No ready no set just…Go.

First thing is first, I wasn’t necessarily expecting a “ready” or a “set” but I sure was not ready for just a “go.”  Welcome to grad school.

For undergrad I attended a small liberal arts college here in the lovely state of Ohio called Ohio Wesleyan University.  It was a campus where you knew everyone and everyone knew you and you were able to ease your way into things since you do have four years of undergrad.

A year and four months after graduating with a BA in History (yes history…believe it or not it was interesting and I am a pretty good writer thanks to my undergrad major) I am here at Ohio State pursuing not one degree like any sane person would do, but two.  I will be here for three years and (hopefully) graduate in June of 2012 with a degree in Labor and Human Resources (the MLHR program) from Fisher but also with a Master in Higher Education and Student Affairs through the College of Education and Human Ecology. I will get into why I chose to do this program in a later post but suffice it to say that while I know it is what I want to do, it does make life more complicated.

So back to the go part.  I have a graduate administrative assistant position at Fisher in the Office of Career Management (which I love more everyday–also a later post) and training began this past Monday and ends this coming Tuesday.  I also had MLHR orientation Monday night which was four hours of information that was definitely helpful and necessary but I must say that after training from 8:30 to 4:30 and then orientation from 5 to 9ish I was tired and cranky by the end of the day. In addition to job training and orientation I have also been busy figuring out what companies to apply to interview with for summer internships because the on campus interviews take place the beginning of October.  I’m trying to do this research now before classes start Wednesday because I have a funny feeling that grad school classes = a lot of work.

I need a nap and the school year is just beginning!  It may sound like I’m whining but I’m actually really excited to jump into everything here at Fisher and OSU.  After this past year of living at home and working it is a breath of fresh air to be doing things that excite me and to feel like a productive citizen again. Everyone I’ve met here so far have been so friendly and helpful that it’s already starting to feel like home.

I hope everyone has a great weekend (Go Bucks!) and I’ll be back soon!

Cheers! ¡Salud! Cin cin! Saúde! Sláinte!

But instead of writing about the mundane, I’d like to propose a toast:

“Though we know not what the future holds, and “the market’s memory” lacks, may I not be this year’s “barnacle”, and may job offers come in stacks.”

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I moved from Washington, DC to Columbus, Ohio.  I would have told you then that I came to get an MBA and pursue my dream career in the wine and spirits industry, but it has certainly turned out to be so much more.  And while the last year was an amazing experience, filled with a trip to South America, a case competition in Vail, and even a day with Warren Buffett… I am certain this year will be even better.

With less than a week before classes begin, I’m excitedly lounging around the apartment, working on pre-class projects and updating my resumé.  But instead of writing about the mundane, I’d like to propose a toast:

“Though we know not what the future holds, and “the market’s memory” lacks, may I not be this year’s “barnacle”, and may job offers come in stacks.”

Classic cocktail* suggested for this “original” toast above is the Negroni, a “bittersweet” start to the last year… bitter because it will come and go and a blink, and sweet because “ahh yeahh” it’s going to be fun.

Negroni:  1 ounce London dry gin * 1 ounce Campari * 1 ounce sweet vermouth * Soda (optional)
Combine all ingredients in an chilled old fashioned glass and stir. Garnish with an orange peel. Top with an ounce or two of soda or serve straight up, in which case it should be stirred with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass.

*Author note: If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, please follow the law and drink responsibly. Any recipes or beverage products mentioned in my posts are placed as mile posts to highlight the unique flavors and products that reflect the mood of the post and my directly industry-related interest in pursuing an MBA.  I hope to use these recipes as a signature of sorts – and maybe even inspire someone to try something new.

Got a Taste of the Nation’s Largest Single-Campus University

Since most of other people would probably write about the orientation in their first blogs, I would like to talk about my experience AFTER the orientation first. I got a taste of the huge campus of Ohio State. Yesterday afternoon, I walked on and around the Oval and visited the William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library (the main library of the university). I did not use the word “explored” because there was no way one can touch all the details of the two places in an afternoon. I doubt a whole day is enough, either.

