Posts Tagged 'football'

O-H … I-O!

If you know me, it’s no secret that I am a huge buckeye fan. But, when you go to Ohio State for undergrad, buckeye fever is in your blood! However, it’s more than just a game on a field, it’s an experience. From tailgating with Fisher friends beforehand to going to the game and cheering on a win, it’s a great break from classes, homework, school, internship/job searching and the 10,000 other things on a business student’s to-do list.

Ohio State is full of rich traditions, but I think the football atmosphere takes win. When you are on campus during game day,everywhere you look it is a sea of scarlet and grey. Games are usually Saturday afternoons, but the night games against big components are even more fun. True, during late October and early November, the layers start to appear. We just played Penn State – and everyone was putting on scarves and hats!

OSU v. Penn State – cold, but so much fun

The Shoe!

Fisher Ladies!

Ohio State football is full of traditions, from Brutus Buckeye, to the Mirror Lake Jump, to the leaves on the players’ helmets. The games are a great way to bond with fellow students and make incredible memories. My MBA program is only two years, and they are FLYING right by me.

The game, and the celebrations before and after, are memories that I will never forget!

Go bucks :)


Keeping Pace

There was a saying that we used in the Marine Corps: “It is easier to keep up than catch up.”

This phrase mostly applied to things like running or forced marches in that context, but it seems to me that is is quite applicable to an MBA program as well.   Time management is a crucial skill that is needed in order to thrive in this sort of environment.  In the Marines they begin training in stress inoculation and time management almost immediately.  It is not uncommon in boot camp for something simple, like making a rack (bed), to be given an impossible, or nearly impossible time restriction, and it progresses from there to more complex issues with seemingly impossible time constraints.

Important life decisions.

Time management and the ability to work under duress are two of the many valuable skills (along with leadership), that the Marines helped instill in me.   So, back to the MBA program, during the program, there are a lot of priorities that need to be balanced.  Some of the main ones are:

  • School:  Not just going to all of my classes, but doing homework assignments, studying, and working on projects.
  • Future Careers:  Especially for people like myself looking to switch careers, I need to actively work on building my professional network, attend company info sessions and events, job fairs, apply for jobs, hopefully interview for jobs, work on my resume, and meet with my career counselor.

    First Career Fair as a graduate student today!

  • Student organizations:  There are a myriad of student organizations at Fisher, and they all offer valuable opportunities to students.  There is certainly not time to join all of them, but I have joined several, but each additional one requires an additional time commitment.
  • Personal:  This is possibly the easiest to neglect, but humans need sleep, and to eat, and every once and a while to relax.  Things like going to the gym take time, but it is something that should not be neglected.  Also, having a social life within the program is important.  A big part of business school seems to be networking, so doing things like going to happy hours, and football games are important to building strong relationships with classmates.

All of these areas need to be kept in balance, and maintained, sometimes one is going to be more in focus than the rest, but that doesn’t mean the rest can be neglected.  If I neglect an area, then I am going to fall behind in it, which means that in the future, I will need to expend the same amount of energy needed for it now, plus the energy needed for it in the future, in order to catch up.  That is in addition to meeting all of the other requirements from the other sections of my life.  So, a short term sacrifice now, causes long term harm if I decide to slack in one or more areas.  So, even though it might seem overwhelming sometimes, keeping up with it all is easier than trying to catch up with it all in the future.  I should thank my Drill Instructor for the life lesson.

 

Four simultaneous Script Ohio’s is an amazing thing.


Things to do in Columbus (plus, a little buckeye)

This past weekend, I was able to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets game with my younger sister. While my wonderful Jackets lost 2-3, Erin and I had a blast AND we received free hats!

My younger sister is a freshman at Ohio State and currently applying to the nursing program. I am so happy that she chose to attend OSU – so I can see her a little more frequently AND keep an eye on her. Because truly, what are big sisters for?

My sister & I cheering on the Blue Jackets!

I’ve mentioned it in a few previous posts, but I love Columbus, Ohio. I moved here in 2007 when I started at OSU as an undergrad, and I now consider the 614 my home. I moved back to Cincinnati for a summer or two, and then Orlando, Florida when I was working at Walt Disney World. Still, from Southern  Ohio to Florida – there is something special about Columbus.

When entering the MBA program, you are surrounding yourself with resources, both inside and outside school. We have top companies in the Columbus Area (check out this article that appeared in Inc. in 2011), cool neighborhoods when you are ready for some fun and great sports teams (what can I say – I’m a sports girl).

