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.


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??

They asked me – “how can we help you ?”

The whole community of Fisher is very supportive and encouraging. The first three weeks were an orientation period where we got a dash of Fisher.

The moment I entered into the campus, I felt like family. In the classes, in the elevator, in the library everywhere there is someone reaching out to help. Everyday is a new and exciting day and miracles can happen anywhere around ‘Fisher’.


Organizational Learning

There are world-class scholars who teach, research, and consult with companies around the globe.I am so impressed by their depth of knowledge. They can inspire best practices in management by connecting the dots from Chris Argyris to Dr Suess and making it extremely lucid and natural.

Fisher alumni are  spanning industries and functions throughout the world—effective leaders from all walks of life who can network, advise, and guide us throughout life.

In the orientation session , we met so many smart people. CEO of billion dollar companies, Finance Professionals, Marketing managers, Operations specialists,entrepreneurs and so many practicing business leaders. We got hands on practical insights from different industry.


My classmates are amazing people. They are the best of the best but still they are so easy and humble. They have stories from their life that can lift the dead from the grave and help them live life full throttle.They are the 24/7 , free, trustworthy, powerful support system. The above group picture was taken during  the Summit Vision Outdoor Adventure where we were taken into the woods and were exposed to various challenges. We conquered these obstacles in teams and in the process learned from one another. It was truly fun.

In the orientation period, we were also introduced to the Fisher’s capable and ever-reaching Career Management Team. They know their job well. They work with the candidates regularly to equip them with the necessary skills to make the difference.

DSC02738Housed in Gerlach Hall on the Fisher campus, there is a artwork called ‘People Go to Work‘ by Ruth King. It  symbolizes what we at Fisher believe—that one can successfully wear many hats during one’s career. Daringly, the hat that I am dreaming of is a bit stretched for my head, but I am sure that by the time I come out of this program, Fisher will equip me to handle it brilliantly.

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.”

(First, about the title: excerpt from To a Mouse, which is a poem written by Robert Burns and is the inspiration for the Steinbeck title Of Mice and Men, and which is commonly translated as “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”)

I thought I could just coast through this blog writing thing. I like to think I am adept at observing peculiar things around me and that these observations would provide inspiration and hilarity for my blog posts. As it turns out, there really wasn’t anything that fit this mold from the first week of classes. Oddly enough, Everything went pretty smoothly.

There are a few honorable mentions though (in no particular order):

  • While I was preparing the case (Don’t know what a case is? Read this: Case Method – there are a lot of cases in B-School -FYI) “Microsoft: Competing on Talent (A)” by Christopher A. Bartlett, I used Microsoft’s Word 2007 to create an outline. In this case, Steve Ballmer was mentioned several times and thus made it into my outline. Is it a coincidence that Microsoft Word Spell Check corrected my misspelling of Steve Ballmer (Steve Balmer)? I doubt it.
  • Contrary to popular belief, going to classes for half a day is actually pretty tiring. Well, that is when you include the late night of preparation beforehand…
  • The following things are fantastic:
    1. To-do lists. I love them.
    2. Highlighters. Get a lot of them.
    3. Yellow legal pads. Mostly for To-Do lists. Refer to item 1.
  • The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business has attracted some well qualified professors. The first two days of classes reinforced this when previous employers like Booth and HBS were mentioned or statements like “I left industry after a 30 year career to teach here” were made.
  • The CABS buses were really nice and open during orientation. They quickly became standing room only when classes began.
  • Google can solve all your problems.
  • Even though I am currently a student at The Ohio State University and therefore a Buckeye Fan, I still get more excited about watching my Purdue Boilermakers. And I am more heartbroken when they lose it at the end…
  • El Vaquero is a pretty good Mexican restaurant. Make sure you ask for their hot salsa. It will make a man out of you.

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” – John Steinbeck.

PowerPoint Overload

As I print thirty pages of PowerPoint slides for my courses this week, I can’t help but wonder when PowerPoint became such an integral part of the classroom experience.

At the risk of sounding nostalgic (or curmudgeon-like), I am forced to think back to my undergrad experiences.  As an engineering student, I only took a handful of courses that utilized PowerPoint as a teaching tool and I occasionally used it as an aid for my own oral presentations.  However, it was far from a standard part of every classroom.

