Columbus Day in Columbus: Discovering the New World

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…

Christopher Columbus Reaches the New World

On September 5, I set sail from Wichita, Kansas, in a black Ford pickup truck named Bullet — a little bit more comfortable than the Santa Maria. Instead of sailing west for a few months, my voyage took me east and lasted 14 hours.  I did learn, however, that the world is round and that it does not fall off after the Kansas-Missouri border.  Although my travels along I-70 will not lead to the naming of a city or holiday after me, the experience of discovering a “New World” justifies a blog post honoring Columbus in Columbus on Columbus Day.

I had the opportunity to visit Columbus for a campus visit in early January 2011.  The visit was a fantastic experience, and I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in the Fisher College of Business to visit and experience the campus.  Although I had enjoyed my time in Columbus during my brief January visit, was a bit nervous as I approached the end of the summer.  I could find Columbus and the important parts of the OSU campus on a map, but I did not know the people, the places around town, or the things to do for fun.

It has now been a month since I have been a Columbus resident.  Just as it took some time for news of Christopher Columbus’ discovery to reach home, it has taken me a while to write about my experience on the Grad Life Blog.  But here I am, excited to share with the world that Columbus, Ohio, is a world-class city.

Every day over the past month, I have discovered something new and unique in this “New World.”  Over the next nine months, I look forward to sharing the people, places, and exciting opportunities I encounter in Columbus with the SMF Grad Life Blog.

Happy Columbus Day from Columbus!