Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You!

If there is one thing I learned in my first year of the MLHR program, is the importance of building relationships.  Throughout our careers, we are going to be subject to hundreds of networking events.  Some good, some not so good.  In my personal experience, however, the relationships you build here at Fisher are going to last a lifetime.

Grad school is an influential part of our lives and can in some way even define who we are.  That first day of classes, when we go around the room and do introductions, you may find people you have things in common with, and you may find people who have life experiences very foreign to your own.

My advice to incoming first years, don’t dismiss this.  Take a valid interest in getting to know each and every one of your classmates.  Everyone has something to offer.  Part of this will come with time through the countless group projects.  Others will be social contacts.

My point is, give it some heart.  Genuinely care about what people have to say and don’t dismiss new thoughts and ideas.  Yes in grad school we are learning course material, but more so, we are learning how to be high performance individuals.

Don’t forget:  second year students, professors, and other faculty and staff are invaluable resources.  For first years, when you are hunting for internships, and for alumni when you are looking for new positions, the people you get to know at Fisher will always be there.

Get to know them!

The Curvy Road I Took to Fisher College of Business

I got so excited about telling everyone about The Thurman Café that I forgot to introduce myself.  I would like to give you a little bit of background on how I ended up choosing to attend The Fisher College of Business.  I was definitely not one of those lucky undergraduate students who knew exactly what they wanted to major in.  In the four and a half years that I spent at Purdue, I changed my major five times.  Although, I have always known that I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in…something!

After changing my mind a million times as to, “what I wanted to be when I grew up,” I finally graduated from Purdue on a brisk negative degree day in December of 2004.  I remember standing in line with the other graduates and I leaned over to the student in front of me and said, “Wow, it is so cold!  I’m glad I’m moving to Austin next week!”  So, that was it.  I packed up my things and moved to Austin with no clue as to what I would be doing for work.  After six weeks of no leads in Austin, the panic was deeply set.  “Oh my gosh!  What did I do?  What was I thinking?”  Then, finally, “Whew,” I was offered a job as a Personal Assistant at a small Real Estate company, and I thought, “Okay, this will do for now.”  I actually ended up absolutely loving it.  After eleven months with the company I was promoted and became the company’s first Operations Manager.  I obviously had a lot to learn, but this is where I fell in love with Human Resources.

To make a long story short, after a couple of years as the Operations Manager of this company, I decided to move back to the Midwest to be closer to family.  Unfortunately, I moved back just as the economy was starting its downward spiral.  I sent out many resumes with no luck and decided that this was the perfect time for me to pursue that graduate degree in…something, and that something I had decided must be Human Resources. It is my passion. So, it seems that the sometimes scary, curvy road of life led me to my perfect destination after all.  I’m so excited to be a student at the Fisher College of Business!

Things I discovered this weekend

Happy Monday!

I spent this weekend attempting to explore a little bit of Columbus.  Having gone to undergrad only 25 minutes north of Columbus I feel fortunate in the fact that I am relatively familiar with the area (especially all of the highways) and have some friends and my boyfriend who live nearby.  I have never lived in Columbus however, which is a totally different and wonderful experience so far.

I was lucky enough to find a comfortable and reasonably priced apartment for me, myself and I on the edge of Upper Arlington, a nice friendly neighborhood with literally everything you would need.  They have a huge Kroger (a grocery store), a Borders, a Barnes and Noble, a Macys, and a fantastic library system (I’m a big reader and they have a huge selection of DVDs!).  The location is about 4 miles north of campus but it took me 20 minutes to get there this morning due to rush hour and the five trillion lights on Kenny Rd.

This weekend I explored 2 places.  The first was the Park of Roses at Whetstone Park.  The website said that the best times to go were mid June and mid September and while not all of the park was in bloom the roses that were there were amazing.  I had no idea there were so many types of roses.  It was pretty small but there were a lot of nice benches you could sit on with a good book.

The second place is….Rita’s.  It’s an amazing water ice/custard stand right down the road from me and I had passed it several times but didn’t go until some people I work with told me it was worth it.  So I went on Friday and immediately fell in love.  Not only are the ices amazing but they have the most amazing flavors.  I got key lime and loved it so much that I went back on Saturday.  More trips will be made in the near future….I have to keep getting stamps for my frequent customer card.  On Saturday I mixed raspberry and lemonade which was also delicious.  Next time I go I will take a picture so everyone can see how wonderful it is.

There are some more places on my list to visit and I’ll start bringing my camera when I go!

The rest of the week is composed of finishing up my job training and classes beginning…I’ll let you know how it goes!

