Tips for Admitted Students

As the application season goes on, many students wait for the results of their applications (and some were already admitted, if that is you, congrats rockstar! ) Either if you are on the fence about multiple admission from different schools or trying to decide whether OSU is the right choice for you, I wanted to share some tips for students as they make their final admissions decisions.

Location
For me location was very important in a sense that I wanted to stay in the Midwest after completing my undergraduate degree. I also knew that I wanted to be close to major financial hubs such as Chicago (6hr drive) or New York (8hr). Random reason is that I also wanted to experience the four weather seasons, I have to admit fall is short but beautiful at OSU, and coming from warm weather in my home country I wanted to live through a real winter with snow since I have never seen snow before. My advice is to at least have a general idea of where you would like to work post-graduation and don’t forget to factor cost of living into your list.

My friend and classmate Jeff Chiu won a snowman contest in his resident complex as best snowman this January. Go bucks!

Alumni Network
One of the biggest factors for me in choosing the SMF program was the extensive and global OSU alumni network . This can be particularly helpful when job searching as there is a high likelihood to find an OSU graduate working for a particular company of interest, and Buckeye alums are certainly willing to connect you with other people. TIP: After my graduation once I become officially a Buckeye alum, if you are connecting with me just don’t forget to mention the ‘Go bucks’ at the end of your email 😉

Faculty and Program Curriculum
If you are intellectually curious, I’m very certain that you care about which professors will be teaching you in the future. When deciding programs don’t forget to review the school’s websites and learn more about the faculty at that school. I believe the OSU SMF program has excellent faculty including industry wide well-known professors due to their academic research and publications as well as professor with corporate work experience. Personally, I found the mixture between both intellectually stimulating as in some classes I was able to learn the theory, frameworks and technical concepts while other will allow me to practice these concepts such as in the Core Capstone class. I have heard about this from previous SMF students, so don’t hesitate to reach out to GAs to ask them about their experiences in the program.

Cost
Most of us as graduate students are trying to save up as much as possible during school, therefore the cost of the program (and the amount of scholarship received) ends up being a determinant factor to our commitment to a program. Personally, Columbus Ohio is one of the cities where you would get the most bang for your buck with cost of living being considerably lower than many big cities while still experiencing the vibe of a metropolis and having exposure to Fortune 500 companies HQs.

Opportunities
One of my favorite sections! As the number one/two largest university in the country, Ohio State has SO many extracurricular opportunities tailored for everyone! Some of them include:

Career Fairs

• Networking Events: with SMF/Fisher/OSU alums and corporations

Case Competitions: CFA Research Challenge, ACG Cup, NBIC Investment  Banking, Real Estate Case Competition

• SMF Educational Visit: Chicago Companies Visit, Venture Capital Tour

• Getting involved with a Student Organization

• Leadership roles in the SMF Student Council

Speakers at Fisher, and much more!

International Reach
OSU graduates are literally in every part of the world, I can tell from experience. If you are walking in an airport and someone sees you wearing OSU clothing, they would yell at you ‘Go Bucks!’ or ‘OH’. One time, I was in Peru and a couple of men, saw me wearing an Ohio State pullover and said you go to Ohio State? Oh great, go bucks! I was truly amazed by how many Buckeyes we have abroad including in far away places such as Peru.

 

FUN
After all that hard work studying, you also want to have some time to distress de-stress and bond with your fellow classmates. Columbus is a vibrant community with many enjoyable things to do across the board. Besides all the fun activities within Ohio State and Fisher, we have the Short North, Easton Mall and Polaris, Columbus Downtown, many local restaurants, breweries, and coffee chops, activities such as skiing, snowboarding,  snow tubing, zip lining, The Columbus Zoo, and so many other!

Short North

Regardless of what school you decide, I hope this blog helps you consider important factors when making your decision besides from ranking or school reputation. All for all, I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Ferny

LIFE at Fisher

I had a few options of what I could write about this week. First, it was midterm week. While this is an important and challenging part of Fisher life, it is not what I want to discuss. Instead, I am going to follow this piece of advice: “Don’t let worrying about your GPA get in the way of real learning” and talk about what (besides preparedness, perseverance, and time management) I REALLY learned.

