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The Beginning…

The lovely Ohio Stadium, or the Horseshoe, as we Buckeyes call it, represents life here at Ohio State University. It is a place where we all congregate, no matter what year or major. Life here at Ohio State isn’t just about school, there is so much more here to discover. There are literally thousands upon thousands of students surrounding you that want to share in similar experiences. There are organizations, clubs, and social events at our fingertips. Click here for a link to the student organizations that are available at Fisher – be sure to check these out.  There are so many opportunities here to allow you to flourish as a young professional. With all this being said I know it is scary. It is never easy to leave home, to start new and to challenge yourself. But that is what school is about.

If I could give one piece of advice today it is to take risks. Starting my Masters of Human Resource Management program was a big step for me. I took two years off after I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology to step back and explore potential career paths. I would sit for hours researching companies, fields, and employment opportunities. But at the end of the day I knew I wanted to go back to school. I chose the MHRM program here at Ohio State because it is ranked as one of the top 10 programs in the United States. Another major appeal to the program is the staff – they are tremendous. Your professors have worked at top-notch companies and they have real life experiences to share to you. They will offer to help you with resumes, cover letters, and will help guide you. It is not just about sitting in a classroom and listening to a professor lecture, this program engages and challenges you every step of the way. Like I stated before, graduate school is about taking risks and let me tell you it will all be worth it in the end. 

 

 

 

 


My Interview with Amanda Rose

Over the last few months, I have shared many blogs about me and my life.  I thought it would be interesting to learn about a couple of other students’ lives, their perspectives on the program and their journeys from undergraduate to graduate school. I interviewed Amanda Rose, a first year MHRM student.

Name: Amanda Rose

Hometown: Green, OH

Undergraduate Institution: University of Mount Union

Major: Business Administration

Undergraduate extracurricular activities: Basketball, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Student Athletic Advisory Committee

Work Experience: HR Intern-Fannie May Confections, HR Intern-University of Mount Union, University Relations Intern-The Timken Company, Graduate Assistant – Office of Career Management Fisher College of Business

What lead you to your decision to go to graduate school? I didn’t want to attend graduate school directly after undergrad because I had a great internship that could lead to a full time job and was really excited to begin my career. I knew eventually I would want to go back to school so I started doing some research and planning to take the GMAT. While doing that, I learned about the MHRM program at Ohio State and couldn’t wait to find out more. Once I visited Fisher, learned about the types of courses offered in this program and the career opportunities I could pursue because of it, I knew this would be great for me both personally and professionally. I was also lucky enough to be offered a Graduate Assistantship that would allow me to work part-time while financing my tuition. After that, my choice was very easy and I know that I made the right decision.

Why did you ultimately choose the MHRM program at OSU? This was the only program I applied to, but I was drawn to it because the HR program was housed in the business school, which isn’t always typical for every HR master’s program – not to mention it is such a highly ranked HR program and business school.

What is one thing that you like most about the MHRM program? I like how much of an interest all of my classmates take in each other. All the students in my program were top students in their undergraduate institutions and everyone wants to be just as successful here. We also have many employers coming to recruit us so we are all interviewing for the same positions at the same time. This type of environment could foster a lot of competition among us, but instead everyone really wants to see each other succeed. We are all more than willing to help out if someone is having trouble in a class and we are each other’s biggest cheerleaders when it comes to interviewing and receiving job offers. (The biggest competition in our program has been filling out the NCAA bracket!)

What is one thing that you like least about the MHRM program? Taking night classes. I never had to take night classes in undergrad and it has really been an adjustment for me. By the end of the day, it is sometimes hard to get motivated for a 3 hour class 3 nights a week.

What is the most difficult aspect of being a graduate student? The most difficult aspect of being a graduate student was learning when to relax a little bit and allowing myself to take a break from school and work.  There is always going to be reading to get done and projects to be completed but it is important to remember you need to take time for yourself – and that’s OK! I had to learn that I would get all of my work done and still do well in class even when I allowed myself to take a break sometimes.

What is something that you wish you were told when they had visited/started grad school at OSU? It is great to get to know and become friends with your program but also take time to get to know other graduate students outside of it too. Many students in my cohort are very similar so it is nice to branch out and always fun to meet more people with different interests.

Do MHRM students spend time together out of class?  Yes, many of us spend a lot time together outside of class going to lunch/dinners, movies, concerts, and even to Skyzone (an indoor trampoline park)!  Two of my closest friends are girls I’ve met since starting this program and we are always together. We just went to California together for spring break! Its great spend time with each other to have fun and learn more about each other outside of a professional/classroom setting. It makes spending 3 hours together every night in class much more enjoyable.

