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Tests and Teams

A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”      -Vince Lambardi
We have reached the time for our first exams of the semester.  For some this is a dreadful process and for others it is a walk in the park.  At the graduate level, you should expect tests to be composed of open ended questions and essays that cover material from readings, case studies, and classroom discussions.

The first test is somewhat worrisome because you don’t quite know what the professor wants or how they grade; and, it doesn’t help that there are usually only two tests and a project for each class.  As long as you actively read and apply it to class discussions you will be prepared.  Still, most of my classmates were a little nervous.

After completing the first test, two essay questions.  I feel good about my effort and knowledge.  Unlike undergrad exams, the questions were very broad and required a comprehensive understanding of the subject.  There was an organic meeting with some of my classmates after we finished the test and there were mixed feelings (although I feel we all did just fine!)

When I was in 8th grade, I had a teacher that said being able to work in teams is essential to getting ahead in life.  The MHRM program places a great emphasis on teamwork.  As a full time student, I am taking one semester long class and four half semester classes.  Each course has a component that requires teamwork to complete a paper and presentation.

The purpose of our current projects are to identify how organizations implement the elements of business that we have been studying.  For example we have been been reading and discussing about high performance organizations and how to determine if a business could be considered one.  As HR professionals, we will carry much of the burden of developing these aspects in the organizations we represent.  These projects have deepened my professional network and allowed me to understand what HR managers actually do… well at least gain a better understanding.

Aside from gaining valuable insight into actual businesses, our groups are composed of students with different backgrounds and some from different countries.  In my opinion, this is the best way to learn how to work with others.  With three projects going simultaneously,  I am sharpening my time management, organizational, and leadership skills.  As a former coach, I enjoy working with a tight knit group to accomplish a goal, and this is exactly what you can expect from the MHRM students in the Fisher College of Business.

On a side note, Ohio State football is awesome!  On home games, there is a sea of scarlet and gray all around campus.  The camaraderie and school spirit at Ohio State rivals any school in the country.  You can feel the excitement when you walk through the miles of tailgaters, join in the chants of “OH” “IO”, and smell the cooking from thousands of grills.  If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a ticket, I would suggest joining the crowds in one of the local bars or restaurants.  Just make sure your wearing the right colors and join in the spirit of Buckeye nation!

 


Give yourself a break…

There will be times in graduate school where you will feel overwhelmed and helpless. You will wonder how do I survive this?! This past week has been one of those weeks for me. I wondered how can I juggle all of this and maintain my sanity? But you can and you will. This past week I experienced my first Career Fair, which was overwhelming to say the least. But all you have to do is pick and choose the companies that interest you. You approach their booth with confidence and questions. You hand them your resume and thank them for their time. Then you happily walk away. It is really not as scary as I made it out to be. My interview was the same, I was nervous and apprehensive, terrified of making a mistake. But at the end of the day you prepare to the best of your ability. You do background research on the company and get to know yourself. Know your resume and be able to explain your accomplishments. In the end it is all about exuding confidence and being okay with making mistakes, because they are inevitable.

The same goes for your exams, you will sometimes enter exams and draw blanks, other times you know the material like the back of your hand. Prepare to the best of your ability, meet with your peers, and ask your professors for help. I highly recommend in graduate school reading the material and taking good notes. But at the end of the day you prioritize and make time for yourself. There will be a lot of reading and a lot of preparation for interviews, exams, and class. After you get your work done, hang out with friends and enjoy your time here. Rekindle old friendships and be sure to make new connections with classmates here at Fisher. They will be your support system and your shoulder to lean on when times get tough. If you need help or guidance ask the 2nd year students here at Fisher for advice, or ask your classmates who have prior experience. A final note, be present and take things one step at a time. Then afterwards relish in your accomplishments, even if that is just getting through your first interview or exam…


Festival Time!

When I moved to Columbus three years ago I was surprised how much I liked it. Who knew this capital city in a “fly-over” state would have so many amazing restaurants, so much culture, and be filled with incredibly friendly and accomplished people. In fact, Columbus was recently rated as the smartest city in America. It was also ranked as one of the best cities to be young, broke, and single- something I find particularly appealing as a poor graduate student. For more on Columbus be sure to see this page.

 

One of the best things about Columbus is the plethora of festivals in the summer and fall months.  I just visited one of my favorites, the Columbus Greek Festival.  What’s not to love about delicious Greek food and ethnic dancing? There’s a lot more to do at this festival as well like visit the numerous gift shops and attend cultural events like cooking demos. In addition, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is stunning. I am looking forward to enjoying a few more festivals before it gets cold like the Columbus Oktoberfest and Circleville Pumpkin Show. So much more fun to be had! For more on Columbus festivals see this page.


To New Beginnings…

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” - Napoleon Hill

Before I begin to enlighten you about the MHRM program at The Ohio State University, you should know a little about me.