Cool places to around school:

  • Arena District – see a show and have a drink – I’m in heaven!
  • Short North – edgy and express (see my post about Betty’s!)
  • German Village – shopping, bakeries, coffee and beautiful architecture
  • Grandview – Close to campus and great for place for graduate students to go when wanting to relax and enjoy a happy hour
Sports around Columbus:
Food:
Other cool things in my favorite city:
So, why are you still reading? go explore this fabulous city – see you around :)

 


The End of Autumn Semester

One review session, two exams and one take-home final stands between me and break.

So. Close.

When I look back on the first semester of the Fisher MBA Program, and I can’t even begin to list all the memories. Ranging from classes, hysterical lectures (really, wait till you hear Professor Campbell tell you about pirates), Fisher Follies, drinks at the Varsity Club after finals, tailgating, EOTW (Events of the Week),  study groups, a perfect football season and so much more.

*picture taken from the Ohio State Buckeyes Facebook page

There have been tears, there have been laughs, and there have been hundreds of cups of coffee.

I know that days into the holiday break I’ll be missing everyone at school, but I am excited to sleep-in and watch a few movies. But in all honesty, this break will be a great time to throw myself into my 3rd full-time job: finding an internship.

I know numerous companies will be posting internships and coming to campus in January, and I want to be ready. I have had some great mentors show me how they researched companies, and I know I am up for the challenge. Even better, a few weeks without class will allow me to research more companies and follow-up on networking emails.

No one ever said business school was easy – good thing I love a challenge :)

The break will give me a chance to rest, recharge, start researching companies and see my family and friends back at home. I know that next semester with Strategy, Finance II, Marketing II and Operations II will be here before I can blink…so let’s get my last three finals out of the way!

 

Happy Holidays!

Light Up The Lake (after thousands jumped in for the M!ch!g@n Game)


TGI Football Season

Saturday saw the beginning of the Urban Meyer era at THE Ohio State University. A slow start was followed by several exciting scores (if you’re a Buckeye fan, that is). Without looking at the archives of the 2010-2011 season, I can’t say with certainty that the Buckeyes scored 56 points in their first 4 games combined last year (they must have, but the fact that I’m not certain should tell you something about my recollection of last year’s offensive prowess). All in all, it was an exciting game to watch as a Buckeye fan. Braxton Miller (whom my wife calls “B” like they’re BFFs) set a single-game rushing yardage record for an OSU quarterback. Devin Smith had what LeBron James tweeted was the catch of the year (The King may be right), and the oft-maligned Travis Howard had two interceptions.

So why have I recounted all this for you, my captivated reader? Because at Ohio State, football matters. An ESPN Sports Poll in 2011 revealed that the Buckeyes are the most popular football team in the country (follow link, scroll down to last paragraph of the story). That, plus the football program brings in about $35 to $45 million in profit, some of which goes right back to the University’s general fund. None of that even takes into account the economic benefit conferred upon the city of Columbus by 100,000+ people huddled into The ‘Shoe and countless (OK, they’re probably countable) others who come out of their hovels to simply be near the action.

But I digress… I don’t really, deep down in my soul, care as much about any of that financial/economic benefit mumbo jumbo as I care about the football games themselves. I grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, less than 20 miles from Ohio Stadium. Buckeye football is on Saturdays… Church is on Sundays. Let’s just say… I’m a fan.

Some of you may be unfamiliar with Ohio State football, college football, or even American football altogether. If you’re thinking of visiting campus this fall, I encourage you to schedule your trip to coincide with a home football weekend (assuming you can get a hotel room). If nothing else, please make a point of walking by the stadium just to bask in its glory (ok, I’ll stop gushing now). And if you’re like some of my classmates of international origin and have some questions about American football, just ask. People who love football love to talk about football.

GO BUCKS! Here’s another picture of my rascally animal from his youth…

We took this on the day we got Captain home. I think this is still set as the wallpaper on my wife’s phone.


Let’s Go Bucks!

Confession- I am a massive football fan! Without a doubt those boys of fall make autumn the absolute best time of year. My undergrad institution didn’t necessarily have the best football team around (let’s just say we are much more well known for our basketball team) but Ohio State football has a long history of greatness when it comes to college football. If you don’t believe me, just check out those seven national championships.

Posing with Brutus at Ohio State’s 2012 Season Opener

 

This past Saturday marked the opener for the 2012 season; and the beginning of a new era in OSU football- the Urban Era. Personally, I could not be more excited to be attending a school with such a powerhouse program. Our boys introduced a new tradition this weekend- quick cals- and came out fighting, showing their dominance over Miami (OH) with a 56-10 victory.

This being only my second OSU football experience, it is safe to say I was overwhelmed when I walked in to The Shoe and saw the sea of scarlet cheering on our boys. Being a part of the student section in the south stands is absolutely incredible. I am still learning all the buckeye traditions but, after Saturdays game I’ve definitely got the Buckeye Bounce and kickoff O-H-I-O down!

