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My Chinese Cuisine

I still remembered on my first day of orientation, one of my American classmates asked me “What is your favorite Chinese cuisine?” I thought for a moment and said,” I can’t answer this question because there are so many cuisines in China and they are all delicious.”

When I came to the U.S., one of the things I missed most about my home country is its different-kinds of delicious cuisines. Actually, people in different parts of China have different cuisines. There are eight famous cuisines in China and each of them has its unique favor. For example, Benbang Cuisine origins in Shanghai and is sweet. Sichuan cuisine origins in south-west of China and is famous for its spicy favor. Below is a picture I took this summer when I dined out with my friends, looks delicious, right? They taste delicious, too!


As I am in America, far away from my hometown, I started to cook traditional Chinese cuisines for my roommates and myself. Soon I found I love cooking: I love the feeling that different food materials turned to delicious dishes in my hand. I also love the feeling that my roommates are surprised by what I made. When I am interested in a new dish, I will search the recipe on the Internet. When my “experiment” on a new dish was successful, I had a sense of achievement. Here are some dishes I have cooked.(Yes, I am just showing off! :))



Among all dishes I made, what I enjoyed most is the soup. Just image on a rainy afternoon, I sat in the living room, reading, with soup cooking on the oven. When I am tired of reading, I just stand up and walk into kitchen, uncover the pot, suddenly, delicious smell fills the room. What a warm and relaxing feeling! Chinese cuisine culture is broad and deep. It is quite true. Cooking now becomes one of my interests as it gives me a sense of belonging, relax and satisfaction. My life becomes more colorful because of these different dishes.



One thing I have realized since moving to Columbus is that there are a ton of amazing restaurants in the area. One restaurant called Katalina’s has really stood out to me in particular. Katalina’s is a cute cafe-style neighborhood restaurant located on the corner of 3rd and Pennsylvania Avenue in the Victorian Village and is a very popular place to go to for brunch.

Outside of the restaurant

Outside View of Katalina’s

Since I live in Grandview, I often go to places that are not located right near Ohio State’s campus. The great thing about Katalina’s is it is only about a 10 minute drive from where I live and about a 10 minute drive from Ohio State’s campus as well. Therefore, this is a very convenient place to go for students living a little further from campus and for students who live closer to campus and are looking for a change of pace.

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Katalina’s popular pancake balls and bacon

Katalina’s uses almost all local ingredients to make their Mexican-inspired food. The most unique and popular item at Katalina’s is their pancake balls. You are able to choose the filling you want in the pancake balls with the choice of Nutella, dulce de leche, or pumpkin-apple butter. The pancake balls are served with Katalina’s famous sweet and spicy bacon.

Breakfast tacos

There are numerous other menu choices such as various sandwiches, tacos, and biscuit balls. The line is always out the door at Katalina’s, but I can confidently say that it is well worth the wait. Check out the menu for yourself and if you are looking for something fun and new to try, I highly recommend eating at Katalina’s!

One Term Down, Seven To Go

Although the Full-Time MBA program technically includes four semesters and one summer internship, those semesters are truthfully split into two terms each. Eight fast-paced, blurred seven week terms that take novice economists, marketers and businesspeople and fill them with enough information to make the most brilliant minds ache. (Full disclosure, some of our core courses do cover the full 14 week period, but not all.) I have no doubt that Term 1 is the tip of the educational iceberg here at Fisher. The mere fact that some courses are called “Marketing Management 1” and “Operations Management 1” plainly shows us that we’re nowhere near finished. Not yet.

As I mentioned, we’re 1/8 done (not that I’m counting). I couldn’t tell you what we covered in each class period or which exams were what week. All I know is that I’ve learned more in seven/eight weeks than ever before. Completely foreign concepts like analyzing accounting statements and corporate finance (or, let’s be honest, finance in general) are now familiar tools I use each week. Maybe I don’t use these tools perfectly, but still.

Before the program started, I had serious reservations about my ability to pick up the business concepts I knew we’d cover in our core courses. I majored in the humanities in college and graduate school, worked in PR and corporate communications and hadn’t touched math since 2009. Luckily for me, the courses are structured in a way that allows non-business background students to keep up and even flourish. That’s not to say that someone with a weak finance background won’t have to work harder than a former financial analyst in our corporate finance course, but the opportunity to do well is there. As Dr. Gray (data analysis guru) loves to tell us, you need to do the problems and practice outside of class. With my more than seven weeks of expertise in the field, I can tell you he’s right. Do the problems. All the problems.

I’m excited to see where these next 49 weeks of class take me. I don’t know where I’ll end up but I do know that I’ll be ten times as prepared as I was before entering Gerlach Hall for that first day of school.


