Back to School

It’s the night before my first day of business school and I don’t know how to describe my feelings.  Does “reluctant anticipation” make sense to anyone?

Don’t get me wrong…  I am definitely excited about the start of classes.  This is something I have wanted to do for a long time.  Earning my MBA from Fisher College will provide me the business skills necessary to think both critically and strategically about leadership and management.  What more could I ask, right?

Well, I am reluctant to begin this journey because for the first time in my life I am behind on schoolwork before classes have officially begun.  You might be wondering, “How is it possible to be behind in something that hasn’t actually started?”   Don’t worry, this is not some theoretical question.  (Remember, my personality is ESTP… theories and conceptual problems bore me.)  The answer is really quite simple: three out of my five classes have work due on the first day of class.

The good news is that I am almost finished with my homework and I will be ready to dive into my MBA experience head first.  Wish me luck.


So it begins…Really

Welcome, to my blog!

Well, it has been hell of a time! Almost 3 weeks now in the US, things have been great. First of all the MBA 2011 finished their ‘orientation’ last week, which I hope was summed up by the background song played through a video showing stills from the Summit Vision, ‘I don’t scare easy’. I guess Prof. Wruck had a message in there.

Summit vision camp:

  • Weeeeaaah! Thats what most people sang the whole day zipping and jumping and falling from great heights.
  • Brought the teams closer, nothing better to build trust than to just put your life in someone’s (or the 5-6 odd people trying to lift you and pass you through the smallest of webs) hands and exploring life beyond the ‘zone of comfort’.
  • All in all great fun, never thought would have zip-lined or jumped off the ledge on the giant swing.

Consulting Boot Camp:

  • Really covered all there is to consulting in depth and had industry perspective.
  • Good networking opportunity.
  • Had 2 amazing sessions with great professors. Prof. Barney and his hot-dog business, you have to have to try a hot-dog at Barney’s. And what can I say about our mission impossible man Prof. Ogelvee. Talk about being creative, one of the best presentations I have ever seen.

New year’s party:

  • Full of fun.
  • Lots of alcohol.
  • Met one of the most intriguing personalities that you can meet on any given day. A frenchman who taught ‘english’ in China, talk about being cosmopolitan.

Well, that was all last week. This week started with pages and pages of reading to be done before classes begin tomorrow. I had to actually spend over 3 hours to make sure my schedule was in place and I didn’t miss anything important. The iPhone comes in handy again. (FYI: I am unofficial salesman for Apple, you’ll hear more soon enough).

The quarter starts tomorrow and I am very excited. Over the course of the quarter I’ll be sharing my perspective on life at Fisher, so stay tuned.

The Book Loft: One Of My Favorite Columbus Places

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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).

Why I Decided To Attend The Max M. Fisher College of Business

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People often ask me why I decided to go to the Fisher College of Business, This is my response:

When I started researching schools to pursue my MBA, I designed a set of question cards to ask representatives of programs that I was investigating. I met with Kara Albert from the Fisher College of Business’s Career Services Office in October of last year who was happy to provide me with plenty of information about Fisher, OSU and Columbus in general. When it came time apply to schools, I read back over these cards and other promotional material and decided that Fisher stood out from all the other programs that I was looking at.  Later when I came to interview and visited the campus, the positive attributes that I had scribbled on the cards were reinforced by every experience with Fisher that I had after my first meeting. Below you can find scans of the 10 cards from that first meeting and see what attributes of Fisher I found very compelling.

I said – “How can I help you?”

When I left India for Fisher College of Business, I told my mama that I will keep contributing to India in best possible manner. The week I arrived at Columbus, I heard that ‘Sankalpa’ needs volunteers for their football game stalls.

‘Sankalpa’  is an organization founded in 2001 by OSU students for social welfare in India.The philosophy of operation behind ‘Sankalpa’ is a resolution to commit to social development in India at an individual and/or organizational level. The money raised by ‘Sankalpa’ goes to the charity organizations in India.

Without any doubt in my mind, I said ‘YES’

What an experience !


