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

Re-posted from shaymerritte.com/blog

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 !

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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!

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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.

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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.

Finis.

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.

JF

Kid’s story: Intro

An introduction

Timeline: Sunday, noon-ish

I see: gloomy clouds, Stephen Colbert, and… is that a spider on my wall?

I hear: “Huh!” to the beat

I smell: pine

I feel: sleepy

OK, so first let’s get the less favorable (i.e. whining) part out of the way. My first weeks at Fisher have been marked by somewhat of a post-9/11 feeling, in which everyone’s glad about their lives but those lives are marked by fear. I suppose it’s a successful teaching style, but I truly look forward to getting the facts and figures in class rather than a constant paraphrasing of “today’s world is impossibly tough, ye be warned”.

On the upside, so many good things have happened that I’m going to have to buy a new notebook soon. Highlights: the apartment’s looking nice, my health hasn’t been an issue, and people actually remember my name.

My personal opinions on some of these weeks’ events are as follows:

  • Summit vision was OK (body count = 0.0) and it really achieved its purpose of bringing our team closer.
  • The presentation by the second-years definitely has room for improvement. Notes taken: none.
  • I got lost in the Thompson library, and ended up in the top floor. If anyone ever needs a really cool study place, look no further: that’s the place to be.
  • Consulting boot camp was good, but there must have been something wrong with the room on Friday, as everyone (including myself) was dozing off all the time. It was quite a shame, as the information was very useful. As a footnote, Oglevee is one of the few people I’ve met in life with just the right amount of insanity in him.
  • Kudos to the organizers of Friday’s party at Fisher Commons (which was dubbed “the FC” last night), a perfect closing act to the week; food was great, sodas were plentiful, and the music was just right. Due to the blog’s policies, I can’t compliment the alcoholic beverages.

This is just a first experiment. Expect further chapters in the story in the upcoming days. Comments are most welcome and encouraged.

“… looking for the beauty that never fades” – Sasha & Junkie XL

MBA Program Orientation Week 2

Reposted from aaron360.com.

The Fisher College of Business full-time MBA class of 2011 has officially been orientated.  The second week included several important activities like an intake appointment and mock interview with the Career Management office, and an introduction to case discussions with Jay Dial.  Perhaps the highlight of the week was the Summit Vision team building experience which my team participated in on Wednesday.

Summit Vision is a team building and corporate development company based out of Westerville, Ohio.  They use “…adventure and experiential learning tools [so that] people have the opportunity to reach their full potential–both individually and as part of a larger team.”

Specifically, my core group teamed with another group to create one ten-person team.  Throughout the morning we were challenged with physical and mental exercises that tested our problem solving, inventiveness and perseverance.  Each station, while fun, was designed to make us work as a team towards a common goal.  Some of my favorites include:

  • Zip Line – Wheeeeeeeee!
  • Pamper Pole – Climb up a telephone pole.  Get yourself standing on top (easier said than done—it is the size of a dinner plate).  Leap out 8-feet in the air and try to grab a trapeze bar.
  • Building Blocks – Each member armed with a signed 4×4 block, our team crossed a stretch of grass without touching the ground.
  • Spider Web – Each team member crossed trough a different hole in a bungee cord spider web—without touching the web at any time.

It does sound like a lot of fun and games, but we were forced to focus as a team, find a solution and amend it as we worked towards our goals.

A

Hello World.

Welcome to my blog everyone. This is new to me, but I assure you, I have received the proper training.

My name is Nick Fischer. Yes, kind of like the business school. Except my name has a C in it. Please don’t forget it.

Some of you know me. Some of you don’t. Consider yourselves lucky.

I ramble. I also talk fast. Be thankful you can read this at your own pace.

I have more to do than time to do it. Welcome to The Max M. Fisher College of Business.

I like food. Expect a lot of restaurant feedback.

I am sarcastic. You may have already noticed that…

I tend to notice odd and peculiar things about my surroundings. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes they are weird, sometimes they make no sense at all.  I’m sure my future posts will include all of these.

Sooooooo much has happened since my arrival in Columbus at the beginning of this month. I am not even going to try to cover all or much of it in detail. But I am going to list and touch on several things:

  • I live at Fisher Commons. I have a beautiful view of the downtown skyline and Fred Beekman Park . I painted my bedroom “Nautical” Blue and my living room “Peaceful Leaf” Green.  Sometimes, I can smell the agricultural school. All in all, the place is great.
  • Orientation is over. We were told how amazing we were. We were told how busy we were going to be. We had a reality check. Professor Oglevee speaks the truth (talk to him outside of class – he’s great). Network, Network, Network. Time management. Network. Don’t be late. Summit Vision. Leadership. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (I’m ENTJ for those who are interested). Business Cards (Ask nicely and you might get one). Network. Teams. Teamwork.
  • There is no shortage of social activities and things to do in Columbus. South Campus Gateway. Short North. Arena District. Buckeye Football. Golf – Raymond Memorial , OSU Courses (A lot of business students play. Several are really good. I am not). So much more I haven’t even checked out yet.
  • Taxi-Cab service is generally good except at 2 AM. You are better off walking.
  • Planes fly over campus ALL the time. Get used to the noise. It’s not that bad really.
  • Business school runs on coffee.
  • Business students like to be social. Mike created an email distribution list to use for planning. We played kickball (it’s still hard even as an adult – don’t underestimate it). We played volleyball. There was a New Year’s Eve party for the beginning of school. Football Tailgates. The list goes on.
  • The ARC has most things I need to work out. It also has a rock climbing wall. I am not very good at rock climbing.
  • The consulting boot camp was a great source of information. Professor Barney is hilarious and brilliant.
  • Textbooks and course packets are expensive. You can’t do anything about it.
  • Mad Mex at the South Campus Gateway is pretty good. I had the grilled fish tacos. I hate fish but even I thought they tasted great. The “Pennsyltucky fried tofu” is surprisingly delicious. They also have a kids menu with jokes that I didn’t even understand.
  • If you made it this far, congratulations.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for future posts.