But flash forward just five years, and (at least in the business school) there is a projector in every room and four out of my five MBA courses are taught primarily using PowerPoint.  I’m not sure what to think of it.   It does seem to be pretty effective and some instructors have found innovative ways to teach using the medium: one instructor encourages “active learning” by distributing slides with blanks in the places of key terms and ideas—as we cover the material in class we are encouraged to fill in the blanks.

Are there any thoughts on the use of PowerPoint as a teaching technique?  Have instructors lost the ability to lecture or lead a discussion without a using it as crutch?  Or is its pervasiveness an indicator of its effectiveness?

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PowerPoint handouts for this week 092709

Kid’s story: Why the heck am I here?

Timeline: Sunday, right after dinner

I see: the smoke remaining from my cooking

I hear: the washing machine in the spin cycle

I smell: smoke, go figure…

I feel: confused

My little cousin asked me recently how a person gets admitted into an MBA program at a top-ranked business school.

My short answer was: “I don’t know”.

I mean, I never meant to study at Fisher. As a matter of fact, the first time I heard of Fisher was this year and an image of a pond, a kayak, and a smelly guy wearing a hat came to mind. I did mean to get an MBA degree against my wishes, but I applied elsewhere (and got admission offers, in case you’re wondering).

Whoa, slow down… against my wishes? Yes, as a matter of fact. I was fed up and done with being a student, given that I already earned a salary (one that we call “decent” in my country, but that’s actually pocket change when turned into dollars) and that can be addictive. Also, I like partying in a measure that does not allow for it to be anywhere near “cheap”, so I was like a kitten in a yarn basket.

My cousin then changed her question into why would a person want to study an MBA.

I began thinking about my experience and how during the first few weeks the faculty members made it clear that they’re convinced that everyone is there for the money (which may be true) and nothing else (which I’m sure is wrong). I started evaluating every single aspect of my short life as an MBA student: the resources, the possibility of learning from distinguished professors, the pride of having a degree from The Ohio State University, the dream of a six-figure salary in the end, the vision of a career, the possibility of making a difference in the world…

None of them make sense. There is just one aspect of my new life that keeps me from regretting my decision, and it just makes everything else go away.

It’s the people. It’s my classmates. It’s my friends. This is the invaluable asset of an MBA experience. This is what keeps me going. And I am grateful for it.

By the way, my little cousin is applying for the MBA next year.

“How does it feel to come out of nothing…” – Dark Tranquillity (yes, with two l’s)

This week’s top five

  1. Quote:  “You look like a vampire”, which I said to NLM. The funny thing was that I actually thought he’d bite me.
  2. Event: 80’s Night, at the FC. Thanks to MT for putting that one together and to NF for getting me to go.
  3. Fact: JB was denied entrance to Gaswerks because he was wearing parachute pants.
  4. Best class: Economics. Prof. Campbell is the only teacher we’ve had so far who wrote a class agenda on the board.
  5. Lesson: my academic life has a lot of catching up to do, because right now my social life is overwhelmingly more interesting.

“So you like to dance!” – John Digweed

Maybe a History degree wasn’t a great idea…

On Wednesday of last week, I had my first class as an Ohio State graduate student.  I never thought I’d say this about school, but I am really excited about my core curriculum and the skill sets that I’m about to gain.  After graduating from Yale University in 2006, I entered corporate America thinking I was prepared for anything that would come my way.  As you can probably imagine, it didn’t take long before I realized that I still had much to learn.  (Despite this discovery, I have no regrets about earning a BA in History… it just needs to be complemented with an MBA.)

Now that I have a couple classes under my belt, I need to stay on top of my assignments so I don’t fall behind in class.  Since I am one of a handful of students who have never taken a business class, I’ll need to work twice as hard as my peers.  Fortunately, I have come to this realization before receiving my first round of grades, and I am currently in the process of finding a place where I can study in the most efficient manner.

My first weekend as a student on Ohio State’s campus has been fairly dull from a blogger’s perspective.  On Friday, I woke up and started reading the 4 chapters that were assigned in Economics.  Around noon, I helped a friend move a futon to his place. (He provided Chipotle for lunch.)  Afterwards I started reading again until I could no longer focus due to my excitement for that night’s social activity:  1980’s theme party.  As expected, it rocked.

