Kid’s story: Gratitude

Timeline: Monday, 10-ish

I see: an envelope

I hear: my coughing, thanks to the God-forsaken weather

I smell: “Be”, by Calvin Klein

I feel: nauseous

First, a short recollection of what has happened these past few days:

  • Midterms. Veni, vidi, vici; that’s all I have to say about that (Julius Caesar and Forrest Gump together, who’d have thunk…).
  • Community service, wherein I raked something around a million leaves. It was totally survivable, but I dislike community service.  I was really ticked off that day just for being there, but it’s in the past (duh, isn’t everything??)
  • Halloween party at Mozaik. Too many surgeons, but I think that everyone looked great. If you chose not to go to Mozaik or to JF’s place before that, you should really not be reading this. I personally had a BLAST, and I think many people did.
  • The “bad” part of the party: I almost knocked over a cop (no intention of doing it, though) while leaving and for a second the cold feeling of cuffs made me shiver. Fortunately, he said “don’t apologize, it was my mistake” and I could be on my way.

And today we got our EPI midterms back, including the video recording. I must say that my respect for Prof. Ankerman’s job has seriously increased after seeing my video. Just today, he mentioned to us in class how he had to grade some 200 presentations last week, then adding the comment of how he was very pleased that this year the presentations were much better than any other (a theme that is becoming so common among the teachers that it’s starting to sound scripted).

I seriously look like a total retard in that video. I mean, you have to keep that away from any recruiting material there may be for the Fisher COB, because that’ll scare them off (or at least it should). I’m actually surprised the antivirus in my laptop didn’t go off when I pressed play. Now, I’m not saying that all my classmates look like retards in their videos, but I actually got a good grade on that midterm, so—well, whatever, you figure it out. I must say that I don’t have any problem with retarded people; I just would like not to look so much as one.

This, along with other experiences, has shown me that what the MBA is really teaching me is to have a new perspective on my life. This is a really good lesson on humility and submission. I used to believe that I was fortunate because I had received an excellent education, allowing me to have aspirations, dreams, and possibilities. I used to believe that my abilities allowed me to stand out and put me in an ideal position to help others.

Now I know I should be grateful I can remember my own name. Now I know that the question “are you aware I’m a danger to others?” is one I should ask myself and the people around me frequently. Now I know I was wrong.

The way I see it, it’s either that my life has truly lost all meaning and purpose, or it’s just that loneliness has finally caught up with me and I’m past the honeymoon stage of my coming here. One thing’s for certain: studying for midterms was nothing compared to coping with an empty house, a pile of due readings, a cooling weather, and a zero level of motivation.

It’s a good thing a friendly smile makes all that disappear at least for a moment. To the smiler: you asked not to be mentioned, but I owe you for that.

The takeaway: be grateful.

“You ready to die, motha(bleep)er?” – Petey Pablo


It feels as though I haven’t posted in quite a while. So much has happened in the last 5 or so days that I feel horribly behind in my updating.

First and most important, I got the interview! I’m very very excited about the opportunity. I had the chance to speak with the director of IMS a week ago and after talking with her, it just made me realize so much more that I would love the chance to complete an internship with the program. It wasn’t until a few days later that I was offered a position within the center. Such a relief. It will surely be a great opportunity. I have my first training program tomorrow during lunch. I’m nervous for it all, but excited at the same time.

Second, this weekend was Halloween, and it was a BLAST!!!!! I’ll post pictures below. I went up to Michigan State for Halloween. I know, I know, I skipped out on the grad student Halloween get-together, but I had so much fun this weekend. Friday night, I went to a long-time friend’s party dressed up as a Crayon. You can’t beat home-made costumes. I was “tickle me pink”. I love that costume. Saturday night, my fiance and I and his friends roamed around the streets of Lansing and East Lansing dressed up as the toy soldiers from Toy Story. It was SO much fun seeing everyone’s expression as we walked around and randomly posed. We were trying to find a place to catch the MSU vs Minnesota game, and decided on Bdubs. We walked into the restaurant in our stealth mode and you could hear the entire place go silent. It was awesome. I’ve never had so much fun in my life. Anyway, pictures are below. We’re now taking ideas on next year’s costumes. If you have any awesome costumes that you saw, send them my way, or feel free to share.

Lastly, tomorrow is your chance to go out and vote. Vote yes for Issue 2. That’s my only political plug because I have a personal connection with it. Issue 2 will establish a board of directors to make decisions about animal care in Ohio and the board will be made up of informed individuals who know the animal industry and know what’s best for Ohio and for the animals. I grew up on a small sheep farm and I have many farming friends who know what’s best for their animals and would rather have informed individuals make decisions about how they’re supposed to farm than people who know very little about the agriculture in this state. If nothing else, make sure you’re informed about what/who you’re voting for, but just make sure you vote.

