As a grad student pretty much all of my week nights are filled with classes or study sessions, so it’s nice when I have a night off to take a break from school and enjoy something fun around campus. Obviously, Ohio State is a huge football school, but during the cold winter months basketball is a fun sport to watch here in Columbus. There are also a number of other great sporting events during the winter, including the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ohio State ice hockey team. In fact, later this month the whole MHRM class is going to a Blue Jackets game together, which will be a fun outing. Last Wednesday I went to the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game and had a blast. It’s really easy as a grad student to get affordable tickets to the basketball games. My seats were in the second row, and I even got to meet Greg Oden who was there watching the game and supporting the Buckeyes. I’d definitely recommend going to at least one basketball game just for the experience. It’s definitely a good way to fill the void when football isn’t in season.
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People always ask what a “typical” week of an MHRM student looks like, and I find myself stumped every time. The truth is, it varies greatly depending on the individual and their other commitments and priorities. The MHRM program has such a diverse student population that people are all over the map (or in this case, book) with what page they’re on in life and what their other commitments are. Some students juggle a full-time job and school, while others juggle a part-time job and school or are solely a student. In addition to this, we have students with varying marital and parental statuses. Plus, let’s not forget the pet owners (that’s me!) because having to run home to a dog or another pet can certainly change priorities and what a “typical” schedule looks like.
I think it comes down to what a person’s commitments and priorities are in life. MHRM classes are at least 3 nights a week from 6-9:15pm so making use of weekends is a must because “doing it after class” is simply not going to happen! When possible, and time permitting with your schedule, take advantage of the OSU and Fisher campus and amenities. There are several hot spots on campus you can go to get work done in between work, meetings, classes (electives), and more!
Gerlach Hall and Mason Hall on Fisher’s campus have plenty of breakout rooms that can be reserved for studying or group projects. Gerlach Hall also has the computer lab at your disposal for computer use and printing, and Mason Hall has Rohr Cafe for those much needed coffee breaks. Also, Subway and Panera are just across the street from Fisher so you have somewhere to go for those quick bites to eat or another place to get your work done.
When exploring OSU’s campus beyond Fisher, you can explore one of the gyms on campus: Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), Jesse Owens North (JON), Jesse Owens South (JOS), or the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC). You can also check out Thompson Library and find somewhere within the 11 story building to kickback and enjoy a good book or get work done. And, if you’re wanting more food (who doesn’t like food) just walk around the corner to High Street and enjoy one of the many options available to you!
One of the best things about Fisher is that if you want the feel of a Big 10 institution then you can certainly get that experience, but if you want the feel of a smaller community, you can certainly get that too! There are so many options available to you; you decide what your schedule looks like, how much time you spend on campus, and how you utilize all that is available to you through Fisher and OSU.
I admit it. I am often behind on what is “trendy” and “hip,” but I’ve been seeing a lot of #nonewfriends on Twitter and Instagram. I finally took the time to look it up on Urban Dictionary though, and honestly, it is a tad #redonkulous.
I prefer, “make new friends, but keep the old.” I also think taking this approach when joining the MHRM program will get you much further both personally and professionally. We all enter the program having existing friendships and relationships, but I think it is crucial to be open to creating new ones.
I’ve mentioned on previous blogs how Fisher provides numerous opportunities to engage with peers, such as orientation, MHRM Council events, group work, and more. We also have different opportunities to get to know the Fisher MBA, MAcc, and SMF students too, which is awesome! We have two years in the program and work very closely with our peers throughout the entire duration. It makes the experience much more enjoyable if you make friends along the way.
With class sizes of roughly 50, most of us have different interests and hobbies, share different experiences and backgrounds, and also may be on different pages in life than others, so I think it becomes natural to find individuals who you may connect with better than others, but keeping an open mind and heart can elevate your experiences during your time at Fisher. Don’t be afraid to try new things, or to go outside of your comfort zone from time to time, or to socialize with people different than yourself. Most importantly, don’t let the time you have at Fisher slip away without making #newfriends.
