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A day in my life

The day started, as usual, around 4:40 am in the morning.  I played a kung fu form, watched a little bit of the news as I grabbed a quick bite to eat.  I had prepared my lunch and dinner to be ready to go.  By 5:10 am I was on my way to work with my mug full of coffee.  I read over the articles that we were going to discuss in class before I prepared to do a check in for work.  The client that I manage has appreciated the time that I have spent on site at their company and increased their order from our company.  My boss was pretty happy, but I confess it was a little overwhelming, because it also means my responsibilities were growing.  Just in time for the beginning of classes!  The day quickly flew by staying consistently busy and my break around 2 pm was a welcome relief.  I sat at my desk eating my lunch and my thoughts drifted to how my kids and wife were.  I knew it was nap time, so I didn’t want to wake them up.  The rest of the day flew by and I barely had time to finish my work.

I traveled to OSU and as I was parking the car, I got a call from our client and we had an informal chat about the ongoing partnership.  I met up with some friends from class and had a nice time listening to their perspectives on careers and more background.  The professor for the class tonight had a much different style and seemed to be able to engage everyone in the room without much effort.

The professor ended class early so that we could go to a networking event with Marathon Oil company.  I spoke to some folks from the MHRM council and learned a couple of things about the case competition that we will be participating in.  The next group that I floated to included Jill Westerfeld (career development) and an HR representative from Marathon.  I asked questions about his experiences and enjoyed hearing not only about his experiences, but the fact I was asking the questions in front of Jill.  I have a meeting planned with her next week, so it will be interesting to hear her impressions about the type of questions I asked and the manner with which I asked them.  I spent about an hour at the event and said goodbye to a couple of classmates as I left.

I drove home, hoping that I would get the chance to see my kids before they went to sleep.  Luckily, I got to hug my little girl.  My little boy was a little tired, but I got to see him too.  I finished off the night typing up this blog and then preparing for tomorrow.

Another busy day

Another busy day of work today, filled with the normal challenges that helped propel the day forward.  Our boss offered to treat everybody to drinks and food, but I had to say, “no” because I had to teach a guitar lesson and it would be the first time all week that I could sit with both my kids at the same time.  Before I was able to go home though, Jill Westerfeld had arranged for a photographer to come to OSU and took free professional headshots for all the Fisher Grad Students.  My current LinkedIn profile is a picture of me and my daughter playing guitar.  Prior to the MHRM program, I was teaching guitar full time and so it was a more appropriate photo.  Now that recruiters might peek at my profile, I took advantage of the opportunity to put something more professional up.

After smiling awkwardly for the camera, I had to buy two more books for class.  Since I was already on campus, I stopped by the bookstore.  I have two bachelors degrees and a music minor and yet I still keep forgetting how expensive books can be.  On top of that, it would seem that being in a graduate program also means that the price of books are “graduated” to a higher price tag.  Despite the higher price tag, I am excited to be back on campus and look forward to getting into the material.

I got home and my wife had a nice meal for us all to enjoy together.  To be honest, just holding my boy in my lap, talking to my little girl, and being with my wife was what I was really hungry for.  It was like the best kind of reward for a busy week.  All of us are getting used to the new schedule.  We definitely haven’t worked it all out, but I believe it will come soon enough.

Career Fair

I attended a Career Fair on September 8th. It was my first time to get involved in a career fair. At first I was so nervous: I didn’t know what would happen in my first career fair. Luckily, the Fisher Career Management Office held a round table meeting for international students in which we spent one hour talking about how to prepare for a career fair. I learned that I should target companies, search their websites, look for job descriptions, and prepare my questions before a career fair. Then I felt better and believed that the upcoming career fair is not a “terrible” event for me any more.


However, although I prepared carefully, my first career fair is not so successful. As suggested in round table meeting, I first walked toward a company to get some practice.When I was just about to introduce myself, the recruiter started the conversation first. Suddenly, I lost my mind and did not remember what to say. But the recruiter was nice and patient, so our conversation went on but just for 2 minutes. Then I tried several companies, things got better but not as good as I expected. After the Career Fair, I was tired and upset. I thought I was not supposed to be at the career fair. I also heard that it was difficult for an international student to find an internship. I even thought “It was a waste of time since I have no chance to get an internship.”


