I have realized two most important things in my first month at Fisher SMF program. One, the breadth of resources and two, to succeed here you need to prioritize!
Once you are admitted to Fisher SMF, even before the program begins, the Fisher Career Management Office (CMO) starts communicating with you to offer you personalized career search services. From how to network in US (especially for international students) to how to dress formally (important for all the female students) and how it is different from business casual to how to brand yourself, everything is personalized. In my previous academic life (trust me, it’s a long one) I have never come across such a depth and breadth of services/ resources offered.
And CMO is just one office there are many such offices and organizations here which offer ample professional and social development opportunities. When there are so many opportunities around its very important for us, as students as to how to allocate our time. For example as an international student I had to take English as a Second Language (ESL) test and it had some conflicts with my finance classes. After discussing this issue with SMF program director Professor Pinteris and advisor Jennifer Bennett, they helped me reschedule it for the next semester, which was such a relief for me. I would have missed a very interesting class. So in a nutshell, if you know what you want, Fisher SMF gives you ample opportunities to explore your path!
I have the great opportunity to serve as the proctor of the Bloomberg lab for the Fisher College of Business. This however is not job a task of simply browsing the web or working on homework. I have to learn the ins and outs of Bloomberg, while trying to remember the a few of the hundreds of prompts and other various commands. The interesting part of this job is that I have access to the most powerful business analytic tool in the world.
Fisher is fortunate enough to have a dozen or so terminals in the lab, making research for various finance projects exciting and comprehensive. Also, the tools within Bloomberg make report and template building a cinch. Bloomberg however is not just for searching company information and obtaining financials. You have access to worldwide business news, market trading floor updates and even sports and entertainment information.
In all, Bloomberg is a powerful tool, available to all Fisher students, but the best ability to learn is through exploration. Students have access to take Bloomberg exams to become Bloomberg certified; meaning you understand the basic prompts, keyboard and functionality of being able to “get around” Bloomberg. Definitely worth a visit on a trip down to Fisher!
As I packed my truck prior to leaving for Columbus, I faced the harsh reality that I would not be able to bring everything. After fitting in a bed, dresser, furniture, and clothes, I had to decide which items would get to spend the year in Ohio and which items would stay in Kansas.
Included in the junk that did not make the cut was my road bike. Over the past few years, I have developed a very amateur passion for cycling. One day, while watching the Tour de France on TV, I decided to order a road bike online. It opened up a whole new world, where I could ride far enough to explore new places but slow enough to take in all of the scenery. As an added bonus, cycling offers a great endurance workout.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Columbus cycling community. There are a series of paved bike paths that wind through nearly every part of town. The streets are also very bike friendly, and drivers seem to be cautious around cyclists. Even at football games, there is a free bicycle valet called Pedal Instead that allows Buckeye fans to bike to the stadium. Three weeks into the quarter, I realized that I needed to invest in a new bike.
From a buyer’s perspective, the great thing about a bike-friendly town is that there are numerous new and used bicycle shops. There are at least seven stores on High Street alone. I spent one Saturday morning visiting many of these stores, and I found almost every store to have great service and a high level of expertise. I ended up returning to a store called Handy Bikes, where I found a hybrid bike for $160 (I later discovered the same model used bike was selling online for around $300). The advantage of the hybrid is that it offers the strong frame needed to bike on city streets, but it is light enough to take for a long road ride.
Although Columbus has one of the best systems of bike paths in the region, it is only going to get better. There is a project right now, called the Ohio to Erie Trail, that aims allow cyclists to ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland (through Columbus). When this project is complete, we will have a “Tour” of our own right here in Ohio.