What are some of your hobbies and interests? Have you found a place to pursue those at OSU? I really love sports and obviously at Ohio State there are many opportunities to pursue that interest. I went to many football games and pre-game tailgates with Fisher friends, have had many “watch parties” for basketball games, attended my first ever hockey game and even played intramural flag football and basketball with other Fisher grad students.

Do the students have enough time for a social life? Students definitely have enough time for a social life. It is an adjustment from undergrad and it is important to prioritize your schoolwork but if you use time-management skills you can always make time for friends and fun. My friends and I have a tradition of heading over to The Thirsty Scholar after Thursday night classes as a way to unwind from the busy week.

What do you typically do for fun? I really just enjoy spending time with my friends so anything we do together is fun for me! We like to do many different things and always try to plan at least one fun activity for the weekend that’s different and can get our minds away from school and work. During the fall, we spent a lot of time experiencing Ohio State by going to happy hours, different local restaurants, and of course as many football games as possible. We celebrate each other’s birthday’s together and even have theme parties together too. But I also just enjoy “girls’ nights in” attempting to bake cookies, watching movies, and talking about anything and everything!

Do graduate students have access to athletic and other university facilities and events? Graduate students  have access to athletic facilities, libraries, and on campus computer labs. Here at Fisher, graduate students have their own computer lab, study lounge, and break out rooms that are great for study groups and projects. I am able to use any athletic facility on campus and participate in any intramural sport too.

Do you participate in any student organizations? I am currently in the MHRM Council and will be the MHRM program delegate in the Council of Graduate Students (graduate student government) next year.

What are your plans for the summer? This summer I will be interning with Shell Oil Company in Houston Texas in the HR department.

What do you hope to do after you complete your MHRM degree? I am excited for all of the opportunities available to me by graduating with my MHRM degree from Ohio State and don’t have a specific route in HR I want to take yet. I hope to learn more about what interests me this summer and during next year but I am very open to all the possibilities I can have in a career after graduating from Fisher.


My Interview with Yuqing Zhang

Over the last few months, I have shared info about me and my life.  I thought it would be interesting to learn about a couple of other students’ lives, their perspective on the program and their journey from undergraduate to graduate school. Fisher first year MHRM student, Yuqing Zhang, gave me some very unique answers to my interview questions. Read on to hear her perspective on the US, Ohio State and her journey from undergraduate to graduate school.

Chinese New Year

Name: Yuqing Zhang

Hometown: Guangxi, China

Undergraduate Institution: Renmin University of China

Major: Human Resource and Management

Undergraduate extracurricular activities: School’s badminton club leader, class monitor, vice president of sports unit in school’s student union

Work Experience: Several internships

What lead you to your decision to go to graduate school? I was curious what it would be like to study in the US.

Why did you ultimately choose the MHRM program at OSU? I expected a career in HR area, either in academic research or in industry. And Fisher is the best choice either way.

What is one thing that you like most about the MHRM program? That the program provides so many resources helping with both learning and career development.

What is one thing that you like least about the MHRM program? Well, I guess international students need more exposure to internship/employment opportunities.

About how many hours per week do you spend on schoolwork in and out of class? In class: 12h, out of class: 15h.

What is the most difficult aspect of being a graduate student? You really need to take more initiatives and consider more about career development.

Did anything regarding MHRM program/OSU/Columbus surprise you? That the people here are so nice and provide host and all kinds of events to engage us into the community.

Do MHRM students spend time together out of class? Yes, a lot.

Do you interact with students from different Master’s programs? Yes, my roommate is in the Fisher MBLE program, and there’s a lot of classes and events in which I can connect to MBA and MAcc students.

What are some of your hobbies and interests? Have you found a place to pursue those at OSU? Yes! I love badminton and volleyball. There’s an official badminton club and an unofficial volleyball club in which everyone could engage. I can also enjoy myself in the wonderful recreation center at OSU.

Do the students have enough time for a social life? Yes. I would say that schoolwork is important but not all for graduate students, social life may actually help more with the career development.

What do you typically do for fun? Work out and have parties.

Do you participate in any student organizations? MHRM Council. I really appreciate the so many various student organizations at Fisher and OSU, which would really provide many valuable opportunities for social and professional development.