It is Dream Come True

A few days before, during the class break, I saw my classmates writing something on a paper. She told me she’s writing for the Fisher Grad Life Blog, which drove me back to the time when I got the first few emails from Fisher. I kept a diary since junior high, but I never show them publicly. One day we may forget the things which we thought were important; one day when we look back, some trivials of life may become the the most precious part of our life. I want to catch it. And when I read these blogs, I saw another version of the life I’m in with all of you.

I’m going to have the final exams of some of my classes. But it feels like I have just walked into my grad life. I still remember the time when I left my parents, got off the plane,  picked up by host family from IFI, open the door of my empty apartment, looked for my way in the big campus, orientation, the president’s opening speech, had no idea of what the professor is asking, and all of a sudden, I’ve already gave 2 presentations with my group in class, known a lot of names which I didn’t even know how to pronounce, got my first exam paper, made contact to future employer-to-be.

Mason Hall

I used to think that 4 years of undergraduate are a long time, but when I graduated, I eagerly hoped that I seized more. When I was in the red building in my high school, I never thought about that I can one day study in a foreign country, even after I visited some universities in America during a trip, which cost several months salary of my father, although I told myself it must be awesome to study here. My father told his colleagues that he probably can’t afford to send me study abroad, so he spare no efforts to provide me the chance to pay a visit to America.

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(Undergraduate: Wuhan University)

Five years later, conditions have changed a lot. But I actually just followed my classmates decision to apply for grad school in America. But during this process, I have figured out what I truly want to be in the future. That’s why I choose human resource management. Honestly, I aimed at Cornell and University of South California,  but they turned me off. However, the longer I am in OSU, in Fisher, the more I’m sure and grateful about I am in the right place!

I always think of the red teaching building in my high school, and when I stepped in OSU and Fisher, it was like coming back to the dream come true moment again, and this is a new dream. I will always remember the video interview from Fisher – pay forward. I love this idea. I have received a lot from my classmates, from the professors, from IFI, and from all the people around me. I want to share with you how amazing you are and how amazing it is to be here together.

Zhixin High School

(Zhixin High School)

This time, I will make sure I cherish every moment of it. I start a little late, but I can’t jump off from those wonderful things happened in the first few weeks, I will catch up with you next time.

MAcc’s Potluck Party on Mid-Autumn Festival


This Mid-Autumn Festival must be the most meaningful one for me. As a traditional Chinese festival second to the Spring Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the time for families and friends to get together. This is the first time I’ve been so far away from home. Usually, I would spend this festival with my parents. This year, to celebrate this festival, MAcc council held this fantastic potluck party for all the MAcc students. Not only international students from China enjoyed this party, some domestic students came as well. It was really a great time to spend together.


We had so much fun together. The most interesting part must be the Charades time! It’s so classic that Matt said “Lion” and Gary followed “King” when Fabian, the describer, tried to describe “Lion King”. Even though it’s difficult for Chinese students to describe a word in English, but this game still went well. It’s so much fun when seeing people getting so creative using their body languages and facial expressions.


Well, food is another big thing for this party. I was so surprised by the delicious food people made and brought to the party. It seemed that everyone is so talented at cooking. One of our classmates from Taiwan even made bubble tea by himself, and everyone liked it so much! Also, thanks for the MAcc council prepared those moon-cakes for all of us. I like this MAcc family!


Bring Your ‘A’ Game to the Internship/Job Search

Recruiting season is back, which means it’s time to bring your ‘A’ game.

Most of Fisher’s MAcc and SMF students are going through the full-time job search process (1 year programs), while the MBA and MHRM students are either going through the internship search process or full-time job search process (2 year programs). Regardless of program though, this is an exciting time of year, and students are dressed to impress!

My tips for those going through the internship or full-time job search process are quite similar, and they are as follows:

Reflect on what is important to you, both professionally and personally. Take into consideration what intrinsically motivates you (what are you passionate for), as well as what extrinsically motivates you (what tangible rewards bring you satisfaction and pleasure)? In addition, take into consideration your ‘must-have’ and ‘deal-breaker’ items. Examples of these would be location, amount of required travel, development programs, and more.

Also, consider what industries interest you. It’s okay if you are still unsure of which industries peak your interest, but narrow it down by eliminating those that you know do not interest you at all. This is where you can ask yourself questions about what products you feel some kind of connection with, or what products resonate with you or excite you.

Furthermore, consider what type of environment you are looking for. What type of culture will inspire you and bring out the most in you? Additionally, what values do you have that you would like aligned with the company you choose to work for?

Most of the tips above are focused on being introspective and thoughtful about the search process. This is because it is important to take time to soul search and identify who you are, and then how you can best align yourself with the right company and right position. Once you have taken the time to do this, I think it becomes much easier to bring your ‘A’ game, ‘A’ referring to ‘AUTHENTIC’ game (or self) in this particular instance.