Offcampus.osu.edu

Hi, everyone!

My name is Lily and I am a newcomer not only to OSU but to the United States as well. I am absolutely thrilled to share my exciting American experience with you! Please follow me as I embark on this blogging mission! Although everything is new to me, I find life in America to be fascinating and everyone is so friendly here. So I’d like to label my first month here in America as the “Honey Moon Stage.”

Before moving to the USA, I had to find an off-campus house online. I found the OSU website to be one of the most resourceful and helpful websites in my search. I strongly recommend this website http://www.offcampus.osu.edu/ to those of you who prefer off-campus life. You can find various kinds of houses as well as roommates through that website. In fact, I actually found my roommate Jessica through this website. Jessica is an American and she is also in the MLHR program at Fisher. She has been teaching me American cooking, culture, language, movies and games. She also introduced me to her family and friends who made me feel welcome. We went shopping at Polaris Mall, Barnes & Noble and Kroger. Now I am no longer a lonely international student, and I feel at home in this city and enjoy the life here. Moreover,  I feel at home in our warm and cozy apartment, which is full of lots of food and furniture. In addition, our apartment is very conducive to studying because it is quiet! I want to thank  OSU and Jessica for making my transition to the United States an easy one.

Jess and I also attended the MLHR orientation together this week. I will never forget the Geocaching Activity that we did at orientation.Although the Geocaching activity was exhausting and at times frustrating, I appreciated the activity because I got the chance to get to know a few of my fellow classmates, John and Brian.

Ultimately, this activity got me thinking about my own personal goals, teamwork, and motivation.I am now always thinking about how to set the team goal and my individual goal, how to assign jobs, how to cultivate intelligence and a spirit of commitment etc. By the way, this is not the only one activity that enlightened me in Fisher, there are many activities held by Fisher that motivate me to explore more about life, study and work.Furthermore, I will look forward to participating in many future Fisher activities.

I look forward to receiving your comments on my blog and to sharing more with you  about my life here. Next time, I will tell you about my close friend and classmate Eva. And I will also tell you about my experience with the GPO! Signing off now to take a relaxing bubble bath (Thanks to Jess who taught me what a bubble bath was and who bought me my very own bubble bath!!!!)

Discovering Columbus

I have recently been driving around discovering Columbus.  It only took me about a year and a half of living here to start checking things out!  I have found that Columbus is a bit spread out with a bunch of little communities within it.  My two personal favorite areas at the moment are Victorian Village and German Village.  Both of these areas have beautiful homes and a laid back vibe.

Goodale Park in Victorian Village is the perfect spot for a picnic.  I love to go grab some Jersey Mike’s or Jimmy John’s and hang out at the park.  The lilies in the pond are especially beautiful this time of year and I am sure the park will be even more beautiful when the leaves change.  It is also the perfect park for those who have social dogs.

German Village also has a great park but I am going to focus on the food in German Village.  In German Village there are two of the best places I have eaten in Columbus.  First, there is the East Side Café.  They serve Greek food and it is absolutely delicious.  Watching the servers light the flaming cheese is fun as well.  Everyone in the restaurant yells out, “Opa,” and then I look around to make sure everyone still has hair and eyebrows.

Second, right down the road is The Thurman Café.  The Thurman Café has been featured on the show Man v. Food on the Travel Channel.  If you love hamburgers, this is the place to go.  The cheeseburgers are HUGE and amazing!  The Thurman Café itself is really small, so I would suggest going early to enjoy that burger as big as your head!

Thurman Burger

I still have a lot to learn about Columbus but these are a few little treasures I have found thus far.  I would love to find some great places to see live music.  If anyone has suggestions, please share.

Here I Stand

Where do I begin?  Well, first off I’d like to introduce myself to you.  My name is LaToya Prevost and I am a 23 year old (soon to be 24) from New Orleans, LA.  The first question everyone asks me upon learning of my hometown is, “So what made you decide to attend Ohio State?”  The answer is simple. I chose to attend Ohio State based on the curriculum the MLHR program would offer me.  I am trusting this college (Fisher) and this university to help mold me into the business executive that I envision myself to be.

Okay, so now that we are acquainted, on to the meat and potatoes of this blog entry.  I could go on and speak about my orientation and my first impressions of the college or the city of Columbus, but my time here thus far represents so much more to me at this moment.  Don’t get me wrong, I am PLENTY excited about continuing my education as a graduate student.  However, I am even more excited about this new found journey I am embarking on. Perhaps, another title for this blog entry could be, “The Maturation of LaToya Prevost,” because that is where I feel like I am.  The girl is blossoming into a woman; a self-sufficient woman at that! (winks right eye)

I find myself doing things that I have dreamed of doing since first graduating from undergrad in 2007:  living alone, navigating my way around a new city, meeting new people, and most importantly working towards my career goals.  This last week has represented the culmination of ideas I have built up in my head for years.  My life has been filled with highs and lows, and when I look back at my journal entries from a year ago, I can not believe the amount of change that has happened in just one year. That being said, I can’t wait to see what today, a year from now looks like!

