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Start early, start often

People, perhaps now more than ever, like instant gratification.  We want answers and results right now.  We don’t want to have to wait until 6 in the evening to catch the evening news, which is why we have multiple 24 hour cable news networks.  Most of us carry more computing power in our pockets than it took to get to the moon, so that we have everything, news, weather, banking info, contacts, and whatever else there is an app for, at our fingertips.

But, if you are looking at attending an MBA program, or utilizing the GI Bill, or even planning to use the GI Bill to attend an MBA program, then an important element to achieve success is to start both processes early.   And neither one is really going to give you that instant gratification that we all crave these days, but they are worth it in the long run.

If you are thinking that attending a top MBA program sounds like a good idea, then if you haven’t already, you should be studying for and scheduling a time to take the GMAT.  It was actually about this time last year that I took mine.  That way, you will have your score when you go to recruiting events, and if you don’t score as high as you would have liked, might even be able to re-take the test before it is time to apply.

After the GMAT is done, come all the other important things, like recruiting events, campus visits, and interviews, all of which you want to get done before application deadlines, so that you can make the best informed decision possible.   Sometimes there are also scholarships and fellowships that are available only to those who apply to the earlier deadlines a school may have.

And, if you are eligible to use the GI Bill, I assume you have dealt with the VA before, so start the process of verifying your eligibility early, because that process can involve a whole lot of hurry up and wait as well.   Time management and task prioritization will be of the utmost importance when pursuing an MBA, so it is best to build those skills early, if you don’t already possess them.

Finally, here is a more current picture of Ohio Stadium, taken last Saturday vs.  Buffalo.

I think my seats are not too shabby.

 


A student once again

Saying that I am a student once again may not be completely accurate, because really, we are all constantly students in life, expanding our horizons and our knowledge.  Perhaps “back to being a professional student” is a more accurate description.  It has been a little over six years since I received my Bachelor’s degree in Ohio Stadium (a.k.a. the Horseshoe), and in those six years I learned a lot about myself and the world.  I am sure I will talk more about the journey in future posts, but here is a picture to serve as a primer.

Seeing the world, one muddy field at a time. Yes, all that stuff was quite heavy.

But coming back to Ohio State, and going to the Fisher College of Business for my MBA was the kind of offer that I just could not turn down in good conscience.  The reasons to come here at this point in my life are varied, but things like Fisher being a top rated MBA program (including in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management), a world class faculty, beautiful campus in a vibrant city, and small class size for more exposure to faulty and staff certainly didn’t hurt.  But, I also get to go to one of the happiest places in the world, on a regular basis for the happiest time of year:  Ohio Stadium for Football Season.

A slightly dated, but beautiful, Horseshoe picture, I will need to take some new ones this Saturday.


Neil Building Graduate Housing at Ohio State

One of the things that I worried about the most when coming to Columbus was where I was going to live. Upon submitting my intent to enroll in the SMF program, I was given a comprehensive list of nearby apartments with monthly rental rates and reviews from past student residents, which I found extremely helpful. Knowing that I was not making the drive to Columbus from San Francisco, I focused on a place within walking distance to the Fisher College of Business. I initially considered Fisher Commons, which is a relatively new complex with well appointed kitchen amenities that is a short fifteen minute walk to campus. The only drawback for me was that the apartments were not furnished. The last thing I wanted to worry about at the end of the program was how to get rid of my old mattress.

Neil Graduate Housing

Since I probably cannot bum rides from friends all the time, I had to make sure restaurants and grocery stores were also within walking distance. After looking over the various locations, I decided on the Neil Building Graduate housing. Located at the corner of Neil Avenue and West 10th Avenue, the graduate housing is a twenty minute casual stroll to Fisher College of Business. CVS pharmacy is half a block away for the occasional allergy relief or late night munchies. A Kroger grocery store is also close by on East 7th Avenue and High Street (about a ten minute walk).

