Ack!

After a busy end of last week and an even busier weekend (undergrad homecoming!) I’m back to the grind of what looks like a very busy Sunday evening.  By the end of my time here at Fisher and OSU I will be a professional multi-tasker…as I write this article I am catching up on Project Runway and once I am done writing this I will still be watching Project Runway and writing an email to my group for my “Business 101” class. Then I will be running through some talking points for my interview tomorrow (insert music from Jaws here) and then finally reading for class on Wednesday…in bed…which means I’ll make it through 5 pages before falling asleep.  But I planned for that don’t worry.

“Business 101” is actually Business for the HR Professional and it is like getting your MBA in one quarter.  Only not as intense.  No where near as intense.  I’m really glad it is required though because I definitely will feel more confident after this class about the business world and how organizations really work.  I’ll also be veryyyy well versed on the Banking Bailout, which is the project topic my group picked.  We are presenting a lovely power point presentation in class this Thursday.  My group is made up of three other girls and myself and I couldn’t be happier with us all.  We are very productive and efficient and get along really well together.  We’ve had two group meetings and assigned different parts of the project and then we will meet this week two times before class to run through the presentation.  We also did a short presentation this past Thursday which went pretty well.  By the time I’m done at Fisher my fear of public speaking will be completely eliminated.

And yes I have an interview tomorrow.  I also have one on Tuesday.  I feel much more confident about tomorrow because it’s actually for the company my Dad has worked for since the early 90’s so at least I have something going for me.  Tuesday is another story….I felt compelled to sign up to be preselected for every interview I possibly could and now I’m thinking that was a bad idea because the industry of Tuesday’s company is not my cup of tea.  But at least it will be good practice and who knows…maybe I will change my mind.

So I’m off to be busy and productive with my time and to keep on talking to myself about myself in preparation for tomorrow.  Wish me luck!!!!

ECP

On October, 2nd, I met my English Conversation Speaking Partner Brooke who is an awesome first year student in OSU!

I decided to participate in the English Conversation Partners (ECP) program offered by Office of International Affairs (OIA) and that’s how I was assigned Brooke.

The ECP program is designed to help international students like me, get adjusted and transition to OSU and life in the United States quickly.

I was initially unable to attend the ECP orientation on Sep, 29th, as I had to attend the Shell information Session at Fisher. And I thought I may not be matched with any conversation partners. But I received an email titled “Hello from your Conversation Partner” and I was ecstatic to have been assigned one partner anyway. I was also very thrilled when I learnt that she works in Fisher and felt pretty lucky.

 

I was so excited to meet and talk with Brooke at the Brennen’s Cafe in the Architecture building and never wanted our conversation to end that day. Fortunately, We will be meeting for at least an hour every week! And so we both picked Friday which worked great for both of us!!!!!

I thought fate has some hand in bringing us together for many reasons. Her undergraduate major is marketing, and so was mine in my undergrad! She has applied for some part-time jobs in Fisher, which is my dream part-time working place! Now she is working in Fisher while I am studying in Fisher. Also, we both like dancing and education. And we both can’t wait to meet next Friday and go to Rag-A-Rama and buy some fun discount clothing! I am now trying to find more similar characteristics between us. 

I have some American peers, but it is Brooke that made me feel really comfortable interacting with Americans. I am trying to wonder what might be the reason and I can actually think of two. First, we share the same interesting terms of education. We really want to commit more to help the others become better and better. So she chose High Education as her graduate major while I attend master of labor and human resource program. And secondly, she is really open and willing to learn more about foreign countries. She has some learning experience in England and is very interested in Chinese culture. From my experience I have observed that many Americans focus on their own country, even limited to their hometown without considering the world or the voice outside of United States. When I spoke with some Americans, I was interested in them and their country, but didn’t find them reciprocate the same interest or emotions toward me and my country. But with Brooke, it was so different. We both exchanged a lot of interests and we both enjoy learning from each other. That’s awesome! 

