A little background about a mid-level career engineer

As a new blogger, to this or any other site, I think it’s appropriate to give a little background on myself.  Hopefully some of you will be able to consider my perspective when evaluating my comments.   Or, perhaps I am thinking to much into this.  Regardless, here we go …

I am a mid-thirties engineering professional with both a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering.  I have worked in industry for nearly 15 years with a progressive career track.  I have worked for a large government contractor, a telecomm spin-off, a biomedical start-up, an independent contractor, a instrumentation product developer and even my own electronics distributor proprietorship.  I had the opportunity to see businesses launched with the promise of exciting break-through products and I’ve seen millions of dollars lost when a company can’t deliver what is promised.     My experience comes not just from the engineering side, it’s from the real business world.  I hope I can deliver these varied experiences and perspective to the blog.

As one of the older student bloggers on this site, my blog will primarily be geared toward the mid-level career-focused professional, trying to juggle the responsibilities of home, work, school and life.  I am writing not to give advice, but just to share my thoughts on the matter.

…  Perhaps you all will give me advice.

Best,

Richard

Offcampus.osu.edu

Hi, everyone!

My name is Lily and I am a newcomer not only to OSU but to the United States as well. I am absolutely thrilled to share my exciting American experience with you! Please follow me as I embark on this blogging mission! Although everything is new to me, I find life in America to be fascinating and everyone is so friendly here. So I’d like to label my first month here in America as the “Honey Moon Stage.”

Before moving to the USA, I had to find an off-campus house online. I found the OSU website to be one of the most resourceful and helpful websites in my search. I strongly recommend this website http://www.offcampus.osu.edu/ to those of you who prefer off-campus life. You can find various kinds of houses as well as roommates through that website. In fact, I actually found my roommate Jessica through this website. Jessica is an American and she is also in the MLHR program at Fisher. She has been teaching me American cooking, culture, language, movies and games. She also introduced me to her family and friends who made me feel welcome. We went shopping at Polaris Mall, Barnes & Noble and Kroger. Now I am no longer a lonely international student, and I feel at home in this city and enjoy the life here. Moreover,  I feel at home in our warm and cozy apartment, which is full of lots of food and furniture. In addition, our apartment is very conducive to studying because it is quiet! I want to thank  OSU and Jessica for making my transition to the United States an easy one.

Jess and I also attended the MLHR orientation together this week. I will never forget the Geocaching Activity that we did at orientation.Although the Geocaching activity was exhausting and at times frustrating, I appreciated the activity because I got the chance to get to know a few of my fellow classmates, John and Brian.

Ultimately, this activity got me thinking about my own personal goals, teamwork, and motivation.I am now always thinking about how to set the team goal and my individual goal, how to assign jobs, how to cultivate intelligence and a spirit of commitment etc. By the way, this is not the only one activity that enlightened me in Fisher, there are many activities held by Fisher that motivate me to explore more about life, study and work.Furthermore, I will look forward to participating in many future Fisher activities.

I look forward to receiving your comments on my blog and to sharing more with you  about my life here. Next time, I will tell you about my close friend and classmate Eva. And I will also tell you about my experience with the GPO! Signing off now to take a relaxing bubble bath (Thanks to Jess who taught me what a bubble bath was and who bought me my very own bubble bath!!!!)

MBA Program Orientation Week 2

Reposted from aaron360.com.

The Fisher College of Business full-time MBA class of 2011 has officially been orientated.  The second week included several important activities like an intake appointment and mock interview with the Career Management office, and an introduction to case discussions with Jay Dial.  Perhaps the highlight of the week was the Summit Vision team building experience which my team participated in on Wednesday.

Summit Vision is a team building and corporate development company based out of Westerville, Ohio.  They use “…adventure and experiential learning tools [so that] people have the opportunity to reach their full potential–both individually and as part of a larger team.”

Specifically, my core group teamed with another group to create one ten-person team.  Throughout the morning we were challenged with physical and mental exercises that tested our problem solving, inventiveness and perseverance.  Each station, while fun, was designed to make us work as a team towards a common goal.  Some of my favorites include:

  • Zip Line – Wheeeeeeeee!
  • Pamper Pole – Climb up a telephone pole.  Get yourself standing on top (easier said than done—it is the size of a dinner plate).  Leap out 8-feet in the air and try to grab a trapeze bar.
  • Building Blocks – Each member armed with a signed 4×4 block, our team crossed a stretch of grass without touching the ground.
  • Spider Web – Each team member crossed trough a different hole in a bungee cord spider web—without touching the web at any time.

It does sound like a lot of fun and games, but we were forced to focus as a team, find a solution and amend it as we worked towards our goals.

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Discovering Columbus

I have recently been driving around discovering Columbus.  It only took me about a year and a half of living here to start checking things out!  I have found that Columbus is a bit spread out with a bunch of little communities within it.  My two personal favorite areas at the moment are Victorian Village and German Village.  Both of these areas have beautiful homes and a laid back vibe.