However, to add icing on the cake, the best part of the Neil Building by far is the Marketplace located on the street level. The Marketplace is an OSU dining food court that serves pizza, salad, pasta, sushi, Asian stir-fry, and my favorite, the Memphis BBQ beef brisket grilled panini. In addition, there is a VIP access door that connects the rest of the building to the Marketplace. I love how I can go downstairs to grab a quick bite without dealing with the outside elements, especially on a rainy or snowy winter day! How’s that for awesomeness?

BBQ brisket panini hot off the grill!


Brucetta Williams (VP Consumer Marketing from @BET) Visits Fisher

Last week students here at Fisher had a great opportunity to gather together and learn from Brucetta Williams, VP Consumer Marketing at BET.  She was nice enough to fly in to Columbus and visit the Fisher community to discuss her career path and share advice for future business leaders.

Brucetta shared a few points of career advice that she swears by. Some of the advice she shared that jumped out at me are as follows:

Continued Learning – Being a student doesn’t end with receiving a degree. It is a life-long process. Brucetta remarked that she stays current on issues by being active in her trade associations. She participates in local meetings and networks with others in her industry to continue growing her knowledge of marketing and media.

Know Yourself - Regarding career progression, Brucetta made it clear that one of the reasons she has had success in her professional career is that she is self-aware and knows what she wants out of her career. She suggested that MBA students discover where they want to be in the future and work hard towards it.

Set Goals – Even if you may not achieve all of them, set them. Brucetta sets goals every year and makes her best effort to achieve them. If she doesn’t achieve them, she rolls them over to the next year if applicable. Continued growth and progression are the results she sees from setting goals.

Life Balance – This area of the discussion with Brucetta really jumped out at me. She emphasized to all of us that when you die, your obituary may have one line regarding a career or professional achievement. Maybe. To this point Brucetta spoke towards leading a balanced life, at work, home, and play. Have fun. Have hobbies. Life life. Great advice that resonated with me stronger than the others she shared.


Volunteering at the 2011 Fisher 5k

On Sunday, May 1, 2011, I volunteered at the 2011 Fisher 5K.  For those of you who don’t know, The Fisher 5K is a charity race organized by the Fisher 5K Association at The Fisher College of Business.  It is an annual run/walk race (3.1 miles) which began in 2004 and is the largest service event hosted by the Fisher graduate programs and the largest 5K race on campus.  The proceeds of the race go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.

When attending the FCOB, you will have plenty of opportunities to volunteer for worthwhile causes.  Even if you decided (like me) that 3.1 miles was a little too long to run, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do something to help out.  I signed up to work at the registration booth and had a great time.  I even got to hang out with Brutus the Buckeye!

If you missed out on the Fisher 5K, below are some pictures to take a look at!

Enjoy!


Legacies Left Must Be Alright

Ever notice yourself having a train of thought due to a recurring theme manifesting itself in your life events?  No?  Well then maybe you should pay closer attention.

Last we spoke, I just arrived in Peru and promised to provide you an update with pictures.  I’m not one to disappoint . . . I just didn’t realize there would be such an enormous lapse between posts.  Well, as they say: “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  Personally, I prefer: “Life happens when you’re making other plans.”

Here’s what’s new with me:  My aunt died.  I visited Peru.  Spring sprung.  Spring quarter started.  Peruvian bacteria accompanied me home.  My internship search continues.  New officers are being elected in student organizations.  Red Carpet weekend just ended.

My array of feelings (in no accompanying order to the prior list): sick, tired, sick and tired, over-committed, under-utilized, over-whelmed, under-appreciated, appreciative, apprehensive, excited, hopeful, ambitious, grateful, irritated, exhausted, elated, deflated, determined, distracted, supportive, suspicious, apathetic, empathetic, blessed, lucky, and loved.

Bi-polar?  Nah, it’s just my Fisher Grad life.  Ups and downs are normal and they come quickly and sometimes unexpectedly.  There’s a lot going on and it is really important to navigate through everything without failing to make time for the people and things that *really* matter.  Which brings me back to contemplating “legacy”.