Two significant events happened last Friday: FisherServes community service day and the Alumni Award banquet. Community service day began with a presentation by Paula Davis, President of the Alcoa Foundation. She talked about how important it is for businesses to connect with their communities and how such engagement differs in various countries. Ms. Davis also discussed the importance of motivating employees to volunteer in areas about which they are passionate.

Fortunately, Fisher students were already motivated to volunteer, and we had enough people to split into eleven groups. Mine went to a hospice center and made crafts for patients and employees. It was wonderful to be in a relaxed, creative environment and to get to know classmates from various programs while making a difference! I learned about many people, cultures, programs, and career goals throughout the afternoon.

In the evening, I attended the Dean’s Dinner and Alumni Awards event at the Blackwell hotel on campus. It is so inspiring to hear about what former Fisher students have accomplished in their lives and know that I also have the opportunity to make a difference in the world. To learn more about the honored alumni, click here

These alumni demonstrate what can happen when you follow your passion and aim to positively impact the world. So many lives have been touched by Mr. Klamer’s invention of the Game of Life, Mr. Scott’s CASH program, and the improvements Mr. Heschel made to Kroger. Mr. Milby spoke about the importance of coming to Ohio State, and Mr. Yamasaki spoke about his inspiration. All of these men talked about the impact certain people had on their lives. Fisher is an amazing place to meet impactful people and to become one yourself. Growing up playing the game of “Life,” I had no idea I would someday sing about Ohio State with its inventor 🙂 You just never know what Fisher will do for you!

Buckeye Unity

I found this at a Kroger some time ago but forgot to take a picture of it. Thank goodness I found it online so I can share it with all of you!

This is what you call intense. I can take the millions of jerseys, the Buckeye necklaces, the Brutus pillow pets, but this slotted spoon is pretty insane. However, it describes how the Columbus community feels about the Buckeyes. It depicts exactly how proud they are of the university. It’s in their blood (and their cooking LOL).

Brutus the Buckeye Pillow Pet! If you haven't seen this, it unfolds into a plush pillow. It's awesome. 🙂

There have been certain incidents with my golf team at Cincinnati when we were mistaken for Buckeyes. (We wore red and black uniforms, sometimes just red, so I understand the confusion). Once they find out we’re from Ohio, they would automatically assume we were from Ohio State and shout “Go Buckeyes!” Back then, it really used to annoy me. But now, I see why. I see the pride that comes with wearing scarlet and gray. I see the unity between all the Buckeyes. They stick together, be it at football games, being a chorus as they cheer for the Buckeyes, or giving fellow Buckeyes advice and helping them find opportunities for career advancement that was most evident in my first couple of weeks at Fisher.

At the Fisher International Orientation, we had two alumni panels who came back to speak to the incoming class, some of them flying back from cities like New York. At the MAcc orientation, we again had a couple of alumni panels who took time out of their busy schedules to come back and talk to us about their experiences in the program, career search, and also with their current employers. They come for events like the MAcc Mix N’ Mingle at the Shoe, to talk to the current students, get to know them, and connect them to the right people. They gladly answer emails about your questions about the MAcc program or their work experiences. We also have the “Ask an Alum” program where over 1000 OSU alumni had volunteered to mentor current students with career search and “getting a foot in the door” of their respective companies. The Buckeye network is so huge, you can probably find one in even the most remote city possible. And more likely than not, they would be more than willing to lend a hand and help a fellow Buckeye, too. They really give back to the school that gave them so much.

The words “Pay it forward” ring true in the hearts of each and every Buckeye. As we begin our journey as Buckeyes, we must remember the support we received from the alums as we go through the year’s challenges. And once we leave the gates of Ohio State and go forward in our careers, I know we will continue the tradition and share the support we received to the future MAcc classes as well.