It was the geocaching game in orientation the day before that initiated my trip. The MAcc class was divided into teams of six and the teams competed with each other to collect stickers from various locations, using a handy GPS. I had driven through the campus several times before, but didn’t realize until the game how large the campus is and how many places I had missed. So there I walked. I was first stunned by the library, the most transparent I’ve ever seen—glass ceilings, crystal-clear windows in the reading room, the two-story see-through reception hall, and the most distinctive, the glass-shielded stack shelf area that looks like a giant glass cube “floating” in the middle of the library building.

Front view of the Thompson LibraryLibrary

Walked out from the library, the breeze at the Oval was soft and refreshing. Watching squirrels chasing one another, digging holes and chewing nuts; spotting dogs with tennis or frisbee in their mouth; enjoying being embraced by the greens…I found myself got lost in the Oval (too bad). Is it because I love the geocaching game so much that I was given a chance to do it again?!

After trying different directions and walking a long distance, I managed to locate a bus-stop and arrived home safe and sound.  The blissful feeling from my “exploration” was hurt a bit by the Google map, indicating the campus area I reached was barely one tenth of the whole campus.   I won’t post the pictures of the Oval, because that was how I underestimated the Oval’s size.  Come check it out and feel it yourself.  Don’t imagine the size of a football field, that’s not even close.  Think about multiple ones!

But I do want to share the joy of winning the geocaching game, oh yeah, we won! Here’s the prize—a scarlet Fisher mug! Go Team One, we are the best!

The prize for winning the Geocaching game!

Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we.

I’ve been a member of several different  teams in my life, basketball, track, marching band, theatre, choir, 4-H… you name it, I’ve probably done it. Monday was the first day of orientation, and after the usual introductions of administrators, professors, staff and the like, Larry Inks, one of our new professors had us split up into teams for a team building activity. Now, through 4-H camp counselors, Junior Fair Board and every other 4-H event, we’ve had team building activities. I’ve had my fair share of team building in my life. My first thought was “this will be a piece of cake – I’ve probably done this one a million times”. So we went through the routine of counting off by 8s to split up into our groups of 4 or 5 people and we got our materials: a single nail nailed into a 3″ square piece of wood and 14 additional nails bundled up with a rubber band. Larry gave us our instructions – make all 14 nails balance on the single nail without using anything to make it stay there, no rubber band, it couldn’t lean against the nail, nothing. I was dumbfounded. First, I’d never seen this before, and second, I thought it to be impossible. There was no way we were getting these nails to balance on this single nail. So, my group had the normal trials and tribulations and with no success. Larry then announced that we needed to send one person up to receive a hint. I was the person to go up, and let me just say that the hint he gave was seemingly less than helpful. Another ten minutes went by and Larry announced that the same person needed to come up and get another hint. With the two hints together, the wheels started turning and we started coming up with more ideas that were 10 times more plausible than anything we had thought of before. Finally, we succeeded! I have a picture to prove it! (But for the sake of future MLHR classes, I’m not going to post it, in case you have to do it, too)

My undergrad is from Ohio State in Psychology, I’ve grown up here, most days it seems like nothing here is new to me and I’ve seen it all. But now, I’m entering a field and a part of campus I’ve never experienced. It can be very scary at times and before orientation on Monday, I was more nervous than before I took the GRE. It was a very exhilarating feeling to be put in a situation where I didn’t know anyone in my group, I had no idea how to complete the task at hand, and yet through it all, I was able to succeed. My group worked together as a team, and we succeeded. My MLHR class is going to work together as a team, and together we all will succeed in the end.

I’m scared to death of classes starting next week, but orientation gave me the little boost of self confidence I need to get through those ‘first-day-of-school’ jitters.

O-H-I-O – My first OSU experience…

Thanks to a couple good friends (thanks Mel and Sue!) who provided me with tickets to the OSU vs. Navy game I was able to attend my first OSU sports game AND my first football match ever.  While I enjoyed every minute of it (alumni band, Ohio script, OSU band, etc…), I must confess that I could hardly understand the rules of the game.

OSU_GAMEBack in my home country (Brazil) we watch soccer and, let me tell you, the rules for soccer are so much easier. Watching the Bucks was almost like trying to understand Calculus for the first time and I failed miserably!!  Hopefully I will be able to get the game down by next year when I am able to get student tickets – something new I learned way too late this year…

In the meantime – GO BUCKS!!!

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