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OSU Sites to See Before Graduation

It’s not too late to see some of the best spots on OSU campus!  Here are some of my favorites from undergrad and this past year in the Fisher MAcc:

Orton Hall

I love hearing the chimes of the Orton Tower bells when I’m walking along the Oval on campus.  If you’re lucky, you can hear them playing “Carmen Ohio,” our school’s alma mater.  One of my favorite memories from my time here as an undergrad was walking across the Oval back to my dorm on South Campus with my sister one winter evening.  It had just snowed, so there was a foot or two on the ground.  We proceeded to drop our backpacks and make snow angels in the fresh snow when “Carmen Ohio” started playing on the bells.  I’ll never forget times like that when I felt so happy to be a Buckeye!

For anyone interested, you can actually climb the Orton Bell Tower next Wednesday, May 1, from 6-9 PM, as part of OSU Commencement Week!

The beautiful Orton Hall (photo courtesy of Ohio State)

Ohio Stadium

I can’t think of any fall quarter or semester here at Ohio State without recalling some incredible football games in the ‘Shoe.  I walked across the field at convocation to start off my freshman year at Ohio State, and I cannot believe it’s already next Sunday when I’ll be crossing the field again, this time as a graduate.  This is definitely a must-see on any tour of campus, and I highly suggest taking photos outside the ‘Shoe on graduation day!

The ‘Shoe at night (photo courtesy of Ohio State)

Mirror Lake

This area of campus is special to me, because South Campus was my home as a freshman.  I crossed the South Oval and saw the fountains of Mirror Lake every day walking to class.  Although the most memorable time at Mirror Lake for many students is the Mirror Lake jump before the Michigan game, it’s definitely still a great place to check out on any spring day.

Thompson Library

Any tour of campus is incomplete without stopping into Thompson Library to see the giant book stacks and take a trip to the 11th floor Reading Room.  The 11th floor offers 360-degree views of campus and downtown Columbus.  But be careful – this is a quiet study room, so you might get glares from students trying to study during finals week if you’re too loud!

Thompson Library on a spring day (photo courtesy of Ohio State)

There are plenty more special spots for OSU students.  That’s one of my favorite things about being part of such a huge campus:  50,000 students all love something different about this university.  You can actually take a “Things You Never Got To See” Tour during Commencement Week as well to check out some of the more popular buildings.  For all of you graduates – don’t leave campus without at least taking a stroll through the Oval and soaking up some sun with your fellow Buckeyes before taking off and starting your new careers!


Back to school, back to the books

In less than 72 hours I will be walking into Global Environment of Business and starting my second semester of my MBA program. I will be back in a (hectic/coffee-driven) routine of classes, interviews, homework, reading, study-groups, meetings, happy-hours, and more.

I can’t wait!

Truly, break was wonderful – peaceful and relaxing. I saw family, ate more than a normal human should, got in a ton of great runs, saw so many old friends and had a wonderful time ringing in 2013. I focused on filling out internship applications, researching companies and sending out networking emails. I traveled to Chicago with a few members of the Association of Marketing Professionals (AMP) and had a whirl-wind of a trip. Scrubbed my apartment till it sparkled and even slept in a few days (never thought I would say that in grad school).

And now I am ready to get back to work and back to school. I think a month break is my limit – started to go a little stir-crazy.

-photo found on Ohio State’s Image of the Day website- Hello snow!

I think what makes me even happier about classes starting again is the lack of apprehension. Let me explain, in August before pre-term and first term, I had NO idea what to expect. I wasn’t sure whom I would meet, how I would adapt to my professors’ teaching styles and if I would be able to meet my own expectations (I know, sorry, emotional blog). But I survived, met incredible colleagues and friends, and in my humble opinion, am doing pretty well with everything :)

So, here’s to 2013.  Within this year I will finish my first year of my program, intern at a great company, continue to grow and network the heck out of every opportunity. I will try not to stress, try not to over-think and enjoy this great adventure.

Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Jessi

 

 


Back on campus

I recently walked across campus to run some errands–namely, picking up some course packets. Usually I’m just walking from the parking lot to Gerlach and back. Campus has changed a lot since I was an undergrad. Since graduating, Fisher College’s campus and the Schottenstein Center opened, RPAC, Knowlton Hall, the 4-H Center, and the Psychology Building were built, the South Campus Gateway was created, the Horseshoe, the Ohio Union and Thompson Library were refurbished/rebuilt, and so on. It’s amazing how much has changed, but some things are still the same… like the Oval. It’s always so beautiful.

