Last Spring Break!

This week is my last (predetermined) Spring Break, and I must say it’s bittersweet. I’ve spent the last four days in Las Vegas, Nevada, enjoying St. Patrick’s Day; taking in “O,” a Cirque du Soleil show; and taking a helicopter through the Grand Canyon. It’s my first time in Vegas, and I’ve been stunned by the activity, the scenery, and the just plain fun that can be had here.

View of the Hoover Dam from my Helicopter!
View of the Hoover Dam from my Helicopter!

Before my Vegas trip, I spent the weekend in Washington, D.C. staying and visiting with some dear friends and enjoying the best D.C. has to offer. Since I took a job elsewhere and will not be returning to D.C., it was a little unfortunate to inform friends that I will not be returning in the near future. Having exited undergraduate a semester early, I never got Spring Break last year, so I’m living it up now.

The Homestretch

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs the Fisher MAcc program is broken up into four 7 week terms.  With the first three terms already done and over with, we have reached the homestretch.  It’s hard to believe that there is already less than seven weeks left in the MAcc until we graduate.  With that being said, there is still plenty of things going on that I am looking forward to this final term:

  • MAcc Field Day: The MAcc Council and MAcc Social Chair have been working hard to plan a field day for the MAcc program.  With winter coming to an end and the weather warming up, it’ll be nice to spend an afternoon in the park doing some field day activities.  This will be a great chance to spend some more time with the other students before we all go our separate ways.
  • March MAcc-ness: It’s that time of year again and College Basketball is taking over.  Clearly at Ohio State football is king, but everyone still loves March Madness.  Everyone enjoys filling out a bracket and seeing if they can get any upsets right or pick which team will be Cinderella.  Our program has set up a bracket online to compete against each other and find out who picked the best bracket.
  • MAcc Gives Back: MAcc Gives Back happens once a semester, so you may have read a blog about this event in the Fall.  Unfortunately I was unable to participate in the Fall.  This semester I am looking forward to being able to participate in this service event the MAcc program helps with.  MAcc Gives Back has multiple locations available to volunteer and I am excited to be able to be part of this service activity.

Trivia Night!

One of my favorite things that I do weekly is Trivia Night with some MAcc friends at a local bar called The Grandview Cafe. The place is packed (usually 20+ teams) with grad students and young professionals every Thursday night for a competitive and challenging round of trivia. Some friends and I started going early in the semester and have gotten hooked. We’ve finished in second and third in the past, but we’re still striving for gold!

Prof. Zach heard about our Trivia Night tradition and decided that he wanted to join in on the fun. He’s gone with us the last two weeks and definitely carries his weight, particularly with his knowledge of sports and world geography. One of the great things about the MAcc program is that our faculty and staff are down-to-earth and genuinely interested in what we are doing. Whenever I see Prof. Arya, our program director, he likes to check in to see how our trivia team is doing. There is such a fun, relaxed learning environment here with a great work hard, play hard mentality. Trivia Night is just one example of the many things that MAcc students are up to outside of the classroom!

Prof. Zach joins us for Trivia Night!
Prof. Zach joins us for Trivia Night!

Check out Columbus Trivia Challenge if you want to play – they host trivia Sundays through Thursdays at different locations throughout Columbus!

OSU Basketball

As a grad student pretty much all of my week nights are filled with classes or study sessions, so it’s nice when I have a night off to take a break from school and enjoy something fun around campus. Obviously, Ohio State is a huge football school, but during the cold winter months basketball is a fun sport to watch here in Columbus. There are also a number of other great sporting events during the winter, including the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ohio State ice hockey team.  In fact, later this month the whole MHRM class is going to a Blue Jackets game together, which will be a fun outing. Last Wednesday I went to the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game and had a blast. It’s really easy as a grad student to get affordable tickets to the basketball games. My seats were in the second row, and I even got to meet Greg Oden who was there watching the game and supporting the Buckeyes. I’d definitely recommend going to at least one basketball game just for the experience.  It’s definitely a good way to fill the void when football isn’t in season.

