Posts Tagged 'friends'



Life Outside of MLHR

First and foremost, I have to put a disclaimer out there before continuing: Please don’t judge by the title of this post that I by any means dislike my program or the people in it, in fact just the opposite. I LOVE my program and everyone in it! However, there comes a time when you need a little space to breath outside of the program. As some of the second years told me as soon as classes started in the fall, it is very easy to get consumed with HR and the program itself. In fact, one person told me, “you really need to make an effort to have a little bit of a life outside the program because this can easily become your entire life.” Not that it’s a bad thing, but you really do need a little bit of balance of a life outside of MLHR.

Based upon this advice, I made a special effort to keep in touch with my friends from undergrad who moved away from Columbus and those who are in Columbus, but just work full-time now. Over Christmas Break, I was so fortunate to get in back in touch with one of my best friends from high school. We hadn’t talked in a while, so it was so great to catch up and come to find out that she is now a 1L at OSU!! And I thought going to school and working 32 hours per week was rough! My friend’s schedule is CRAZY, but it’s fun to hear about her graduate level experience and to meet some of her friends from law school. And, it’s a great opportunity to network with people who aren’t part of the same program. The law students offer a completely new perspective on graduate level studies and they can relate to HR in some ways, since there are plenty of laws and court cases that concern HR.

Now that my boyfriend is back from his internship in Atlanta last quarter, it has also been a blessing that I can spend time with him now. Unfortunately for him, he now has to listen to HR jargon pretty much 24-7 seeing as how the program is always fresh on my mind. But it is nice to get out of the MLHR bubble a few times a week and hear about his projects in engineering.

Finally, one of my New Year’s Resolutions (even though I try not to make them, since they usually don’t make it into action) is to go to more events outside of the MLHR program, but with other MLHR students. For example, last quarter I was a slacker and didn’t go to any of the Event of the Week activities, which is meant for all of the Fisher graduate programs. This quarter I want to make it to some of those events to meet other Fisher graduate students. It is good to meet new people, especially other Fisher Graduate students, since, as HR professionals we will be working with businesspeople who do not have a degree in HR.

It’s so important to have at least a little balance between life outside of MLHR and life within the program just to keep yourself sane. It doesn’t mean that you don’t love your program and your friends in your program, it just means a more balanced life, filled with a variety of friends who each offer different, unique perspective.

Below is a picture with some of my friends outside of the MLHR program at a football game a few years ago……

Liz, Katie, Rebecca


Making Friends Across the Globe: Part 2

I wanted to follow up to my post from two weeks ago entitled “Making Friends Across the Globe” this week because I actually got to practice what I preached.

This past Friday I was invited to dinner at one of the international student’s home. Of course, I was so excited to try real, traditional Chinese food, so I accepted the invitation without question. Of course, as is American custom I had to offer to bring something to add to the meal, but my host said no, that I only needed to bring myself.

When I got there, I was greeted by my friend’s roommate, his friend from the MBLE program, and three more international students from our MLHR program. Dinner was already on the table when I arrived and the guys all announced that they were starving, so it was time to eat. I sat down, then chopsticks were passed around the table, when they got to me, my host said, “Oh, here, this is for you” (handing me a spoon). It was probably best I didn’t try to make a fool of myself using chopsticks (that will be a challenge I’ll have to tackle next time).

The food itself was so good. There was rice, a chicken leg, carrots, potatoes, all covered in a thick sauce (that I cannot pronounce) all served hot in a large bowl. Everything that was “extra” or anything that wasn’t supposed to be in our bowls at first was placed on the table and served “family-style.” The atmosphere truly felt like a family dinner away from home.

The best part about the meal was getting to talk to another international student from the MBLE program, so we were all able to learn more about the kind of work he does in his program. Also, it was fun talking to everyone about China as well as what things were similar in both Chinese and American culture. One of the most interesting things was the fact that Facebook is banned in China, so it was interesting to hear the international students talk about being able to use it in the United States. One of my favorite moments of the dinner was trading relationship stories and at one point one of the women from MLHR said “I think that is an issue that is something that all girls know” after we had been talking about guys and relationships. We all started to realize that, yes we were born and raised in different countries, but the four of us are still women, which means there are so many things we have in common.

Overall, dinner was such a great experience and a nice way to learn a little bit more about Chinese culture, and more importantly the interests and feelings we all share, no matter what our nationality. These friendships with international students are so amazing because not only do you get to experience another culture, but you also get to make new friends in the process. So, while you are at OSU, take the time to get to know the international students, because they bring so much invaluable knowledge and friendship to our program.


Making Friends Across the Globe

Last week in MHR 851, we had a guest speaker come in to talk about her job in Human Resources and to give us some advice when it comes to job searching. She gave a lot of great advice (I recommend really paying attention to speakers your professor brings in to class because they usually have a LOT of wisdom to share, especially when it comes to jobs). Anyway, one of the main take-aways from her presentation was travel. She talked about how most companies nowadays are going global. When hiring, companies like to see that job candidates have traveled outside of the United States. As someone who LOVES to travel, this was music to my ears. But, I also started to think about how great it is that I’ve been able to keep in touch with a few of the people I’ve met/become friends with while abroad. My international friends, as I like to call them, have taught me so much, not just about their culture, but also how to communicate with those who aren’t from the United States.