Just as a snail leaves a trail, we are each bound to leave a legacy.  I’m amazed at the legacies left by people and by institutions.  The Ohio State University has a lot of alumni.  I was told this during my Red Carpet weekend event last year.  David Smith of our Admissions Office travels throughout the world recruiting MBA students and he told us that no matter where we were, we could let out a cry of “O-H!” and undoubtedly it would be met with an response of “I-O!”  These are the stories of legend.  Stories of legend are worth testing when possible so while hiking around Machu Picchu, our group opted to conduct a test.  Standing at the Intiwatana overlooking the Central Plaza, we let out a loud cry of “O-H!” and to our great amusement we were promptly answered by “I-O!”  Yes, seriously.  We were so amused we continued our cry time and again until we were shushed by some nearby Peruvian park attendants.  In our exuberance, we forgot about the fact that we were at one of the modern wonders of the world and not all guests would enjoy listening to us yell while they navigated this sacred space.

Fact is: I’m proud to be a Buckeye.  Over the past couple of days I’ve met many potential members of the Ohio State MBA Class of 2013.  Some of them have accepted their admission letter and will be joining me this fall.  Others sit the fence and are still considering their options.  My advice to them is the same I’d give to any of you reading this that are unsure of your MBA future: Choose the program that your heart tells you to attend.  Each program has its merit and will provide great opportunities for your future.  You’ll do fine wherever you choose to go.  That said, make sure you’re following your own inner voice and not that of your parents, fiance(e), boyfriend/girlfriend, boss, co-workers, or friends.  You spend a *HUGE* amount of time on campus and with your classmates.  Be sure you’re spending that precious time at the place that suits you best.  Life is short and the days/weeks fly by quickly.  I can hardly believe I’m seven weeks away from the end of my first year.  Leave your own legacy… not one that someone else dreamt up for you.

Fisher has a very intimate and collaborative program but – believe you me – B-school pushes you to compete against each other.  Frankly, I’m getting really tired of competing.  As long as I’m doing the best I can do, I’m fine.  In the end, what matters is not the things that we accomplish or leave undone.  It is not the offices held or the grades, salaries, or frequent flier miles earned but the people we love and whose lives we touch that matter.

I’m trying to tell you something about my life
Maybe give me insight between black and white
The best thing you’ve ever done for me
Is to help me take my life less seriously, it’s only life after all”  – The Indigo Girls

This is what giddy looks like.

Found him!

Downtown Lima at dusk

O-H-I-O (photo courtesy of Jeff Sleasman, taken by Leanne Gluck)


Cardinal Health

I have good news to report tonight…

A few weeks ago, Cardinal Health offered me a full-time position as a finance manager.   After speaking with my family, friends, and former colleagues, I decided to accept the offer.  I’m happy to have my job search complete and I’m even happier to be returning to a company I know and like.  This past summer, I interned in Cardinal’s Nuclear Pharmacy division and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.  Over the next few months, I will work to improve my financial skill set and prepare myself for a successful start to my new career.


New year, same old stuff

After a busy start to the quarter, things are finally slowing down.  Part of the reason I have been so busy is because I have over-committed myself for the first quarter (taking 4 classes, teaching 2 classes, and leading the Fisher Graduate Student Association).  It also doesn’t help that my Cincinnati Reds made it to the playoffs  (I needed to go home last Sunday to attend the game… I really didn’t have an option since the Reds haven’t been to the playoffs in fifteen years.)  This past weekend I attend a friend’s wedding in Philadelphia.  If the wedding was a year earlier, I don’t think I would have attended since I was worried about the classes during my first year.  As a second year student, I know what is expected of me and I know how to better manage my time so that weekend excursions are possible.

Tonight’s blog entry needs to be short because I am still slightly behind on my finance and strategy homework, but stay tuned since I’ll be posting some big news in my next blog entry.


“CLEVELAND ROCKS!”

“The Drew Carey Show” was an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 -2004.   The show was set in Cleveland, Ohio, and revolved around the retail office and home life of “everyman” Drew Carey, a fictionalized version of the actor.  Now, the theme song for “The Drew Carey Show” was particularly funny to watch, especially with Drew Carey going “b-a-n-a-n-a-s”  in downtown Cleveland (watch on youtube).  The lyrics were garbage, but I did like the cultish chant “Cleveland Rocks!” accompanied by erratic fist pumps in the air.