OSU Football Team is also called the Buckeyes after the state tree. This team is a religion for OHIO. In the morning, the whole of the campus turned scarlet to support the home team. It was a festival outside the stadium before the final battle. In the early morning, we hurried into the stalls and prepared our things before we open.

Sir/Maam , How can I help you?

Serving at 'Sankalpa'

I was at the counter selling hotdogs,Bratwurst, Nachos, Popcorn,Candy, Cracker-Jack, Pretzel ,Soft Drinks and everything these supporters desired to keep their flames burning . It felt great as I was not only helping needy people back home in India but also serving Buckeyes with important fuels to keep them gorging at the enemy.

The whole stadium kept roaring!



After working for a long time, I got a chance to go and watch the game. I went up and I was with the crowd. The crowd had gone frenzied. There were shouts of O-H-I-O from each direction of the stadium in complete rhythm and tandem. I was in the part of the crowd that was shouting ‘I’. We shouted at the top of our voice I and it was such an unifying experience.

Then and there I felt that I belonged to this place.

Me with Brutus Supporting Buckeyes Jyotisko_Sinha_4

Buckeyes won their game and I felt myself to be a small factor in our win.

GO BUCKEYES !……………we love you.

The Freshmen are here.

The reception to my first post was mostly positive. Thanks mom.

Every once in a while I have insightful moments about life or my surroundings. Here goes nothing.

I’ve been here in Columbus since the beginning of September. I have lived in Ohio most of my life. We enjoyed unseasonably cool, sunny, dry weather almost exclusively until this past Sunday. On Sunday, the sky turned overcast and a light rain began to fall. This coincided approximately with the arrival of the freshmen class. I am not implying cause and effect.

“At Rochester, I came with the same emotions as many of the entering freshman: everything was new, exciting and a bit overwhelming, but at least nobody had heard of my brothers and cousins.” – Steven Chu

I like quotes.  I am often taken back by how much can be said with so little.

I recall in August 2003 leaving home and settling in at Purdue University in Tarkington Hall. We affectionately called it Tark. I was so naive and ignorant. All those kids walking around today with that “deer in the headlights” look have so much life before them and I suspect that, like me, they can’t even begin to understand how much they are going to grow up in next couple of years. Some will embrace it. Some will fight it. Some will fail. Life is unfair. Make the best of it.

However, as I sit here in September 2009 I see some of my present self in those freshmen. Like them, I have entered into new and somewhat foreign surroundings. Like them, I have the opportunity to grow significantly over the next couple of years. Unlike them, I have been a college freshman before.  Unlike them, I have been out there in the real world. While I am still naive and ignorant, I have chosen to give up full-time employment and a salary to return to the student life. I have sought out the challenge that lay before me.

Luck is not chance —
It’s Toil —
Fortune’s expensive smile
Is earned

Emily Dickinson (This quote can be found on the marble bench outside Fisher Hall)

Enough profundity for one day.


At Rochester, I came with the same emotions as many of the entering freshman: everything was new, exciting and a bit overwhelming, but at least nobody had heard of my brothers and cousins.
Steven Chu

Hello World!

There’s never a more exciting time on a college campus than the beginning of a new academic year. The energy around the campus is amazing. It’s hard to believe that I’m already a “second year.” Last year was definitely the best year of my life and I’m excited to begin the second half of this journey.

As this is my first post, I’ll give a brief introduction of myself. I’m a full-time MBA student double majoring in Strategy and Corporate Finance. I’m originally from Tucson, Arizona and went to school at the University of Arizona for my undergraduate degree. I have five years of full-time work experience total, three of those with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and two years in advertising sales. This summer I worked for Deutsche Post DHL as a talent management analyst, which included an amazing week in Germany for my internship orientation.

At Fisher, I am President of the Fisher Graduate Student Association, which is the group that encompasses all the other graduate student organizations at Fisher. Our major functions are allocating funding for student groups and driving change through student feedback. I’m also involved in the International Business Club as Vice President of Programming, and half a dozen or so other student organizations as a member. This year I’ll also be teaching a business undergraduate course called “Applied Business Skills and the Environment of Business.” On top of this I’ll be taking a full load of classes, participating in a case competition or two, attending all the social events, and most importantly, working on full-time employment.