This reminds me of what I said in one of my classes BUS-MHR863. I said: “So far, I have not found anything boring here, since I like anything new here. And I am thrilled to discover the differences. Those differences between China and America don’t mean that America is superior while China is inferior. We are now in an international program and we must all be open and learn form each other. We are born to win!”

(Eva helped me to refine the article, thank you , Eva!)

The Dreaded Flu!

If you haven’t already done so, I would highly recommend getting a Flu shot!  I came home from class on Tuesday night and out of nowhere started shivering and coughing.  While in graduate school, we don’t have time to be sick and take it from me, this Flu is a doozy!

Well, I’m spent.  I have included the Wellness Center Flu shot schedule information below.  You can also visit their website at http://swc.osu.edu/.  Take care of yourselves!

Flu Shot Clinics

Walk-in Clinics

  • Location: Wilce Student Health Center Ground Floor
  • Dates: October 6, 12, 22, 26, November 4, 9
  • Times: 4:00PM – 6:30PM
  • No appointment needed

Additional Flu Shot Opportunities:

  • Morning Clinic: Walk-in to our Pharmacy, Monday – Friday 8:00AM – 11:00AM
  • Afternoon Clinic: Call ahead (614) 292-4321
    • Location: Wilce Student Health Center room 264-C
    • Dates: September 23, 24, 25, October 1, 8, 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19
    • Times: 2:00PM – 4:00PM< /br>

Cost for all Clinics:

  • $25 due at time of service
  • Covered in full under the Student Health Insurance Plan

** Flu Shots given at an individual appointment have a cost of $36.

Detroit Trip

I would say one of the great things about being in Columbus, Ohio is the accessibility you have to other neighboring cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, or of course Detroit!  After the first week of graduate school I needed to get my mind off things and refocus!  I wasn’t overwhelmed just yet, but I could feel the emotion rising inside.  Luckily, it was my friend’s 24th birthday this past weekend and it allowed me the opportunity to get away.  The drive to Detroit from Columbus is about 3.5 hours, not too bad.  I was particularly excited about this trip because:

1. I had never been to Detroit

2. My friend was also my college roommate in undergrad and I hadn’t seen her since graduation (2 years ago)

3. Two of our other friends lived there and I hadn’t seen them in a year

Consequently, I had a lot to look forward to.  Usually I feel like a 32 year old trapped in a early 20 year old body, because my life is just that uneventful.  However, this past weekend made me feel like the 23 year old that I am.  The weekend was mostly spent celebrating her birthday in two of Detroit’s casinos, Motor City and MGM Grand.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of Detroit, yet I am positive this will not be my last trip to Detroit.  At the end of the weekend, I felt renewed!  Sometimes you need that little getaway to get your life back in order. So many changes have been made and this past weekend really allowed me the opportunity to just relax and let everything settle for a bit.  First, I was getting acclimated to Columbus, and then graduate school. It all happened so fast!  Since I got back from my trip I feel less worried about graduate school, and am feeling more comfortable as each day passes by.

Moral of the story:  Don’t be afraid to take a break while in graduate school. Sometimes refocusing your energy is all you need to get back on track and in the game!

A list of firsts

Within the last 7 days, exactly, many firsts have happened in my life. They are as follows:

  • First day of Graduate School
  • Wearing stilettos to class
  • Creating a grad level presentation
  • Creating a presentation which may or may not ever be presented
  • Sitting in class in a comfortable chair
  • Sitting in class where the ‘desk’ isn’t attached to my chair
  • Having plenty of room to spread out my notes during class
  • Having a professor wear a suit to class, each class, not just the first day
  • Forgetting my name plate for class – which is conveniently sitting in front of me in my apartment, now
  • Having something to add to class, and actually saying it (trust me it doesn’t happen hardly ever)
  • Sitting in class for four hours
  • Being warm in Gerlach Hall

I’m sure there are many more, but these are just a few that come to mind.