The next day, we had another career fair in the Ohio Union. I did not want to go but I told myself I must not be afraid of a career fair. This time I realized that a conversation with a recruiter is not reciting a self- introduction but an interaction with them. With well-preparation and a confident smile, I talked to a recruiter of my target company. It was more successful: I linked my questions with my strengths and experience. I felt the recruiter was interested in me as she asked me to apply for their position online. I felt a sense of accomplishment afterwards. I know I was on the right track and my practice is making things better.

After the career fair, I sent a follow-up email to the recruiter. I did not know my e-mail was appropriate as I am not used with follow-up activities. But I am not afraid of failure any more because I know that if I keep trying and practicing, one day it will paid off.


Classes are soon starting and I feel like I did when I was a kid going to the first day of school.  There is a definite uncertainty of the future twisted with the excitement of the beginning of a new adventure.  Being an untraditional graduate student, I had anticipated a certain type of distancing that would occur because of my unique background.  My theory was completely demolished by the welcome provided at orientation.  Professors and advisors all made me feel welcome and that I both belonged and deserved to be there.  Even though orientation was only a day and a half, by the end of it, I already felt like I have known some of my classmates for a long time!

First Day of School

I sat there in class and connected with a few people that I had met with during orientation.  We chatted about various things as we waited for the professor to come in.  He introduced himself and very thoroughly went through his syllabus, clearly outlining his intentions for us to learn.  He also sincerely professed his desire to help us along the way.  We then had a brief lecture introducing us to the fundamentals of HR.  I was really grateful to have my computer, because he spoke with such detail, that I would have had a hard time writing everything down by hand.

After the lecture there was a short break.  The class seemed to re-energize a little as we broke into small group discussions about the topics we discussed.  The class concluded with two of my classmates debating the issue in front of the class.

My first blog ever!

My name is Lewis Charles and I am a student in the Master of Human Resource Management program at Ohio State.  I wanted to do a blog to provide people with a unique insight into life as a grad student in the program!

I have been married for thirteen years, have a three year old girl and a 11 month old boy.  I have a degree in Biology from 2002 from Virginia Commonwealth University and a degree in Psychology with a Music minor from Ohio State University.  I have taught guitar and lectured at Muskingum University for several years while maintaining a private studio in Worthington.  I currently work full time as a staffing coordinator for a third party staffing agency.

I wanted to do a blog to share my journey with others and hope that it provides a glimpse into life as a grad student.

Classes in Fisher

It has been 3 weeks since my classes started. Although I have been an exchange student in United States for 4 months, I still feel a little bit stressful with my academic life. First of all, we have a mountain of pre-class reading: I read 200 pages per week on average. Therefore, I spend most of my time at Fisher reading these materials. The first thing I have learned is to use different reading strategies on different reading materials. For example, in the “Foundations Of Labor and Human Resources” course, we have over 200-pages of reading for a week. At first, I read so carefully that I realized I wouldn’t finish this task before class begins. So I changed my strategy and just focused on the main points of each chapter. However, when I read cases, I have to be more careful to be prepared for class discussion. It takes about 2 hours for me to finish reading a case. I should first know the situation of the company and then clarify what problem the company is facing. After that, I analyze causes of these problems and try to figure out solutions. So here is one of my ideologies of Fisher courses: we do not focus on memorizing all content in a book but absorb the author’s thoughts and apply them in practical cases.


In addition, we really emphasize class participation. We may have a discussion, debate or presentation in classes. In the course “Fundamentals of Business Excellence II,” every class begins with the professor’s question: “What’s in your mind this week?” Then students start to talk about what they found or thought about recent HR issues.

Last week, we had a group discussion on a case. As a group, we analyzed the situation and gave suggestions. We spent about 2 hours on the discussion. It was like we were hired by this company to make a change of this organization. The professor told us it was a real case that he had worked on. He talked about how he dealt with this case. It was great since we made a link between classroom teaching and real organizational practice.

Since the Chinese education system is so different from that in the United States, I am still trying my best to adjust my academic life to here. My undergraduate life was quite relaxed. But here at Fisher, I have to deal with course assignments, group projects (we value teamwork and have group work for each courses), career fairs, and hub activities at the same time. I need to be energetic everyday!

Just Around the Riverbend

“What I love most about rivers is
You can’t step in the same river twice
The water’s always changing, always flowing.”