What are your plans for the summer? Internship, though I’m still working on getting one :)

What do you hope to do after you complete your MHRM degree? To take advantage of the Optional Practical Training program and gain more hands-on experience here in the US.


Dodging balls for veterans

A couple of weeks ago, FisherServes held a charity dodge ball tournament benefiting Honor Flight Columbus, an organization that honors senior veterans throughout the United States. In a throwback to the playground days, Fisher graduate students from all programs formed teams of six and prepared to practice the five D’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge! Myself, Ashley, and Amanda from the MHRM program teamed up with Simon, Casey, and Scott from the SMF program for the Friday afternoon tournament.

Amanda, Ashley, Me, Casey, Scott and Simon

Twelve teams battled to win best two out of three matches through round robin style play before heading in to playoff brackets. This design guaranteed that everyone got to play a solid number of matches regardless of wins and losses- which our team certainly appreciated. Admittedly, our team was not the best on the court. But we may have been the best dressed!

Afterwards all the participants headed out to Zeno’s, who also donated a portion of the night’s sales to Honor Flight Columbus. It was a great opportunity for students from all programs to hang out, mingle, and get to know each other a little more after the friendly competition.

The event raised almost $600 for Honor Flight Columbus and added bonus? It was an absolute blast! It did not truly matter whether your team won or lost, it was just a ton of fun to get out there and play.


MHRM Council officers elected for 2013-14

The MHRM program here at Fisher has a governing student organization called the MHRM Council. The council provides opportunities for students to interact socially with each other and the Columbus community, as well as business professionals both in the Columbus area and nationwide. The executive board also communicates with the Fisher faculty and staff regularly to ensure that our program is continually improving.

A few weeks ago we elected our new student officers for 2013-2014. A big congratulations is in order for these officers as they prepare to fill the shoes of the officers from this year! The 2012-2013 Council has made our first year in the MHRM program just a little bit easier and more exciting- which is exactly what they are here for!

MHRM Students Prior To An HR Social Event

Two of the biggest events the MHRM Council organizes are the Internal HR Case Competition – which you can read about here - and the HR Invitational Case Competition- which took place just a few weeks ago and includes teams from some of the top HR programs across the country. This year’s external case competition was co-sponsored by PepsiCo, Marathon Petroleum, and Eaton Corporation. Teams from Rutgers, Cornell, Minnesota, Illinois, and of course Ohio State worked all day Friday on a recruiting problem presented to them by PepsiCo, then presented their solutions to the judges Saturday morning. Congratulations to the students from Cornell who were selected as this year’s winning team.

This year’s MHRM Council also organized a mentoring program in coordination with the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. Students were paired with a professional in the Columbus area to help them with making connections, mock-interviewing, job shadowing etc. My mentor work as a corporate recruiter for Northwoods, a software developer and service provider specifically for human services agencies. She helped me talk through my internship options when I had two offers on the table which was infinitely helpful in hearing an unbiased opinion for a professional in the HR field.

Along with these larger undertakings the Council has put on speaker events, community service days, and social events all of which have been great for getting to know our fellow classmates. In the Fall, the Council will be looking for its First Year Representative from the incoming class- if you are one of those students I highly recommend getting involved!

 


If you’re an Ohio State student, this is your source for discounted tickets

As an OSU/MHRM student, we have the ability to get tickets through d-tix, Ohio State’s discount ticket program. d-tix offers tickets to area shows, museums, concerts, sporting events, and more at an exclusive rate: Hocking Hills Zipline Tours, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Columbus Museum of Art, and COSI, just to name a few. Also, they have $25 restaurant giftcards available for only $10. I think it’s OSU’s best kept secret!

With finals coming up, we all needed a break from the daily grind of work and school. We decided to go to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park. We bought our tickets from d-tix (only $5 for an hour session). It is only about 20 minutes from campus in Lewis Center. Sky Zone has you sign a waiver and wear their special trampoline safe tennis shoes to keep you, and the equipment, safe.  Sky Zone Columbus offers open jump, a Foam Zone, SkyRobics fitness classes and 3-D Dodgeball. In the future, we will know that half an hour is probably long enough for us to do everything we want to do. We were exhausted when we left!

d-tix makes some really cool opportunities affordable for students.  Last semester, we waited for 2 hours for Brad Paisley discounted tickets. We were seated just to the left of the stage and had a perfect view of Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery. Make sure to check out d-tix webpageto find out about upcoming events!