Goodale Park in Victorian Village is the perfect spot for a picnic.  I love to go grab some Jersey Mike’s or Jimmy John’s and hang out at the park.  The lilies in the pond are especially beautiful this time of year and I am sure the park will be even more beautiful when the leaves change.  It is also the perfect park for those who have social dogs.

German Village also has a great park but I am going to focus on the food in German Village.  In German Village there are two of the best places I have eaten in Columbus.  First, there is the East Side Café.  They serve Greek food and it is absolutely delicious.  Watching the servers light the flaming cheese is fun as well.  Everyone in the restaurant yells out, “Opa,” and then I look around to make sure everyone still has hair and eyebrows.

Second, right down the road is The Thurman Café.  The Thurman Café has been featured on the show Man v. Food on the Travel Channel.  If you love hamburgers, this is the place to go.  The cheeseburgers are HUGE and amazing!  The Thurman Café itself is really small, so I would suggest going early to enjoy that burger as big as your head!

Thurman Burger

I still have a lot to learn about Columbus but these are a few little treasures I have found thus far.  I would love to find some great places to see live music.  If anyone has suggestions, please share.

Experiencing O-H-I-O: Corn Maze + Picking Apples

ApplesThis past weekend was my last free weekend before classes start and to mark the day I decided to enjoy a bit of O-H-I-O by visiting a corn maze and by picking apples at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, OH.  My husband and our little brother and little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters also joined me in this countryside adventure.

From what I understand, Lynd Fruit Farm is well known for its fresh and locally grown produce and also for being a great place for picking your own apples from several different varieties of the fruit.  This time of the year,  families can also enjoy going through their 4.5-mile corn maze which takes an average human being 30 minutes to get through – that is if you manage to find the exit without getting lost like we did.  This year’s theme is “Persian Nights” and the organizers created lots of little tasks to be completed (if you wish) while going through the maze.

Below is some contact info on Lynd Fruit Farm if you’d like to check it out – I’d highly recommend it especially if you have children or teenagers around.  For young adults, check out the maze at night (they are open until 10PM) and you can try to conquer the maze with flashlights – very spooky!!

Lynd Fruit Farm – http://www.lyndfruitfarm.com/
Address: 9090 Morse Road SW, Pataskala, Ohio 43062
Phone:  740-927-1333

CornMaze

Enjoy the last few class-free days!

Back to School

This title can mean 2 things:

1) Our break will end officially in two days.  I am eager to take on my classes, at the same time, I am also anxious about the career fair the following Tuesday and all the interviews thereafter (fingers crossed, pick me pick me).

2) I finished my undergraduate five years ago and worked in the IT consulting industry for about four years. Toward the end of that career I was dragging my feet to work every morning and thus began searching for a new direction. After a series of events, I decided that I need more formal education, particularly in accounting, in order to succeed in the business world. Therefore, I’m going “back to school”.

At the beginning of the application process I was confronted by a hard decision: MBA or MAcc? I ended up picking MAcc (for reasons that I’ll save for another topic) and I applied to a number of schools, namely Texas, USC, Vanderbilt, Indiana, and of course, Ohio State. I received admissions from several of them, but this time it was a rather easy decision. OSU’s innovative MAcc program itself and the people I was in contact with totally won me over. I expect many of you prospective students be in touch with Rob, and you’ll see what I mean.

Hello World.

Welcome to my blog everyone. This is new to me, but I assure you, I have received the proper training.

My name is Nick Fischer. Yes, kind of like the business school. Except my name has a C in it. Please don’t forget it.

Some of you know me. Some of you don’t. Consider yourselves lucky.

I ramble. I also talk fast. Be thankful you can read this at your own pace.

I have more to do than time to do it. Welcome to The Max M. Fisher College of Business.

I like food. Expect a lot of restaurant feedback.

I am sarcastic. You may have already noticed that…

I tend to notice odd and peculiar things about my surroundings. Sometimes they are funny, sometimes they are weird, sometimes they make no sense at all.  I’m sure my future posts will include all of these.

Sooooooo much has happened since my arrival in Columbus at the beginning of this month. I am not even going to try to cover all or much of it in detail. But I am going to list and touch on several things:

