After a busy finals week, a full-of-excitement graduation week, a relaxing home-sweet-home week, and a new-to-the-city Boston week, I am BACK, back to my Fisher blog. I will keep posting until September when the 2011 MAcc class assembles at Fisher.
I actually left Columbus half a month ago, but keeping my Fisher blog grants me a way to stay in Fisher, virtually. Feeling closer to the Fisher community reminds me the interesting details during the year. People from the Fisher family always give me the confidence to overcome any challenges in my new life in the new city. I will post more about my new life in Boston. This entry is reserved for a brief recap of the graduation week.
I still remember my graduation from undergrad. I had enough time, between my final exams and the graduation ceremony, to drive to Columbus for apartment hunting. This time was different. Although I had full five days after the finals, never did I feel sufficient the time I had remaining in Columbus. Tuesday, right after I submitted my last take-home final, I dragged my boyfriend, with my Ohio State marching band bear, to take pictures all around the campus. I tried to shoot for every corner in school, hoping the pieces of photos could preserve this special year in this special place in my mind….
Hm…that sounds sad, nevertheless, the rest of the week was infused with fun and happiness. The whole week’s schedule was packed with back-to-back events: my first pro baseball game initiated by the head of the Rabbits (see Nadia’s blog here), a crazy group trip to Cedar Point, the MAcc pre-commencement reception followed by a friend-and-family visit to the Columbus Zoo, and last but not least, the grand graduation commencement at the Shoe on Sunday. I was so grateful that I have many dearest friends and an always supportive family to make up this happy ending to my MAcc life. Although the day I packed everything onto my dad’s car and drove back to New York was unavoidably heartrending, the cheerful feeling brought by friends and family will last for a life time. A famous line we all know at heart–“Time and change will surely show”. Yes, they surely will.
This weekend the Fisher MBA class of 2010 graduated. It was a grand celebration. Everywhere there were happy smiling people. On the Thursday night before graduation, there was the graduate crawl. During the “crawl,” graduate students hop from one pub to the other meeting and talking with everybody. They wore white t-shirts, so that everybody could write on them and wish them luck in their transition into the professional world. It was great fun!
Then on Sunday, graduate students gathered at the stadium for the commencement. It was a great sight!
Best of luck to the graduate students of Fisher and OSU in their journeys into the professional world. I am sure they will make this world a better place to live each and every day.
I can’t believe that I am done with this school year! It seems so fast time has passed. There were too many things to be commemorated in the spring quarter, but the one that is composed of happiness and reluctance to let go must be the Fisher commencement.
There are three Taiwanese students going to graduate in 2010—Miao-Chi, Kevin and Sherri. Oh, I will certainly miss them so much. I still remember the first time I met them—last year I had the on-campus interview, and they were so kind to have dinner with me. Because of their kind hospitality, I understood more about the MBA program, the housing and the campus life at Fisher. And you are right—that is part of the reasons why I choose Fisher 🙂 After I joined the program, they never stop helping us. I asked them so many questions. Although I also have lots of American friends, sometimes they are able understand more about the difficulties that an international student is confronted with: the job searching problems, culture differences, driving…etc. Most importantly, it was such a cordial greeting meeting someone from the same home country in USA.
I also want to send my best regarding to my mentor—Michael Hrostoski! As a 1/2 Japanese and 1/2 Polish/German/Irish, he kindly got involved in the international connection program and mentored me through the academic year. He even pick me up in the airport and held a welcome party for my roommate and me 🙂 It was a pity that because of our busy schedule, we only had one chance to have lunch together, but we’ll certainly keep in touch! I would like to congrats him for getting a full time offer from J & J, and wish him success in his future endeavor.
I volunteered in the graduation ceremony and it was a wonderful experience. I haven’t realize how many Fisher 2nd year MBAs that I have not yet had chance to talk to until I was in the backstage helping graduates wearing hoods and tassels. Fortunately I met and chatted with them probably the last time. I also realized that I have to participate in more events at Fisher—or I will not have any honor codes in the ceremony! :p
I had dinner with Kevin and Mio-Chi in the evening. Kevin will be back to Taiwan tomorrow, and bon voyage for Kevin!
I haven’t posted as regularly as I would have liked, so this entry is going to be somewhat disjointed. May and June have been busy months, filled with some great experiences. The most exciting of these was finally landing a job! Oh what a long journey it’s been. At the end of fall quarter one of my friends had introduced me to KPMG’s Columbus recruiter who, from that point on, kept me abreast of entry-level audit openings. In March I received an e-mail about an opportunity in Chicago, so I promptly filled out the necessary application form and sent it off. April was relatively quiet, but May brought with it a phone interview that was the start of something wonderful. A week later I flew out to Chicago, and a day after that I received an oral offer. I still get butterflies when I think about my journey to get to this point – I am exactly where I want to be. The mock interviews, resume reviews, coaching from Fisher and KPMG staff, help from some awesome MAcc-ers and oodles of persistence really paid off. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
So, what to write about next… A few weeks ago Geoff and I had the opportunity to attend a Columbus Crew game at a hefty discount (again, thanks to a fellow MAcc student). The atmosphere was great and the opponent – LA Galaxy – was formidable. The Crew lost, but we had a great time sitting on the shaded side of the stadium, eating our Dippin’ Dots (I wonder if they’ll ever stop referring to it as “the ice cream of the future”). At halftime, right before the sun had started to set, a plane flew over the stadium and dropped three skydivers right onto the field. Awesome! The entire experience was a nice warm-up for the excitement of the World Cup.