Amanda, me and Ashley at the Brad Paisley concert

 


2013 Buckeyethon Raises Over $600K For Nationwide Children’s Hospital

This past weekend myself and thirteen other Fisher MHRM students dedicated twelve hours of our lives to the children of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s hematology and oncology departments during Ohio State’s annual Buckeyethon. The dance marathon took place from 8pm last Friday to 11pm Saturday with dancers choosing one of two twelve hour shifts. I chose to dance the overnight 8pm-8am shift.

As an undergraduate I participated in UCLA’s Dance Marathon so when the opportunity to participate in Ohio State’s version presented itself, I jumped at the chance. As a Buckeyethon dancer we individually pledged to raise a minimum of $100 “for the kids” at Children’s Hospital. As a whole, our MHRM group raised $4,555.13! On the day of we rounded up as much purple gear as we could and went to the Ohio Union to join our fellow purple team dancers along with all of the other students participating in this year’s event. Hundreds of students packed the union for opening ceremonies as we welcomed some of the children from Nationwide along with their families. Speakers reminded us why we were dancing, and we recognized those that were dancing specifically for friends or family members. It was then off to the ballroom to get our twelve hours of dancing started. During our twelve hours we danced, played games, met some amazing kids, made cards, colored pictures, ate, talked, and laughed.

Spending Time With The Kids

If you have never participated in a dance marathon, it is truly an amazing experience. When you are tired, your feet hurt, your back is sore, and you just want to sit down- those are the times when you remember the kids you are dancing for and the pain that they have to go through on a sometimes daily basis as they battle all different types of cancer. Those thoughts give you strength to jump up and down, keep your blood pumping through your body, and fight through the little bit of pain. Our pain is temporary, and the same may not be able to be said for some of the kids at Nationwide (and across the country fighting similar illness).

In the end, Buckeyethon 2013 raised $608,623.29! The event was absolutely incredible, and it is my hope that next year we can get even more Fisher graduate students involved.

Buckeyethon 2013 raised $608,623.29! Photo via Buckeyethon Facebook Page.


My weekend trip to Music City U.S.A.

As Fisher MHRM students, we spend most of our time studying, meeting for group projects and going to class, but weekends give us an opportunity to get away and explore new places. Lucky for us, Columbus is close to many big cities and tourist attractions so traveling is pretty easy.

Ashley and I decided to make use of our long weekend for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and take an impromptu trip to Nashville, TN. My family is originally from Tennessee, so I have visited too many times to count. Ashley, on the other hand, had never visited. Ashley loves country music, southern cooking, and cowboy boots, so I knew she’d fit right in! My cousin, Matthew, was the only brave soul willing to join us on our last minute getaway.

Long weekend trips are a great way to explore the world around you while in grad school

We left Columbus at 5am Saturday morning. Six hours later we arrived at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. I have been to the museum before, but the exhibits change on a regular basis. Although some of the articles and stories were familiar, I was able to see new pieces added to the collection in the last year. We also took a tour of RCA Studio B where legends, like Elvis Presley, and today’s artists, like Carrie Underwood, have recorded more than 1,000 American hits.

Ashley, me and Matthew sitting at Elvis’ piano in RCA Studio B

Saturday night we went downtown to experience all that Nashville has to offer. Broadway is the main street that features restaurants, shopping, bars and entertainment venues. We also went down Printers Alley, a famous alley that has been home to nightclubs since the 1940′s. The live music was incredible! Even the artists busking on the streets deserve to be recognized. We heard everything from country to blues to pop and even gospel.

Ashley and me on Printers Alley

Sunday we hoped to get a seat at The Bluebird Café where singers like Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks were discovered. We wanted to catch the unique performances for Writer’s Night. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize how many other people had the same idea. The Bluebird was at maximum capacity and there was still a line of about 60 people curving around the side of the shopping center. Next time, we will have to go on a night when they take reservations!

We decided on dinner at Merchant’s on Broadway. This restaurant had a very different atmosphere from the usual “country” scene. Everything was in black and white. The service was quick, the food was delicious, and the hipster ambiance was executed perfectly in every detail. Of course, since we were already on Broadway we couldn’t help but check out the local bands again.

Me and Ashley in front of the band

Sadly, we had to head back home on Monday. We stopped for one last meal at The Pancake Pantry. We waited an hour and a half for our table, and it was well worth the wait (and the calories!). I had their specialty, sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon cream syrup. Perfection.