No Halloween for me…

Hey guys:

While a lot of you are posting or reading about the Halloween weekend, I am here to not post about Halloween.

Am I one of those people that skip Halloween altogether? Not usually.  In fact, when I was back in Brazil I was always hoping to be here in October to enjoy Trick or Treat and dressing up like a monster.

Here is my cost-benefit analysis of my Halloween weekend:

This year I was stuck in MBA classes on the day my neighborhood had its Trick or Treat event.
Benefit: not having to pay $11 per bag of good candy
Cost:  I didn’t get to enjoy the cool outfits of the children or the candy-starved parents that take their 3-month old babies Trick or Treating.

On Friday, my husband and I were supposed to head to an adult Halloween party with costumes and a lot of good friends.  Close to show time, the hubby started feeling unwell and the result was almost an entire night spent at the ER at Mount Carmel East with tons of sick people – talk about experiencing scary moments in Halloween.
Benefit: humm……spending time with the hubby?
Cost: missing a cool party that happens only once a year

Saturday and Sunday were pretty much a waste.  As other bloggers posted, we have an Econ group project to present on Tuesday, so the rest of weekend was all about finalizing the final document and putting a six-minute presentation together.  The amazing difference between undergrad and grad school was clear: while in undergrad we would be meeting at odd hours at OU’s library, in grad school we simply got everybody together on a conference call. Are we fancy or what?

Anyways, summing up the Halloween weekend for a Brazilian WPMBA student: MBA class, no candy. no scared children or candy-starved parents, no costumes, no parties, a visit to the ER, and Econ project.

Have a great week guys!

How I Used My 25 Hour Day – And Then Some

Back by popular demand, I am bringing you another “Day in the Life of an MBA Student” post! But wait, don’t miss this special edition as today (well…yesterday at this point), November 1st 2009,  is the “fall back” half of the daylight savings time shift. Yes folks, today you get 25 hours for the price of 24! Act now!

Midnight – spending time at a Columbus Area establishment celebrating Halloween with some of my friends from St. Xavier High School, including one who is home on leave from the Marine Corps before departing for Afghanistan. Good times.

12:35 AM – While attempting to change venues, encounter enormous lines at the popular places. This should have been expected. Yell “Billy Mays here!” to anyone (un)willing to listen.

1:30 AM – (first time) Hail a cab to head to Five Guys. Watch as cab pulls a U-turn and gets honked at by multiple vehicles

1:30 AM – (second time) Having forgone the opportunity to enjoy Five Guys fabulous french fries due to the enormous line, wait patiently at Taco Bell for my chalupas, personal pan pizza, and breadsticks. Yell “Billy Mays here!” to anyone (un)willing to listen.

2:30 AM – After second cab ride on the homeward bound trip, arrive at Fisher Commons with 3 of my high school buddies in tow. Attempt to inflate air mattress which I have never used before. Find out that the air pump must be charged before use – it will not work with the charger plugged in. Tell my buddy to blow it up himself if he wants to use it. He slept on the floor.

10:30 AM – Arise from slumbering and proceed to Waffle House for a nice Sunday Brunch. Consume prodigious amounts of chocolate milk.

11:30 AM -Resume work on Organizational Behavio(u)r paper for the first time today.

1:15 PM – See my buddies out the door and head to the Ohio State Golf Course to hit some range balls and meet up with JB and AC for a quick 9 holes of golf.

1:30 PM – Drives at the range looking good for a change. Mistakenly put high expectations on the day.

2:00 PM – Tee off on Gray course by topping the ball and putting it in huge pile of leaves. Awesome. By the end of the second hole, questioning if I should ever play golf again.

4:35 PM – Complete the long walk back from the 9th hole to the clubhouse and our vehicles. Enjoyed the golf course discussions among friends. Slightly bitter that JB took so many pictures of my struggles.

4:45 PM – Eat cold pizza and watch Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives which was on the DVR.

5:10 PM – Resume work on my Economics team project which is due Tuesday.

7:00 PM – Team meeting at Fisher Commons to discuss Economics project progress. My question is not done, but I am not alone. Discuss strategy and break to continue working.

9:50 PM – Send email to team with the fruits of my labor. Note in email that it’s 50 minutes late based on my promise to have it done by 9 PM.  Compensate with attempt at humor and  a really clever Excel trick I found.

10:oo PM – More cold pizza and back to Organizational Behavio(u)r project.

11:30 PM – Trip numero uno to Fisher Commons lounge to get free coffee. Nearly have a panic attack just thinking about the remote possibility that the coffee machine could break down. Return to apartment and check Facebook at least every 5 minutes while continuing to work on project.

11:45 PM – Load up some WEBN streaming radio. Recall how much I love WEBN.