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At the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game after meeting Greg Oden

Buckeyes on Bourbon Street

As the first semester of the MAcc program came to a close, some students had more than just finals on their minds.  The last week of finals corresponded with the announcement that The Ohio State University’s football team made the first ever College Football Playoff and would be playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day.  Hearing this news numerous MAcc students had their sights set on making it down to New Orleans to be part of the game and support the Buckeyes.  Luckily, around 10 or so MAcc students got tickets for the game either through the student lottery or other various ways; I was lucky enough to receive a free ticket from the student lottery provided by Taco Bell.  Through group messages and talking at lunch, we were able to plan the drive and hotel situation.  Since we were on break, many people were driving from different parts of the country (including one person who took a 16 hour megabus trip).

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Cafe Du Monde

Once we all got to New Orleans we made a plan for the trip.  We spent all of New Years Eve day in the city, seeing the sights and fully exploring the culture of New Orleans.  We stopped by Cafe Du Monde to enjoy some beignets and coffee, which is a must if you are ever there.  We also enjoyed an early dinner on Bourbon Street and were able to get some signature Louisiana dishes you always hear about.  New Orleans is without a doubt a city worth visiting if you get the chance (go to Pat O’Briens).

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Luckily for us we weren’t there just to see the city, we went for the Sugar Bowl.  New Years Day we got to the Superdome early to pick up our tickets and check out the pregame festivities.  The atmosphere surrounding the game was unreal and the streets were packed with both Ohio State and Alabama fans.  Having won a ticket in the student lottery I was able to be part of the student section and had seats only 11 rows up from the field.  It was a great game to be a part of and Ohio State was able to come away with a win, putting them in the National Championship against Oregon.  The whole experience was something I will never forget and it was wonderful to be able to share it with some of my best friends from the MAcc program.

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Ohio State side of the Superdome

Fisher Follies: Fostering Community, Inspiring Creativity & Having FUN!

One of the greatest things about Fisher, which seems to come up quite often when I speak with prospective students, is the unique and supportive culture that we have here among students, staff and faculty. I truly believe it is rare to find a culture of collaboration where, for example, you can prep for an interview with a classmate who is interviewing for the same job. And, to have a community that truly cares about each other, their successes and their well-being.

That is the community that Fisher Follies, our unique social and non-profit organization here at Fisher, aims to foster. We raise money for the Fisher Follies Fund, which is a relief fund that make gifts (both monetary and in-kind) to any graduate student in the Fisher community that is facing extreme and unexpected hardship. Students are able to anonymously nominate themselves, or they can be nominated by two of their peers.

Each year, we hold a Fall Auction event that raises money for this fund. All auction items are donated by students, staff and faculty and range from dinner and desserts with other students or faculty, to your own personal “hype man” for a week, to a lavish trip to California to visit the “sea and c-suites” with one of your favorite professors. At this year’s event, which occurred on November 21st, we had over 110 items donated for our silent and live auction and over 200 people in attendance. Considered our “cocktail” event in the fall, it was a great time for everyone to dress up, take pictures at the photo booth, and socialize with their friends and professors.

In addition to it being an incredibly fun event for everyone, it was tremendously successful. We raised over $23,500 for the Fisher Follies Fund, which is the most money we have every raised at our annual auction! All of which goes directly back to students in need. This year, we unveiled the launch of our website, www.fisherfollies.com, so I encourage everyone to check it out to learn more about the Fisher community and the great things that we do as an organization.

Now that the auction is over, Fisher Follies will move on to begin writing and directing skits for our annual Variety Show in the Spring (February 20th), which celebrates our success and camaraderie as a community, and essentially enables us lampoon each other after a year of taking ourselves way too seriously.

Experience the World through Columbus

International exposure and work experience is becoming hugely important in the business world. This year I had the pleasure of attending the Columbus International Festival. I’m a member of the Fisher Global Business Association and we used the festival as an opportunity to come together and have a fun international experience.

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A small group of us hit up the Ohio State Fairgrounds to see what the rave was all about. Thankfully it was indoors; if you don’t already know about Ohio it starts to get a little chilly in November. Obviously from the start of the festival we were pretty focused on FOOD, who doesn’t love food. I settled on some bubble tea and Chinese, but I couldn’t help but take a picture of this humungous pretzel.

