A picture’s worth a thousand words.
When anyone asks me how this quarter is going, my answer is: I feel like I’m drinking from a fire hose. Believe you me: MIT (where the above pic is taken) doesn’t have exclusive rights on this metaphor. Welcome to spring quarter of your first year in the full-time MBA program at Fisher! Just when I thought I was getting the hang of things, I was reminded of two things: “you don’t know what you don’t know” and, actually, ignorance *is* bliss.
Let me clarify a few things for those of you that read these blogs regularly: (1) MLHR is not the only graduate business program at Fisher, (2) there are actually more full-time MBA bloggers than MLHR bloggers, and (3) work load definitely varies by program.
FTMBA’s are B-U-S-Y. That said, I think the Working Professional MBAs have it worse. They have to go to work all day and then high-tail it over to Gerlach Hall to sit in classes from 6-10pm each evening. How and when they do their homework, reading, group projects, and presentations, I don’t know. Unless they’re “multitasking” in the office (you know who you are), they get to spend their weekends studying. Blech. Kudos to them . . . I couldn’t do it.
Back to being a FTMBA . . .
This quarter, I have an enormous amount of reading to do – constantly. There is no ebb and flow. Spring quarter brings the final two core classes: Strategy & Global Macro. (As an aside: the elective classes I’m taking are Service Operations and Sustainability Marketing.) The macro-econ course requires I subscribe to The Economist and get quizzed weekly on the content. The entire magazine is fair game. Sound hellish? I thought so too! I was wrong. I *love* this magazine. Here’s why . . .
To date, I proudly claimed to a member of the apathetic, ignorant American masses. Thanks to Prof Kistruck’s mandate, I’m a person that has some clue about what’s happening in the world and how current global events affect business. I live here after all – so I might as well understand how my life is being affected. The world gets smaller by the day and global awareness is really critical. It’s about time I got a clue. Yay me!
Outside of classes, much is happening around the Fisher College of Business (FCOB). Officer elections are taking place in student groups, end of year summits and banquets are being held, and the weather is slowly improving (which should result in strong attendance at the Fisher 5K this weekend and the upcoming Fisher Spring Games). I assumed leadership roles in various organizations next year: President of the Fisher Graduate Women in Business, VP of Innovate Columbus in Innovation Fisher, and Treasurer of Fisher’s Association of Marketing Professionals. My Fisher Board Fellows assignment is supporting COSI next year and I’ve agreed to help with Fisher Follies. YAY!
Regardless of your interests, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved and participate in the Fisher community. This morning, I was inspired by the words of the founder of Fisher Board Fellows, Wake Norris. “Remember to unpack.” He stressed the importance of unpacking and living where you are when you arrive someplace new. This advice applies to you as well as me. When you arrive at your program, how will you get involved? Be a part of your community? The choice is yours and the options are plentiful.
I am really excited about the coming year even if it means lack of sleep. I figure: This only happens once. I’m going to make the most of it.
“Stay thirsty my friends.” – The Most Interesting Man in the World