The ‘fit’…

This was not how I planned it – my first blog. Just after the hour when I was given the ‘blogging orientation’, I had a lot on my mind. I had a list of things to write, to share and be a window to the world that I see every day here. It’s been a month here and I have SO much to say. What a whirlwind of activities that I saw myself in – coming in, settling down, moving in to a new apartment, getting familiar with the place, getting lost (women CAN read maps and I can, too … I just didn’t know the directions). I wanted them in a chronological order. Not like this, jumping into something without even giving you an opportunity to lead up to this day. But I had to write this post. Never mind if it is not ordered in a neat fashion. I will write more on my first month at Columbus and Fisher in my next posts. Now, it’s about today ‘cause this day happened to be the most fruitful and beautiful days since I landed at Fisher.

fruitful???

‘Network’ ‘Network’ ‘Network’ ‘Network’.. this was what I remember from my orientation. On those days I had to plug my ears before I went to sleep as that word was buzzing nonstop. We made a lot of jokes on networking if we even saw anyone from my class talking to some stranger. They might as well be asking for directions. 🙂 I used to wonder – why such a big deal about networking? Lets be honest..in such networking events, if I am talking to some guest, I know that I want a job through him or her. He/She knows that I want a job. Isn’t the picture clear? Both of us know the agenda of the conversation, then why ask ‘intelligent’ questions, make them talk, get business cards, go back and write to them, maintain relationships.. phew!! Can’t we just get to the point and save a lot of energy and time?

But just a week into doing this, I know there is a lot of difference between talking to a person because you are genuinely interested in knowing her, her work, her achievements etc and in trying to talk to them while thinking ‘can you please give me your card and lets just get this over with’ . There is an unsaid joy in just knowing people. Of course we will get back to them in case we need any kind of help in our career, but that comes as a pleasant side effect. And when you try to get to know a person, it shows. He/she knows how interested you are in their work and does that little extra to help you without even your asking. Something like that happened today – twice! 🙂

I was talking to one of our Fisher alumni from Nationwide. I was genuinely interested in his work profile because it sounded challenging. I knew that I wasn’t going to do something akin to what he did, but I still enjoyed talking to him about his work. I think that showed. And guess what, when I bumped into him at a dinner a little later, he remembered me and introduced me to his wife who was working at a place which was one of my target companies! The other instance was when I was talking to one of my seniors whom I met for the first time at the dinner. Within minutes we found a common ground and he was ready to help me with my interview practice and resume pruning. 🙂 So yea, the point is, try to know people with a genuine interest. People are interesting. Trust me!

beautiful??

Well, I told you that I was at the Boot Camp. During the lunch break, I spoke to one of our Career Management friends (yes, I prefer to call them friends), Brittany Buxton who was also in that room. She knew that I was looking at Consulting as one of my ‘ever changing’ career choices. She couldn’t spot me earlier as I was seated in the same row as she was. Thinking I didn’t turn up, she had started to take in some points from the session to share with me later on. Really. Who does that? I would be a devil if I wasn’t grateful to have such people around me.

An hour after the boot camp, I was at ‘2010 Dean’s Dinner and Alumni Awards’. Do you hear ‘networking’ already? Then you are indeed listening to my rant. 🙂 Okay, back to the dinner..five extraordinary people were awarded for their spectacular achievements in their fields. One of them, Mr. Stephen G. Mehallis, who was awarded in the ‘Distinguished’ category, had passed out of OSU/Fisher in 1961. Wow! That was a long time back! Every speaker went down their memory lanes and spoke about the Fisher that they had seen and studied in. The fondness and the love that they had for Fisher were indeed beautiful and touching.

Every table at the dinner had a mix of students from various disciplines and one faculty/alumni member. At my table was one professor who taught under graduate kids . He had come to Ohio Fisher after doing a couple of masters and a PhD from places like California and NYU Stern. When asked why he chose Fisher, the answer wasn’t surprising. He said that he found a warm and a collaborative community within the walls of this college, which he did not find elsewhere…one of the main reasons that I chose to come here and one of the traits that keep reflecting through the various people in these offices, who really care about our progress.

All these bring me to the fundamental question that everyone needs to ask themselves before deciding on the school – Am I a right fit for this college? Is this college a right fit for me? Though I too did my research and had my ground work done before I decided on Fisher, I completely understood the gravity of that question and the implications of not answering it honestly only now when I am constantly reminded, day after day, on how fortunate I am to be here.