I keep hearing the reoccurring theme to keep ahead of things. And, as I sit here at 10:30 at night, having just gotten home from class, I realize how true it is. For now, I’m off to read 50 pages about the origins and evolutions of the field of industrial relations.

The comfortable chairs and spacious desk areas!
The comfortable chairs and spacious desk areas!

It’s Intern (interview) Season!

You know how a lot of companies hire interns for the summer? I’ve heard it referred to more often than not as “intern season” meaning all of these clueless naive interns who are excited about dressing professionally swarm the office and try to schmooze with as many people as they can.

Well I am going to say that it is intern season here at Fisher within the MLHR program but I don’t mean it the way it is usually meant.  By intern season here I mean ’tis the season to be figuring out how to use our only semi-user friendly online job search system FisherConnect.  Great resource, don’t get me wrong, but navigating it takes some getting used to.  It also means that once you have figured out how to navigate FisherConnect you get to find out what companies are recruiting on campus, what they are recruiting for, and how to submit your resume to them in the hopes that they select you for an interview.

After you’ve done all that you sit back and wait for a bit and then the emails come rolling in.  And by rolling I mean that I have only gotten three so far. The subject email always has a generic tag line so it isn’t until you open the email that you find out if you have been chosen to interview.  I did receive two acceptances and one decline (can’t win them all..) and was euphoric for all of two minutes until I realized that I actually have to sit down and talk with these companies and explain to them how absolutely amazing and talented I am and they should hire me.  It’s probably a good idea if I spend some quality time on their company website as well.

(p.s. I am not even getting into all of the informational sessions and meet and greets held by companies…yet another opportunity to talk about how awesome you are! What great confidence boosters…but really they will be helpful and I’m glad for the opportunity)

In addition to all of this, you’re trying to balance classes, group projects and reading (which has been reasonable so far)…..this all adds up to a lot of crazy stressed nutjob students running around campus talking about the core values of a company next minute to the glory and wonder of statistics the next.

So to sum it up…yes I am busy with classes and preparing for 2 interviews that I know of so far next week plus attending three different career events.  Busy but well worth it once I get a great summer internship! Hooray for intern season!

I Suppose Public Speaking isn’t THAT Scary

The MLHR program requires many group projects and a lot of speaking in front of the class.  Public speaking is something that I am terrified of.  I don’t know why.  There really is no logic behind being afraid of speaking in front of people.  I keep trying to remind myself that I have done many other things in my life that are much more scary than public speaking, such as scuba diving.  Possibly getting eaten by a shark or separated from my group at 100 feet while scuba diving should cause me more fear than speaking in front of a group of my peers.  Well, that is not the case!

I expressed my fear of speaking in front of a group to one of my classmates who is a Teaching Assistant and she immediately said, “Come speak in front of my class on Monday.”  Initially I wanted to say no, but I realized that she was offering me a great opportunity to practice in front of a group of students who I will most likely never see again.  So, I agreed.

I did a short presentation on my Myers Briggs personality test results in front of her class this morning.  I was definitely terrified and I shook the entire time, but that really was the worst of it.  I am so thankful to my classmate for giving me the opportunity to practice speaking in front of her students and allowing me to face my fear head on.  It will only get easier from here!

My awesome classmate, Eva

I am too busy recently. But I really appreciate this status, since it brings me a great stage for self-development. Overwhelmed by the stress from study and new living environment, I also receive lots of help from my friends and classmates home and abroad. Here, I would like to show my sincere gratitude to my close friend and classmate Eva, who I met in the OIA during check-in. She is from India and she came here with her smart and nice husband Renji.

Eva is very easy-going, gentle, environment-friendly and helpful. She took me to the shopping malls and I got a very cute blue T-shirt that makes me very energetic . And she also offered yummy Indian food at her sweet home. Furthermore, she shares her hobby with me. She taught me about DIY decorations. Furthermore, she drove her SUV to pick up my second-hand furniture for my bedroom. Last but not least, she is that helpful that she gave me considerable suggestions about life and study. I don’t know what kind of things I can do for this kind-hearted lady!!!