I was very impressed by everything we did in Nashville, but there are still so many sights and sounds I want to share with Ashley and Matthew. We will just have to add it to our list of places to visit: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Indianapolis …


The Business of Finding a Job … Or Internship

As part of a requirement for the MHRM program here at Fisher, most students need to find an internship to take on during the summer between our first and second year. This search can begin as early as the first few weeks of school and continue in to early spring semester. Every students experience is different.

Lucky for us, Fisher has developed strong relationships with all kinds of companies. Exxon Mobil, PepsiCo, Eaton Corporation, Rolls Royce, and many more come to campus specifically to recruit Fisher students. A list displaying some of the companies that recruit HR students here at Fisher can be found here.

Loving the view as I fly to an onsite interview.

My internship search began in September and I was fortunate to wrap it up in November. During those months I went on three first round/on campus interviews and two second round/on site interviews – leading to two offers and eventually the acceptance of one.

Everyone’s experience is different, some students have very specific interests that lead to searching for that perfect internship. Others are not quite sure where they want to go, leading them often to attend many info sessions and take more first round interviews in order to learn more about the options available to them. Some students wish to stay in the Columbus area, others (like myself) are more open to travel – I’ll be spending my summer in Dallas, TX.

The search can be overwhelming and stressful, but the experience of interviewing with top companies both here on Fisher’s campus and (when offered the opportunity) onsite at company headquarters is an excellent learning experience regardless of the final outcome. Personally I gained confidence in my own interviewing skills, learned the importance of networking, and experienced the frenzy that can come along with business related traveling.

This summer is sure to be a giant step out of my comfort zone, a humongous growth experience, and hopefully a lot of fun. I’m grateful (as I’m sure my fellow classmates are) to Fisher’s Career Management department for the part they play in maintaining strong relationships with top organizations. Now it’s up to us as interns to exemplify the quality of student that attends Fisher College of Business. I know I am certainly up for the challenge!


2012 Fisher MHRM Internal Case Competition

On November 9th and 10th the Fisher MHRM program held its third annual Internal Case Competition. This year, the Case Competition was sponsored by Rolls-Royce. During the competition, the participants were required to research a real problem, formulate solutions to the problem, present and articulate appropriate solutions and defend the solutions to top executives. I was lucky enough to team up with the brilliant minds of Tricia, Emily and Ashley.

Tricia, Emily, Me and Ashley

Day one of the competition, we were introduced to the problem by the executives from Rolls-Royce and we were given an opportunity to ask questions. After gathering the information, we went to our assigned break out rooms to begin brainstorming. We all threw out initial ideas and then narrowed them down to the agreed upon three best solutions. We had so much fun throughout the first day. We took plenty of breaks to laugh, relax and eat!  (Thanks to Neesha Hathi for the awesome food!)  After 12 hours of working and re-working our ideas, my team was ready to go home and sleep!

Day two, we were back to Gerlach Hall bright and early to present our ideas to the judges. My team was the second to present in our designated presentation room. When the first team came out of the room wide-eyed and speechless, I have to admit, I was intimidated. What could the judges have possibly done or said to cause that response!? We walked in, greeted the judges and began our presentation. After Tricia introduced the first slide, the judges started to ask question after question. Then it hit me. We were not going to be able to give the presentation as we originally planned.

The judges turned our presentation literally upside down by asking us to start with our last slide. My team was resilient and adaptable to the situation and we did our best to present all of our ideas in our limited time frame. We were rattled but we answered all the judges’ questions. What truly kept our team on point was the support that we gave to one another. If there was ever a question one of us could not answer, another teammate stepped up to help.

I had a wonderful team and we had so much fun competing, despite the stressful, nerve-wrecking, intense situation. Fortunately, my team was chosen as the winner for our room! We received a Rolls-Royce leather portfolio, a $50 gift card to Amazon, and obviously, bragging rights. The Internal Competition was the weekend before my birthday, so along with the delicious chocolate cake that my teammate, Emily, made for me, winning was a great birthday present!

Check out my Flickr for pictures from the event!

This past Monday, the winners of the MHRM Internal Case Competition were invited to lunch with Senior Associate Dean, Stephen Mangum.  It was an opportunity for all the winners to give feedback on the internal competition and debrief about the event.  We were able to sit down and give our opinion, our takeaways and our suggestions for next year.

Also, all of the winners of the Internal Case Competition were invited to interview for a position on the External Case Competition Team.  The External Team was announced yesterday at lunch. Elaina Reinsvold was named the Captain of the External Team. Leanne Tromp, Gabe Schnall and Qin He will join her in representing OSU in the External Case Competition in February. Congratulations to all!


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