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
Location: Wilce Student Health Center Ground Floor
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 🙂
I’ve noticed as I’ve read through several of the other blogs that people have commented on on the expense of buying books through campus bookstores or are curious as to where they can find a cheaper alternative. As my fiance puts it, I’m a connoisseur of online buying; most everything I buy is from online and multiple times cheaper than the vast majority of retail stores.
I discovered about 2 quarters into my sophomore year the art of buying books online. This quarter is probably my pride and joy as I saved $160 by buying my books online as opposed to buying used books from the campus bookstores. **NOTE** this does not apply to course packets. And for any professor reading this, sympathize for your students and don’t have course packets. Post readings on Carmen and make them buy a book. At least that way it’s re-sell-able.
How do I do it? Simple – Email your professor and ask which books are required for your class and be sure to ask for the edition. Once you have the title, author, edition and most of the time ISBN, google search the ISBN. Use the shopping function of google, which is AMAZING, and find the cheapest book. Amazon is good, but I much prefer abebooks.com. It tends to be a little cheaper and have less shipping. Amazon has the “super saving” deal where you can spend so much and get free shipping, but that’s only from Amazon, not their dealers, and most of the time are more expensive than the dealer prices or the prices from other online book distributors. Buy.com and half.com are other good sites, but always make sure you’re shopping through a secure site. Nine times out of ten, if the web URL starts with https, not just http it’s secure, but be careful where you put your credit card number.
Also, if you have the option of buying the binder-ready version vs the hard/soft back book, buy the hard/soft back book. Campus area stores won’t buy it back if it’s the binder-ready version. I learned that the hard way after “saving” $40 on a physics book and ended up losing $120 because I can’t sell it back.
More tips to come. For now, happy 2nd day of classes!
So I just wrapped up my first day as a graduate student about an hour ago! Today’s class was like many other classes I have had in which the first day was spent going over the syllabus and introducing ourselves to our perspective classmates. However, the class I had today is being taught by the Director of the MLHR program, Mr. Heneman, whom I am certain I will have again for a future class or classes.
My first impressions of graduate school at Fisher is that it is very fast-paced! For instance, classes hadn’t even started and I found myself sending out resumes to potential employers in order to be preselected for a first round interview, which I might add will take place in 1.5 weeks if chosen. Not to mention the coursework. LOTS OF READING!!!! However, it can all be done. The most important element that I will need in order to be successful in this program, and after this program is to have a good tight grasp on the importance of time management. I didn’t really implement the skill too much throughout undergrad, but I like to think of graduate school as my second-coming! The time in which I can do and achieve all the things I didn’t do while in undergraduate.