The MAcc graduation ceremony was held on Friday. My parents were not able to attend, but it was great to have my husband there and to see so many families make their way here from all over the world to support the graduates. I cannot believe how quickly this year passed.
Saturday I met up with an incoming student who holds an undergraduate degree in architecture. We went to lunch at Mozart’s, walked around the Fisher campus, and took a trip to the Student Union. I can’t wait to hear how he does next year.
This quarter has absolutely flown by. I have barely had time to breath, let alone relax. I am currently taking two accounting courses (an IFRS course, and a cost-accounting course) as well as taking a trading and markets course, and my personal favorite (not!) an introduction to ethics course necessary to earn the Maryland CPA designation.
We are already past mid-terms, and it seems like this quarter is going by faster than any other. Soon I will be done with the MAcc program, and my time at Ohio State will be but a fond memory. I am already making plans to come back for the Ohio State vs Miami football game this fall. A few friends and I have actually discussed renting an RV for the drive from DC to Columbus, hopefully that comes together, as it sounds like an amazing trip.
The hugely positive aspect of this education is how much I enjoyed working with some of the best accounting students in the land. Everyone in my groups and that I associate with is absolutely top-notch, and that certainly makes things easier.
Well, the habitual “check your grades every 2 hours” has commenced. In light of being done with my first quarter as a graduate student, I figured I would prepare for everyone for winter by listing the biggest misconceptions about Ohio winters.
1. It’s really not the worst winter out there. Sure, the snow is horrible and the roads are never clear enough, but let me tell you about Michigan. In one night, they got over 3 inches, in the morning, at 10:00, the roads still weren’t that great and even the ones that had been cleared had snow drifts over them. If you want bad weather, drive up 23 approximately 230 miles.
2. Don’t let the sun fool you. While it may be sunny, it still is only -5 degrees out, and freezing. Cold enough that my Columbia coat makes crinkle noises when I move.
3. Don’t be fooled. Even though it may be raining one day, this does not necessarily mean it will be raining, or even above freezing tomorrow (or even later that day). Always expect the worst, and if you don’t like the weather, just wait 2 or 3 hours and it will change.
4. Even though there are hills in Ohio, there is still a lot of wind. The wind is the worst part.
5. Don’t bother taking your car to the car wash. Next week it will be covered in salt again, even if it doesn’t snow. We Ohioans like to stay prepared, just in case.
Stay warm out there. Congrats to everyone for finishing the quarter. I know it was rough for some of us, but the first one’s out of the way. Just think, we are 1/6 finished with our degree! In 6 months, we will be half way there!
Hello again everyone. As I sit here writing this at 8:23 PM on Friday evening, I have a sense of urgency; not because I am preparing for a night out on the town, but because I have a yellow legal pad to-do list for the evening. For this reason, I am going to use bullet points:
Finance Boot Camp – Kara Albert of Career Management ran a terrific program today that covered a lot of information concerning career options for Finance majors. Presentations included two representatives from Barclays (who gave a fantastic presentation on the nuances of interviews), Dean Wruck who, among other things, encouraged us to be more aggressive than perhaps our mid-western sensibilities would allow, several representatives from Nationwide who covered case interviews, and Senior Lecturer Daniel Oglevee. Despite his unapproachable, arrogant first impression (“You only get one chance to make a first impression”), he is a wealth of knowledge who wants to see all of us succeed (Professor Oglevee – if you are reading this – please don’t hurt me). His presentation covered I-Banking; his stories are fantastic.
Innovation – I had a moment of brilliance today which I am going to share. People come in all shapes and sizes – desk chairs mostly do not. I constantly find myself sitting in desk chairs leaned all the way back (reclined) since it’s the most comfortable position for me. Some people tell me this isn’t always a good thing as it shows that I am not interested in what’s going on. This makes sense to me. However, I also realized another reason I likely end up reclined. All the chairs have that spring-reclining-apparatus-knob adjusted to “normal” sized people – a group in which I do not fit. Then it occurred to me (listen up Herman-Miller) – why not make the chairs weight-sensitive. When heavier people sit down, make it harder to recline. Sounds easy enough. Over-sized people like me will forever love you.
THIS JUST IN – The Fisher College of Business Class of 2011 has selected the following 5 members as their Fisher Graduate Student Association representatives: Sam Adams, Emily Bae, Joe Fahrendorf, Nick Fischer (not a typo – that’s me!), and Michael Thompson. I am humbled by my selection and look forward to representing our class!
Riding your Bike – This is my best analogy so far for business school. In the beginning, you need training wheels (Fisher Advantage). After you take the wheels off, you are shaky at first but you’ve largely got things under control (first week or so). Then you try going off road and crash into a tree (approx. 10.15.2009). At this point, you slow down and take it easy (fall asleep on the couch at 7:30 PM on a Thursday because you haven’t slept more than 4 hours a night in several days). Finally, your parents trust you to ride down the street and explore the vast world around you (graduation – not sure what this feels like!).