As you may be aware, we at Fisher, have loads of student organizations at Fisher( 22 to be precise). If you think you want to learn more about analytics, you have the FBAA(Fisher Business Analytics Association). If you want to explore Operations and Logistics, you have OLMA. You get the drift. One such organization which is close to my heart is Fisher Board Fellows. FBF gives you an opportunity to sit on the board( non voting member) for a local non profit here in Columbus, Ohio for one whole year.In addition to attending the board meetings, you are also given a stand alone project with clear set of deliverables. Non-profits expect the FBF to contribute their part in running the organization and helping the community. Hence, you are not just a fly on the wall. You are going to be rubbing shoulders with the Sr VP’s and the CEO’s of for-profit businesses who happen to be on the board of these organizations. I applied for becoming a FBF for the myriad opportunities which you can leverage with your background and strengths. You can network, provide business perspective to existing social problems, learn more about non-profit way of doing business, so on and so forth. This is truly a one of a kind experience which I truly recommend for everyone( even if you think you are the hard core for-profit kind of person). Of course, if these are not enough to convince you to give this opportunity a shot, did I also mention that it looks fabulous on your resume and that nowhere else can you hope to become a board member in your 20s( unless its your family business of course)?
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There’s naturally going to be a rivalry between MBA classes. Second years will think they have the best class ever and the first years will naturally think they have the coolest, most awesome and interesting class ever (I only say that because it’s true in this case). And, as far as I know, there’s only one way to settle which team is cooler: pickup softball games in the rain.
I’m the cool guy manager in the middle
Just as a preface to what I’m about to write, the first years are still way cooler and more handsome/beautiful and way more interesting. Just so you know.
The second years here are multiple time OSU intramural softball champions. They all have coordinating shirts and their own equipment and play baseball together pretty much every week.
The first years have never played softball together. We had no idea who was good, who wasn’t or if anyone would even care enough to show up.
The second years have at least one former professional baseball player on their team.
The first years unanimously decided to play intramural soccer rather than baseball.
What I’m saying is that this was a mismatch.
The first years valiantly hung with the second years for a few innings, but unearned runs and errors were our undoing. Despite a valiant and inspiring speech before the last inning and solo cups in center field, we just couldn’t overcome their actual talent and caring.
But, it was much closer than it had any right to be and if anything, brought our class together just a little more. We showed that we could be better if we worked at it like they had and had more people show up from our class than theirs, including our own cheering section.
The fact that we were even close was surprising and the fact that we easily could have won with a little work in the field showed us that we were the true champions.
After a night of networking that I was forced to leave early, we knew the second years were pretty good at baseball, but the first years were the most awesome and smart and just flat out inspiring.
Both classes are united in their own ways and every class after ours will be, even if I’ll prefer ours. Small class sizes let you meet every person in your class and know them fairly well. When there are only 120 students in a grade, you really get to know everyone intimately in a fashion you just can’t at a bigger school, and it allows for opportunities like this where everyone interested can get involved.
And the class of 2016 is pretty cool, all in all.
5 weeks into the 2nd year of my MBA experience, I’ve noticed one key thing: I am BUSY –much busier than I had anticipated…. But in a good way. I’ve had the opportunity to take leadership roles as the President of two wonderful student organizations at Fisher, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
First – Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals (AMP), for which I am co-president with another 2nd Year MBA student – Melissa Roer. As the flagship organization for the marketing program here at Fisher, we’re not only working to involve students in marketing experiences and give them tools to learn and network, but also make the overall program the best it can possibly be. One of the goals of our executive team this year is to better prepare 1st Year MBA students for career fairs, interviews, case competitions, etc., so we’ve held workshop sessions and 1on1 mock interviews. We’re also creating a coaching program to give 1st year students direct contact with one 2nd year student. We’ve even created 1st year leadership committees to give students the opportunity to take a leadership role earlier in their first year. But that’s only in the first 5 weeks! As a team, we have so many great ideas for this upcoming year…. And it will only get better.