On Saturday, I woke-up to the sound of pouring rain and decided against going to The Horseshoe to root on the Buckeyes.  Instead of watching the game on TV, I decided to make it a “reading day” and drove to the Upper Arlington Public Library to get some work done.  I stayed in the library for 8 hours and left at the 5pm closing time.  After spending the entire day in the library I was completely brain dead when I left and decided to make it an early night rather than going out with my MBA friends.

Sunday was very similar to my Saturday.  I woke up early and went to Gerlach Hall to study.  I started reading my Accounting chapters, but continuously took mini breaks to watch the Bengals game on TV in Gerlach’s hallway.  All I can say is “Who Dey, baby!?”


Hello everyone!

My name is I-Jou (Tandy) Wu. You can just call me Tandy because the English pronunciation of my Chinese name is TERRIBLE. I came from Taiwan, the beautiful island which is full of friendly people, extremely delicious food (Oh, I miss them so much!) and motorcycles! In Taiwan, the weather is like spring all year round. Therefore, winter in Ohio must be a big challenge for me!

I am fated to be a buckeye. My application process is a long story, but I would be more than happy to share my adventure with all of you who are interested in Fisher. In 2008, I decided to apply for MBA program and I joined QS world MBA tour held in Taipei (the capital of Taiwan).  I still remember it was Nov. 17th, and I asked for one day off the office, struggling to meet the deadline submitting the essays. Fisher also had a booth in the fair; the Executive Director of Graduate Programs Office (GPO), Mr. David Smith was standing there and sharing his invaluable suggestions with all prospective students. As for my application package, I realized that there were some barriers for me to be admitted by Fisher compared with other applicants. Therefore, I decided to talk to David directly and resolutely demonstrated that I will certainly be a great asset of Fisher. Later, I had a brief interview with David—it was an excellent opportunity to prove my talent and passion to be success in MBA program and future career. In the end of the interview, David asked me, “If I invited you to visit Fisher and have an interview with the Admissions Committee, would you have confidence to present yourself very well just the same as the person sit in front of me?”

“Of course! ” I promised.

In one of the following emails between David and me, he said, “I felt like I got to know you better, and understand your interest and motivation for your degree and our program. Please do keep in touch, and let’s see what we can to do make Fisher a part of what is sure to be your bright future, filled with much success.” You can see that I already applied the job search skills learned from MBA when I applied for business school!

Few months later after submitting my application package and did nothing but waiting, I decided to have a three days vacation to Hong Kong during Chinese New Year. At the time when I was crazy shopping (to release some stress… ha ha ), I surprisingly got an email from Ms. Emily Davis from GPO invited me to attend Fisher Debut Weekend scheduled for February 20th and 21st. In addition, I will have an on-campus interview right before the event started!

Without any hesitation, I RSVP for the debut and rushed to apply for the B1 visa, buy airline tickets and most importantly, prepare for the upcoming interview. I cannot demonstrate how hard it was for me to ask for few days off  the office to travel to USA since my project was so busy. I made a lot of effort negotiating with my supervisor and fortunately, I got his kind permission. I fly for 23 hours to Columbus, had my interview and joined the Fisher Debut.

It was a day to remember— the most enjoyable memory was not only the face to face interview but all the people I met in the event, the OSU culture and the case discussion experience with Professor Jay Dial. We had a tour of Fisher, RPAC (Recreation & Physical Activity Center) and Fisher Commons. We even had a bountiful feast at Lindey’s in German Village! I met many new friends in the Debut—and most of them are currently my lovely classmates. I strongly recommend prospective students to have an on-campus interview. You will not know what you really want unless you see the business school in person! After digging into all things in OSU for only two days, I backed Taiwan totally refreshed. How eager was I wished get the admission!!

On March 6th, 2009, I got the admission from Fisher. I almost cried with happiness when I saw the exciting message

I could not believe I really did it!

I understand that for some applicants, their experience of applying for B-schools may not be as difficult as mine. I cannot forget how struggling and confused I was throughout the application season, and I totally appreciated for all the kind support I gained from GPO, the alumni (especially Wen-Yen Jiang, who is now a Chief Planner of his own consulting company in Taiwan) my current classmates, my colleagues and most importantly, my family.