No ready no set just…Go.

First thing is first, I wasn’t necessarily expecting a “ready” or a “set” but I sure was not ready for just a “go.”  Welcome to grad school.

For undergrad I attended a small liberal arts college here in the lovely state of Ohio called Ohio Wesleyan University.  It was a campus where you knew everyone and everyone knew you and you were able to ease your way into things since you do have four years of undergrad.

A year and four months after graduating with a BA in History (yes history…believe it or not it was interesting and I am a pretty good writer thanks to my undergrad major) I am here at Ohio State pursuing not one degree like any sane person would do, but two.  I will be here for three years and (hopefully) graduate in June of 2012 with a degree in Labor and Human Resources (the MLHR program) from Fisher but also with a Master in Higher Education and Student Affairs through the College of Education and Human Ecology. I will get into why I chose to do this program in a later post but suffice it to say that while I know it is what I want to do, it does make life more complicated.

So back to the go part.  I have a graduate administrative assistant position at Fisher in the Office of Career Management (which I love more everyday–also a later post) and training began this past Monday and ends this coming Tuesday.  I also had MLHR orientation Monday night which was four hours of information that was definitely helpful and necessary but I must say that after training from 8:30 to 4:30 and then orientation from 5 to 9ish I was tired and cranky by the end of the day. In addition to job training and orientation I have also been busy figuring out what companies to apply to interview with for summer internships because the on campus interviews take place the beginning of October.  I’m trying to do this research now before classes start Wednesday because I have a funny feeling that grad school classes = a lot of work.

I need a nap and the school year is just beginning!  It may sound like I’m whining but I’m actually really excited to jump into everything here at Fisher and OSU.  After this past year of living at home and working it is a breath of fresh air to be doing things that excite me and to feel like a productive citizen again. Everyone I’ve met here so far have been so friendly and helpful that it’s already starting to feel like home.

I hope everyone has a great weekend (Go Bucks!) and I’ll be back soon!

Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we.

I’ve been a member of several different  teams in my life, basketball, track, marching band, theatre, choir, 4-H… you name it, I’ve probably done it. Monday was the first day of orientation, and after the usual introductions of administrators, professors, staff and the like, Larry Inks, one of our new professors had us split up into teams for a team building activity. Now, through 4-H camp counselors, Junior Fair Board and every other 4-H event, we’ve had team building activities. I’ve had my fair share of team building in my life. My first thought was “this will be a piece of cake – I’ve probably done this one a million times”. So we went through the routine of counting off by 8s to split up into our groups of 4 or 5 people and we got our materials: a single nail nailed into a 3″ square piece of wood and 14 additional nails bundled up with a rubber band. Larry gave us our instructions – make all 14 nails balance on the single nail without using anything to make it stay there, no rubber band, it couldn’t lean against the nail, nothing. I was dumbfounded. First, I’d never seen this before, and second, I thought it to be impossible. There was no way we were getting these nails to balance on this single nail. So, my group had the normal trials and tribulations and with no success. Larry then announced that we needed to send one person up to receive a hint. I was the person to go up, and let me just say that the hint he gave was seemingly less than helpful. Another ten minutes went by and Larry announced that the same person needed to come up and get another hint. With the two hints together, the wheels started turning and we started coming up with more ideas that were 10 times more plausible than anything we had thought of before. Finally, we succeeded! I have a picture to prove it! (But for the sake of future MLHR classes, I’m not going to post it, in case you have to do it, too)

My undergrad is from Ohio State in Psychology, I’ve grown up here, most days it seems like nothing here is new to me and I’ve seen it all. But now, I’m entering a field and a part of campus I’ve never experienced. It can be very scary at times and before orientation on Monday, I was more nervous than before I took the GRE. It was a very exhilarating feeling to be put in a situation where I didn’t know anyone in my group, I had no idea how to complete the task at hand, and yet through it all, I was able to succeed. My group worked together as a team, and we succeeded. My MLHR class is going to work together as a team, and together we all will succeed in the end.

I’m scared to death of classes starting next week, but orientation gave me the little boost of self confidence I need to get through those ‘first-day-of-school’ jitters.

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