In Between Days

If I hadn’t mentioned it by now, I have a tendency to quote song titles.  Today is no exception: this one by The Cure sums up my life and the life of most b-school students.  As you may have figured out from the other blog posts, we (Fisher graduate students) just finished the school year.  Spring quarter ended differently for me than winter and fall: somehow, I managed to only have one final which was scheduled for Monday morning.  How Lucky Can You Get? (See? What did I tell you?  Streisand song from Funny Lady.)  Anyhow . . . I’ve been on summer break for a week and I can hardly wait to start my internship on Monday.  Having all this spare time seems strange (and rather boring).  Once again, I find myself in transition.  In my Fisher grad life, transitions are not easy but they certainly are plentiful . . . so I might as well dedicate a blog post to them!

Anxiety is normal for anyone facing transition.  We’d all like to expect the unexpected but that’s easier said than done.  Unsure of what the future will hold, we push forward with trepidation.  If you’re preparing to enter b-school, get used to the feeling.  Life becomes a series of transitions starting with the summer preceding school and lasting all the way through (and sometimes post) graduation.  As new “first years”, most of you will be switching gears from working all week to studying all week.  For those of us completing our first year, we’re adjusting to all sorts of things: assuming leadership roles in student activity groups, working with new team members, planning for fall quarter, figuring out where to live this summer, beginning new jobs, scheduling classes, ordering football tickets, and finding things to occupy the seemingly endless hours of time we suddenly have available.

This summer I’m fortunate enough to be staying in Columbus (making it much easier to move to a new apartment).  Internship-wise: I’ll be working three different assignments this summer; one is a Wheeler Internship sponsored by Fisher’s Center for Entrepreneurship.  I’m excited about the opportunity to work with a local business!  I’ll be spending 20 hours each week learning about online marketing and handling some of their web 2.0 communications.  As I learn more about web analytics, I’ll leverage my experience and Microsoft Office prowess to help tackle a few projects that have been on the company’s “to do” list.  During the other 20 hours each week, I’ll be working with a professor on a local consulting project, on campus, and at the Columbus Zoo.  If time allows near the end of the summer, I’ll begin my Fisher Board Fellows project with COSI.  Regardless, I’ll stay busy.  Since I’ll have my evenings free and my roommate will be in France, my inner bookworm can celebrate by reading a few books that aren’t mandatory.  Hooray!

I think I try to stay so busy because for me personally, change is hard and I don’t enjoy being in transition.  Although I’ve had my fair share for the past couple of years now, I don’t ever get totally used to it.  Staying busy = a coping mechanism (I keep my mind occupied).  By nature, I’m a planner and like to know what the future holds.  Since that’s impossible at this juncture, I intentionally choose to look at life as an adventure, knowing my journey will lead me somewhere new.  My advice to you: embrace change.  It’s one of the only certainties in life.

Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. – Reinhold Niebuhr

One thing I assure you: time flies.  Assuming the cliche is valid, I must be having fun.  Today was graduation day at the Fisher College of Business.  Congratulations to Fisher’s graduating Class of 2011 MBAs!  Godspeed as you journey forth.  I expect great things to come . . . for each and every one of us.

What was I thinking?

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with a prospective Fisher applicant.  It made me stop and reflect on my own decision to apply to the Fisher MBA program and how I almost convinced myself not to apply to Fisher at all!  Sure – now it sounds crazy but I was convinced that I didn’t want to be a student at OSU.

When I began researching Full Time MBA programs, I discovered a multitude of criteria to consider: What kind of learning environment would I prefer? What kinds of student organizations would I like? The one thing I knew for certain was that I was NOT under any circumstances going to apply to the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University! I live in the Central Ohio area and I have lived in some part of Ohio for my entire life. When it came time to tell friends and family that I was going to pursue an MBA, I knew they would all assume that I would apply to Fisher. Naturally, I wanted to go against the grain and apply anywhere other than Fisher.

But as I researched potential schools based on my preferences, Fisher kept coming back as one of the top choices. Small class size? Check! Fisher only admits 150 FTMBA students/year. Sustainability focus? Check! Fisher offers an Enterprise Sustainability career track and has an award-winning Net Impact Chapter. Family-friendly location? Check! Columbus has everything you could ever want in a big city but with the feel of a small community. We even have the nation’s number one zoo for families! Add to that the beautiful Ohio State campus and all of the amazingly friendly and helpful faculty and staff in the Fisher College of Business and I was hooked.

I can honestly say that I am glad I didn’t let my stubborn-nature get in the way of this great opportunity.  All of the people at Fisher are genuinely interested in each students’ success and in helping each student reach their personal goals.   I can’t imagine getting my MBA anywhere else!

adventure at the Columbus Zoo

Yesterday afternoon my friend and I went to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It sounded wonderful to me since I have never been there before. With great excitement, I rushed to the gate of the zoo right after I got out of the car.

The scenery there was beautiful and natural as if you were standing among the prairie and jungle. After taking some photos in front of the zoo, my friends and I decided to go to the “North America” section first. The Polar Frontier, the new area, made me feel like I was transported from central Ohio right into the heart of the Arctic. The first animal I saw was a polar bear, which was moving around ,relaxing and enjoying the sunshine in the afternoon. However, he was not likely to get close to people, but instead he found some place behind the giant rock and took a good nap. This did not affect my mood since he was so cute that I could not help to love him. The second kind of animal we found were Arctic foxes. If the sign outside did not say that they could not be treated as pets, I bet many visitors would like to take one back home and have fun with them.

Afterward, we went to visit the “Asian Quest” part of the zoo where we saw a young python sleeping in a corner of its habitat, bats hanging upside down from the ceiling and wrapping their whole bodies with its “clothes” (wings). In addition, I also got an opportunity to know the vegetarians in the Aquarium, the Cow Nose Stingray and Manatees. Cow Nose Stingray looked like a kite flying gracefully through the water. Its skeleton was made of cartilage with no bones, which made the stingray very flexible. The manatees in the zoo were rescued from the wild and cared for until they could be released back into the wild. They were vegetarians; I could see clearly them eating lettuce casually and happily. The experience in the zoo was impressive and amazing. It was an experience I won’t soon forget.