Posts Tagged 'travel'

Making Friends Across the Globe

Last week in MHR 851, we had a guest speaker come in to talk about her job in Human Resources and to give us some advice when it comes to job searching. She gave a lot of great advice (I recommend really paying attention to speakers your professor brings in to class because they usually have a LOT of wisdom to share, especially when it comes to jobs). Anyway, one of the main take-aways from her presentation was travel. She talked about how most companies nowadays are going global. When hiring, companies like to see that job candidates have traveled outside of the United States. As someone who LOVES to travel, this was music to my ears. But, I also started to think about how great it is that I’ve been able to keep in touch with a few of the people I’ve met/become friends with while abroad. My international friends, as I like to call them, have taught me so much, not just about their culture, but also how to communicate with those who aren’t from the United States.

For example, my friend from Guatemala tries (bless his heart) to teach me Spanish by throwing different Spanish words into our conversations from time to time. He also tells me about what it’s like to live in Guatemala, how medical school is a little different there than in the U.S., and current issues going on in the country.

My friend from France keeps me up-to-date on all things European, like who the best DJs are and some good French movies I might like. He also tells me things about doing business in France, such as how his internships work, how his university classes are set-up, etc.

These are two great examples of all the things you can learn from having been abroad and knowing people in different countries. There is so much to learn about so many different countries, so who better to learn from than people who actually live in these places.

My advice to you: Travel as much as possible and make as many friends abroad as you can. Even if you just exchange information based on business, it will make you so much more marketable in job interviews if you can show you are knowledgeable about things happening outside the U.S.

Below are some pictures from Brazil:

Brazilian Children in Class

Ariel, Rebecca

2010 International Graduate Logistics Case Competition

Yes folks, that IS a mouthful, I will admit!

Five second year MBA’s traveled to beautiful northwest Arkansas to participate in this competition, which was sponsored by Sam’s Club (which is headquartered in Bentonville, AR). The team consisted of Xia (Andrea) Huang, Mittal Haria, Raj Jaasthi, Parminder (Parry) Gandhi and myself.

There were 12 teams in attendance, and two were from out of the country – Sweden and Germany, to be precise. Each team was given the same case, and 24 hours to prepare a 25 minute presentation and be ready for 10 minutes of Q&A from a panel of judges.

For those of you who aren’t as familiar with case competitions… I’m including some pictures! It’s a hard task for five people to stay focused and continuously engaged for that long (especially when they’re all working on the same problem)! Our strategy was to use large sheets of paper to break down the specific types of analysis we wanted to do, the cost structure of the firm, the product offerings, as well as the exact goals and constraints that were presented. Each of us is skilled in different areas, so it was fun bouncing ideas off each other. Several of the team members have participated in several case competitions – so they brought some great ideas! My favorite was to align our recommendations to a slogan – we picked “CORE”. It’s amazing how easy it was for the judges to remember our slogan – in the feedback session, they specifically mentioned that they appreciated that.

Although our team did not make it into the final  three, I know that I personally found the experience very rewarding – it was a great group of students from around the world, and the folks from Sam’s Club and local businesses were very accommodating.

For those of you that may be questioning what there is to do in northwest Arkansas… I was pleasantly surprised by how vibrant downtown Fayetteville is. This is likely because of the diverse student body at the University of Arkansas in that town. There was a dueling piano bar, many excellent and exotic restaurants, night clubs, pubs with vast draft beer selections, and a slew of friendly people that were willing to suggest places for us newcomers to check out. In particular, I recommend Willy D’s Piano Bar and “The Fix”, which is a jazz/hip hop nightclub attached to Willy D’s. It was a great several days, but now it’s time to catch up on schoolwork!


The team showing Buckeye pride!

Hard at work in the "war room."

Feeding the brain!

Taking a much-needed mini-break!

The "war room"

Buckeye Nation

Usually whenever people hear I go to OSU, the first response is something to the effect of, “Wow, that’s a big school, I’m not sure I could handle that.” I understand it isn’t for some people, but I would say to those who are on the fence that there are some great benefits of going to a big school.

Over the weekend I visited my boyfriend in Atlanta (he’s an OSU student completing a Co-Op) and like all loyal OSU fans, one of the first plans we had to make was where we were going to watch the football game. For a few months, my boyfriend had been telling me about this awesome bar that shows all OSU games. So, off we went to try this place. I wasn’t sure how many OSU fans would be in Atlanta, Georgia, considering it is SEC territory, but boy was I wrong…..