-Schwartz & Menken-

It’s now year two of the MHRM program, and I have to admit, it feels quite different. Upon arrival during first year, most students spend their first month or so in the program getting their feet wet. They’re trying to acclimate to their new home in Columbus and at OSU & Fisher. They’re also adapting to graduate level course work and the new classroom environment, becoming familiar with the faculty and their expectations of students, and building relationships with peers. Upon arrival for second year though, students are much more relaxed, laid-back and comfortable. I am not suggesting that this was not the case first year, but perhaps not immediately during first year. Nonetheless, I do think there has been a shift in attitudes and confidence.

You may be thinking, why? Well, I can only provide my opinion on the matter, but I believe it is the result of the ongoing support of our faculty and staff here at Fisher, as well as the experiences and knowledge gained from summer internships. Throughout our first year we had the opportunity to engage in class discussions and projects with our peers to push outside of our comfort zone in order to learn from one another. We also had the opportunity to build personal and professional relationships with faculty and staff, who offered their expertise, shared their personal experiences and stories, offered a listening ear, and provided guidance when needed. In addition, since one of the program requirements is the completion of a thesis or internship (most students select the internship) during the summer between the first and second year, many students are returning from their internships having gained hands-on experience in HR. Being able to apply theory, concepts and knowledge from the classroom into organizational practices is invaluable, and I think people came back with a much deeper understanding of HR, as well as a greater appreciation for the impact HR can have in organizations.

It’s just the beginning of year two, but I am excited for the fresh perspectives everyone is bringing back into the classroom, and I am excited to see how the year unfolds. What will be…’Just Around the Riverbend’?

*For those who may be unfamiliar with the quote above, reference –> (Classic).

Lesson Learned.

Hello All! My name is Rachel, and I am a “newb” at this blogging thing! A little bit about myself, I guess:

  • MRHM Student
  • 24 years old
  • First Year
  • From West Virginia (yes, we are an actual state and no, I am not missing any teeth)
  • Getting married in less than 9 months!!

I just wanted to get on here and share a story of my awesome first day with Fisher. The term “awesome” is somewhat said in a sarcastic tone (it would make my life so much easier if sarcasm was readable).


My first class was great (MHRM 7301). I enjoyed the dry, witty humor that the professor shared throughout the class. It was an awesome experience to interact with others that are currently working towards the same goal as I am.

The trouble for me began after class–I parked in the parking garage right next to the architecture building, so as I went to leave for the evening, my key card would not let me out of the building. I tried and tried and tried to get out of the garage, and it wouldn’t let me. I finally got smart and called


Played a long game of “What parking garage are you in?”. For example,

CP: “Are you in the parking garage next to Hitchcock Hall?”
Me: “Is that the engineering building?”
CP: “I don’t know.”
Me: “I’m in the one right across the architecture building.”
CP: “What’s the architecture building?”
Me: “The only white building on North Campus?”
…You get the idea….

Long story short, I figured out that since my car is so small, the sensor wasn’t recognizing that my car was trying to leave.
A good first year lesson: pull up as far as you can while trying to leave the parking garages.
Another good lesson is to know what buildings are called.

Thanks for listening everyone!


<3 Rachel

Welcome Week

The new academic year began with Welcome Week. I don’t know other students’ feelings, but to me, Welcome Week is more like a party.


Actually, Welcome Week did start with a party-Global Buckeye Celebration. With food, games, and dancing, the celebration provided a good opportunity for new students to meet each other. I want to mention the dancer who led the dance that night. At first, not so many students danced with her (International students, especially Chinese students, are too shy to dance in front of a crowd). But slowly, maybe influenced by this brilliant dancer and the atmosphere she created, more and more students joined her. However, I did not join the dancing at last (Yes, I am shy :) ), but I tried some games and the pizza tasted great!


Another important event during Welcome Week is the Involvement Fair. Hundreds of organizations exhibited themselves on the Oval. In China, our university students also have an Involvement Fair but on a much smaller scale. Besides, the main aim of the Chinese Involvement Fair is to attract new members for university association, while the Involvement Fair at OSU was just like a university-wide celebration!


Finally, a concert pushed Welcome Week to an exciting climax. I was shocked because I had never seen so many people on campus before. In front of the Union was a huge crowd of people, on the street was a huge crowd of people…Some of my classmates were trapped on the street as the buses had to changed their routes.

In China, students are not allowed to have so many activities in their first week: people believe that students should calm down and get prepared for a new semester. Party? No way. But I do love Welcome Week in the Ohio State University, it gave me a wonderful beginning to my new academic year.

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