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How the Fisher MBA Won Me Over

When I was researching schools for my MBA degree, I had a very long list of reasons why Fisher was in my “top schools” list. A simple Google search will produce a plethora of rankings telling you (deservedly so) that the Fisher MBA is one of the best programs in the country. If you’re like me, a detailed search will have you writing a list of why you want to attend Fisher. Some of the things from my list were:

  1. The small class size means you’re a person, not a statistic.
  2. Emphasis on real-world experience (leadership and development, corporate mentorship team-building, etc) means they’re training you for your future career, not just disseminating information.
  3. Customizing major/curriculum means that whatever your background or your career goals, you will be able to customize your major to suit YOUR unique future – there is no one-size-fits-all here!

I could go on and on (and ON!) but you can find all this out for yourself. Because in two weeks of the Pre-Term MBA program and a few days of classes, I already have another long list of reasons, and I could not be more grateful that I chose the Fisher College of Business as my new home for the next two years. I’m not going to share them all here (the list is FAR too long!) but here are a few reasons :

  1. Joining Fisher is like joining a family. From the moment I first made contact, I realized this is a Graduate Programs Office like no other. From application to admissions to start of classes, I was welcomed and assisted by the NICEST people I have ever met! No matter how small my question or concern was, everyone went above and beyond to help. Thanks to all of them, I already feel like I’m at “home” here!
  2. Three words: Intake Interview. Interview, you say? But I haven’t even started classes – why am I interviewing for a job?!  That’s the key here – we start applying for internships in the Fall, and we need to update our resumes, practice our interviewing skills, set career goals and put together a plan for how we will achieve those goals. That’s not easy to do, which is why we were assigned to a career consultant, who will guide us along every step of the way. And it all begins with that Intake Interview, where my interviewing skills were tested and graded (yikes!).
  3. Diversity! That word gets thrown around a lot, but it is truly implemented here. My peers come from extremely diverse backgrounds – ethnic, cultural, education and even work-experience. The opportunities to learn from your peers are plentiful, and I am taking full advantage!
  4.  Career guidance/exposure events. I came into the program knowing exactly what I wanted to do after graduation –the industry, the company and the exact job description. I chuckled to myself when we were told during Pre-Term that we would likely change our minds before graduation: I knew what I was doing, even if everybody else did not. I went to a Career Foundation Event out of curiosity during my first week here, and I’ve realized that I was looking at my future from the limited scope of my past experiences, and my time here at Fisher is broadening that scope daily. While my career goals have not changed, I am now open to changing the way I go about it, simply because I have much to learn!

I could spend all day writing about the multitude of other reasons I love this program, but the bottom line is – no matter how much you know (or think you know!), Fisher will open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. I was prepared to learn much in my time here, but I had no idea just how much my horizons would be broadened. I am not a sheltered individual by any means: I have lived in multiple continents, travelled to many places around the world, have earned multiple degrees and consider myself to be a well-rounded individual. But I am already amazed at everything I have learned so far, and how my perspective has shifted.

I am so grateful that I chose Fisher as my new home, and I am looking forward to two incredible years of learning, both in and out of the classroom!

The first few days in the Fisher MBA program

We made it.

More specifically, the MBA Class of 2014 made it through pre-term and the first three days of classes – and what a journey we’ve had so far.

Some of my group at Summit Vision! We had a wonderful time and it was great to work with our Core Team.

It was slightly overwhelming walking into the Blackwell on the first day of pre-term and having no clue what to expect. It’s like Lars said in his post, I felt like I was in kindergarten again. I was hoping I would make new friends, hoping I would like my classes and my professors, and possibly the silliest thing, I was hoping I was wearing the right outfit! Not to worry, within minutes I was talking to other students and feeling much more at ease. The best part of pre-term? You figure out that you’re not alone – everyone is worried about accounting and a little nervous.

So now classes are in full swing, and I’ll be the first to tell you, professors expect you to be on your game. The reading starts before classes even begin and you hit the ground running Before I could blink I had reading to finish, my GA position is about to start and I am trying to figure out how to join all these great clubs! And guess what? A career fair is less than two weeks away.

It’s slightly overwhelming.

