Posts Tagged 'Joe Fahrendorf'

A day in my shoes

I’ve always wanted to record a day in my life, but my life has generally been too boring to record.  I’m not saying that my life is now any less boring, but it is a lot busier.  Here is a general layout of my Mondays & Wednesdays.

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6:40 – Alarm clock rings.  I quickly turn it off and roll back over for a few more minutes of sleep.

6:45 AM – Phone alarm sounds.  This alarm I can’t ignore since my phone is on the other side of the room.  I get up, turn off my phone and quickly browse the 13 emails I received overnight.   Most of the emails are from the university… they get deleted.  A handful of other emails are regarding group projects, so I hold off reading them until later in the day when I am more alert.

6:50 – I quickly eat breakfast even though I am not hungry – I realize in a few hours I’ll be starving if I don’t eat.

7:00 – I jump in the shower.  I’m already running late.  I quickly dry off, dress, pack my books and head out the door to the Fisher College of Business.

7:20 – I roll up to the St. John’s Arena/ ROTC parking lot and claim one of the best spots since no one else is awake – even the army reserves.

7:27 – I stroll into Schoenbaum Hall to teach the BA499 recitation.  About 34 of my students are already there.  It will be another 10-15 minutes for the next 6 to show up.

7:30 – 9:18 –> I start teaching the BA499 class.  Today each student has to turn in their first paper of the quarter and they also have to do their elevator speech in front of the class.  Overall, everyone does a great job and we manage to have fun in the process.

9:30 – 11:18 –> I start my second BA499 recitation class.  This time most of the students are on time.  This class is livelier since they were able to sleep a few additional hours.  I’m significantly better teaching this class since it is my second time through the material.

11:30 AM – 12:10 PM –> I arrive at Gerlach Hall and spend a half hour replying to emails and making sure I’m prepared for classes.

12:20 PM – 1:20 –> I meet with fellow members of FGSA and interview a classmate about a new student organization focused on Risk Management.  The meeting goes well and we determine that the group has merit but we need to gauge student body interest before we approve the organization.

1:23 – 1:27 –-> I inhale a PB&J sandwich I packed the night before.  I recently bought a plastic container to protect my sandwich from getting smashed.  Unfortunately I have been unable to successfully remove the Crayola sticker on the front of my container so I take a ribbing from a few classmates.  This doesn’t bother me because my sandwich is 3 times thicker now that it can’t get smashed while in my bag.

1:30 – 3:20 –> I attend class on Organizational Turnarounds taught by Jeff Rodek, former CEO of Hyperion.  In this class, we analyze the decisions Professor Rodek took while he was the Chief Executive of Hyperion.

3:30 -5:45 –> Standing meeting with my finance group to go over the next day’s homework for Dean Wruck’s valuations class.

6:00 – 7:45 –>  Attend Jay Barney’s Advanced Strategic Analysis class.  Professor Barney cold calls students based on names he randomly selects before class.  This makes me nervous because I usually have a good response to half his questions.  The goal is get selected for a question you can answer, otherwise you get labeled “the stupid kid.”

7:47 – I quickly run downstairs to grab a cup of coffee because my day is still not over.

8:00 – 9:45 PM –> Attend Steven Young’s Financial Institutions class.  At this point, I am on the verge of falling asleep despite the coffee.  It has nothing to do with the Professor or the class.  In fact, I think it is one of the more interesting classes I have taken at Fisher.  It really doesn’t matter how much coffee you drink, at this point I have been up since 6:40AM and have only had a bowl of cereal and a triple stuffed PB&J sandwich.

9:50 – Leave Gerlach, head to my car.  On the walk I start to plan out my dinner options.

10:00 – Eat dinner, respond to emails from students in my class, complete my homework for Dean Wruck’s class tomorrow, and organize the assignments from the two classes I taught earlier in the day.

1 AM – Finish Dean Wruck’s assignment.  Convince myself that I’m actually too tired to do anything else.  End up going to bed.

1:01AM – Fall asleep


Social Chair Interviews

Tonight the Fisher Graduate Student Association interviewed candidates for the prestigious social chair position.  The response to the position was overwhelming and we are going to have a difficult time making cuts.  Not only is every candidate qualified, but everyone would make a unique addition to the committee… which makes the selection process seem incredibly arbitrary.  We’ll hopefully have our final decision by the end of the week and we will introduce the new social chairs at our Town Hall meeting on February 18th.    Thanks again to everyone who interviewed.

-Joe


New: Fisher Racquet Sports

One group that has received the majority of my spare time is the Fisher Graduate Student Association (FGSA).  This group is the de facto student council and is responsible for implementing change based on student feedback and suggestions.  In order to do this, we have the responsibility to delegate funds to different student groups so they are able to make the largest contributions to the Fisher community.  Therefore, we are also responsible for approving new student organizations that seek funds.

This quarter we received a request from a group of students seeking to start a Fisher Racquet Sports group.  After listening to the group’s formal proposal, we determined that it would be in the best interest of Fisher College to approve this organization.  Some of the sports that will be included in the racquet sports group include ping pong, badminton, cricket, tennis, squash, racquetball, and several others.  Congrats to all the individuals who worked so hard to get the group approved.

On a side note, FGSA is still seeking individuals for the next group of social chairs.  If you have an interest in actively planning next year’s social events, please email me.

- Joe


The end of football

It has recently become very evident that I will have little free time this quarter.  Between working on my core classes and my recently invigorated summer internship search, this might be my busiest quarter of the year.  I guess for the benefit of my MBA degree, the Bengals lost in the playoffs yesterday to the NY Jets.  There is no doubt that with my team out of the playoffs, I will now have significantly more time available each week.  Gone are the days of spending endless hours on espn.com to get the most up-to-date information on my team, gone are the Sundays of spending four hours watching the game and then several additional hours either too happy or depressed to do any work.

I was actually at the Bengals game this Sunday with my dad and brothers.  The 1 degree wind chill was not nearly as bad as losing.  I’m still upset about the loss, but eventually I will adapt to life without football.  Hopefully I do this sooner rather than later, especially since I have an important phone interview with a recruiter from Cardinal Health on Tuesday.  I will be speaking with her about their summer marketing internship and hopefully I can make a positive impression.

-Joseph


Winter Warning

There is no doubt about it: the Columbus winter is harsh.  For the past seven years I have taken great pride in my ability to survive the winters of New Haven, CT and New York City.  When I decided to move back to Ohio, I never thought twice about the Ohio winter.  I clearly underestimated its potential.

Since the beginning of the month it has snowed pretty much every day.  Although the accumulation has not been too heavy, it has been an obnoxious amount capable of covering my car, which inevitably delays my departure for class by 15 minutes every morning.  Not only is it constantly snowing, it is absolutely freezing outside.  It is so cold, that I succumbed to driving to the gym a few days ago.  Although this might not sound bad, you should know that the gym is about 300 meters from my place and is clearly visible from my apartment.

Joe



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