Firstly – and hopefully not to your chagrin – as a stay at home mom, I’m not going to post about the events happening around campus as much as other students because there is a shortage of babysitters (especially during the day) who will take pity on this broke mom drowning in student debt and babysit a wild 2 1/2 year old for free. The intention of the majority of my posts is to provide helpful information for potential students about the MHRM program (WHICH IS AWESOME. Not biased at all). BUT, I will include an adorable picture of my husband and son at Zoo Lights (a must see around the holidays) in this post. Bonus: my kid recently got glasses and looks like Ralphie in the picture.
After a nice long, break, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. I’m intimidated by the workload of this semester but am also incredibly excited by my courses.
The first semester of your first year is generally filled with pretty basic, introductory-type stuff. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to work hard, but it may not be as mentally taxing as you’d expect grad school to be. Don’t let that fool you.
This second semester will be filled with data analytics, hours long excel assignments, an apparently huge project (some students have told me their final group paper was 60+ pages), an impossible change project (the word “impossible” came straight from my professor. According to him, the harder the task will be to complete, the better), and Employment Law.
While that all sounds intimidating – ahem, and I’m speaking for myself here – I’m thrilled to be learning useful information I’m not already familiar with or that is less intuitive then, say, “Business Basics.” (*Disclaimer, the professor of the aforementioned course is entertaining and makes the material fun and interesting even for students familiar with the content.)
Data Analytics is an interesting business function that hasn’t always been utilized the way it can/should be and still isn’t utilized in many companies to its full potential. At the risk of sounding like a brownnoser (I doubt my stats professor will see this anyway because, “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”), I’m genuinely excited to learn how to use data in my field. Despite the challenging and time-consuming assignments in this course, I’m enjoying myself. While I do like to solve difficult puzzles (including some math problems), I never actually enjoyed my math classes in undergrad because I didn’t see any realistic application in my field of study – and, I like to efficiently use my time. Give me information I can use. In this stats course, I will learn exactly how to apply what I’m learning in my field. I don’t even know how to adequately explain how excited this makes me. Plus, the hugeness of Big Data and how data analysis can be used in business intrigues me.
Which brings me to my staffing class. Did you know the most common staffing methods are almost no better than hiring people at random? With the use of data, businesses can more effectively hire the right people for the right job. My group and I get to turn in a hefty
book paper that explains this in detail. Saweeet!
Employment Law is also a highly interesting class and has brought up issues I never knew existed. The group project for this class will be time consuming but fun.
With that said, I gotta go study/write/work on a project/play with my kid. You might not hear from me for 3 months.
As many of my classmates and friends are aware, I started my internship search back in August. It’s been a long journey, but I am very excited and could not be more pleased with my decision to accept an offer with Anheuser-Busch. Fisher’s Office of Career Management has helped me along every step of the way and I have the wonderful staff to thank for that.
My experience interviewing with Anheuser-Busch was great. I first saw the company at the Fisher Fall Career Fair back in September, and was able to develop a good relationship with the recruiters through networking. I then did a first-round interview and was fortunate enough to be selected for the final panel interview in St. Louis. Because AB is headquartered in St. Louis, this was a great opportunity for me to really evaluate the organization’s culture and assess if I’d be a good fit for the company. I traveled to St. Louis in October with another one of my MHRM classmates, Natalie, who would also be interviewing on the final panel. Neither of us had been to St. Louis before, so it was a treat to explore the city and see all the different sights the day before our interview.
The morning of our interview, we arrived bright and early and met the other interview candidates from other schools across the country. I had never done a group interview before so I was not entirely sure what to expect. There were definitely some tough questions and it was interesting interviewing in a group setting with the other interview candidates right beside me, but I ultimately enjoyed the experience and found it extremely rewarding. After the interview, they took us on a tour of the headquarters and then on a brewery tour. We even got to see the Clydesdales! Overall, it was a great interview experience. Natalie and I both ended up getting offers to join AB’s People Department this summer, and we’re very excited to join the team!