I truly hope to post some pictures that I took when I had my on-campus interview; however, I left all the pictures in Taiwan (I will try to ask my brother to email them to me!). As a result, let me share one picture of the O-H-I-O sign when I joined the ASIA MBA Conference held in New York. I am so proud of myself being a buckeye!


Go bucks!!!




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Sitting in my apartment with the windows open, raindrops alter the typical sounds for a football Saturday.  I am sipping my coffee with a spoonful of Graeter’s Pralines & Cream Ice Cream, pondering the long list of assorted to-dos facing me before Monday. (I’m out of milk and not motivated to go to the store – let’s be honest, those of you who know me know I spent the first year buying heavy whipping cream and pouring that in my morning coffee. Ha! Talk about self-indulgence.)

The first week back has been wonderful, meeting new students, catching up with friends on their summer adventures, running errands on campus and, of course, the first day of class.  Mixed in with all of these activities I have met with Kara Albert in Career Management, updated my resume roughly seven times, and started out on my full-time, post-MBA job search.

As the rain continues outside my window, I glance around the living room to see the strategy cases and finance problem sets I am going to tackle before setting out to tailgate with classmates and cheer on the Buckeyes this afternoon.  I know it’s going to turn into a muddy mess, but it will be fun.  Oh, I almost forgot I’m also headed with Vandana to the Columbus Crew game tonight to see David Beckham play with the Los Angeles Galaxy… ok, I must get back to work.

In case the “confusing mix” of activities brought about by the first week of classes isn’t enough – check out some of these fascinating cocktails at Kaiser Penguin’s cocktail blog on muddled drinks:

Syllabus Reviews and Laptop troubles: The First Week of Class

The first week is actually more exciting then my title claims but when you get down to it that’s what usually ends up happening, reviewing the syllabus for an hour and then trying to figure out why your laptop won’t work. Needless to say everything worked out but that’s the first week for you.

My first day consisted of two classes, Organizational Behavior and Financial Accounting. All first quarter classes are part of the core requirements for first year MBA students so your classes are filled with familiar faces along with professors I had met during orientation (I wont write about orientation because plenty of other bloggers have and I agree with everything they have mentioned). The one thing that made these classes more interesting then their topics of discussion are the professors. The first class, Organizational Behavior is co-taught by two professors that are not only academics but have also worked in the industry that they teach. They bring anecdotes from their experiences as well as their knowledge making the class seem like a discussion rather then a lecture. Also our accounting class is taught by a professor that had recently came from Booth (University of Chicago) so to all those MBA students at University of Chicago, well I won’t say it but you can catch my get my jist.

Our second day consisted of two other classes, Managerial Economics and Data Analysis. Our economics professor was great at setting the mood for the class and we were able to move through the syllabus quickly and on to a discussion about a case we had to read for class. It was really fun to be able to throw ideas across a room of 75 of your peers and brainstorm out loud while learning about the economics of management structure. The Data Analysis class (a yawn from some) looks like it is going to start out slow but I am actually interested in the class and learning how to play around with excel a little more.

Outside of class there have been a billion things going on. Having worked for a few years (I’ll get into my background in a future post and why I chose fisher) it is a nice change of pace to be back in school but also different in that each day needs to be structured more on your own that by a typical boss at work. Finding time to study hasn’t been hard but as events continue to come up such as EOTWs (Event Of The Week, offered by the B-school on Thursdays after class at a local bar), company meet and greets and club meetings, I am sure finding time to get all my reading in will be much harder but for now it has been OK.

As for social activities there is no lack whatsoever. As I mentioned to a classmate/friend (no longer are we classmates, I think most of us are now friends) of mine the other night, “I think my Drinking Program has an MBA problem.” I kid but there have been more then plenty of times when us first year students have ventured to a local bar to not only explore the area but also get to know each other, over many CHEAP beers. This continues tonight as we have an 80’s themed night where we are all going to head out to the bars dressed as, well 80’s people.

So for now I gotta run and get my elastic banded whitewash jeans with zip pockets and some Reebok pumps. For the next blog post, a review of what’s on High Street.