For example, my friend from Guatemala tries (bless his heart) to teach me Spanish by throwing different Spanish words into our conversations from time to time. He also tells me about what it’s like to live in Guatemala, how medical school is a little different there than in the U.S., and current issues going on in the country.

My friend from France keeps me up-to-date on all things European, like who the best DJs are and some good French movies I might like. He also tells me things about doing business in France, such as how his internships work, how his university classes are set-up, etc.

These are two great examples of all the things you can learn from having been abroad and knowing people in different countries. There is so much to learn about so many different countries, so who better to learn from than people who actually live in these places.

My advice to you: Travel as much as possible and make as many friends abroad as you can. Even if you just exchange information based on business, it will make you so much more marketable in job interviews if you can show you are knowledgeable about things happening outside the U.S.

Below are some pictures from Brazil:

Brazilian Children in Class

Ariel, Rebecca


Positive Perspective on Progress

MIDTERMS ALREADY?!?!

The First Year MBA students at Fisher are diligently preparing (i.e. panicking) about our first round of midterms.  As I try to re-learn the relationship between Correlations and Covariance (um, I got an A in stats…in 1995!), I sense that I am neglecting everything else on my ever-growing MBA to-do list.  I’m starting to feel like I am merely treading water in this ocean of grad school requirements and possibilities.  In an attempt to make myself feel better, and point out some of the fantastic opportunities I’ve been able to take advantage of here at Fisher, I’ve compiled the following list of things that I have completed in the past two weeks:

  • Participated in four very productive team meetings – shout out to Team X!!!
  • Attended four Fisher Information sessions (Corporate Mentor Program, Emerging Market Field Study, Fisher Serves & Association of Marketing Professionals)
  • Spent some quality time at the mall with my daughter
  • Spent some quality time with a Fisher Director of Career Management and Corporate Relations
  • Mailed a birthday card to a new friend who is far from home
  • Attended a Brand Management Happy Hour/Info Session hosted by Nestle
  • Heard an amazing speaker from Thailand via the Distinguished International Speaker Series
  • Hand delivered a birthday card because I goofed up the address…
  • Received a hug from a classmate after a particularly stressful day in Data Analysis
  • Gave a hug to a classmate who lost a loved one
  • Attended Fisher Graduate Women in Business happy hour and Young Alumni happy hour – on the same night!
  • Met with my academic advisor
  • Entertained the Fisher Fairy Godmother for a brief moment or five…
  • Attended a Data Analysis review session (and provided comic relief when a classmate made my chair fall – thanks for the love J-Lo)
  • Attended a Fisher Networking Event at the Blackwell
  • Went on a FIELD TRIP to Algaeventure with fellow members of Net Impact
  • Had coffee with a new friend
  • My son went pee on the potty for the first time!  O.K. so maybe this isn’t really my accomplishment but I am claiming it anyway!
  • Got my hair cut and colored (um, hello?  Priorities here!  In my defense, I read three articles for Organizational Behavior while allowing the color to set…)
  • Had lunch with a new friend who tried to talk me down from a Data Analysis melt-down (I see a trend here…)
  • Had a blast with some new friends at a fall potluck – oh how I wish Charades were a major!
  • Participated in an all-day Marketing Boot Camp – one of the best learning experiences I’ve had thus far at Fisher!

So maybe my Organizational Behavior paper isn’t finished, I haven’t prepared anything for my Enhancing Professional Interchange assignment and I am SO not ready for my Data Analysis exam (again with DA?).  But at least I can refer back to this list and realize that I am truly making positive progress!  Now I need to calculate the probability of positive progress on, you guessed it, the Data Analysis Midterm!


Networking that is social

It’s drilled into our heads that we need to network, network, network.  Network to make professional connections, network to meet your colleagues, network to find an internship, network to network for networking sake.

It sounds boring and arduous and burdensome, doesn’t it?  So let’s make it dynamic and aligned with our daily lives and our recreational activities.

One of the incredible things that resulted from our orientations was this realization:  when I added my classmates on Facebook, we already had mutual friends.  Some of them made sense, like my friends that worked for the university knew my new classmates who worked for the university.  Some of them were a bit more incredible, like my new classmate happened to be the former manager of one of my friends when they worked together at Starbucks.  Another classmate knew a friend of mine from back home in DC.  Small, small world that gets smaller with each connection.

Now imagine if we applied this to Linkedin.  Instead of just having a new friend to chat with on Facebook during class or funny Halloween profile photos to look at, imagine if your new connection connected you to someone who can help you get your dream internship, or if they themselves could connect you to that internship.

By now, you are probably connected to most, if not all, of your classmates.  What about new connections?  Remember that hilarious new friend that you met at the bar?  What if you dug a little deeper and started talking to them about their work life, profession and affiliations?  Connect.  You never know who you might get linked to.

So instead of adding them on Facebook, or even in addition to it, add them on Linkedin.  And it’s easy to do too.  A Linkedin app is available for the iPhone and the Blackberry.  Try it and see what happens!


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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