Ohio State about to score vs Miami (OH)

Whether or not you are a football fan, you absolutely must take the time to go to an Ohio State football game. Trust me, if you don’t- you will be missing out on one of the most exciting opportunities this university has to offer. Attending a game, wearing your scarlet and gray amongst 100,000 other buckeye supporters is a fast and easy way to feel like you are a part of the massive Ohio State family and show off some school spirit!


Football Madness

You didn’t think that I would skip over a chance to write about Buckeye football did you?!

Everything you’ve heard about the boys in scarlet & grey, the ‘Shoe, tailgating and Buckeye Nation is true. It’s big, it’s loud…and  there is nothing better then looking around at thousands of other fans and knowing you are part of it all.

This weekend was the first OSU football game and it felt so great to take a few hours away from stressing about homework and school. The Fisher Social Chairs threw a tailgate at Fisher Commons and the dreary skies couldn’t stop us from enjoying the pregame excitement. It was Urban Meyer’s first game as a buckeye, and I think we can all agree that the 56-10 victory over the Miami RedHawks put Columbus in a cheerful mood.

O-H-I-O!

When you become a buckeye, you become part of a family. Yup, I just typed that (very) cheesy line. But how can you cheer with thousands of other fans and sing Carmen Ohio without knowing that you are part of something more?

Students, professors, faculty and the entire city of Columbus come together for football games, and it’s pretty easy to see that same family-bond in the classroom. I was talking to my Ethics Professor this morning about the game, and within minutes he is telling me about his own family tailgate and his opinion of the new coaching staff. My core team was still talking about Devin Smith’s catch and deciding what food to bring for NEXT Saturday’s tailgate.

I cannot wait for next weekend’s game and to see even more of Coach Meyer and the Buckeyes, but I also can’t wait to watch the game with my new-found friends. The nervousness of my program is starting to fade (quickly replaced by nervousness of approaching midterms), and I feel that I am finding my footing at Fisher…including some amazing friendships that I know will continue throughout the years.

And, could you believe that it all started with a football game?

 


Super Bowl Sunday

At the risk of being repetitive this week, I’m going to talk about the Superbowl. Hopefully, my spin on this “good old American tradition” is at least a little different….

When I was a kid, Superbowl Sunday was a pretty big deal. Back in those days, the Packers, my mom’s favorite team as she’s from about 2 hours away from Green Bay, were in the midst of the “Favre Era” so the post-season games were important to our family. I remember my dad would grill Johnsonville bratwurst outside, in the middle of winter, as the Packers played for the Superbowl title. Yes, the bratwurst had to be Johnsonville, as they originate in Wisconsin and therefore they rule supreme. We also usually had an assortment of Wisconsin cheeses and some miscellaneous German food. There was nothing like German food to accent the Johnsonville bratwursts. My immediate family would always gather in the basement, where the big screen t.v. was. When we lived in Minneapolis, my dad would get a fire going, so we could watch the game from right up against the fireplace….

Flash forward to college and I tried to keep the bratwurst tradition going, but it fizzled out as I started going to other people’s homes and brats just aren’t as good when they are not grilled on an outdoor grill (even George Foreman doesn’t cut it) in the winter. So, the tradition first turned into skyline dip, guacamole, and pizza. But, last year, my boyfriend and I decided to split up the cooking responsibilities, so he made some AMAZING manicotti. I still made Skyline dip and guacamole and some kind of dessert. This year is manicotti again, although because the Packers are playing I have been tempted to get Johnsonville brats or at least some “real Wisconsin cheese.” I’ll also be making Skyline dip (for those who don’t know, it’s cream cheese, Skyline, and cheddar cheese baked for about 20 minutes).

I’ve come to realize Superbowl Sunday is very much like a national holiday, even though it isn’t official. It’s a time to have good, strange American (think melting pot of cultures here) food and time with friends to watch sports. Some of the best conversations I’ve had (because let’s face it, in football there is plenty of time for talking) have come out of watching sports with friends and family. I feel very American bonding over sports with friends while eating large amounts of food.

On a side note, I still believe the Monday after the Superbowl should be a holiday. I mean really, Senegal declared a holiday when they beat France in World Cup 2002, I think we can make Superbowl Monday a national holiday.

At the risk of drawing criticism from others who read this, I’m going to show my allegiance to the one NFL team I’ve truly grown up cheering for…

GO PACKERS!!! PACK ATTACK!

Enjoy the Superbowl, everyone! May the best team win…..