Second – Fisher Follies, for which I act as president but work with an incredible group of classmates on a steering committee. Fisher Follies is an organization that celebrates the camaraderie of Fisher students, faculty and staff by not only poking fun at each other during our annual spring Variety Show, but also raising money for the Fisher Follies Fund. This fund makes gifts to Fisher students who are facing unexpected and extreme hardship. Every year, we raise money for this fund through our annual Fall Auction, in which all gifts and donations come directly from students, faculty and staff at Fisher. We are currently planning the auction now, so more details to come.
So, it goes without saying that I’m extremely passionate about both of these groups & their success. So even though I’m busy (and sometimes falling asleep in class), it’s completely worth it.
The people I’ve met at Fisher thus far have been nothing but kind, helpful, and dedicated to making my time here a positive one. As long as you put in the effort to meeting new people, you will develop strong relationships with your class cohort and with people outside of your program.
Make sure to involve yourself with lots of graduate activities, join clubs, and talk to people. Get to know the people you see in the hallway and in your classes. Everyone is in the same boat on the first few weeks of class, so be the one to break the ice and strike up conversation. Your classmates will be happy you did. Here are a few examples of some of the graduate clubs you can get involved in here at Fisher.
Additionally, this time of year students oftentimes start feeling a little overwhelmed. With your involvement in student clubs, group projects, papers, and midterm exams, there will be a lot you need to focus on as a graduate student; successful time management is key. Just remember to relax and know that it’s ok to rely on your classmates for additional help. It’s been extremely beneficially for me to have group study sessions to go over class notes and class readings. Little things like this do make a big difference. I am glad that I’ve gotten to know so many of my peers and have been able to collaborate and work with them both inside and outside the classroom.
Business school is filled with reading, class, club information sessions, studying and professors with fancy hair (maybe too fancy?). But that probably describes every business school in these United States. Every school has a finance association and every school has textbooks and every school has quiet rooms. But Fisher and The Ohio State University has so much more than that and as I told a second year, “I can’t handle myself right now.”
I could describe abstractly my schedule and everything I’ve had to do in the month plus I’ve been at Ohio State coming from New Jersey and another huge state school in Rutgers. I could just say you could get lost in everything here, but I think there’s a better way to do this: I’m going to lay out as much of my schedule on Monday September 16, 2014 as I possibly can. It may seem like a crowded day, but I promise this is pretty much what every Monday is going to be for me for the foreseeable future, so here it is COMIN’ AT YOU HARD.
8-8:30AM: Print out Econ discussion questions for that sweet participation credit.
8:30-10:00AM: Accounting class featuring Jolly Bob’s Jerk Joint and joining intramural flag football leagues. I am a good student I swear.
10:15-11:45AM: Econ class! A blur of supply and demand curves even a day later. Reminiscing about Jolly Bob’s.
12-1PM: 3M Marketing Info Session: Free lunch! It was sammiches. And free pens! Oh and learning about 3M’s marketing internships and full time opportunities.
1-2PM: I exercise/listen to the Pitch Perfect Soundtrack. Barden Bellas 4 lyfe.
2:30-3PM: The two team captains for intramural football draft our players. It can get challenging determining the net present value of Ryan McClellan vs. Adam Tedrick. I should be doing work now butttttttt….no.
3-7PM: Studying for Marketing Math Quiz tomorrow and realizing I don’t have a calculator. I buy a $3.50 one from the bookstore. It does not have exponents. Also studying marketing cases and doing finance homework. I realize (have it reinforced, more likely) that I have no idea what is going on in finance. This is important as the midterm is 3 days away. I need to pack in all this studying for tomorrow because the day’s about to go sideways.
7:30-8:45PM: Intramural Soccer. I’m also one of the captains for one of our two intramural flag football teams. While the football one entails duties like drafting people you know and pretending to be Urban Meyer, the soccer iteration involves bothering people endlessly to get them to officially sign up and telling them where the hidden field at Lincoln Tower Park is. But hey we won 7-6! Woo go Fisher Gray!
9-10PM: Go home and lay facedown drinking Gatorade. But today’s not over because I’m dumb.
10:30-12: Go play intramural Broomball with people I don’t know. I am a crazy person. It’s played with sneakers on a normal ice rink. I fell on my butt about 12 times and sent part of a broom almost into the stands that were filled with kids with nothing better to do than laugh at me fall on my face (no it was funny I don’t blame them). I did not know this sport existed before OSU and now I have a sore butt from it. Oh and we lost.
