I got a new email from OUAB (Ohio Union Activities Board – ouab.osu.edu) about an opportunity to learn dining etiquette. Free meal and learn something, why not? After registration, they sent another email for us to pick the dishes. When I stepped into the dining hall, I was impressed by the well placed knives, forks, plates, glasses, etc. I’m glad that the university is so thoughtful to provide international students opportunities to learn life here. But what moved me even more is that the faculties and staff are devoted to give us the best care and help they can.
They served delicate food, from appetizers to coffee. At meal time, the speaker provided us suggestions from choosing food to taking a bite. We learned that the formal dinner is not about eating, but a chance to display our grace and make connections with people that will foster our future.
At the end, when the waiter cleaned the table, he thanked us for keeping the table clean. It’s just a tiny thing, but he even expressed his appreciation for that while we were grateful for his considerate service. You can feel the efforts the university is making to get everybody involved. No wonder every time we shout out “O-H”, we will definitely get an “I-O”. We know we are embraced and have become part of it.
As one of the nice traditions in the MAcc program, students and faculty have the chance to sit at a round table and enjoy breakfast together. These gatherings provide a lovely way for students to get to know the MAcc professors. And it is always enjoyable to hear some funny stories and jokes from our professors.
So last time, when I was invited to the breakfast, I was so excited. Professor Stephanie Lewis, Arya, Tzachi Zach and Rebecca Zurek and some other classmates were there. The breakfast is quite relaxing, starting from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. If students happen to have class at 8:30, they could still come, grab some food and enjoy a short talk with others before class. It is quite pleasant to start a day like this. We covered a lot of casual topics, such as weather, games, and culture. You can’t really imagine how funny it was to hear Professor Tzachi Zach actually say Chinese words such as 猴子 (monkey) and 猫头鹰 (owl) in such an authentic way. I was totally surprised. I hope this MAcc tradition continues.
Favorite place to go in Columbus: I really enjoy walking and biking on the Olentangy River Trail. Luckily, we have had beautiful fall weather this year and having the trail so close to my apartment and Fisher has given me the opportunity to spend a lot of time outdoors. On the weekends, I really enjoy wandering around Short North exploring the different shops and restaurants. I feel like there is always something new to try there.
Favorite extracurricular activity at Fisher: Any event put on by the MHRM Council. They do a great job organizing events such as scavenger hunts, networking activities, and group outings like “Zoo Lights” that make you feel closer to your classmates. A vast majority of 1st and 2nd years attend and participate, which has helped me get to know people in the program a lot better outside of the classroom.
Favorite hangout spot on OSU’s campus: The Shoe! I am a huge football fan and game days at OSU are awesome. Football Saturdays are a great opportunity to tailgate, eat great food, and socialize with friends and classmates. Once you’re inside, you realize how massive and electric the stadium really is. My first game is an experience that I’ll never forget.
Favorite MHRM class thus far in the program: I really enjoyed Markets, Organizations, and Human Resource Management. The class dives into the complexities of labor and employment issues from an economic standpoint. We discussed how we, as Human Resources professionals, must respond to changes in wage rates, employment trends, and macroeconomic conditions. I liked being able to put my economics background into a HR-related application.
What I hope to do after the MHRM program: After completing the program, I plan to become either an HR Generalist or a Compensation and Benefits Specialist for a large corporation. I’m hoping to work for a great company that will allow me to put my knowledge of HR to work right away.
Advice I would give incoming first years and/or prospectives: Do not be afraid to branch out to meet classmates and don’t be shy! Many friendships are formed within the first few days and weeks of the program. Don’t be afraid to start conversations with new people- remember: they are in the same situation as you are!
1: Tepper Case Competition – This past weekend I traveled to Pittsburgh to participate in an international supply chain case competition with three others from Fisher. While our team didn’t advance to the finals, we learned a TON, networked with executives from a handful of companies, spent 30 hours working on a LIVE company problem and experienced a first-class wine and dine experience. #istillneedtocatchuponsleep
2: Football games – I used to think OSU was the evil powerhouse team that wins too much. Now, I’ve drunk the scarlet Kool-Aid. #punintended #O-H…
3: CEO of Cardinal Health – About every other week a C-suite speaker comes in for a lunch seminar. My favorite has been George Barrett from Cardinal Health. Here is the article (I was even quoted in the article!) #freepaneralunch #greatopportunity
4: Fisher prayer – every other week between 3 and 10 of us gather to talk about how life in Fisher is impacting our lives. Then we pray for 20 minutes. Great memories reflecting and opening up to classmates.
