Bid Often & Bid High

Back in November, Fisher Follies held their yearly auction – and it was an INCREDIBLE NIGHT. Now, I am on the Follies Steering Committee, so I might be a little biased 🙂

For those who don’t know, Fisher Follies is a student organization with a lot heart and even more personality. Follies strives to celebrate and leverage the camaraderie of all Fisher students, faculty and staff in order to raise money for the “Fisher Community Fund”. This is a special fund that assist Fisher students who find themselves facing unexpected hardships. Bottom line, it strengthens the Fisher family and allows us to help another. Which in one of my favorite things about this school.

Auction items are donated by faculty, staff and students and range in all sizes and prices. There is a Silent and Live Auction, so the event is great for everyone.

For the Silent Auction, I donated coffee for a week – you text me, I bring you coffee! Other examples of donations include beautifully decorated cookies, dinner for two at Hyde Park, rounds of golf, even manual labor!

The Live Auction is where the big items come to the spotlight. These include tickets for the OSU/Michigan game, a private tour of the Watershed Distillery, brewing beers with Professor Campbell and rides in one of Professor Rucci’s classic cars. The list goes on and on — I had to keep a tight grip on my purse, I wanted to bid on everything!!

The prizes are fantastic, and the entire evening is full of laughs…and quite a bit of competitive bidding. Students dress up in cocktail attire (hey, it beats business professional) and make it a night to remember.

The next Follies event is the Variety Show in February – see you there!

Lindsey and I ready for the night!


Auctioneers bidding off “Pie a Michigan Fan!”


Good lookin’ group of 1st Year MBAs


This little princess came to the auction as well!


Todd (1sr yr MBA) and Jenn (Fisher Advisor) having a blast at the Follies Auction


How to Buy Textbooks Like a Graduate Student

Every quarter as an undergrad, I went to the bookstores and paid for either a used copy or, for the most part, a new copy. I started to see the light when it came to buying textbooks last year. Winter Quarter 2011 was when I found I was tired of paying between $200-$400 for textbooks every quarter, so I started checking out other options.

Here are a few ways I’ve learned to keep textbook costs down:

1. – This is where it’s at. You can buy from Amazon directly or you can buy from an individual seller. Each seller has a rating. (Hint: look for sellers that would be shipping from somewhere near Ohio. I didn’t pay attention to this before and some of my books would take awhile to get to my apartment).

2. – part of e-bay, but it is where individual sellers put their books online. They usually have prices that are about the same as Amazon. This is all sellers though, so there isn’t an option to buy straight from them instead of going through a seller. The good thing is, they have some of the best prices.

3. Other students – For our program, a lot of us first year students have become friends with second year students. One of my friends saved some of her textbooks for this quarter, so she is letting me borrow her book. I’ve been told this program has really taken off in the School of Engineering, where textbook prices are even more outrageous.

4. Buying other editions – you can usually find older editions (if they are available) on or For MLHR, most professors are understanding that students have to watch their money with textbooks, so they don’t mind if you get a different edition.

5. Renting textbooks – I’ve never tried this option, but I’ve heard for some people it works out great. I think you have to do the math with this one, since some are cheaper to rent (like math textbooks or anything else that is really technical). Sometimes, however it is cheaper to just go ahead and buy the textbooks.

6. Sell your textbooks at the end of the quarter. This nice thing about this is when you buy your textbooks at a cheaper price from Amazon or, you can sell the books back to the bookstores and break-even. Again, this varies from textbook to textbook, but I’ve had some success in terms of getting most of my money back after buying online.

Plus, a bonus of buying online, is that you don’t have to deal with the long lines.

Happy Textbook Hunting!

Making Friends Across the Globe: Part 2

I wanted to follow up to my post from two weeks ago entitled “Making Friends Across the Globe” this week because I actually got to practice what I preached.

This past Friday I was invited to dinner at one of the international student’s home. Of course, I was so excited to try real, traditional Chinese food, so I accepted the invitation without question. Of course, as is American custom I had to offer to bring something to add to the meal, but my host said no, that I only needed to bring myself.

When I got there, I was greeted by my friend’s roommate, his friend from the MBLE program, and three more international students from our MLHR program. Dinner was already on the table when I arrived and the guys all announced that they were starving, so it was time to eat. I sat down, then chopsticks were passed around the table, when they got to me, my host said, “Oh, here, this is for you” (handing me a spoon). It was probably best I didn’t try to make a fool of myself using chopsticks (that will be a challenge I’ll have to tackle next time).

The food itself was so good. There was rice, a chicken leg, carrots, potatoes, all covered in a thick sauce (that I cannot pronounce) all served hot in a large bowl. Everything that was “extra” or anything that wasn’t supposed to be in our bowls at first was placed on the table and served “family-style.” The atmosphere truly felt like a family dinner away from home.

The best part about the meal was getting to talk to another international student from the MBLE program, so we were all able to learn more about the kind of work he does in his program. Also, it was fun talking to everyone about China as well as what things were similar in both Chinese and American culture. One of the most interesting things was the fact that Facebook is banned in China, so it was interesting to hear the international students talk about being able to use it in the United States. One of my favorite moments of the dinner was trading relationship stories and at one point one of the women from MLHR said “I think that is an issue that is something that all girls know” after we had been talking about guys and relationships. We all started to realize that, yes we were born and raised in different countries, but the four of us are still women, which means there are so many things we have in common.

Overall, dinner was such a great experience and a nice way to learn a little bit more about Chinese culture, and more importantly the interests and feelings we all share, no matter what our nationality. These friendships with international students are so amazing because not only do you get to experience another culture, but you also get to make new friends in the process. So, while you are at OSU, take the time to get to know the international students, because they bring so much invaluable knowledge and friendship to our program.