1AM: Finally eat dinner. Subway was literally the only thing open since McDonalds switched to their breakfast menu at midnight. I do not like eggs so this did not fly.
7AM: Study for marketing math quiz.
SOOOO that was my day and a little added afterward. It may seem like I was annoyed or frustrated with the day, but there are just so many opportunities to take advantage of at Ohio State and Fisher. If I went to a smaller school or one with fewer opportunities, my day could have been over early and I could have been sleeping by 11. But why waste what’s out there? You’re not going to find stuff like this everywhere or maybe anywhere else.
It was a warm morning. Not too uncomfortable, although it left little doubt that the afternoon would be quite hot. As if I didn’t have enough on my mind already while making my way across the Fisher campus, I now had to brood over the efficiency of the off-brand antiperspirant I was wearing. Coming up to Schoenbaum Hall, I took one last glance at the Pre-Term schedule I had printed out the night before to make sure I was in the right place, heaved one last heavy breath, and entered the building.
The door opened into a small corridor brimming with well-dressed men and women, acquainting and socializing, demonstrating their varied levels of networking competence. Striding across the corridor, from handshake to handshake, I felt as if my mind was hosting a potluck attended by two dozen different versions of myself, each bringing a different emotion. I was excited; I was nervous. I was confident; I was diffident. I was calm; I was frantic.
An administrator directed us through two sets of doors leading into a large lecture hall with stadium seating. I found a seat and continued to converse with my neighbors, trying desperately to remember their names without looking at their name tags. The murmuring in the halls quieted down as the administrator stepped forth once again and, to a roaring applause, officially welcomed the Fisher MBA Class of 2016 to the Pre-Term Orientation.
What transpired over the following week and a half of orientation is far too much to detail in just one blog post, but in summary, it was truly an uplifting and apprehension-slaying event. It was an exciting blend of macro and micro insights into the adventure my class and I are about to begin. Between meeting my classmates, getting assigned my cohort (shout out to Team 11!), learning about all the student groups and opportunities, lectures from such distinguished guests as the CEO of Sherwin-Williams, Christopher Connor, and activities such as team-building exercises at Summit Vision – which was far more enjoyable and of practical use than my skeptical mind expected – orientation provided an excellent introduction to this new chapter in my life.
I’ve come a long way to get here (more on that in another post). As bumpy as the road was at times, I’m sure ahead it will be even more long and winding. Great changes come prepackaged with great uncertainty. I might not be venturing into the last frontier, but I am running full-speed into my own unknown with nothing but drive and optimism providing bright but limited lighting. But as far as I can tell, I couldn’t ask for better resources to help guide me along the way than those which I have found at the Fisher College of Business at THE Ohio State University.
This year the Fisher MBA has a new program: The Buddy Program. This program was spear-headed by the Class of 2015, who felt it would be beneficial to the incoming first year class to have a second year mentor – someone to ask where the quiet study room is (in the basement, across from the lockers), or where the best place to grab lunch is (the verdict is still out), or to ask questions about major classes, clubs, conferences, and the internship search.
But the Buddy Program is also about friendship. “We want you all to feel included,” Edwin, a second year leadership and organizational behavior major said. “We want you to be part of the program and help you in any way we can.” Edwin’s attitude has been echoed in the actions of every second year I have met – and I’ve met the majority of them. The second years have made a point to be involved in our orientation and to invite us to club and social events. At Fisher, you don’t come in with 120 friends, you come in with 240.
The first Buddy Program event of the year was this past Friday. Everyone who signed up for the Buddy Program met at the Varsity Club. My buddy, Doris, e-mailed me before the event to introduce herself and to reassure me that she would be at the event. When I got to the Varsity Club, it was packed with MBA’s.
“We didn’t know how many people would show up,” I overheard someone say. A lot. A lot showed up. In fact, so many first years signed up for the program that several second years, Doris included, had two first year buddies. I managed to find Doris and Coralia, another first year, and we talked about our backgrounds, potential majors and career paths, and Doris’s insights on her two (Yes, two. Did I mention that my buddy is brilliant?) summer internships for what felt like five minutes, but was really almost an hour and a half. We left the event with plans to meet for lunch, and word on the street is that there might be a second Buddy event later this semester.