I graduated from a small private college in the foothills of the Arkansas Ozarks.  After graduating, I married and moved back to Texas to pursue a career in education.  I taught high school History and coached varsity football.  I have to admit that there is something special about coaching football on Friday nights in Texas.  Six years later, I knew that a career change would be the best move for my family.  I worked for Google as a Field Marketing Representative in Austin for about a year and then took a job as a licensed Personal Banker for JP Morgan Chase.  Last year, I decided to move my wife and son up north to one of the top ranked Human Resource Management programs in the United States. 

So why did I choose Human Resource Management as a graduate degree?  This took a lot of personal assessment and collaboration with friends and family.  Career evaluation tests suggested that my skills would be a great fit for Human Resources.  The future of the field was promising as most businesses realize the importance of human capital.  And, after speaking with other HR professionals, I understood that this would be a fulfilling career.  I became more and more confident that this would be a great field for me.

My fear when applying to this program centered around my lack of relevant education and experience.  Those fears have been completely erased.  During orientation, my cohort shared these same fears and concerns.  As I have learned from talking with some HR executives and from the second year MHRM students, the program at Ohio State prepares you to hit the ground running.  The professors offer an excellent mix of academia and work experience.  Companies that recruit the MHRM students acknowledge the elite value of the program.  Most importantly, the courses are designed to build a business savvy foundation.

I had a desire to attend a highly rated MHRM program that was based in a business school.  This narrowed my choices to a few colleges.  What set Ohio State above the rest was the quality of the professors, its well connected alumni, and the relationship with high profile companies.  So far, my expectations have been exceeded.

 


Welcome back! (courtesy The Band Perry)

After a summer away I could not be more excited to return to Columbus for my second and final year in the MHRM program. I spent this summer interning at SpringHill Camps in Evart, MI. It was an incredible three months, but it is safe to say that by the end I was beyond ready to come back to friends, family, and Fisher.

Amanda Rose, Me, Ashley Canfield, and Mary Alexander at the concert

 

The Band Perry, courtesy of OUAB

We finished up our first mini week of classes by attending The Ohio Union Activities Board’s (OUAB) Welcome Week concert. This year, OUAB sponsored The Band Perry and special guest Charlie Worsham. Last year’s concert artists included Big Sean, Chainz and Krewella. So, naturally, I was super excited to hear that country music was going to be featured this year. OUAB set up the stage in the Northwest Stadium Parking Lot to accommodate all OSU students. Best fo all, the Welcome Week Concert was completely free to students!

Having all our MHRM classes at night sometimes inhibits our ability to go to concerts, lectures and other special events. Since it was our first Thursday in class, we got out of class early enough to not only see The Band Perry, but catch most of Charlie Worsham’s performance as well.

Kimberly Perry, The Band Perry’s lead singer was incredibly energetic and exciting on stage.  The Band Perry performed all their biggest hits, “You Lie,” “If I Die Young,” “Better Dig Two” and “Done.” While singing “All Your Life,” the generators suddenly blew out and the stage went completely dark. Luckily, the sound was still working and The Band Perry continued their set. The technicians worked diligently and one song later, the spotlight returned. It was a great start to the year! I am looking forward to OUAB presenting “An Evening with Josh Radnor,” a lecture with How I Met Your Mother star and writer in September!


Ohhhh, back to school. Back to school. Back to school…

As of last night I’ve had three classes, I’ve become friends with some of my classmates, and I’ve learned that I can make it through three hours of lecture after working all day. Most importantly, I’ve learned that my decision to become a Masters of Human Resources Management student at Fisher College of Business was most definitely a good one.

The last two weeks have been an exciting whirlwind. I decided to take the plunge as a MHRM graduate student after five years of working as an Account Executive in advertising and marketing. In May I was convinced that this was the program for me. On August 12, the day before our orientation, I had some nervous hesitations. For instance, I didn’t graduate with a business degree and it’d been a long time since I’d gone to class, had homework and studied for exams. Lastly, I knew no one in my program. However, I am so glad that I ignored these fears.

Fortunately, the first night of orientation proved that the MHRM program at Fisher College of Business is exactly what I wanted. My classmates are incredibly friendly, successful, and intelligent and even had the same insecurities as me on our first night. The first-year MHRM class is diverse in experiences but still united in our goal to become leaders in Human Resource Management. I know I will learn so much from them. The second-year class is amazing and ready to offer snippets of wisdom from everything they’ve learned and experienced in the program. The faculty at Fisher is outstanding. Class is interesting and engaging. I feel so fortunate to have such accomplished teachers.

So now after a week of class, lots of reading, learning my way around campus and even a class field trip to the Thirsty Scholar, I find myself smiling. I am so happy to be a first-year MHRM student.


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.


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