But I know that I am not alone. I had coffee with a second year MBA  and know that what I am going through is normal, and that things get easier. Our entire class is extremely supportive of one another, and Fisher has incredible resources at our disposal.

Starting off Thursday w/ Panera coffee and reviewing accounting

Stay tuned for more adventures during my first year at Fisher!

Climbing to the Top

We’re only starting the second week of classes, but I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision to return to Fisher.  Yes, I’m a former Buckeye, but with the new union, library, and everything else going on around campus, I almost feel like a freshman again.  Which makes the fact that I’ve been asked if I am a freshman several times within the last week slightly ironic…either my preventative wrinkle care regimen has made me look 18 again, or I just look like I have no idea where I’m going.  But, I digress…

Between all of the great things going on at Fisher – classes, student organizations, events, internship/job searching – I’m pretty sure I’m not going to get a good night’s sleep for the next couple of years, and I’m okay with that.  I had an amazing time getting to know my classmates during pre-term, and after the hours I spent studying data analysis this past weekend, I’ve also been able to catch up with my good friend, Excel.

I won’t bore you with every detail of pre-term, but I will tell you about my favorite part – Summit Vision!  Summit Vision is a team building camp with high element courses.  My team did the zip-line and pamper pole, but they also have a ropes course and a giant swing.  Let me tell you about this pamper pole!  It’s a telephone pole with pegs that you climb up and have to stand on top of.  Now, I’m not really one who’s afraid of heights.  My absolute favorite thing in the world is skiing (if you read my blog, you should get used to that now because I’ll probably talk about it pretty frequently!)  I’m constantly on lifts, on top of mountains, skiing off cliffs (…okay, maybe small cliffs, but a cliff is a cliff in my book.)  So, naturally, heights don’t really bother me.  Enter pamper pole.  In the climbing world, “Elvis leg,” is indeed a real term, and I found out first hand what this meant while making my ascent up the pole.  After you reach the top, you then have to turn yourself around and jump to a trapeze bar.  Good thing gymnastics was fresh in my mind from the Olympics!

Here I am at the top of the pole.  As you can see, I am pretty happy to have conquered it.  Minutes before, I probably wasn’t smiling because I had to consciously remember to breathe!

And here I am jumping to the trapeze bar.  I didn’t actually make it to the trapeze bar, but that’s not entirely the point… :) 

All in all, Summit Vision was a great experience that brought us closer together as a team and pushed our boundaries.  Every person in my group climbed the pole, no matter how afraid they were, and everyone else encouraged the person who was climbing (and believe me, it helps when you’re the one up there!) The MBA program at Fisher essentially has the same values, and I cannot wait to find out what the future holds.  Here’s to reaching new heights!

Orientation, Week 1, and Quarter to Semester Shenannigans

Hello readers!

First, I want to introduce myself. My name is Delainie and I have just begun the journey through the Master of Accounting program this past Wednesday. This past June, I graduated from Fisher with a BSBA in Finance and chose to take a fifth year of schooling to earn my MAcc. I must say it feels like another world walking into the graduate programs building versus the four years I was walking through Schoenbaum and Mason Hall (the undergrad business buildings). Though I am sure I will accidentally walk into the Mason computer labs to print something in the near future…

But back to MAcc details…As I mentioned I have just started classes as a MAcc student. The plan as of now is to focus on a finance and audit track. The program is extremely flexible in the sense that I only have 4 required classes! (This works out to about 78% of the degree made up of electives.) I definitely recommend checking out our curriculum structure to learn more about the customization benefits. Such benefits are excellent for a girl like me, who at the end of her degree wasn’t ready to grow up just yet and wanted to explore all of her options in the world of finance and accounting.

Orientation for the MAcc program was packed full of events! We met our advisor, career consultant, and several professors to get a feel of how the structure of the program was going to work. As someone who is used to a quarter academic schedule, I must say it was quite a shock to hear our semesters were going to be split in half (two sets of 7-week classes).  But, I was ready for a change though and to be on the same time frame as other Universities nationwide. In addition to meeting the graduate staff, we were able to tour the stadium and press box, meet recruiters, participate in team building events from 50 feet in the air, AND were provided with free meals all day!


View of the field on our tour of the Shoe!

