One unique part of the Ohio State University culture is the Business Builders Club (BBC). The club, which sits apart from the business school, focuses on building a foundation for entrepreneurship for OSU students. Since its founding in 2000, the club has developed a reputation for developing innovative and successful businesspeople and has become a differentiator for OSU. Although the BBC is primarily geared toward undergraduates, I “sneaked in” to the first meeting of the year this past Tuesday.
Sandy Blanquera, the keynote speaker, told a remarkably personal story of her own journey from corporate employee, to franchisee, to entrepreneur. She now owns and operates the Columbus-based social marketing company, Social Boomerang. Additionally, Sandy and her husband are very active in the Columbus entrepreneur community. In fact, on her recommendation I joined TechLife Columbus: a group focused on technology, entrepreneurship, education and “accelerating the pace of getting to know really cool tech people in town.”
Although I have only been an active member TechLife Columbus for a few days now, I already got the opportunity to attend an event—a social event at the economic development and incubator facility, TechColumbus. From these two events my excitement for the entrepreneur community in Columbus has grown immensely, and I am looking forward to getting more involved with both organizations.
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Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to eat Papa John’s pizza 4 days in a row? I have – and that’s why I attended every student organization’s information session in 375 Gerlach Hall this past week. By the fourth day, I had succumbed to pouring Papa J’s famous garlic dipping sauce all over my pizza to spice up the monotonous (but free) lunch. Am I alive? Yes. Does it feel like it? Not really.
Actually, the real reason I attended the meetings was not for the free pizza, but for the opportunity to learn more about the student run organizations at Fisher College. What I discovered is that Fisher has a plethora of organizations that span the diverse student body. Since I have a limited amount of time, I am trying to whittle down the number of organizations that are attractive to me. I will probably join only 2 or possibly 3 clubs, so that I will have the time and energy to take an active leadership role within the organizations. I am currently interested in the following groups…
Hopefully by the end of next week I’ll have made my decisions.
While at the Fisher Student Organizations Fair this Monday, I concluded that there are enough student activities that I could literally spend 24/7/365 doing things related to Fisher!
I am definitely interested in several of the organizations, especially the Fisher Board Fellows, which places about 16 MBA candidates on boards of local non-profit organizations. What a wonderful way to give back to the community while growing your business skills! I’m also considering the Center for Operational Excellence, because of all the interesting work involving Six Sigma and Lean. While interviewing, I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Ward, the director of the Center, and was really intrigued by all the projects being pursued. I noticed the sign-up sheets for most of the organizations were getting pretty full, so it seems like the class of 2011 is definitely ready to get involved!
I’m looking forward to the Fisher experience over the next 21 months – not just the coursework, but the chance to really explore new ventures and meet motivated, engaged students and faculty.
Have a great first week of classes!
There’s never a more exciting time on a college campus than the beginning of a new academic year. The energy around the campus is amazing. It’s hard to believe that I’m already a “second year.” Last year was definitely the best year of my life and I’m excited to begin the second half of this journey.
As this is my first post, I’ll give a brief introduction of myself. I’m a full-time MBA student double majoring in Strategy and Corporate Finance. I’m originally from Tucson, Arizona and went to school at the University of Arizona for my undergraduate degree. I have five years of full-time work experience total, three of those with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and two years in advertising sales. This summer I worked for Deutsche Post DHL as a talent management analyst, which included an amazing week in Germany for my internship orientation.
At Fisher, I am President of the Fisher Graduate Student Association, which is the group that encompasses all the other graduate student organizations at Fisher. Our major functions are allocating funding for student groups and driving change through student feedback. I’m also involved in the International Business Club as Vice President of Programming, and half a dozen or so other student organizations as a member. This year I’ll also be teaching a business undergraduate course called “Applied Business Skills and the Environment of Business.” On top of this I’ll be taking a full load of classes, participating in a case competition or two, attending all the social events, and most importantly, working on full-time employment.
That’s “Resume Mike.” Aside from the usual boring undergraduate institution/major/work experience/student organization stuff that MBA students talk about, I’m also:
- The first of two only children. I was twelve when my younger brother was born. It was weird then, but now he’s one of my best friends and a great source of joy in my life.
- A certified yoga instructor. I’ve been teaching for almost two years and I teach from time to time through the Ohio State Yoga Club.
- An ENFJ. Which means that I “understand and care about people, and have a special talent for bringing out the best in others.” Or so the psychologists say.
- 1/2 Japanese and 1/2 Polish/German/Irish, which are evidently “great drinking genes” as one of the guys I met in Germany informed me.
- A voracious reader. I read a lot on leadership, organizational behavior, communication, economics, and yoga.
- A former competitive powerlifter. Emphasis on “former.”
- Managing four fantasy football teams this season. 4-0 so far through Week 1!
- Addicted to tiramisu.
I hope to keep this blog fun, informational and a little random. If you’re thinking about applying to Fisher, then feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or Facebook. If you have any other questions about the program or my experience here, ask away and I’ll either answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can. I’m not an employee of Fisher College or a member of the admissions team, but just a normal MBA student who fell in love with this place. So I’m always willing to talk.