  • I live at Fisher Commons. I have a beautiful view of the downtown skyline and Fred Beekman Park . I painted my bedroom “Nautical” Blue and my living room “Peaceful Leaf” Green.  Sometimes, I can smell the agricultural school. All in all, the place is great.
  • Orientation is over. We were told how amazing we were. We were told how busy we were going to be. We had a reality check. Professor Oglevee speaks the truth (talk to him outside of class – he’s great). Network, Network, Network. Time management. Network. Don’t be late. Summit Vision. Leadership. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (I’m ENTJ for those who are interested). Business Cards (Ask nicely and you might get one). Network. Teams. Teamwork.
  • There is no shortage of social activities and things to do in Columbus. South Campus Gateway. Short North. Arena District. Buckeye Football. Golf – Raymond Memorial , OSU Courses (A lot of business students play. Several are really good. I am not). So much more I haven’t even checked out yet.
  • Taxi-Cab service is generally good except at 2 AM. You are better off walking.
  • Planes fly over campus ALL the time. Get used to the noise. It’s not that bad really.
  • Business school runs on coffee.
  • Business students like to be social. Mike created an email distribution list to use for planning. We played kickball (it’s still hard even as an adult – don’t underestimate it). We played volleyball. There was a New Year’s Eve party for the beginning of school. Football Tailgates. The list goes on.
  • The ARC has most things I need to work out. It also has a rock climbing wall. I am not very good at rock climbing.
  • The consulting boot camp was a great source of information. Professor Barney is hilarious and brilliant.
  • Textbooks and course packets are expensive. You can’t do anything about it.
  • Mad Mex at the South Campus Gateway is pretty good. I had the grilled fish tacos. I hate fish but even I thought they tasted great. The “Pennsyltucky fried tofu” is surprisingly delicious. They also have a kids menu with jokes that I didn’t even understand.
  • If you made it this far, congratulations.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for future posts.

Here I Stand

Where do I begin?  Well, first off I’d like to introduce myself to you.  My name is LaToya Prevost and I am a 23 year old (soon to be 24) from New Orleans, LA.  The first question everyone asks me upon learning of my hometown is, “So what made you decide to attend Ohio State?”  The answer is simple. I chose to attend Ohio State based on the curriculum the MLHR program would offer me.  I am trusting this college (Fisher) and this university to help mold me into the business executive that I envision myself to be.

Okay, so now that we are acquainted, on to the meat and potatoes of this blog entry.  I could go on and speak about my orientation and my first impressions of the college or the city of Columbus, but my time here thus far represents so much more to me at this moment.  Don’t get me wrong, I am PLENTY excited about continuing my education as a graduate student.  However, I am even more excited about this new found journey I am embarking on. Perhaps, another title for this blog entry could be, “The Maturation of LaToya Prevost,” because that is where I feel like I am.  The girl is blossoming into a woman; a self-sufficient woman at that! (winks right eye)

I find myself doing things that I have dreamed of doing since first graduating from undergrad in 2007:  living alone, navigating my way around a new city, meeting new people, and most importantly working towards my career goals.  This last week has represented the culmination of ideas I have built up in my head for years.  My life has been filled with highs and lows, and when I look back at my journal entries from a year ago, I can not believe the amount of change that has happened in just one year. That being said, I can’t wait to see what today, a year from now looks like!

MBA Program Orientation Week 1

Reposted from aaron360.com.

Week one of MBA orientation is complete. It was mostly as you might expect: an introduction to the college and each other and setting of expectations. In addition to the administrative topics covered, we had a valuable opportunity to hear Craig Morrison, CEO of Hexion Specialty Chemicals, speak on the topic of integrity in business.

Perhaps the most exciting part of the week was meeting our core groups. The first year of the full-time MBA program is a set curriculum. Across all these (core) courses, we work in one team. Needless to say, the prospect of meeting a randomly-selected group of peers that you will be working with for the next nine months can create anxiety. However, I’m very pleased with my team. We are a diverse group of focused and energetic professionals representing experience all over the country, and on three continents. Over the next week, we will get to know each other better before plunging in to the first quarter.

Looking ahead to orientation week two:

A

Making Connections

Orientation these past few weeks can be best represented by my first night of work at a local restaurant. Being a grad student comes with a lot of great aspects- unfortunately money is not one of them. To help out with expenses, I took a job as a hostess. I was excited for the job, and had a little restaurant experience. Steve, my boss, told me to come at 5 to train on what he thought would be a slow night. I was supposed to just shadow him for a few hours to learn the system.

I showed up to work early, all decked out in my black uniform, ready to master the art of the hostess. I figured that if I could get into Fisher, then this should not be a problem….was I wrong! But with the good weather, coupled with a live band, Steve could only help me for about ten minutes, leaving me to fly solo the rest of the night. I did not anyone’s name or really any of the procedures. However, over the next four hours, people were given tables, they enjoyed a good time, and left happy, and I slowly began to feel less like a chicken with its head cut off.

I went in thinking I was going to have someone to hold my hand, but looking back I realize how naïve I was. This was also my view coming into orientation. I have learned that grad school is not undergrad and also that I am responsible for my abilities. Throughout countless hours of speakers and jumping off a 55 foot pole, orientation has also showed me that feeling like a headless chicken is not necessarily a bad thing, and if you work hard, you can get the successfully get the job done.

Even though I have now realized how much work I am getting myself into, I cannot wait for classes to start soon and to start a new chapter in my life!