Now we two are now team members in MHR863- Business Practices and the Human Resource Manager. I was overwhelmed by lots of new information. Eva comforted me  and also wrote an email to the other team members . I attach her email here——–

Lily feels bad that she was not clear about what the auto bailout topic was and is afraid to make mistakes again. So I was hoping we could all encourage her a bit. We are all here to learn and making mistakes is a part of learning. And frankly none of us know the actuals of the issue and need to read a lot about it too… So hope to see more of your mails bouncing in Lily.. 🙂

Then I also received encouragement from other members.

For instance, one of the members told me:

LILY!!! Please do not waste another second of your time feeling bad about anything! On top of Eva’s points, we will only work well together as a group if we are understanding of each other’s limitations as well as working hard, as we are clearly going to.
The point is, we each have different strengths and weaknesses, and I definitely see us taking turns leading on different things. We should strive to create an environment in which everyone feels comfortable putting their ideas out there to contribute, since that’s what is conducive to the collaborative success we will now rely on in this program. It is excellent that you are our marketing guru too! We will all find our niches and become better at developing plans of attack and work distribution as we adjust to this as well, I have no worries there.
Thank you!!!!!! You did make me stronger!

I now have more energy to prepare my program because help is everywhere!

Thank you, Eva!

First Week Lessons and Observations

The first week of classes is officially over.  It has been an exciting week of getting to know my classmates better, figuring out what time I should leave for campus to avoid traffic, realizing that time management is going to be a major factor in my success, and dealing with the fact that I am going to have to get over my fear of public speaking immediately!

Everyone in my program is extremely nice and I love how diverse our group is.  I think the diversity of our group is going to be a huge advantage and that we all have a lot to learn from each other.  Diversity can, of course, cause some barriers, but I have already experienced how supportive everyone can be when one of these barriers becomes evident.  Being supportive of one another is going to be so important.  This is new to all of us and I think we are all a little anxious!

Something else that I find interesting with a group of graduate students is that it seems we are all subtly competitive.  This competitive nature can be used in a productive manner and push us to do our very best or it can cause conflict.  Due to the fact that I have already seen so much support from my classmates, I think it is going to work to our advantage.

So far, I still LOVE graduate school!  I will speak more on time management and public speaking in later posts.  For now, I must go do homework!

Week one…I survived!

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m finished with what I’m considering my first official week of graduate school….some of the highlights:

-Work wise I finished training and was able to jump in and apply all of the things I learned in training.  My job title is Undergraduate Career Consultant and I work in the Career Management at Fisher.  I give students mock interview, review resumes and present to various classes about career management things! So this week I gave about 8 resume critiques and my first mock interview.  For the first time in well over a year I can truthfully say: I. love. my. job.

-I had two classes this week, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  The night classes are definitely going to take some getting used to.  I’m more of a morning person.  Wednesday night was Fundamentals of HR I which I think is going to be a little bit dry…especially with the first book we need to read.  But knowing the background and history of HR is obviously important to a career.  My Thursday night class is Business for the HR manager, basically business 101.  For the first hour of the class I thought I was in the wrong place–it was Fisher College comedy hour! Everyone went around and did introductions and I was impressed and happy with the amount of diversity and comedic genius.  There are a lot of students in my program from China, others who work full time and go to school part time and everyone in that class comes from a wide variety of academic backgrounds.  We were also assigned into groups for the first of what seems to be many many group projects.  What I like about group projects in grad school is that everyone is here because they want to be, making everyone very dedicated and hardworking.  It’s a nice atmosphere to be in.

-We get name plates to display in class so professors can easily see our names.  My goal was to make it a week without forgetting to take it with me after class.  I made it through two days.  I forgot to take it after class last night…the hunt is on….so if anyone sees it let me know!

This weekend my Dad is coming to visit…I got him an OSU t-shirt so he will blend in with the crowd tomorrow 🙂

Go Bucks!