It feels a little odd sometimes studying on Fisher’s campus; it’s certainly part of the rest of the university, but it’s as if it resides in its own little world within Ohio State. It’s very conveniently located for us commuters just off Lane Avenue, but since I only have classes in Gerlach Hall, I feel like I’m going to a much smaller school now than I did when I was an English major at OSU. Back then I was constantly crisscrossing the Oval to go from English class to Biology and then back to the bus to head to my car on the West Campus lot. A lot less exercise is required for the WPMBA students!


The Lowest Form of Conversation

TV mob boss Tony Soprano once said, “‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation.” It’s that idle chatter among old friends at class reunions and grandparents at the holidays.

As a nontraditional student returning to Ohio State 18 years after I came aboard as an undergraduate freshman, it’s hard not to feel a bit of ‘remember when’….I can’t help but recall that Fisher was a vision to be set upon a sea of parking lots west of the north campus dorms.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I made it through the first years of school without a computer, cell phone, texting and even (gasp!) an Internet connection! I remember sitting in a course my junior year hearing about the marvels of the World Wide Web and how we would need to learn to use this wonderful world-shrinking creation. I was scared! How would I ever conquer this new-fangled thing?

Well, time changes and I’m sure I’m not alone when I think…Remember when High Street was a tangled mess of independent stores and grit? Remember when the Union was an interesting smelling place that hosted a would-be presidential candidate named Bill Clinton? (I stood right in the street to hear him speak from the balcony.) Remember when Long’s bookstore was more than a sign on a chain store? Remember when the library stacks weren’t so well lit and signs everywhere reminded students not to quaff, chew, imbibe, nosh, or ingest anything in about two dozen different words? Remember when budget cuts eliminated free busing around campus and students still lived in the stadium? Remember basketball games at St. John’s Arena and good seats at the football games? Remember when it was $1 for a hotdog with sauerkraut from the campus vendors? Don’t remember any of that? Hmmm…

Some things don’t change, though. Students still get nervous the first week of school (even the seasoned ones). President Gee was here my first go-round, left, and now he’s back too! The Oval is still a good place to people watch and the Newport keeps trucking along.

I’m mostly glad for the changes, but sometimes, whippersnappers, nostalgia can be overwhelming.


My Two Other “Firsts” during the Weekend

Along with the accounting research seminar mentioned in my previous entry, I had my super-duper triple “firsts” at Ohio State during this pass weekend – my first Seminar, Swimming, and Skating!

The school’s swimming pools are located at the bottom level of RPAC (Recreation & Physical Activity Center), with a professional name “The OSU Aquatic Center”. I was grateful that I checked the center out before it’s too late (Thanks Nadia!). The Aquatic Center is one of the places that you cannot miss at Ohio State. It includes standard pools (for swimming and diving), recreational lap pools, a leisure pool, a hot tub, and two sauna rooms. The facility, especially the locker rooms, is designed considerately for users’ need. Everything is so cool (except for the temperature, because it’s warm) and makes the visit convenient and wonderful. I would have regretted it if I did not make best use of the facility during my stay at Ohio State.

The OSU Rink is great too. It is very close to Fisher and is adjacent to the parking lot on Lane Avenue. $3 for student admission and $2 for skate rental, great prices! Tips: the skates at the rink are a little too hard, so if you are a frequent skater, it might worth purchasing your own skates. My feet hurt a lot when I was skating which they never did before (though I have not been skating for many years). I am not sure whether that was totally the skates’ problem or I was not tying them tight enough. I will probably go skate again this week and figure it out.


Stamp the Last Item of Your Checklist

Once class started, time just flew by. How many items on your checklist (the one that I suggested) are accomplished? Let me check mine!

Year of school established—-checked; Buckeye T-shirt—-checked; watch a football game at the stadium—-(I see the light!) half checked; learn to sing Carmen Ohio—-I did! Checked!

So here comes the last item I left open in my previous entry, “know why our colors are Scarlet and Gray”. If you haven’t found the answer in the library, take out your stamp now, and ready? Here’s the answer:

Library

Original pieces of the Scarlet and Gray ribbons.

The colors of Scarlet and Gray were selected in 1878, before the Ohio State University’s very first commencement. According to the library’s exhibition, “In 1878, the first graduating class wanted ribbons to decorate and to tie their diplomas. A student committee visited a local store, Lazarus, compared ribbons of different colors, and selected orange and black! When the students learned those were the colors of Princeton, they returned and selected scarlet and gray instead, simply because the colors were pleasing and represented no other institution.”


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!



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