.  I loved my time as an undergrad, but I am just as excited for these next two years as a graduate student.  I would say I will be a Columbus/OSU “pro” by the time I am done, but I thought that before so I am sure there will still be new things to explore!


Wendy’s, Networking, and Life at Fisher

In my pre MBA life I sold wine – which is a pretty nice job all things considered. There are way worse things to sell for sure, but (like so many others) I’m hoping to switch careers upon completion of my degree. I spent so much of my time devoted to executing someone else’s strategic vision – it got old, and I want the chance to help brand strategy moving forward.

When I started looking at schools, my #1 priority was finding a career – a really good one – after graduation. It was a big part of why I chose Fisher, and so far I couldn’t ask for anything more from career services. Recently about 20 of my classmates and I got to visit with the Wendy’s Marketing and Finance Teams at their campus in Dublin. It was a really cool chance to chat one on one with people at all levels of the Wendy’s team from Craig Bahner, Wendy’s CMO, to a recent Assistant Brand Manager hire. It was a pretty low pressure environment, and a great way for the students to get a better feel for the Wendy’s culture and potentially how we would fit. I left the event feeling pretty excited about the opportunity to interview with the company – they’re revitalizing the brand and doing some pretty cool stuff (If you haven’t seen the digital BBQ ad, you should check it out – BBQ4Merica).

Our first term (half of a semester) is coming to an end and as I reflect back on the last 7 weeks – I’m so happy with my decision to come to Fisher. The recruiting opportunities feel like they’re endless, and thats a big part of why I came here; however, the school has more to offer. The faculty and students make the experience stand out. Its actually fun (mostly – there are still tests) going to school. You never know what you might you see. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite moments of the term – the usually dapper – suit wearing Professor Campbell expounding on economic theory in cargo shorts and flip flops “on a dare” from another professor…

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The First Year vs. Second Year Softball Game

There’s naturally going to be a rivalry between MBA classes. Second years will think they have the best class ever and the first years will naturally think they have the coolest, most awesome and interesting class ever (I only say that because it’s true in this case). And, as far as I know, there’s only one way to settle which team is cooler: pickup softball games in the rain.

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I’m the cool guy manager in the middle

Just as a preface to what I’m about to write, the first years are still way cooler and more handsome/beautiful and way more interesting. Just so you know.

The second years here are multiple time OSU intramural softball champions. They all have coordinating shirts and their own equipment and play baseball together pretty much every week.

The first years have never played softball together. We had no idea who was good, who wasn’t or if anyone would even care enough to show up.

The second years have at least one former professional baseball player on their team.

The first years unanimously decided to play intramural soccer rather than baseball.

What I’m saying is that this was a mismatch.

The first years valiantly hung with the second years for a few innings, but unearned runs and errors were our undoing. Despite a valiant and inspiring speech before the last inning and solo cups in center field, we just couldn’t overcome their actual talent and caring.

But, it was much closer than it had any right to be and if anything, brought our class together just a little more. We showed that we could be better if we worked at it like they had and had more people show up from our class than theirs, including our own cheering section.

The fact that we were even close was surprising and the fact that we easily could have won with a little work in the field showed us that we were the true champions.

After a night of networking that I was forced to leave early, we knew the second years were pretty good at baseball, but the first years were the most awesome and smart and just flat out inspiring.

Both classes are united in their own ways and every class after ours will be, even if I’ll prefer ours. Small class sizes let you meet every person in your class and know them fairly well. When there are only 120 students in a grade, you really get to know everyone intimately in a fashion you just can’t at a bigger school, and it allows for opportunities like this where everyone interested can get involved.

And the class of 2016 is pretty cool, all in all.


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