Free Time

Outside of the classroom, there’s a lot going on at Fisher.  As I’ve mentioned in prior posts, I’ve been busy busy busy.  Technically, I can only speak for myself . . . but, in this case, I’ll confidently go on record to say it’s not just me . . . we’re all extremely busy.  Busy in a good way.

Group projects have started: we just finished our second group case in Accounting, we’ve chosen our group project topic for Econ, Fisher Professional Services’ Project One has officially kicked off (I’m not participating in that one but my roommate is), and some of us have assembled for the upcoming P&G case competition (marketing majors).  All tasks involving small groups also involve small group meetings.  Happily, I report: so far so good.

Most student organizations have kick off meetings this week and next.  So far I’ve joined Fisher Graduate Women in Business and Fisher Association of Marketing Professionals.  Also this week: I apply for Fisher Board Fellows and attend an information session on the Initiative for Managing Services.  Unfortunately, I am double-booked and can’t attend the first meeting of Innovation Fisher (hopefully I’ll be able to connect with them sooner than later).  Honestly, there are so many fantastic organizations to join and get involved with . . . it’s really difficult to choose between them.  My opinion: Choosing is a must.  Without focus, I’ll be in many groups unable to fully contribute.  I’d rather choose a few and really make a difference.

Final free time topic: travel.  I’ve been lucky enough to spend time away from my apartment and from campus lately.

Nice to see you again Cleveland

A couple of weeks ago, I took a roadtrip to Cleveland with my roommate.  Our purpose was two-fold: visit an outlet mall and see Lake Erie.  Lake Erie is the closest largest body of water (for anyone that’s used to the sea, Columbus is a tad land-locked).  Last weekend, I attended the NAWMBA conference in Louisville, KY with approximately 72 other fabulous Fisher females.  REPRESENT!  Today, I visited The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium as a guest (I work there part-time and have spent quality time there prior to starting the full-time MBA program).  I brought my roommate along; while there, we ran into a fellow classmate.  What can I say?  Great minds think alike!

I could do this in my sleep

Side-note: Being from Parma, Ohio and of Polish heritage, I have an affinity for flamingos.  Inspired by this flamingo, I will remember the importance of balance.  I plan to balance life within the program with life outside the program.

perspective enhances appreciation

Collaborative Learning

This year I have a new approach to class work and managing time. Instead of signing up for group projects which are due the last 2 weeks of class, I signed up for one which is due on Wednesday and throughout the quarter. My theory in all of this is that if I spread out the work, I will be able to more fully dedicate my time and energy to each project and my exams as they come up instead of splitting all of my brain power amongst 10 different things at the end of the quarter. We’ll see how it turns out, but so far, I am up to date on all of my readings, I am prepared up through the end of this week, and it feels good.

The group project due on Wednesday is for my MHR 869 – Strategic Management of Human Assets course. Our project is a case study about Jet Blue Airlines and talking about what their core competencies and strategy are, and also what advice we would give to them in order for them to have a sustainable competitive advantage through the years. My group is comprised of 3 MLHR students and 1 MBA student whom I admire for being willing to deal with 3 people outside of his program. Kudos to you Ross Ferrise!

Last night, we met to discuss our project and through it, the four of us worked really well together. Not only did we work through our task, but I think the 4 of us each learned something from the program, and through the collaboration of 2 programs’ (MLHR and MBA) worth of information, I really feel as though we have prepared a thorough project that takes into account many perspectives. I learned all about Strategy Canvases. I know we learned about it briefly in Dr. Bendapudi’s Intro to Business course last year, but I don’t remember them too well.  I think it’s an effective and quick way of getting your point across without using a lot of words. The “psychology” side of my brain is kicking in and thinking about the different learning styles of people and using a strategy map is a good way to make your point to those visual learners of the world.

The MHR 869 course has thus far been very beneficial to me because the mix of the MBA and MLHR students in the class has made for some really interesting discussions. I always feel it’s good to learn from other people with different perspectives and backgrounds than you. So in that aspect, I appreciate the course for more than just the content offered.

On a side note, I have been getting to know a few of the new MLHR students. They seem pretty cool, from what I’ve seen. I think both the first years and the second years are very eager to form new relationships. It should be a great year!

Well, Well, What do we have here?