That’s “Resume Mike.” Aside from the usual boring undergraduate institution/major/work experience/student organization stuff that MBA students talk about, I’m also:

  • The first of two only children. I was twelve when my younger brother was born. It was weird then, but now he’s one of my best friends and a great source of joy in my life.
  • A certified yoga instructor. I’ve been teaching for almost two years and I teach from time to time through the Ohio State Yoga Club.
  • An ENFJ. Which means that I “understand and care about people, and have a special talent for bringing out the best in others.” Or so the psychologists say.
  • 1/2 Japanese and 1/2 Polish/German/Irish, which are evidently “great drinking genes” as one of the guys I met in Germany informed me.
  • A voracious reader. I read a lot on leadership, organizational behavior, communication, economics, and yoga.
  • A former competitive powerlifter. Emphasis on “former.”
  • Managing four fantasy football teams this season. 4-0 so far through Week 1!
  • Addicted to tiramisu.

I hope to keep this blog fun, informational and a little random. If you’re thinking about applying to Fisher, then feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or Facebook. If you have any other questions about the program or my experience here, ask away and I’ll either answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can. I’m not an employee of Fisher College or a member of the admissions team, but just a normal MBA student who fell in love with this place. So I’m always willing to talk.

Mike ^_^

This Week’s Top Five

  1. Quote: “That wasn’t me… that was you!”. I’m going to keep that anonymous, but I must specify that it’s not my quote.
  2. Event: New Year’s party at Fisher Commons (a.k.a. the FC).
  3. Rarity: The Huskies beat the Trojans!
  4. Rarity: Act one, the teacher presents a problem; act two, the Harvard guy gives the best answer a human being can possibly give to the case; act three, some random stupid guy gives some random stupid answer; act four, the teacher endorses the second answer. Name of the play: Consulting Boot Camp.
  5. Paraphrased quote: “Out of a total of 15, nine are already registered, so there’s only four missing” by AF, and this was actually on the email so there’s proof.

Suggestions are welcome for the top five ranking.

“I’m a walk you through the pathless roads…” – Dave Matthews

Orientation wrap-up

Hey everyone.  My name is Joe Fahrendorf and I’m a 1st year MBA student at the Fisher College of Business (FCOB).  As the second week of orientation officially comes to a close, I finally have a moment to reflect on the previous 12 days and write my first blog entry.

The FCOB faculty have kept us incredibly busy throughout orientation.  A few of my activities included:

  • A case study with Professor Jay Dial.
  • Team building activities at Summit Vision.  (I was blown away at how well my core team operated as one.  Hopefully this is a sign of more good things to come.)
  • A Myers-Briggs typology test.  (According to the results I am an Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving “ESTP” personality.)
  • A practice job interview with the career development office.
  • Networking events with companies such as AEP, Eli Lilly & Company, Kimberly-Clark, Limited Brands, Nationwide, NetJets, P&G, Target, The Scotts Company, Whirlpool and several others.
  • A boot camp focused on careers in consulting.  (For a day and a half, we listened to several industry experts discuss the pros and cons of the industry and we were given the opportunity to network with representatives from Accenture, Deloitte, McKinsey and other top consulting firms.)
  • Organizing my apartment at Fisher Commons.
  • Golfing.  (This has been a great way to meet classmates.  The talent level ranges from scratch golfers to pure novices.  Yesterday I shot an 85 on the Grey course, but still lost to a classmate by several strokes.  Hopefully I’ll find the time to play the Scarlet course before the cold weather arrives.)

Overall, I would say that orientation has been a huge success.  I’m excited that classes are about to begin and I look forward to meeting more classmates.  Twelve days ago I literally knew 3 people in the area and now I know roughly a hundred.

Keep checking my blog for new posts. My goal is to submit 2 or 3 entries per week.  If you have any questions or comments, let me know.