Things to do in Columbus (plus, a little buckeye)

This past weekend, I was able to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets game with my younger sister. While my wonderful Jackets lost 2-3, Erin and I had a blast AND we received free hats!

My younger sister is a freshman at Ohio State and currently applying to the nursing program. I am so happy that she chose to attend OSU – so I can see her a little more frequently AND keep an eye on her. Because truly, what are big sisters for?

My sister & I cheering on the Blue Jackets!

I’ve mentioned it in a few previous posts, but I love Columbus, Ohio. I moved here in 2007 when I started at OSU as an undergrad, and I now consider the 614 my home. I moved back to Cincinnati for a summer or two, and then Orlando, Florida when I was working at Walt Disney World. Still, from Southern  Ohio to Florida – there is something special about Columbus.

When entering the MBA program, you are surrounding yourself with resources, both inside and outside school. We have top companies in the Columbus Area (check out this article that appeared in Inc. in 2011), cool neighborhoods when you are ready for some fun and great sports teams (what can I say – I’m a sports girl).

Cool places to around school:

  • Arena District – see a show and have a drink – I’m in heaven!
  • Short North – edgy and express (see my post about Betty’s!)
  • German Village – shopping, bakeries, coffee and beautiful architecture
  • Grandview – Close to campus and great for place for graduate students to go when wanting to relax and enjoy a happy hour
Sports around Columbus:
Other cool things in my favorite city:
So, why are you still reading? go explore this fabulous city – see you around 🙂


Class, History, Leadership, and fun in Ohio!

During our Organizational Turnarounds class this week, we were very fortunate to have Burt Logan, the CEO and Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society speak to our class about his leadership experiences.  A graduate of West Point, he left the military to pursue his passion of leadership, American history, and museums.  He has since worked as Director of the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society in Wilkes-Barre, PA; Director of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI; and President of the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, MA.  It was very interesting to hear about his leadership challenges in a non-profit environment, and to witness how similar those challenges are to the for profit environment.  It speaks to the fact that Fisher will provide you with a wide variety of experiences and information to prepare you for whatever role you choose to take after the program.

And do now I’m going to make a pitch about the Ohio Historical Society!  If you want something new and different to do on your weekends (assuming you have finished all of your homework, of course!), the Ohio Historical Society provides incredible opportunities for fun learning that is easy on your wallet.

1. Passport Program – Visit all 58 historical sites in Ohio, get your passport stamped at each one, and be inducted into the “Passport to Your Ohio History Hall of Fame!”  (I happen to think this is very cool.)

2. Archaeology Blog – Need a quick study break, but no time to go anywhere?  Jump online and check out the updates on the Ohio Archaeology Blog.  You’ll find updates about Ohio Archaeology as well as information as to what’s going on with archaeology exhibits.

3. Ohio History Center – Visit the museum right here in Columbus!  Just off I-71, it’s a quick trip from campus and admission is only $10. You can see the museum, archives, exhibits, and special events and programs.

4. Stop by the recently re-opened Ohio Village!  Admission $10 – who doesn’t love an “immersion” experience where everyone is in character??

This is a mere sampling of all the things the Ohio Historical Society has to offer.  Check out their newly designed website and “Explore Ohio!” for yourself!

Beautiful Ohio

I’m reading my compensation book outside on a Thursday evening, mower buzzing away in the background while my dog pants at my feet. A hummingbird, attracted by my pink shirt, thought she’d come in for a quick drink, shot back, and decided to feast on the blooming columbines instead. Ah, spring in Ohio.

Central Ohio’s had a bad rap this spring. Too much rain. Too much wind. Too much rain. Repeat. The area is also known to be a bit temperamental in her climactic preferences. One day flirting with summer, the next day snuggled down with winter. She’s a bit flighty that way.

As a lifelong central Ohio resident, I think I’ve just become immune to most of it. I can only imagine what a sunny transplant from San Diego must have felt this past spring wondering if the sun would ever shine or the gray skies would ever clear. But that’s just life here. And if you are considering Ohio State, it’s something to keep in mind. Yes, we do have shorts weather and long-coat weather. But there are some days when the sky is a perfect blue, the wind doesn’t purr and the humidity keeps itself in check that are just as beautiful as anything you’d feel anywhere in the world. That’s the Ohio I love.

So what should a student do when faced with a few fleeting days of gorgeous Ohio weather? Go take a hike! The Hocking Hills in southeast Ohio are post-card scenic. About an hour’s drive southeast of Columbus, the state park is a wonderland of hiking trails, rivers, and the famous Old Man’s Cave. There are places to zip line, canoe, picnic, camp or just lounge under a hemlock canopy.

Closer to home, Franklin County Metro Parks are well-maintained, free natural wonderlands in the center of urban sprawl. One of my favorite parks, Slate Run, features a 19th century farm with cattle, chickens, lambs, hogs and various other creatures. I have a particular affection for this park because part of my father’s family once lived in that very farmhouse. As a child, my father grew up in a different house, which has since been demolished, that was near the present-day park entrance. The rented home, featuring modern amenities, such as an out house, offered cold comfort in the winter time. As my dad likes to say, it was so cold in the house that the medicine he kept in his bedroom for his rabbits froze one night. How could I ever whine about central heating?

Campus itself is an oasis of natural beauty. Anyone who has ever studied by Mirror Lake on a clear morning with few students around could understand why this natural spring attracted university founders to this very site. And, of course, there is the Oval. This is Columbus’ Central Park. I’m not sure if the main attraction from my undergrad days–Jed the preacher–still makes the rounds, but the Frisbee players, sunbathers, book readers and dog lovers still chillax on sunny afternoons.

There are only a few weeks left of spring quarter, but there’s still time to get out and enjoy the weather while it lasts. Soon enough tropical humidity and Midwest heat will drive us back into indoor comfort.