Feeling Like A Second Year MBA

Classes start this week – so I checked Carmen to review classes, downloaded syllabi, figured out readings and books and made sure I am ready to go for Wednesday.

Just a typical week in the life of a soon-to-be second year MBA student.

The best part of completing the first year of my program and wrapping up my summer internship is the feeling of KNOWING. I know where to go for class, I know what’s expected of me, I know my classmates, I know it’s going to be a little stressful, I know it’s going to be a lot crazy –and I know it’s going to be a fantastic adventure.

Second year is all electives, so students pick their own schedule. Here is what I have in store for the first seven weeks:

  • Services Marketing
  • Org. Turnaround
  • Negotiations
  • Corp. Finance 1
  • Intopia

I know Corporate Finance and Services Marketing will strengthen what I learned during my internship. I can’t wait to see what Negotiations is all about and I’ve heard amazing things about Org. Turnaround. Intopia? Stay tuned! I know that class is going to be challenging and really strengthen my skills – but it is going to be quite a bit of work.

Can’t wait to share my journey with everyone – thanks for reading!

What is the Correct Shortcut to Prepare for a Job Fair – Part One

As an international student who’s been to the United States before, I attended my very first job fair last week. I might not gain an expected intern position for the coming up summer immediately, but I got asked for my resume 8 times. Not bad for the first job fair, right?

DO NOT consider the amount of resumes that you have handed out as the final accomplishment.

Then what can be counted as the real gains? Many students, especially international students, have complained that we’ve gained not much from all these job fairs. Normally, we would just swing by for an hour, give our resumes to a couple of companies, and then leave.

Well, I would say different people have various evaluations on these events. But for those who find my title interesting and still want to gain something from similar events, let’s get rid of some of the following misconceptions of job fairs first before we move on to the shortcuts.

  1. DO NOT take finding a job or internship as a day to day event. You don not want to attend just because your other classmates go there and you do not want to fall behind. Once again, it is the quality that matters, not the numbers. You could have participated in 5 job fairs and get interview chances with a couple of companies, or you could attend 20 and achieve nothing. So the number of job fairs you attend is not really important – it’s what you do at each one that’s most important.
  2. Being turned down by a company does not mean that you should give up communicating or connecting with their recruiters in subsequent job fairs. This case is commonly found among international students. The visa policies limit students to work under sponsorship; as such, lots of companies are not willing to provide sponsorships to international students, who want to work for a company for the long-term, due to the costs. Therefore, many local companies would bring up these conditions at the beginning to screen international students.

These are the two misconceptions that you might probably hear about when you first enrolled in school. To me, though I am an international student who might not have a perfect local (or “native”) accent, I’ve never thought of myself inferior to the other students. I’ve learned and gained through the process of communicating with the companies’ recruiters. The job fair is never a day to day event. It is a way of getting important information in addition to anything you may learn via  research about a company online. It is also a way for you to network to people who can be influential in your career development, regardless of how it all unfolds.


You might be complaining about not having enough time to prepare for a job fair beforehand with so much homework and school activities before and after classes. After we resolve some of the misconceptions of job fairs in this blog, I am going to share with you  some  shortcuts to prepare for a job fair.

If you have any other different ideas about job fairs or anything related to the info I’ve written about above, feel free to comment or send me an email: wang_4506@fisher.osu.edu. I am more than willing to have further discussions with you. This is Missy. And see you next time!

Tips for Surviving Midterm Exam Week

If you are like most graduate students, you dread midterm exam week.  Personally, I cannot think of one person I know who actually likes taking exams or gets really excited about studying for long periods of time.  I can usually handle the “spaced” out exams where I have one exam per week.  The real challenge comes when you are forced to have to study for 2-3 exams in the same week and it almost turns into a game of Russian Roulette deciding which exam you are going to study for.

However, despite all the horror stories that are in circulation, it is possible to survive midterm exam week and move on with your life. Here is a list of things to consider as your exam week approaches as well as things to do during your exam week:

1.  PREPARATION.  What is that, you ask?  Simple.  Start sooner rather than later, my fellow graduate students.  Trust me, I am the KING of procrastination.  But when it comes to exams, I don’t mess around.

2.  Find some study buddies.  This is always helpful especially when the material is hard to comprehend or difficult to understand.  People like helping other people.  You would be amazed what can be accomplished when you stick 3-4 heads together.

3.  TAKE BREAKS.  Get out from underneath your study rock and get some fresh air.  Hit the gym for an hour…go for a walk…watch an episode of House Hunters International (or three).  The point here is to just go do something “other” than studying.  Trust me, your brain needs a break.  My break during midterm exam week:  writing my blog.

4.  SLEEP.  I’ve made this mistake before.  And so have you.  Everyone has done it at least once.  It’s called the “all-nighter”.  This can be completely counterproductive to your study efforts.  Try as much as possible to keep your normal sleep routine.  Sacrificing 4 more hours of study time just isn’t worth it in the long run.


5.  REWARD YOURSELF.  You earned it.  Go treat yourself to some ice cream.  Maybe you’ll finally take a trip to your favorite restaurant with some friends.  It doesn’t matter “what” you do.  What matters is that your DO SOMETHING.  Get in the habit of rewarding yourself for a job well done.

Good luck!