Authentic Self


Q&A with a MHRM Student: Fatou D.

Q&A with MHRM Student

Fatou Diallo: MHRM Class of 2016

Hometown: Conakry,  West Africa

Undergraduate Major: Marketing and International Trade

Hobbies and Interests: Hanging out with my family and watching movies

Favorite Movies: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy F

avorite Music Genre and Favorite Band(s): R & B – Nico & Vinz: Am I wrong?

Favorite thing to do in Columbus: Going to the Columbus Zoo (nationally ranked)

What interests you most about the field of HR: Getting involved in attracting and engaging the best talent for an organization

Favorite part about being in the MHRM program at Fisher: Being around the best and brightest people in the HR field

What advice would you give incoming first years and/or prospective students: Seize every opportunity to gain knowledge (engage in class discussions and group work, get involved in student organizations, participate in extra-curricular activities, complete an internship, etc.)

MId-Terms Round 1

It has been many years since I was sitting in a classroom as an undergrad student taking mid-terms. That changed last week as the first wave of Mid-Terms were here. Five over the course of two weeks to be exact. The majority of the first year MBA students were nervous about our first mid-terms, myself included. First was Marketing, then Finance, and economics followed by Accounting and Data Analysis.

As I walked through Fisher this past week, I have seen nothing but groups of my fellow students helping one another out with mid-term prep. Students who were strong in one subject were helping other students who were not as strong. Then the next day the same students that were doing the helping were now being helped by others. It was amazing to see the help and support that was offered by my fellow classmates. I can personally speak to the group of 7-8 individuals I have been studying with. Each one of us leading a different study session that we were particularly strong in.

As test day arrived we were anxious to take our first mid-term and get it over with. After the test there were multiple opinions on how we did ranging from: great to horrible. Once we got our mid-terms back, many people did better than they thought and non-to our surprise our study groups paid off.

Everyone you talk to says the culture in the Fisher MBA program is like no other. Mid-term week proved that to be accurate. Although we are competing for the highest grade and some of the same jobs, everyone wants to see everyone else be successful.

Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) Equity Research Report

So far, my blogs have only been about social events (football) and the joy of returning to Columbus. I figured it was time to write about something academic so here’s a little bit about the project I’ve been working on for the past 3 weeks…Chipotle!


Who doesn’t love a good burrito!

The SMF program is broken down into one 3-week, pre-term, “turbo” course and then two 15-week semesters that contain two terms each. In the “turbo” course, we revisit some basic corporate finance fundamentals like time value of money, the capital asset pricing model, weighted average cost of capital and different valuation methods (Discounted Cash Flow and Dividend Discount Model). During the first real term, we take a number of classes including Corporate Finance I which delve deeper into valuation and different capital structures.

The largest grade in Corporate I is an equity research report based on a company of our choosing. My group and I spent a fair amount of time scouring the S&P 500 for a company we liked that wouldn’t be overly challenging and guess what company came up??..Everyone’s favorite fast-casual Mexican restaurant, Chipotle!

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Why is Chipotle always so busy?? Ask me and I could ramble on for a while..

The report requires us to dive deep into the company culture, financials, operations, labor force and management to be able to make assumptions about these factors going forward so we can make a forecast of revenues, costs, expenditures and cash flows. More than anything else, the project is supposed to help those of us who want to work as analysts practice our ability to make assumptions and take a view on a company then be able to back up this view with solid projections.

All-in-all, it has been a great experience and I can’t wait to present my report to our class..I wonder if I can get extra credit for having Chipotle cater our lunch…

The Bad with the Good

In my first post, I mentioned how intense the Pre-MAcc was – packing Intermediate Accounting I & II into two and a half weeks was no small task. As it turns out, the rest of the semester so far has been just as busy! Between recruiting events, interviews, group meetings, classes, and studying, it can be difficult to keep up at times. That said, I’ve been just as busy many times in the past – both working and during law school – and it has never been as enjoyable.

This really came into focus the other night as I left a Sunday group meeting at around 7:30pm, having been at the school since 9:30am (again, this was SUNDAY) with a smile on my face. Yes, it can be a pain dragging yourself to school to do homework on the weekend, but it makes a huge difference when you enjoy being around the people with whom you’re working. Everyone that I’ve encountered since starting the MAcc program, from students to recruiters to professors, have all been fantastic. And for every frustrating moment when I don’t understand something in class, or feel buried in work, or consider setting up a cot in Gerlach, there are twenty moments that more than make up for it.

I know saying that the people are what make the difference is horribly cliché, but in this case it’s actually true. It’s much easier to get through the work when you’re having a good time, and the camaraderie you build with your classmates is really the best part of being at Fisher. And while I may have had to miss a few NFL games, the studying has yet to interfere with any Buckeye games, and that’s the important part!

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