After orientation came to a close, I was ready to start class! For session 1 of Autumn semester I have a total of 5 classes-much different that the quarter schedule course load! Here is my schedule of courses:

1. AMIS 6000 Management and Control

2. AMIS 6200 Financial Reporting

3. BUS FIN 6211 Corporate Finance

4. AMIS 7500 Audit

5. AMIS 7400 Tax 1

So far, I am loving the professors for all of my courses and the groups we have formed for case studies! We will see how the rest of the semester plays out. I apologize in advance for the length of this first post … I will try to condense my rambling for future posts :) That is all for now!



Leap of faith

Everyone who makes the commitment to pursue an MBA has made left something behind. It’s a huge sacrifice. I left a job and the income/security that came along with it. For me, that meant adjusting to a standard of living that I wasn’t necessarily accustomed to. I lived in the greater Columbus area prior to coming to The Fisher College of Business, so I knew a little more about Columbus than some. However, I didn’t attend Ohio State for undergrad, so I was worried about getting lost in/on a large college campus.

The first few days on campus for pre-term were intimidating – there’s no doubt about it. But it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable. One of the things that I noticed immediately was how friendly and outgoing people are. Change isn’t always easy, but the people at Fisher have made all the difference. I mean that both in terms of peers, but also the outstanding staff and faculty.

Even this early in the program, I’m beginning to see how much I can learn from my peers.  I’m consistently impressed with how serious everyone is about their education. Not everyone in undergrad had that attitude and it’s refreshing to have that kind of synergy. The learning environment, with that support, feels very different than what I was used to. It’s been an extremely positive experience so far and I know it’s only going to get better.

My Fisher Pre-Term MBA Highlights

Okay, so I’ll start off by saying that they first day of the full-time MBA pre-term program is fairly similar to the first day of kindergarten. You may know a few of your classmates before starting the program, but for the most part, you are starting fresh. New friendships. New professors. New daily routine. The list goes on and on. Nobody fully knows what to expect, however, everyone is eager to jump in and meet new people and get their feet more than wet in the MBA program. We were introduced to case study methods, student associations at Fisher Fair, leadership and international opportunities, etc. I had an awesome experience with the MBA pre-term program and wanted to share a few of my highlights:

Keynote Speakers– We were privileged to have the opportunity to hear from two great business minds of our time: Sharen Jester Turney, CEO of Victoria’s Secret and Mitch Feierstein, CEO of the Glacier Environmental Fund Limited. Both speakers shared their vast knowledge of business and management with the class. Each of the speakers related their history and how they got to where they are today. The time they spent instructing and speaking to us was very beneficial. It was neat to see into the minds of some of the world’s finest business executives.

Mitch Feierstein

Summit Vision – Summit Vision is a high-adventure ropes course and team building facility. The day that we spent there was great for meeting new class mates and building team unity. The best part of the day was watching and encouraging fellow students as they attempted to tackle the pamper pole. I have no clue why the activity is named the pamper pole, but I have a pretty good guess. Individual climb to the top of a 30 foot telephone pole, are then required to stand on the top, and then jump about 9 feet to a trapeze. Needless to say, it was a fun activity for everyone and a good opportunity to help encourage others to get over their fears.

Meeting My Team – This was the big moment that everyone was waiting for on the second day – meeting your team that you will be working with for your entire first year as a Fisher MBA. I have to say that I couldn’t be happier with the team I was placed in. We have a nice balance of talents, experience, cultural diversity, etc. All I can do is restate that I couldn’t be happier with the team I have been placed in. Getting to know them throughout the year will be a life changing experience, as I am sure our friendships will last a lifetime.

I could go on and on about the MBA pre-term but we would be here for days, because that is how long it lasted. I will end with stating simply, it was a lot of fun!

My Orientation Week with the Fisher MAcc Program

As an international student who spent her undergraduate years at Ohio State, I think of Columbus as my second home and it was so exciting to come back to Columbus last week in my new role – a graduate student of one of the leading Master of Accounting program in the nation.