12:30 AM – Trip numero dos to Fisher Commons lounge to get free coffee. Nearly have a panic attack just thinking about the remote possibility that the coffee machine could break down. Return to apartment and check Facebook at least every 5 minutes while continuing to work on project.

12:50 AM – Attempt to use my Excel prowess to create a funny chart about the relationship between time-of-day, % of time checking Facebook,  and % of time doing work. Upon completion, hit buttons too quickly and destroy the product of my toils. Weep inside.

1:30 AM – Messages on Facebook are rolling in among the select few of us that procrastinated ourselves into this situation. Begin blog post.

2:01 AM – Notice BigFoot walking outside the commons. Hallucination? Mental image of BigFoot (the creature) jumping over a 747.

2:44 AM – Suspend blogging until completion of Organizational Behavio(u)r paper.

3:35 AM – Final editing completed to my satisfaction, Works Cited page completed, and head is hitting the pillow. 25 + hour day is finally over.

Lessons (re)Learned

  1. I work best under pressure.
  2. I enjoy the calm of the night for writing papers; I do not enjoy the morning after.
  3. Whatever it takes.
  4. Procrastination is bad. If you play with fire, you will get burned.
  5. I wish every day had 25 hours.

Goodnight and good luck.

Time and Change

If you were thinking this post was going to be about Carmen, Ohio, you are wrong. It is about daylight-saving time (DST). Modern DST was proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson. He presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society proposing a two-hour daylight-saving shift. He was an entomologist and an astronomer and realized the importance of having extra daylight in the afternoon.

The best part about this year’s DST was that it fell on Halloween night! Everyone that dressed up for Halloween had an extra hour to enjoy being dressed up, as most places stayed open until 2 AM, twice. I went up to Cleveland to meet up with my friends and we had a planned group costume. Can you guess who we are?


Top 5 costumes that I saw last night:

1. Energizer Bunny- complete with the drum.

2. Alan from the Hangover- not the dude I went with- no, this guy went all out- grew an actual beard, had on the shirt that was worn in the movie, and had a baby carrier with a baby doll.

3. Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber in the tuxedos.

4. Crown and Coke- trust me, it was good.

5- A corona with a lime.

Busiest Week of My Life Continued…

My classmates and I entered the room for the networking dinner.  There were quite a few people there already, but the OSU people had the coolest name tags by far.  I think there was some name tag envy from the students who were there from Michigan and Illinois.

I was proud of myself.  I jumped in and started introducing myself to people.  During the dinner I spoke to an employee who is currently in the Leadership Development Program, the Director of the Director of HR, the HR Director of the Marine Division, and the HR Manager at the plant in Indianapolis.  All of the employees at Rolls-Royce seemed extremely enthusiastic about working for the company and were a lot of fun to talk to.

After the dinner we all went our separate ways and I headed to my room to relax for the evening.  I was really excited about sleeping in the big, fluffy bed.  Unfortunately, I was so nervous about the next day that I only slept a total of 2-3 hours.

The next morning we all met in the lobby of the hotel and headed to the Rolls-Royce plant on a shuttle.  I was nervous, but everyone at Rolls-Royce was very nice and kept telling us to just be ourselves.  We ate breakfast and the HR Manager did a quick presentation about the company.  After that it was time to interview.

The first activity I did was a written case study, next was a one-on-one with situational questions, then my 10 minute presentation with a question answer portion after, and then a group exercise where we were observed in a group and then presented after 15 minutes of discussion.  I really thought the presentation was going to be the most stressful part, but I actually was most nervous during the group exercise.  I didn’t want to be overly aggressive, but I also did not want to be too passive either.

It was a long day and I was relieved when it was over.  We headed back to the hotel and made the drive back to Columbus.  Unfortunately, I was not chosen to move forward as an intern at Rolls-Royce.  I was disappointed because I really like the company and the people there were really great, but on a positive note, it was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

This actually only gets us through Wednesday of my busy week.  The rest of the week was midterms, another interview, group meetings, class, and finally a really fun Halloween Party.  Maybe this week will be less crazy but, every time I think that, something comes up!

My first buckeye game (and Halloween!)

So a round of applause please, I finally attended my first buckeye football game.  This was a big deal for me not only because it’s an amazing experience but also because I’m from the east coast and college football, to most people from the northeastern part of the US, is the equivalent of bird watching (no offense to those who enjoy that).  In other words…most people don’t care.

So Tuesday my boyfriend called me and let me know he could get two tickets to the game this weekend (because we played New Mexico State…everyone was practically giving away their tickets).  He has never been to a game either (but is a big fan…owns an OSU jersey) and was really excited so I evaluated what I had to this weekend which was basically a lot of reading…and a football game trumps reading even in my book.  So we ended up going to the game with our friends Dave and Brittany and Dave’s brother Tim who is also an OSU student studying physical therapy.  We started out at River Watch, an apartment complex that shuts down its parking lot and turns it into a mini fair..sort of…? They have drinks, food, and a stage with a band who got better as the morning went on.  The best part about it though was that it was Halloween:

Brittany and I with the BK man before the game!
Me and Brittany with the BK man before the game!

