3rd quarter = Reading galore

I’m a week into the third quarter and I can already tell that this quarter is going to be hectic.  If you have been reading my blog since the beginning, this statement should come as no surprise.  Fisher College keeps us busy and it doesn’t help that I lack traditional business class experience.  Although my learning curve is steeper than some of my peers, I have found each quarter to be a little easier since class material coincides with earlier work.

This quarter is going to be reading intensive.  After previewing the syllabi of my classes, I decided that it would be in my best interest to only take four classes so that I can focus on the reading… and possible a few rounds of golf.  Unfortunately, I have the feeling that the reading will trump the golf.  Every week I need to read The Economist and be prepared for a short, five question quiz on the material.  I enjoy staying informed on current events, but The Economist leaves a lot to be desired.  It is basically 100+ pages of dry, British stories regarding the state of the European Union and ObamaCare.

The good news for this quarter is that I will not need to allocate time to my internship search.  Last week I accepted a finance internship with Cardinal Health.  I am very excited about the opportunity and I can’t wait to rejoin the workforce… even if it is only for a couple months.

Spring Break – Cincinnati

The second quarter is officially complete… unfortunately, so is Spring Break.  Despite only having one week off (and the fact that it snowed), my spring break was a much needed escape from the hectic life of an MBA student.   During my vacation, I was able to schedule two interviews; one with Cardinal Health and the other with Battelle Memorial Institute.  I was also able to return home to Cincinnati for several days to spend some time with my family.

Overall, I really enjoyed my second quarter at Fisher.  I actually thought the second quarter was easier to manage than the first quarter (probably because I’m use to student life).  Hopefully this positive trend continues since I am planning to take some challenging courses this upcoming quarter.  Those courses are International Business, Strategy, Services Marketing, and Corporate Finance.

The MBA basketball curse

It’s official…  MBA students are not meant to play basketball.  Tonight I drove a classmate to the ER after he had a bad fall during a basketball game.  Initially we thought he broke his ankle, but it turns out that it’s just severely sprained.  Obviously an injury such as this is bound to happen; however, this incident is the 4th Fisher 2011 basketball injury since school began. 

Earlier in the year a group of Fisher MBAs were playing basketball in the ARC and during a wild loose ball scramble, one of our classmates tore his Achilles tendon.  Four days later, another MBA student went down with a nasty high ankle sprain.  Roughly a month later, a third classmate broke his foot in a pick-up game.  These are troubling stats, especially since the Fisher MBA intramural basketball team starts our season next week. 

Feel better Greg.  We need you back next week.

– Joe