On the first day of the MAcc orientation, we finally got the chance to meet Samantha, the academic advisor from Graduate Programs Office, and Kaylin, the program coordinator, who constantly followed up with us during the summer to ensure we were well prepared on our transition to be MAcc students.  They will also continue assisting us on academic issues, such as course planning, and other upcoming Fisher events. In addition, we interacted with faculty members and received advises from them in terms of how to achieve success during this nine-month program. Professor Eric Spires’s Three Things Not to Do If I am a MAcc student provided us thorough opinions on how to take advantage of the MAcc program to benefit our long-term career goals.

Bonding with our new classmates was another objective of the orientation. By participating in the team-building workshop, I was pleased to know that I will spend most of my time with my fellow students from culturally and academically diverse backgrounds this year. The graduate program office also offers a number of opportunities for us to network with our new classmates and help us to know each other better. The Summit Vision sponsored by Ernst & Young was one great example, which all of us are invited on the second day of orientation to challenge physically ourselves together. This event not only increased our confidence on dealing with unexpected situations but also taught and helped develop our communication skills and mutual support among our partners are extremely imperative to achieve outstanding performances in a team.

I can’t wait to see my classmates more on campus!!!!!

No Need To Fear the MLHR’s Future

After midterms, my brain has still been in recovery mood and it took me FOREVER to finally think of a blog topic to write about.  I have been to two different meetings that concern changes to the MLHR (which I am assuming will be called MHRM next year) program.  Hopefully, discussing what I learned (and my jealousy being that I will be graduating this spring) about the changes to the program will make future applicants and current students even more excited about the program.

Last Tuesday morning, I and a few other MLHR students got to sit down with the new Director of the MLHR program, Professor Raymond Noe.  Dr. Robert Heneman was the program Director for the past 20 years or so (but don’t worry and be THANKFUL he hasn’t retired from teaching because he is one of my favorite professors).  This meeting was a way for Noe to get to know some of the students in the program. It was good to meet to him and discuss the program with him and other students.

Now nothing I say is set in stone and should be taken as “given.”  These are just ideas that have been discussed.

  • Workshops on Excel before program orientation
  • Expanding employer relationships with more companies in the Midwest for placement for internship and full-time job opportunities
  • Setting up additional employer relationships with more non-profits
  • Getting students more familiarity with PeopleSoft and Access
Last week, I had a meeting with faculty, staff, and other students about leadership development for students in the program.  Here were some of the things discussed.
  • Having a leadership development program starting before orientation that includes training in Excel, basic finance overview, Access, and team facilitation
  • Developing workshops on issues not discussed in class like government documents, grievance provisions, and handling downsizes and terminations (no undergrad, graduate, and probably even PhD program could accommodate EVERY single aspect of human resources that an organization faces)
Like I said, none of these ideas are set in stone.  None of them could even happen (but I highly doubt that … I am sure a few (if not all) of them will come to fruition – this is just my standard disclaimer).  Fisher MLHR faculty and staff are working really hard to not only ensure the switch to semesters is as smooth as possible, but that it is still improving despite all the changes occurring university-wide.  Also, at the meeting, I got the opportunity to express things that 2nd year students in the program are concerned about and will (eventually, if not immediately) be important. The first year students do not know what is going on (yet) since they are still adjusting to graduate school, interviewing for internships, etc.  Most people who apply to the MLHR program do not have business or human resources experience.  Even with the HR experience I had when I came into the program with my student job, I had no idea about what I would need to know to be a true HR professional.  These are some things that you should explore if you plan on being an HR student.  And when the program offers all of these great future opportunities, it is something that you should definitely want to participate in.
I almost wonder whether the 1st years will come out of the program more knowledgeable than me with the future opportunities the program plans to offer.  I know that we will still have the labor classes under our belt (which, since I work in a union environment, is beneficial to me), but I get a little envious planning out the framework for something that I will not be able to experience myself.  If you are in the program starting autumn 2012, don’t let all of our hard work go to waste! :-)
Stay tuned for what the future of the program holds and Happy Halloween weekend (the link below will give you the hint to what my costume will be).