The game itself was really fun too, except for the wind and the temperature.  It was a little bit more low key than I was anticipating (I think because it wasn’t a Big Ten game) but I was happy about that…I wanted to ease into the madness.  We won the game which is wonderful but my favorite part was the half time show.  Again, it being Halloween the band had some awesome stuff planned, the best part being a little rendition, dancing included, of Thriller:

The OSU band performing Thriller
The OSU band performing Thriller

So needless to say it was pretty awesome to see.  I left the game a little bit after the start of the third quarter…we were winning and I couldn’t take the cold anymore.  The rest of the day I spent relaxing and then went to my friend’s Halloween party as a baseball player!! Overall a great weekend– now back to getting ready for the week ahead.  A lot of reading and more group projects.  Of course.

“it’s never too late to have a happy childhood…”

This week, as addressed by most of the bloggers, was marked by many different midterms and presentations.  Our group gave our presentation for the Organizational Behavior class on the company Build-A-Bear Workshop. (BBW)  BBW has an interesting view on the way their company works.  Maxine Clark, the founder and CEO, is known publicly as the Chief Executive Bear.   One of their motto’s is “it is never too late to have a happy childhood.”  I thought this was an interesting motto to live by and something everyone should think about.

It is something that can easily be forgotten here, in the midst of work and readings, however this weekend we were able to take time to have fun and live a “happy childhood”.  On Friday, all the first year students took part in a community service day.  I was excited for it, but also wishing I just had Friday to work on work for the next week.  But when I got to the humane society and played with the dogs all afternoon, I realized that was just what we needed!  (I also realized that I want to take home Hairy- the cutest little pup! )

Everyone needs to take a break and have a little bit of fun.  Sometimes I feel guilty for taking time to just relax and have fun, because there is always something I could be doing…internship search…cough cough…  but taking the day off allowed me to keep a good perspective and have fun with other classmates.   Later that weekend, pretty much the whole class realized they wanted to relive a happy childhood and dressed up for our Halloween party.  It could not have come at a better time.

It was great to see everyone in a relaxed environment, all showing off their different original costume ideas- one of my favorites was a friend who dressed up like a “Harvard Business School Case Study.”  It just showed that while we are all working hard, and trying to be successful – it is never too late to have a childhood.  I think that Maxine Clark got it right.

The Show Must Go On!

The past week has been one of the busier since arriving here in Columbus; this weekend is proving to be no different.

I am currently taking a short break from working on my “Individual Case Assignment” for Dr. Inks’ & Dr. Rucci’s Organizational Behavio(u)r class. I am hoping that a witty, creative attempt at blogging will get the writing juices flowing for this ~20 page paper…

Here’s a brief, mostly chronological summary of what’s happened this past week:

  • Econ MidtermL-X graphs
  • Accounting Midtermproblem solving
  • Warren Buffet Trip Callout – A lot of people want to go, not many get to. 27 spots.
  • FGSA Meetings – Wednesday night  at the Varsity Club. More meetings should be at the Varsity Club. Professors agree.  No work got done Wednesday evening. Thursday in Fisher Graduate Student Association Board Room (it’s actually a closet…)
  • FisherServes Community Service Day -Building tables at Map Furniture Bank. Barbecue Conundrum – North Carolina vs. the world. I am on North Carolina’s side.
  • FCOB Halloween Celebration – BILLY MAYS HERE!

Billy Mays here!
Billy Mays here! R.I.P.

Back to working on the Cirque du Soleil case for Dr. Inks. The Show Must Go On.


Jay-Z and the rest of my week

As mentioned in my last post, I went to the Jay-Z concert on Wednesday. I thought the show would be good but it was even better than I expected. Jay-Z opened with Run This Town to get the crowd going and he didn’t stop for 90+ minutes. If you like Jay-Z and you ever have the chance to check him out – do it.
Friday night I went to the Blue Jackets – Penguins game. The game was sold out and it felt like half of the arena were Penguins fans. The Jackets got off to a good start and were up 3-1 with only a few minutes left in regulation before the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins stormed back to tie the game and take it into overtime. The Jackets ended up losing in a shootout. It was a frustrating loss, but this was not the first time the Jackets have blown a lead like that.
Today I decided to tailgate for the Ohio State – New Mexico State game and also scalped tickets for the game. We were able to get 2 pretty good seats right before kickoff for $40. Since the Buckeyes already have 2 losses this season and the game was supposed to be a blowout, I thought I’d be able to get a deal like that and I was right.
Anyway, my busy week is finally over and tomorrow I get to relax and will probably end up doing some work for class. Below are a few pictures from the Jay-Z show.