It has been a great break. I haven’t had 3+ weeks completely off in a long time. Even during my undergrad years I was never fully off. As a rower on the lightweight crew team, every free moment was spent training for the racing season. It was no surprise that I was a little unsure how to spend my winter break. To make it easier, I broke up the break into three blocks.
The first block of time off I spent doing nothing… and it was great. I stayed in Columbus and slowly unwound from the hectic life I lived during finals. Each day I read the paper, went to the gym, checked on grades, watched movies, attended ugly sweater parties, etc.
For the second block of winter break, I returned to Cincinnati to spend time with my family. Of course it was great to be home and see everyone, not to mention all the excellent food I ate. Plus I was able to go to the Bengals v. Chiefs game in which the Bengals clinched the AFC North title. Hopefully they can make a good run in the playoffs.
Block three officially began when I returned to Columbus a few days ago. I am currently trying to adjust back to a more realistic life – one with priorities, deadlines, and homework. I’ve already bought most of my books and now I need to start reading course syllabi and preparing for another quarter at Fisher College.
Once again everyone is busy at Fisher College of Business. This is the last week of class so everything is wrapping up. As a result, I had to give a presentation on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Monday – (Enhancing Professional Interchange) I gave a speech with three other individuals about the Thanksgiving holiday. We were supposed to talk for 16 minutes and we hit 15:59.3 without any help from the professor. Hopefully we get a few extra points for nailing the time exactly.
Tuesday – (Economics) My team gave a presentation on the compensation difference between the CEO of Aetna and the CEO of UnitedHealth. We discussed CEO pay packages and their financial incentives.
Wednesday – (Organizational Behavior) My team gave a presentation on a leadership model that we developed based on OSU President Gordon Gee. (I might have worn a bow tie for this presentation.)
As you can imagine, I’m definitely glad to have these projects behind me. Now I can start studying for finals. It all begins next Monday with Managerial Econ. Tuesday is the Data Analysis final and Wednesday is the Accounting final. It should be a fun three days.
I can’t wait until Wednesday afternoon…
Today I traveled to Solon, OH with several Fisher MBA classmates to take a tour of the Nestlé campus and learn more about brand management opportunities at the company. After the tour, it was clear that Nestlé is a unique place with remarkable brands. I thought the most interesting part of the day was when two Marketing Associates spoke to us about their experience in the Toll House Cookie Dough Group during the E. coli recall several months ago. I can’t think of a larger obstacle to overcome than a product recall, but this group never panicked. After several weeks with the product off store shelves, the baking division re-launched the cookie dough in a slightly modified package highlighting that the product was safe. Their initiatives were a major success and the Toll House brand suffered no major brand damage. In fact, their sales this month are slightly higher than they were a year ago.
Tomorrow is the big game against Michigan. I’ll be at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe talking to prospective students about Fisher and all that it has to offer. So if you’ll be there, please hold any questions until non-critical moments of the game. Thanks.