The Ultimate Settler

For some, holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends, reminiscing on stories of old, and just having a splendid time among company you truly enjoy. While this is certainly the case for my family, we take it one step further with our competitive nature. After all the delicious food, our family takes to the dining room table and plays one of the many games in our arsenal.

The vast majority of these games are card games, including: Rummy, Shanghai, Yuker, Exploding Kittens, and Pinochle. The other games are board games: Labyrinth and Settlers of Catan. All of these games are definitely amazing and enjoyable in unique ways; however, my family’s favorite is Settlers of Catan.

Cover of box for game.

Ranked #1 board game in the world for the past several years (not 100% certain that this is true), Settlers is to board-gamers what peanut butter is to jelly, what cheese is to crackers, and what butter is to toast; it is just an absolute necessity. Now, you may be thinking no way, that can’t be true. But trust me, this game is the GOAT (greatest of all time).

Essentially, the goal is to build up your cities and settlements to obtain 10 points to win. Along the way, there are development cards that throw some twists into the game, as well as specialty point cards like Longest Road and Largest Army. There are different strategies that people argue for: some like to stretch their territory, others (like me) are fans of building a small but powerful community around numbers with the highest odds of being rolled. Either way, this game has it all and can be played in under two hours.

What the actual board looks like during a game.

Last night, after a nice day with extended family: my parents, younger brother, and I sat down at the dining room table for a game. While it didn’t look great for me early on, I pulled away on a three-point play to take the W: combining a victory point (from the development cards) with building one city and one settlement. It was an electric atmosphere after the win and I couldn’t have happier (sorry family).

All in all, go buy Settlers of Catan, teach your friends and family to play, and truly enjoy this epic board game for all that it offers. Happy Easter!

So thankful

With Thanksgiving last week, it was hard to think of much else besides seeing my family, food and FOOTBALL! (stay tuned for a Beat M!ch!g@n post – I cannot wait to see how campus celebrates Urban Meyer’s first OSU v Michigan game).

It has been very interesting to learn about my fellow students’ traditions and ideas for Thanksgiving. Traveling hundreds of miles away to visit family, a town over, staying in Columbus and having a “non-traditional” Thanksgiving – everyone has someone and something to be thankful for. 

It’s too easy to not see the forest through the trees. However, I am so incredible blessed and so happy that I get to go to THE Ohio State University every day and learn from the best faculty and students around.

My life is far better than I deserve  – here are my other top reasons to give thanks this season:

  • My small, but very mighty, family: I have a fantastic support system, and I don’t know what I would do without their cheers during my MBA program.

    My family last June @ my sister’s high school graduation
  • The simple fact that I wake up every morning and learn something new. I know, how incredibly cheesy is that statement?! But, it’s so true it had to be said. I am becoming a smarter business woman, but also a better person overall. No matter if I am in marketing, finance, operations or accounting – I am constantly pushing myself.
  • I am so thankful to have found such great friendships within just a few short months. And I am extremely thankful that they know how to make me laugh when I am stressing out just a bit too much.
  • The opportunities at Fisher. If I listed out every lunch, seminar, activity or special event – you would still be reading on Black Friday and missing TONS of great sales. So I’ll just say thanks for opportunities 🙂
  • I have thankful to go to school in a city with such energy and life. Really, do I need to say anything more than Beat Michigan Week?!
  • Thankful for my other support system, my boyfriend, Sam. Sometimes I feel that he should get his own diploma! I don’t know how I would have gotten through data analysis without him.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! See you next week.

Friends and Family

With MLK Day off, I had the chance to go back home for a couple of days last weekend. It had been ten months since I had been back in my hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Needless to say, I had a lot of catching up to do with friends and family.

With numerous breakfasts, lunches, coffee meetings and nights out, I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep, but it was all worth it. Hanging out with my childhood friends was like stepping back into my early twenties. I got to see one of my best friends who I hadn’t seen in over five years, who was practically a brother to me when I was young. I hung out with all my best guy friends, most of them who I’ve known since I was in elementary school. I also got to spend lots of quality time with my 16-year old brother (my only sibling), who is the joy of my life. It was really nice to leave the books at home and forget about school for a couple of days. I came back to school on Tuesday a little tired, but totally re-energized from the love of friends and family.

Now it’s back to reality as this quarter is picking up fast. In two weekends, we will be representing Ohio State at the Wake Forest MBA Marketing Summit Case Competition. We recently found out the other schools that are competing: Wake Forest, BYU, Notre Dame, UNC, University of London, IESE and Dartmouth. Pretty stiff competition indeed. On top of our class loads and extracurricular duties, we’ve been busy meeting as a team and doing research on IBM (the lead corporate sponsor who we will be solving a real-world challenge for). Hopefully, all the hard work pays off as the first place team wins $50,000.

I’ve also been working on putting together the Ohio State team for the Duke MBA Games. This is an annual event put on by the Fuqua School of Business that brings a couple dozen teams from MBA programs across the country together to compete to raise money for Special Olympics. I didn’t go last year, but I heard it’s an amazing time. This year we have an awesome team, so I’m really looking forward to the competition.

There are a couple more exciting events in the near future, but I’ll save those for the next blog.

Mike ^_^

Friends for a lifetime
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My little brother and best friend
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