To say the Buddy Program is a success would be an understatement, and although this is a new program, I think it’s one my class, and the classes that come after us, will continue.
How the time has flown! I have gone from being a prospective MAcc student reading the My Fisher Grad Life Blog and wondering why some authors didn’t post more, to being a soon-to-be graduate who is impressed they posted so much! The past nine months have been the most intense period of self-growth and change I have ever experienced in my life. I met so many amazing people and was exposed to different perspectives on life and business. I know I will walk into my first full time job as a finance auditor at the Auditor of State’s office better prepared to be a successful professional thanks to my time at Fisher.
Here is a small sample of some of the things I was doing over the past year while I was too busy to blog:
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Last year I had the opportunity to participate in Fisher’s Corporate Mentor program. The program pairs first year MBAs with local executives from Columbus that are interested in helping mentor and develop students in their chosen career field. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor last year and truly enjoyed the relationship we developed during the program. This year, I reached out to a first year student to gain their perspective and see if their experience was similar to mine.
Below is a question and answer session I had with Megan Tuetken, first year MBA with a focus on marketing.
1 – Who is your corporate mentor and what is their background?
My mentor is Mary Beth Cowardin from T. Marzetti’s. She is the Director of Marketing for the Marzetti brand. She did her undergrad at OSU and earned her MBA from Fisher.
2 – What were you hoping to gain from participating in the corporate mentor program?
I wanted a non-student/non-professor sounding board to talk to about my internship search and seek advice. I was also looking for a professional perspective on life in the corporate world of marketing. I was hoping for a mentor in brand management to get an additional perspective to compare to what I’d experienced working with brand managers at Kimberly-Clark over the years.
3 – What have the events been like? Have you been able to meet other students’ mentors?
I did not attend the kick-off event as my mentor was not able to attend. Instead, I met Mary Beth for breakfast one morning for our first official introduction. We’ve done breakfast a few times to catch up and chat, and we’ve found that this casual approach has worked well for us. I went to the event at the Thompson Library, which was pretty informal. There were quite a few mentor/student pairs. Some were simply chatting as pairs while others were mingling as larger groups. I mostly talked with Mary Beth directly as I was in the middle of some critical decisions regarding my internship opportunities. However, the chance to meet other mentors was definitely available. I did meet a former colleague of Mary Beth’s briefly.
The last event, which was targeted towards Marketing students/mentors, provided much more of an opportunity to meet other mentors as we were forced to switch our table arrangements throughout the event. It was great to hear other professionals talk about their experiences regarding a host of business topics.
4 – What is the best piece of advice you have received from your mentor?
My mentor was very helpful in giving feedback regarding my resume. She helped me expand it quite a bit and pushed me to really capture additional items that I wasn’t really considering. She also helped me realize which direction I wanted to go with my internship.
5 – Would you recommend the corporate mentor program to other students? If so, why?
I would definitely recommend it. I’ve had a very positive experience so far, and I plan to stay connected to Mary Beth in the future. Even though the formally planned events through Fisher are complete, she’s going to give me a plant tour and we’re planning on doing a store walk-through so I can learn more about the categories Marzetti plays in.
To me, it’s a no-brainer to sign up for a mentor. Fisher has so many amazing alumni and local businesspeople to tap for mentorship. There’s absolutely no reason not to do it! I know some students have had better connections than others, but it’s also what each person makes of it. I found that having a goal for the relationship (for me, it was mostly about the internship search) really helped. I’m glad to have participated and made a new connection in my network for the future.
- Great entertainment from many Chinese students- this includes, singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, and much more!
- Fun games for all attendees, including children. The event isn’t only for graduate students, but for members of the faculty and community. This truly is one of the best attended events every year!
- Incredible Chinese food is brought in from a local restaurant. Not to worry, the Americans aren’t selecting the restaurant, we leave it to the experts to choose which offering is the most authentic!
- A glimpse into another culture. Because many students at Fisher aren’t Chinese, or have never been to China, the celebration allows others to have an educational experience as well. For me, this is one of the reasons why I find this event so enjoyable.