I’m having a hard time comprehending how quickly last semester flew by – especially the second portion of it. Here we are, roughly 7 weeks from our other 7 week courses and I genuinely feel like it’s only been two to three weeks.
I can’t say it enough, but I’m fully enjoying this program. The information learned so far has been invaluable. In addition to information passed to me from instructors, the different perspectives of my peers have added significant value to this program. The Fisher College of Business is very deliberate in their selection process and the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures of my fellow classmates have made that clear. The friendships I’m developing will most assuredly follow me through life.
Winter Break has been be a nice, *almost* month long break. I spent my time indoctrinating my 2.5 year old with Santa Claus and Rudolph, stayed in my pajamas all day, everyday, playing with my dogs, and not cleaning my house. It was a successful break.
Happy Holidays, everyone! And welcome back to campus (shortly)!
I recently participated in the MHRM Internal Case Competition here at Fisher. Before going into this experience I had no idea what to expect. The competition started early Friday morning and the entire class was presented with a “real world” HR problem from the judges (The judges are current HR professionals from companies around the region). We were then assigned break-out rooms with our group, and given 24 hours to come up with a solution and form a presentation for the judges for the following day.
I was on a team of all first-years and none of us had any previous HR work experience. My team worked really well together, though, because we were able to communicate effectively and collaborate as a group. Once we got to our break-out rooms, we spent a lot of time brainstorming ideas, organizing our thoughts, and figuring out which ideas we wanted to focus on. If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to focus in great detail on a few of your ideas or solutions, but don’t try to tackle everything. There’s simply not enough time to address everything. My group ended up staying at school pretty late into the evening (or should I say, morning) because we had so much content to fit into our short, 15-minute presentation.
We arrived back at school early Saturday morning to finish up printing our materials and slides, but actually ended up cutting it so close that we didn’t have any time to practice our presentation before we went in to present to the judges. Our presentation went really well, though, for having not ever rehearsed, and in fact, one of our group members, Erin, won an award for best speaker overall. Looking back on this experience, I am really proud of my group for jumping in with no expectations and working really hard to produce an overall great presentation. It was definitely a memorable two days and I look forward next year’s competition.
Being back home this past weekend for Thanksgiving Break got me thinking about what I am thankful for. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to say that there is so much I am thankful for, and that I have been very blessed throughout my life. So much has changed in just the past year alone though. I got my rescue dog (Riggs), bought my first home, and began the Fisher MHRM program and my position as the MHRM Ambassador.
Deciding to attend the Fisher MHRM program was one of the best decisions and investments I have made for myself. The path I took to get to where I am today was not always clear, but I am so happy with where it led me. The MHRM program has a rather diverse student population with different cultures, educational backgrounds, work experiences, and more. Prior to beginning the MHRM program I had received an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration. It was not until my first Masters program and two years of full-time work after that I learned more about the different HR functions and fell in love with it!
When the time felt right, I started researching different programs, and it did not take long for me to realize how Fisher’s program is set apart from several of the other programs. I firmly believe that people need to find programs and schools that are a good fit for them, and that are aligned with their goals and aspirations. Nonetheless, Fisher’s MHRM faculty and staff have a passion for what they do and take a sincere interest in their students.
I didn’t have a HR background or business background prior to beginning the MHRM program, so I love that the program provides a business acumen and HR Generalist’s perspective. Plus, I think the curriculum is positioned nicely and helps create a foundation to build upon throughout one’s time in the program. The faculty also do a great job at breaking content down so that it is digestible, but if students have questions or concerns along the way, faculty and peers are more than willing to provide assistance!
In addition to the distinguished curriculum and faculty, the Fisher staff is extremely supportive. The Graduate Programs Office staff and the Career Management staff go above and beyond to ensure that students have the necessary resources to succeed. They are readily available, approachable, and care about you and how they can help.
I’m also super thankful for how inviting the program is. I was a little nervous before starting the program, not only about the curriculum, but also about the culture that would exist within the business school. I was happy to find that people are overwhelmingly supportive, and that peers are willing and able to help one another and encourage one another. I love that the class size is typically 45-50 students because that allows us to get to know each other, both inside and outside of the class.