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Throughout the few hours we were there, there was a stage hosting various styles of dances from all over the world. The variety was great, and ever better, some acts featured some cute kids doing their best to impress the audience. I captured some good ole bag pipe action.

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Outside of the food and performances, there were various booths ran by different international organizations from Columbus and a lot of shops with cool cultural knick knacks. Columbus is always hosting cool festivals that present you with new food and cultures that you may not have had the opportunity to confront otherwise. There’s a whole world out there, go experience it!

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Nuts for Sports!!

So as shocking as it may seem, I have never been to a men’s basketball game. I know that seems blasphemous to some but no worries, that was remedied Friday night. I had the pleasure of attending the first basketball of the season against UMass Lowell. Now I know UMass Lowell doesn’t seem like a super intriguing matchup, but it was actually a lot of fun. Students are able to sit super close to the action and members of Block O make sure to keep the energy up in the Schott. OSU ended up winning 92-55. Don’t feel too bad for Lowell though, they are the “Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution” which is a title Columbus is unable to claim.

The weekend of sports continued to Saturday when the Buckeyes took on the Gophers. This was a more important game than everyone had anticipated with Minnesota eking out a top 25 ranking. The MAcc class watched at Hounddog’s Pizza, the best pizza place in Columbus (well at least I think it is the best pizza place in Columbus…)

My table at Hounddogs!
My table at Hounddog’s!

We all had a great time eating pizza, hanging out, and cheering on the Buckeyes to a 31-24 win. Hopefully we can win this weekend against Indiana before taking on Michigan. The Michigan game is a horse of a different color, can’t wait to attend over Thanksgiving and fill everyone in on the adventure!

The whole group!
The whole group!

MAcc Goes to a Pumpkin Patch

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On the tractor ride over to the pumpkin patch

The MAcc program does a great job of setting up social events for everyone in the program.  Getting the feel for the season, we obviously had to go to a pumpkin patch.  One Friday after class we carpooled our way there and enjoyed the beautiful fall Ohio weather.  The pumpkin patch included  a corn maze and a sunflower maze, and even a small petting zoo.  Clearly the best part though was the tractor ride through the pumpkin patch.  We got to go out and rummage through all the pumpkins until we found a keeper.  This may sound simple, but finding the perfect pumpkin is harder than it sounds.  Eventually I was able to find my perfect pumpkin! The entire event was a great way to be able to hang out with people in the program and just relax outside of the classroom.

After we went to the pumpkin patch everyone took different approaches on what to do with their pumpkin.  I got together with a couple friends in the program one night to carve our pumpkins so we could display them outside.   pumpkin

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Some people love Halloween for the cool costumes and others love it because they love being scared and scaring others. I fall somewhere in the middle, but I try to take advantage of it all, and there is no shortage at the Ohio State University or Columbus. This year, I had the opportunity to visit one of the state’s coolest haunted houses and attend some great Halloween parties.

The weekend before Halloween Columbus hosts one of the year’s big entertainment events, High Ball.  Spectators have the opportunity to show off their cool costumes and watch bands and even a couture Halloween costume fashion show. A lot of people are surprised to know that Columbus is the nation’s third largest fashion capital after Los Angeles. You probably won’t see my costume on the cover of Vogue, but I made a pretty solid Clark Kent.

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No need to wait for an organized event to participate in the spook of the season. Just outside of Columbus, in Pataskala, Ohio stands the Haunted Hoochie. A very interesting name for a super scary place. No pictures are allowed so I don’t have any proof, but don’t just take my word for it, actually go. Though I waited in line for far too long, I spent a good 30 minutes shaking with fear as I walked around each corner of this maze like building, constantly being taken off guard by bloody men and women holding chain saws, bone grinders and circular saws. If you’re into haunted houses, it’s a must to go to the Haunted Hoochie.

I rounded off my Halloween tour with the Fisher College of Business Graduate Halloween Party. This event was put on by our social chairs, who rented out a campus bar for us to gather as a group and celebrate the holiday. It was definitely a Happy Halloween!

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