5: Winning the MBA poker tourney. We are a competitive bunch! #thisblogpostinnowaysupportsgamblingbutdangitsfun
6: Urban Meyer spoke on leadership to the College of Business just 24 hours before JT Barrett was arrested for a DUI. I snapped this picture from my seat!
7: Red Lobster – Our marketing final involved a 24-hour deep-dive into a case about Red Lobster’s effort to re-position itself in the market. This required some memorable late night studying sessions and the obligatory trip with my family and classmates to Red Lobster for ‘market research’. #thebestcheesybiscuitsontheplanet
8: Diwali celebration – Learning about Indian culture from dozens of my classmates and professors. A true highlight and such a fantastic cultural exchange. #deliciousfood
9: This coming weekend…. There are still a few weeks left in the semester, but I’ve been looking forward to the coming weekend. Fisher Follies, MSU vs. OSU, and a families of Fisher parent gathering!
10: I love classes. Seriously, I am SO grateful for a number of my classes this semester. Honorable mentions also go to Data Analysis and Econ and Leadership. The personal development and challenge we have been given to grow our emotional intelligence in leadership is invaluable!
Fall in Ohio is a beautiful time of the year. Recently, a large group of students in the MAcc program took a trip to Circle S Farms, a pumpkin farm in Grove City, Ohio about 30 minutes south of Ohio State’s campus, to enjoy the fall weather and the the activities offered this time of year. This event was organized by the Fisher College of Business MAcc Council.
This trip was a great opportunity to bond with many of my fellow students in a non-academic setting. When we first got to the farm, we started by walking around the petting zoo. We then broke up into small groups to explore the sunflower maze and corn maze. Luckily nobody got lost in the mazes! Next, we went into a barn called “the fun barn.” This was a big barn completely filled with hay and several slides. It was pretty hilarious to watch my 22 year old+ classmates tumble down the slides into piles of hay. After playing around in the hay for awhile we decided we worked up an appetite and went to claim our homemade donut and juice. Finally, we took a hayride out to the pumpkin patch. We sat in big wooden wagons on seats made out of hay that were being pulled by a tractor. Since we didn’t go on this trip until the very end of October, the actual pumpkin selection was a little scarce, but all of us managed to find a pumpkin we liked and got to take it back home with us.
I really enjoyed getting to spend time with many of my classmates while going somewhere new. The close-knit relationship that the MAcc students have with each other is definitely one of my favorite aspects about the program!
On October 24th, I went to our MHRM pumpkin patch trip held by FCOB MHRM council. It was an excellent experience.
Although it was a cold, rainy day, the bad weather did not reduce our interests in the trip. When we met at St. John’s parking lot at 1:00 pm, I found about half of my classmates came to the trip. Some of us (including me) also brought our friends: I brought my roommate, Susan brought her friend, and Steve even brought his two little daughters! As I did not have a car, my classmate, Dan, drove me to our destination: Lynd Fruit Farm (Thank you, Dan!). After half an hour drive, we arrived at the farm. I was surprised that there were so many people at the farm. There were a lot of farming products, too. Vegetables, pies, jams…they looked delicious! I bought a bag of popcorn, it tastes good but seemed too sweet for me.
But what excited me most is the corn maze. We were divided into several groups before we entered the maze. Our task was not only to find the exit but also find different signs in the maze. Unfortunately, we got lost soon after we entered the maze. As a result, we spent most of our time trying to figure out where we were. The map was also confusing: there were 8 colors on the map and each represents a different area. I am really not good at reading maps, so Susan and my roommate took the responsibility to lead the group (Look at the picture below, they are reading the map carefully, but still confused about it.). As for me, I just trust them and follow them:).
Finally, we found the exit and we also found 5 signals (I thought we relied more on luck than map in finding these signals). Although we did not find all 8 signals, this corn maze experience was excellent for me as I have not entered a maze since my childhood, let alone with my friends, talking and laughing all the way!
We finished our trip at about 4:30 pm. When I went back to my home, I was tired but excited. I thought this trip was not only fun but provided a great opportunity for our classmates to communicate with each other and meet others’ families and friends.
This Mid-Autumn Festival must be the most meaningful one for me. As a traditional Chinese festival second to the Spring Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the time for families and friends to get together. This is the first time I’ve been so far away from home. Usually, I would spend this festival with my parents. This year, to celebrate this festival, MAcc council held this fantastic potluck party for all the MAcc students. Not only international students from China enjoyed this party, some domestic students came as well. It was really a great time to spend together.
We had so much fun together. The most interesting part must be the Charades time! It’s so classic that Matt said “Lion” and Gary followed “King” when Fabian, the describer, tried to describe “Lion King”. Even though it’s difficult for Chinese students to describe a word in English, but this game still went well. It’s so much fun when seeing people getting so creative using their body languages and facial expressions.