On Thursday, October 7, 2010, I received somewhat of an expected surprise!  My twin brother, Adam, called me and said he was flying into Columbus so we could attend the Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons NFL Football game.  Needless to say, I was VERY EXCITED!  Since I moved to Columbus to attend Ohio State University, this is my very first “visit” from my family!

My twin brother and I have a very close relationship.  We are identical twins.  He happens to be one-minute older than me…so I don’t mind being considered the “baby” in the family.  Throughout our whole lives, we have done everything together.  We attended the same school, played the same sports, had the same friends, listened to the same music, went to war in Iraq together, shared the same car for 4 years, got in the same amount of trouble together, etc.  I can honestly say it was fun having my twin brother growing up…and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything else in the world.  I believe there is a special bond between twins…it’s something I can’t explain, but it does exist.  He is my best friend and I am honored to consider him as my brother.

During my life, I have learned not to take the occasional visits/drop-ins from my family for granted.  I remember  my “rebellious…I got it all figured out and don’t tell me what to do” years very well.  All the times I would be embarrassed or “inconvenienced” by my parents dropping in to my dorm room to say, “Hi”.  I am sure at the time I was worried about them “cramping my style” or something ridiculous like that…oh, how shallow I use to be.

I am glad my twin brother got to see “my life” in Columbus, Ohio.  I had a great time showing him around campus, taking him to the Buckeye Corner and loading him up with OSU gear for him and his family and even sampling some of the world-famous burgers at Thurman’s.  Even though the weekend went by fast, I was enjoyed every minute he was here.  It was fun road tripping and getting out and about Ohio.  My brother had never been to Cleveland before so it was a great opportunity to explore a different area besides Columbus.

All in all, I am thankful for my family visit.  Even though I am in graduate school, there is nothing like having a little piece of home visit you every once in a while.  As “The Drew Carey Show” put it, “Cleveland Rocks!”.

For me, I think Cleveland rocks when you get to spend it with your family.


Free Events: From Mingling to Rocking Out, Geek Style

Returning to Ohio State after a long summer back home in Cincinnati was like a breath of fresh air. Yeah, it was tough to be away from my favorite (albeit only) university for even that long! And in just the first week of school, I was reminded of the opportunities for fun that I had long missed, especially OUAB sponsored events. If you haven’t heard of OUAB, you’re seriously missing out. Their calendar’s full of cool, mostly free, events for OSU students. Why are OUAB events so awesome, you may ask? Well, it’s organized and run by your fellow students, of course! Plus they even have opportunities exclusively for graduate and professional students.

On Friday evening, there were two events by OUAB: a grad/prof cookout and a Weezer concert, both free to students. At the Faculty Club, many graduate students came to relax and mingle and win raffle prizes. Unfortunately I arrived a little late for the food, but The Council of Graduate Students was on hand with free water bottles and information about how to become involved in the branch of student government representing graduate students.

Shortly thereafter, my friend and I made our way over to the stage set up on South Oval for the Weezer concert. Hundreds of others were already waiting early for the event. In spite of the somewhat erratic rain, a throng of fans stood umbrella-less for over two hours before the headliner began. Some people entertained themselves by dancing to the openers or simply dancing to the music that burst from the speakers in between bands. In fact, the highlight of the preconcert experience was absorbing the sight of a student climbing the lone light pole near the stage while his fellow students yelled with encouragement. Though paramedics were on hand, he fortunately was not injured.

Before long the band was on stage. They of course played their popular songs, but also included some new songs I had not yet heard off their new album, Hurley (you read that correctly Lost fans, that Hurley). The band has taken an interesting, nontraditional promotional method for their new album (if you don’t believe me, just Google Weezer Youtube Invasion). As much as I enjoyed the music, it was the people watching that I enjoyed most about the experience. Weezer fans dance in all different ways, from the traditional two step, head bob to a more eclectic, act like no one can is watching style. The concert was certainly a welcoming environment to embrace your geek side. And after all, who besides Weezer makes being a self-declared geek seem so appealing?


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