I think what we have are the following:

  • Gerlach having the fire department called on it for the 3rd time in 2 weeks
  • The rooms, which are sometimes freezing, are now sometimes “roasting”
  • Being finished!! with my IMS project
  • About finished with one other project
  • Almost half finished with my other two projects
  • My wedding being officially less than one month away!
  • Found an internship! (more details to come once all of the offer paperwork is completed)
  • Completely forgot about my bridal shower, and then remembered it all later
  • Moving in 16 days

This quarter seems to be in a major hurry to end, and I’m not ready for that yet. Good news is that my IMS project is finished, presentation given, and I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I should go ahead and start working on the presentation for our Compensation project, but I just haven’t had time yet. I’ve been way too busy with everything else. But at least 2 of my group projects are past the “having to meet every week” phase and we can pretty much work on stuff on our own. The Compensation project, however, that may be the death of us all. Good job to everyone who presented last night.

So, my goal for this month was to be in the top 5 of the top content report. I think this is a lost goal. A lot of my fellow bloggers seem to be on hiatus, and since only a few of us are consistently blogging, it’s not a fair competition. But, I have been advertising my blog to all of my classmates. Shout out to Jenn Cargile who has the top “comment” posts for my blogs.

It’s still hard to believe that it’s the end of week 8. Time just flies when you’re having fun. Or, in my case, when you’re really, really busy. Today is the first day I don’t have a meeting, or a conference call. I can finally use my lunch hour to get errands done that I need done for myself. Yay for that. Well, have a great day!

Running of the Bulls

Well yesterday was quite eventful on campus. Two Bulls got loose from the vet hospital. And yes, I emphasize the word bull because they were in fact bulls, NOT cows. Quick agriculture lesson for those who may not have grown up on a farm. Bulls are in-tact male cattle and cows are female cattle who have calved. Heifers are females who have not calved, and steers are males who are no longer in-tact. Anyway, it created quite the stir across campus, and after one bull jumped on a police car, both were contained and taken back to the vet hospital. And if you’re curious, these are Belted Galloways.

Bulls by the tennis courts
Bull in the parking lot

In other parts of life, the compensation project is starting to make more sense. I don’t know if people have realized this or not, but our final and project are due May 26th, the 9th week of classes. Of course this means we have 2 weeks less to get everything done than we normally due for his class, but that also means we have 2 weeks where we don’t have to think about the project or the final and can concentrate on our other two classes and their projects.

With next week being the start of midterms, this weekend looks like it’s going to be quite busy. Engagement pictures are *finally* being taken on Friday. Then it’s off to camp to teach counselors how to teach mountain biking sessions at their summer camps. Somewhere in all of the craziness finding time to study would be in my best interests.

I’m for sure looking forward to next week, though. Not because of the midterms. Don’t get me wrong, they’re awesome and all (sarcasm), but next Friday, the MLHR students are taking on Summit Vision. If you’re an MLHR student and you haven’t signed up yet, then you should! I’m delaying my trip to the Vera Bradley sale in Indiana for this! It should be really awesome. More details and pictures will come after next Friday. Dr. Inks and some of the other faculty have said they were going, and Dr. Inks said he was going on the zip-line, so we’ll be sure to bring back pictures from that!

Have a great Thursday, tomorrow’s the start of the weekend! And remember to watch out for the stray livestock running around campus.

Overdue Post

Well, sorry for the delayed/overdue post. It’s been a really busy week. Nevertheless, here I am, writing a blog about my life.

Last week was the start of everything getting really busy. We have three group projects this quarter, and from what the second years were saying, our Compensation project is the hardest of everything. Awesome! (sarcastic) It’s just going to be really busy. I think this quarter is the one where I’m going to learn the most applicable skills. And, all three of my groups seem very cohesive and like we know what we’re doing and are going to work really well together.

Oh, I almost completely forgot! Thanks to all of my readers for making my author page #8 in the top content for last month! That’s pretty cool! And to think, the first time the reports came out I was on something like page 8.

Last week Jaimie and I went to the Columbus Clippers Dime-a-Dog Night. It was pretty awesome. We went with my sister and good friend Liz and happened to run into some of our other classmates Elle, Jim and James. I think with the spring weather emerging, everyone is starting to get comfortable with the business school environment and each other. It was definitely great to have a break before all of the craziness begins. Some pictures for your enjoyment. It was a great time! I recommend it to everyone!

Look at those awesome hot dogs!
L to R: My sister Jenn, Me!!, Jaimie and Liz

Over the weekend, I went up to MSU to hang out with the boy. It was a good time. He’s in a draft horse class this semester and has learned how to hitch up and drive horses in all sorts of settings; dragging logs, Budweiser duties, wagons, etc. So Saturday was their plow day. They had about 10 teams of horses get together and plow a 2 acre field the old fashion way. It was really, really cool. The students who were in the class actually got to drive the horses, too. That was also really neat because it further educated the students on the things they were taught in class.  Pictures are below. Also very cool.