Striving to get better, one day at a time

My days have become busy since the beginning of BEFORE the quarter started.  Fisher’s international student orientation, OIA’s orientation and the MLHR program orientation came one by one, starting in early September. I really like the activities we got involved in during orientations and all of the campus info shared with us during the orientations. However, in every orientation it was emphasized repeatedly the importance of networking and encouraged us to network whenever and wherever possible.  This made me feel a bit anxious. I admitted that building a strong network here is very important for us to help us get to where we want to go, we need to make friends, etc. I don’t think one should take networking as the number one priority in our life and that every interaction with every single person should be with “networking” in mind.  I (and I think most people) always communicate with people in a natural way and never think that I am “networking” when I speaking with others. Networking shouldn’t be a formal “task” – it should happen naturally. Networking is simply a natural process of relationship building.

Besides networking, the MLHR classes are additional challenges for me.  Having classes in a second language, it is challenging for me to understand every word and sentence of what professors say in classes, let alone taking notes of the important points discussed. In addition, all of the courses require a lot of reading; sometimes almost 500 hundred pages per week. How could I handle these tough text books? What’s more, I also need to finish more than 6 different current issue analysis, case study, presentation and research paper within very limited time. Meanwhile, many quizzes, mid-terms and finals are waiting for me. It’s sometimes overwhelming, to say the least.

I need to find ways to deal with these issues and the “depressed” feeling that I might get if I let them get to me.  Actually, almost every international student who comes to America for the first time and speaks English as a second language will have the same difficulties as me. I just need time to adapt myself to the new learning and thinking method and overall environment. It is enough for me to make a little progress every day. I know one more word today; I can remember one more new foreign name today; I can understand one more sentence of what the professor was talking about in the class; I read one more page in an hour; etc. Thinking this way, I will be satisfied with my progress, however “tiny.” At the same time, I continuously remind myself to accept the “imperfect” me. No one can do great in every area all the time But one can always strive to get better. This is a matter of an optimistic attitude.

Since I chose to come to the U.S. to pursue my graduate studies, I must prepare myself for all kinds of challenges (including those described above). No more complaints and, at the same time, learn how to obtain my “inner peace.” Everything will be okay if I keep trying to get better and improve every day.

Buckeye Unity

I found this at a Kroger some time ago but forgot to take a picture of it. Thank goodness I found it online so I can share it with all of you!

This is what you call intense. I can take the millions of jerseys, the Buckeye necklaces, the Brutus pillow pets, but this slotted spoon is pretty insane. However, it describes how the Columbus community feels about the Buckeyes. It depicts exactly how proud they are of the university. It’s in their blood (and their cooking LOL).

Brutus the Buckeye Pillow Pet! If you haven't seen this, it unfolds into a plush pillow. It's awesome. :)

There have been certain incidents with my golf team at Cincinnati when we were mistaken for Buckeyes. (We wore red and black uniforms, sometimes just red, so I understand the confusion). Once they find out we’re from Ohio, they would automatically assume we were from Ohio State and shout “Go Buckeyes!” Back then, it really used to annoy me. But now, I see why. I see the pride that comes with wearing scarlet and gray. I see the unity between all the Buckeyes. They stick together, be it at football games, being a chorus as they cheer for the Buckeyes, or giving fellow Buckeyes advice and helping them find opportunities for career advancement that was most evident in my first couple of weeks at Fisher.

At the Fisher International Orientation, we had two alumni panels who came back to speak to the incoming class, some of them flying back from cities like New York. At the MAcc orientation, we again had a couple of alumni panels who took time out of their busy schedules to come back and talk to us about their experiences in the program, career search, and also with their current employers. They come for events like the MAcc Mix N’ Mingle at the Shoe, to talk to the current students, get to know them, and connect them to the right people. They gladly answer emails about your questions about the MAcc program or their work experiences. We also have the “Ask an Alum” program where over 1000 OSU alumni had volunteered to mentor current students with career search and “getting a foot in the door” of their respective companies. The Buckeye network is so huge, you can probably find one in even the most remote city possible. And more likely than not, they would be more than willing to lend a hand and help a fellow Buckeye, too. They really give back to the school that gave them so much.

The words “Pay it forward” ring true in the hearts of each and every Buckeye. As we begin our journey as Buckeyes, we must remember the support we received from the alums as we go through the year’s challenges. And once we leave the gates of Ohio State and go forward in our careers, I know we will continue the tradition and share the support we received to the future MAcc classes as well.

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