What are your favorite teams and what made you become X fan? Or, if you don’t have a favorite team, who will you being cheering for tonight?


Pistachio Pudding

One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving.  I believe Thanksgiving is a day that everyone can agree on two things:

(1) a great day of eating amazing food with family & friends

(2) napping.

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t seem to agree with me on no. 2.  Some of the best sleep of my life has taken place on Thanksgiving day.  I love nuzzling into the couch and drifting off to the NFL’s Detroit Lions getting blasted every year.  It seems the older that I get, the more I enjoy a nice “uninterrupted” nap.  Plus, I think my belly stuffed full of food helps, too.

Since I moved to Ohio last year, I am going to officially miss two Thanksgivings with my family.  Last year, I did make my own Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.  It was the first time I ever made that big of a meal – all for me.  But I will tell you, it certainly was nice not having to fight my twin brother for the last piece of pumpkin pie since I had the pie all to myself.  Sadly, I’ve realized there are ‘some’ benefits of having your own Thanksgiving.  And I won’t forget I had leftovers for a month  :/

Now, there was only one ‘dish’ I didn’t make for my Thanksgiving meal last year.  Its not because I couldn’t, but its because I probably would’ve messed it up in a major way.  Every year, for as long I can remember, my mom, Bonnie, would always call me a week before we would have Thanksgiving dinner and ask me if I had any requests.  Of course, being the ‘diva’ child that I was, I did.  I told my mom, “You know what I like.  Make me pistachio pudding.”  To this day, I have NO IDEA how she makes it.  And quite honestly, I don’t want to know.  Pistachio pudding, for some odd reason, I crave in the month of November.  And Bonnie has a way of making it in such a way that makes the fat child inside of me scream for more.  I have to admit, I grew up eating amazing food cooked by an even more amazing mother.  Every meal for me was like Thanksgiving.  So missing a South Dakota Thanksgiving  is ‘kindofabigdeal’, if you know what I mean.

I want to wish all the MLHR students a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope every can and will make it home for the holiday weekend.

And if anyone is having amazing pistachio pudding at their Thanksgiving this year, eat two bowls “In the Name of Eric”.  Please.  And thank you.


Buckeye Nation

Usually whenever people hear I go to OSU, the first response is something to the effect of, “Wow, that’s a big school, I’m not sure I could handle that.” I understand it isn’t for some people, but I would say to those who are on the fence that there are some great benefits of going to a big school.

Over the weekend I visited my boyfriend in Atlanta (he’s an OSU student completing a Co-Op) and like all loyal OSU fans, one of the first plans we had to make was where we were going to watch the football game. For a few months, my boyfriend had been telling me about this awesome bar that shows all OSU games. So, off we went to try this place. I wasn’t sure how many OSU fans would be in Atlanta, Georgia, considering it is SEC territory, but boy was I wrong…..

The bar is called Cocktail Cove. It’s decorated with the beach in mind. It has a wooden deck that wraps around the entire building with fake palm trees outside (not exactly what you would think of when you think OSU bar); however, on OSU game days it is decked out. There are OSU jerseys hanging around the bar, signs that read “Buckeye Parking Only” and one of my favorites was something I dubbed the “Buckeye Porsche” (grey paint job, red leather seats, and buckeye leaf decals all over the back of the car) parked right in front of the entrance. Once we got seated and I was able to look around for a few minutes I realized I was practically home. Everyone in the bar either had an OSU jersey or an OSU t-shirt. There were easily 150-200+ people there all in their red, OSU apparel, ready to cheer on the Bucks.

Before every kickoff they play the national anthem, followed by Carmen Ohio. During halftime, there is an Alumni Association raffle, complete with all kinds of buckeye gear. The Alumni Association also makes announcements about upcoming events in the city of Atlanta and what the association is doing for the school from Georgia. The DJ also yells OH randomly throughout the night. The fight song is sung whenever a touchdown is scored. They also serve “O Bombs” that are supposed to be red colored on game days. The Ohio State University Atlanta Alumni Club is alive and well at Cocktail Cove.

It’s an incredible feeling to know that even in the southern United States you can find Buckeye fans. To me, is a one of the huge pluses of coming to OSU. Yes, it can be big and sometimes a little overwhelming with all of the people and all there is to do, but once you become a buckeye, you are one for life. When people tell you that by coming to OSU you join a community, they really are telling the truth. However, what people sometimes forget to tell you is that you are joining a community that truly is global. When you’re away from Columbus, whether it be for vacation or after you’ve graduated, OSU suddenly doesn’t seem so big when you are able to meet fellow buckeyes almost anywhere you go and still get that feeling like you are home.

Cocktail Cove

From left: Tim Sposit, Don Sposit


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