Check that out - 5 horses! And, it can plow 2 rows at once!
There he goes! Benjamin's first experience plowing with horses.
That’s a big horse!!

Relaxed for the first time this quarter

Well, I only have 5 classes left until the end of my first quarter as a graduate student. Today was the first day I didn’t have to go to work or anywhere for that matter since the beginning of the quarter. And, what did I do today? I dog sat my sister’s dog, Bonnie (picture below). My sister LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVES this dog. She is pretty cute, I’ll admit it. She’s just over 2 years old. My mom works in the Department of Animal Sciences (at OSU) and one of the graduate students she works with found this dog abandoned in an evicted apartment right above his (what kind of person leaves a dog behind?!?!). So Mike rescued Bonnie and my sister was preparing to move away from home and decided to take her in to keep her company. Needless to say, she’s quite attached to this dog, so for her to let me dog sit was pretty cool :). And, it gave me a distraction as I worked on my portion of my groups 25 page paper. The picture is stolen from Jenn’s facebook photo album, and to give you an idea of how awesome she thinks this dog is, the album is titled “BONNIE!!! Cutest puppy in the world =P” She’s ok. 😉

Bonnie, the wonderdog.

Anyway, dog-sitting that pup is not the reason I’m relaxed. I have lounged all day while starting/finishing my section of my group project’s paper and powerpoint, I made chili for dinner and it’s currently in the crock pot cooking and will be ready for when I get home from my group project meeting which I have at 6:30, I cleaned my kitchen, and I finished my yoga project which is due tomorrow. Now, I just have to study for my stats exam and write my formula sheet for said exam. Everything is pretty much smooth sailing for the rest of the quarter. Whew! Not too bad, I’d say. Oh and another reason I’m relaxed is that I may or may not have been listening to Christmas music all day long.

On a sad note, one of my fiance’s friend at Michigan State passed away Saturday. Please keep Brian’s family, his AGR brothers and the rest of the MSU ag family in your thoughts and prayers.

Skepticism Overcome by Reality

I have never had a mentor before. Sure, I’ve had employers take me under their wing, but my bosses who have done this have also had a friendship with me and that’s why they took more of an interest than the ‘average’ employer normally would. As a member of the GHRA, we had the opportunity to sign-up for the mentorship program and have a professional assigned to us. Because I have limited knowledge of the HR world, i.e. I’m from Psychology and I’m amazed I’m not sinking yet, I am looking for many ways to gain exposure into this crazy world.

Yesterday, I met my mentor, Lisa, at a HRACO (Human Resources Association of Central Ohio) event. Lisa is everything I didn’t imagine in a mentor, in a good way. 🙂 I was expecting an awkward person, who didn’t know how to interact with me and didn’t know how to use their expertise to help me learn more about the field. Oh gosh, Lisa’s amazing. She has such a great personality and we had a great talk. Additionally, she has such a vision on how to help me. She has the personality which just engages people and she knew nearly everyone at the meeting, introduced me to all of them, and truly made me feel welcome. What’s really amazing is that she has real ideas on how I can advance my career search and work towards getting myself to a point where the job search will come naturally. I’m very excited for it all.

In other news, I found out (well I guess my entire class did) when my group presents and it happens to be after Thanksgiving for MHR 851. Whew. I’m pretty stressed out and it’s good to know that I have two extra weeks to work on our presentation. My group met today and I feel the general consensus among my group is that we are light years ahead of other groups, even the ones who are presenting next week. We have a really great idea, we’ve talked to a lot of people, found a lot of research to back up what we’ve discovered. It’s a really great feeling and the rest of our project should come very easily.

This weekend is the conclusion of one of the major stressors in my life. I’m currently coaching an agriculture based knowledge team – it’s called a skillathon – and the team is competing on Monday at a national competition in Louisville. I was on the team when I was in 4-H, my mom used to coach the team, my fiance was on a national championship team and was 2nd high individual overall. This team was a big part of my life when I was in 4-H. I was very honored when my boss asked me to co-coach it with him. While it’s been a lot of fun, it has also been very stressful planning the practices, grading piles of homework, working and going to class/studying. I feel as though the team we put together is going to represent Ohio very well and they’re going to have a great experience. Think of us on Monday when we’re competing! Good wishes to them. 🙂

Happy Thursday! It’s almost the weekend!