So, as I think about the past year and where I am at in life, I think choosing to pursue the MHRM program at Fisher has definitely impacted me for the better. I can honestly say that it was a great decision and that I am thankful for the knowledge, skills, experiences, and friendships the program has provided thus far.
You’ll have the chance at the Fisher College of Business. Not just once – but TWICE!
Kidding. Sort of.
The Annual Fisher MHRM Internal Case Competition was held the previous weekend (November 7 and 8) and I’m 100% certain I’ve never spent that much time at school in my undergrad – or ever. While this might not sound like the party you’d expect to have during your weekend, it was an absolute blast.
The case competition goes like this: you wake up at an ungodly hour, attempt to make yourself look like a normal person, and arrive at school by 7:30am (how on earth did I do this on the regular when I was in high school?) Don’t worry; coffee and breakfast are supplied. Shortly after, you’ll be given case rules and then be presented with a live case*. Once the case has been introduced, you break into your (previously determined) teams and begin to come up with a viable solution for the company which presented the case. Some teams may finish quickly…others may not finish until well after midnight. My experience was the latter.
Despite being in the same room on campus for more than 15 hours, the time flew by because our team was coming up with great ideas as well as having a great time (pretty sure we played Taylor Swift’s new album at least three times).
The next day we had to be on campus again at 7:30am. More coffee – more breakfast. We were then given our presentation times and set out into our team rooms to practice our pitch. We definitely played T. Swift a few more times to harness some positive juju.
Nerves were high until we were in front of the judges ready to present. Rather than a lecture-like presentation which we’ve all experienced when presenting a project for class, the presentation is very conversational. The judges ask questions, you answer. Generally, your classmates don’t have a ton of questions for you regarding your presentation. But many of the judges are from the company which presented the case or a company facing a similar problem. They want to know why you came up with the solutions you came up with. Everyone in the room is very engaged. You’re allotted 25 minutes to present your solution and most people still have plenty they want to say when the time is up.
My suggestions for anyone interested in participating in the case competition: bring a pillow and blanket (kidding – sort of); get up and walk around when you’ve been sitting for too long; make sure you’re well-fed and hydrated (food and beverages are provided the whole day. Take advantage of that); you’re not given enough time to present all of your ideas – pick two to three of your best ideas and prepare to go into detail about them; have proof about why your ideas will work – while businesses generally value creativity, they also value results. Prove that your solutions will give them what they want.
Most importantly – HAVE FUN.
*Case details are omitted for confidentiality.
The majority of MHRM courses have a group project as one of the graded assignments. I know what you’re thinking, and I’m fairly certain that everyone could admit that working in teams isn’t “always” easy. Multiple people often means multiple and/or differing communication styles. On the flip side though, multiple people also means multiple strengths, abilities, and ideas that can contribute to the final product. Overall, I think this is good practice for the real world. We all need to be able to work effectively in teams and groups because we are going to have to do so after we graduate, so why not start practicing now?
Quite a few instructors will assign groups, which has been another great way for me to get to know people in the program. The program utilizes several ways to connect with peers, such as orientation, classes, extracurricular activities, socials, and yes, group projects.
Another benefit to the group projects is learning more about Human Resource practices currently being used in different organizations today. Through your own research and listening to peer findings, you learn more about HR best practices and what a high performing organization looks like.
Business Excellence I assigned a group project that required each team to analyze an organization using the VRIO and Five Forces models. My group and I interviewed Homage, which is a vintage inspired clothing company that highlights moments and history around pop culture, sports, colleges, and cities. They are also known for their quality materials and products, as well as their comfort. We had the opportunity to meet the founder and creator of Homage, Ryan Vesler. His passion, innovation and motivation were truly inspiring, which made this a really fun experience. Plus, I got to take home a super comfy hoodie (an added bonus). It feels like I’m walking around in a snuggie. Needless to say, but it’s a new favorite of mine!