The bar is called Cocktail Cove. It’s decorated with the beach in mind. It has a wooden deck that wraps around the entire building with fake palm trees outside (not exactly what you would think of when you think OSU bar); however, on OSU game days it is decked out. There are OSU jerseys hanging around the bar, signs that read “Buckeye Parking Only” and one of my favorites was something I dubbed the “Buckeye Porsche” (grey paint job, red leather seats, and buckeye leaf decals all over the back of the car) parked right in front of the entrance. Once we got seated and I was able to look around for a few minutes I realized I was practically home. Everyone in the bar either had an OSU jersey or an OSU t-shirt. There were easily 150-200+ people there all in their red, OSU apparel, ready to cheer on the Bucks.

Before every kickoff they play the national anthem, followed by Carmen Ohio. During halftime, there is an Alumni Association raffle, complete with all kinds of buckeye gear. The Alumni Association also makes announcements about upcoming events in the city of Atlanta and what the association is doing for the school from Georgia. The DJ also yells OH randomly throughout the night. The fight song is sung whenever a touchdown is scored. They also serve “O Bombs” that are supposed to be red colored on game days. The Ohio State University Atlanta Alumni Club is alive and well at Cocktail Cove.

It’s an incredible feeling to know that even in the southern United States you can find Buckeye fans. To me, is a one of the huge pluses of coming to OSU. Yes, it can be big and sometimes a little overwhelming with all of the people and all there is to do, but once you become a buckeye, you are one for life. When people tell you that by coming to OSU you join a community, they really are telling the truth. However, what people sometimes forget to tell you is that you are joining a community that truly is global. When you’re away from Columbus, whether it be for vacation or after you’ve graduated, OSU suddenly doesn’t seem so big when you are able to meet fellow buckeyes almost anywhere you go and still get that feeling like you are home.

Cocktail Cove

From left: Tim Sposit, Don Sposit

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

When I was growing up, my favorite day of the week was Saturday.  As a kid, life always made a lot of sense to me.  Oddly enough, I had a fuzzy understanding that Monday through Friday was meant for school.  But Saturday, now that was a different story.  Saturday was MY DAY!

I have so many great memories of Saturday morning.  I have to admit, I was a ‘tootsie pop’ for cartoons.  And for the most part, I still am (I love Tom & Jerry).  I would definitely say a large part of my young adolescent life was completely and totally dedicated to cartoon watching.  All I wanted to do was wake up early and turn on the television to watch TMNT (that would be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, by the way), GI Joe and, occasionally, sneak in an episode of Bill Nye, ‘The Science Guy’.  Nonetheless, I felt it was somewhat of a Saturday morning tradition for me.  Now, on Satudays, I like my bed and the amazing sleep that comes along with it.  Oh, how times have changed for this guy.

Now, I need to fair to the Saturday morning cartoon argument.  Sure, I had my favorite 3-4 shows I watched with religious fervor and intent.  Yet, what I remember the most about Saturday mornings was all my “not-so-favorite” shows.  Seriously, you almost had to be methodical in your approach because if you got up too late, you were gonna get stuck watching horrible cartoon television programming.  Take my word for it:  horrible cartoons = no fun.

The show that quickly became one of my “not-so-favorite” shows was, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?”.  I strongly disliked this show.  And I even more strongly disliked the “annoying, still to this day can’t get it out of my head” theme song (listen).  The basic premise of the show has you (the watcher) being agents for ACME Detective Agency attempting to thwart the featured V.I.L.E. ringleader, thieving villainess and former ACME Detective Agent, Carmen Sandiego.  The series initially focused on teaching geography and history.  All I can say to that is:  boring.  To me, Saturday mornings are meant for mindless watching of cartoons, not educational stimulation.  I felt I was getting enough of that in school.  Eh, I was 10 years old.

Now, in the month of November, I think I’m going to finally know how Carmen Sandiego “really” felt all those years while she was on the run from the ACME Detective Agency.

After a long month of interviewing at OSU for summer internships, I have been invited to some 2nd round interviews.  I feel very fortunate, humbled and excited to be considered for as many opportunities as I have thus far.  My ‘Carmen Sandiego-esque’ itinerary is as follows (so far):  Kansas City, to New York, back Cleveland and a few other places in between.

Needless to say, I am just going to take one day at a time and let the chips fall where they may.  As always, I will have to continue to balance my studies/class time/etc. around all of this traveling, but I know that’s what I signed up for.  I may feel like ‘I’m on the run’ this next month, but I am sure it will be an experience I will be sure to enjoy!

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