Well, food is another big thing for this party. I was so surprised by the delicious food people made and brought to the party. It seemed that everyone is so talented at cooking. One of our classmates from Taiwan even made bubble tea by himself, and everyone liked it so much! Also, thanks for the MAcc council prepared those moon-cakes for all of us. I like this MAcc family!
I am a second year full time MBA student and am set to graduate in about a month. There is a mix of reflection and excitement (even more so from my wife who has endured having her spouse in a full time graduate program).
When reflecting on the past two years and what I’ve gained from them, I’ve thought of the relationships I’ve made and how walking out of this experience confirmed the things that brought me here in the first place. When talking about Fisher, we talk a lot about the small class size being a key component of the overall experience. The small class size lends itself to more intimate settings which, in turn, lend itself to more opportunities to connect with classmates, faculty and career management. This all made logical sense, but I’ve been able to now have the experience of living it out and I can say it’s all true. Friendships-I have been able to get to know several classmates in a deep way over this relatively short period of time, and I fully expect to continue those relationships even after the program is finished. Professors-even having gone to Ohio State for undergrad, I’ve seen a world of difference in the depth of relationships I have with my professors at Fisher. Most of them are in the Ops/Logistics field (my focus in the program) and I have been able to cultivate these relationships and to lean on them for better understanding a concept and also for career advice.
Another area that sticks out to me is the Corporate Mentor Program. As a student, you fill out an “application.” It’s more of an info sheet on what you’re looking for in a mentor, and they pair you with an executive in the Columbus area. The program is only supposed to last for a year, but often the relationships extend for more, and that was the case for me. My mentor has been a great source of advice and has graciously connected me to others in the supply chain profession.
Looking now to the future. Currently, I am searching for a supply chain position in the Columbus area, but am hopeful that something will come through soon. Coming to an MBA program is somewhat of a gamble, albeit a calculated and relatively low risk gamble (92% of graduates last year had jobs within 3 months of graduation). You’re essentially putting all of your chips in and hoping the investment pays off. Thankfully it almost always does, but at certain times tries your resolve. I’ve found in those times it’s been helpful to focus on the good things in your life and to know that life is more than just what job you have. For example, my wife and I just welcomed our daughter to the world a couple weeks ago (see picture below). What a blessing!
The MBA program has been a great re-calibration experience for my career and I’m looking forward to a brighter future than when I entered.
One great thing about Ohio State is the wide variety of activities to participate in during the school year! One popular choice this term was intramural soccer. The MAcc team, Channel Stuffing, competes every Monday night against other groups of students. While I (unfortunately) am not able to bless the team with my (non-existent) soccer talent, I was able to go cheer them on! The team they played had another MAcc student on it, I guess this is okay even though I consider it borderline treason to be on any team besides the official MAcc team. Below are some pictures from the game!
Unfortunately, Channel Stuffing did not prevail but because they have already won a game they are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. It was a lot of fun to go see everyone play! If you are interested in learning more about intramural sports at Ohio State, click here! There are so many options it is hard to choose!
Yesterday was Fisher AMP’s (Association of Marketing Professionals) annual CAMP (Columbus Advertising and Marketing Powwow) event! I was on the CAMP committee this year and in charge of the social media surrounding the promotion of the event. We did some really cool things this year with social media. We had trivia and scavenger hunt contests on Twitter (prizes, extra raffle entries, and a grand prize were given to winners), individual website blogs for our keynote speakers, and we used #FisherCAMP2015 to let the audience tweet in their questions throughout the day.
My favorite part of CAMP was our keynote speaker, John Gerzema’s speech. He gave a great presentation and discussed some of his company’s research. What BAV Consulting discovered is that the key traits people feel are vital to an effective leader are also typically thought of as feminine traits. He discussed the importance of characteristics such as patience, empathy, and candor, in a leader. It was an excellent speech, and one that really resonated with me.
Throughout the day, CAMP attendees also learned about the importance of big data in marketing from Kevin Richardson, who was also a keynote speaker. Despite Kevin’s belief in and support of big data, he also discussed the importance of qualitative marketers, and suggested that the field of marketing must never lose them, or it will lose something crucial to marketing.
There was also a panel of professionals from the Columbus area, all of whom were involved in social and digital media at companies such as Jeni’s, Homage, Piada, and SME Digital. The panelists discussed the importance of social media in the field of marketing, and the challenges facing marketers as they navigate through the digital world.
We also presented the Marketer Of The Year Award to GoPro!
As a CAMP committee member, I’m very proud of how well all of our hard work paid off. CAMP was an event that everyone enjoyed, and I’m excited to see how CAMP changes and grows for next year!