Prospective Fisher MAcc students for AU 12: A winter quarter recap and chance to ask questions!

Can you believe it?  This is the last post you’ll read from me during Winter Quarter!  And unfortunately, that means my posting days are quickly running out too…The LAST winter quarter post will be dedicated to a brief recap of, you guessed it, winter quarter.  But first, I wanted to extend an opportunity to all of you.

By this point, many of you have been accepted to OSU and are planning on joining the Buckeye network in a few short months.  Many more of you may still be considering applying.  During my last quarter at OSU, I’d like to dedicate a bunch of my posts to the specific questions that you have!  So – leave me some comments with exactly what you want to know…which classes to take? what organizations to join? where to eat on High Street? where to live?  Anything and everything is fair game, and I’ll then dedicate a post to it!  Don’t leave me hanging here guys – ask away!

Now, on to winter quarter.

We kind of got spoiled in that it wasn’t brutally cold the entire time.  Sure, we had cold days and rainy days, but it definitely could’ve been worse.  For those of you coming to Ohio, you’ll soon find out this weather is kind of to be expected – and by this weather, I mean the kind that you wake up and have no idea what season it is.  Ohio is always unpredictable.

I took an Entrepreneurial Finance class taught by Professor Berk Sensoy (Finance 844) and really enjoyed it!  I’ll start by saying it wasn’t what I expected, in that the focus was on large companies and how they interact with angels/venture capitalists, but there were some smaller companies discussed too.  The material was interesting, and Professor Sensoy did a great job leading class discussions.  I’d recommend this class if you have any interest in entrepreneurship!

I also took a strategy course with Professor Jay Dial – I’m not sure what the graduate course number is though.  I had to take it as a capstone class for my undergraduate degree (since I’m in the BSBA/Combined MAcc program).  He does teach it at the graduate level, and told my undergraduate class that the MBA version is essentially the same.  I would definitely recommend taking this class – it expands your views and challenges your thinking process on a daily basis.

I had a lot of fun doing two indoor triathlons at the RPAC.  One of these was put on by the OSU Triathlon club, and they do this every year.  If you’re a triathlete or even just curious about the sport, definitely check this out!  It’s all time based, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to finish.  The second triathlon was the John Glenn Friendship 7 Indoor Tri, put on to honor John Glenn’s trip to the moon.  It was also a ton of fun, but I don’t think they’ll be hosting that particular tri again.  Rec Sports at OSU always does such a good job of putting on events though, so you’ll definitely be able to find something fun next winter!

Well, I have two finals today that I’m going to get back to studying for.  Hard to believe that I’ve only got one quarter left in the MAcc program.  You’ll quickly find that time flies in the program – enjoy it while you’ve got it!  And remember…comment with questions that you have or with posts that you want to read about!  I want my spring quarter posts to be exactly what you want and need to get ready for an excellent year at Fisher and Ohio State.

Kid’s story: shortness of breath

Timeline: Sunday evening

I see: my new wireless router working endlessly

I hear: XM radio playing in the background.

I smell: Midnight something

I feel: a little thirsty

This week was a short one, given that there was MLK day on Monday, but I feel more tired than usual. Lately, I have felt that I really can’t go the distance with whatever it is that I have to do. Partly, this is because winter quarter has been much less motivating than I expected, but interestingly (or rather, confusingly) enough, the weather has played a minor role.

The four core classes this quarter are only lectures. Naturally, some of my classmates, I assume, find that great, and I wouldn’t blame them. Quite personally, I hate lectures, but that’s just my opinion. In that sense, I can’t wait to get this quarter over with to see if I get more case studies in the spring.

So why do I find lectures so boring? Well, it is now the beginning of the fourth week in the quarter out of a total of nine weeks, and I feel that what I’ve learned is quite close to nothing. The way I see it, I’m not actually paying for a teacher to talk to me for one hour and 48 minutes about something I read the night before or that I can read any time from a book or an article. The most valuable experience in the MBA is what my classmates have to offer in the form of opinions and arguments in discussions during class. Lectures allow for much less of that than case discussions or activity-based classes. I looked back at my notes on what I’ve learned so far this quarter and there’s merely a list of topics covered, not a single item marked as KIM or WON (Keep in Mind and Worthy of Notice, respectively).

Anyway, I trust the Fisher College of Business and the wisdom of its members, and I’m sure there is a very valid reason for things being this way. I’ll be on the lookout for the missing link by which it’ll all make sense.

In other news, the warm-ish weather is slowly coming to an end (according to the weather man). I’m just glad the snow melted away for a full week and the wind was kind of calm.

Also, I hope the tow truck comes to the FC soon! Parking’s becoming a mess and around 40% of the cars parked in front of my building have no parking permit. Visitors, please park on the east side or get a ride from a resident or something… Otherwise, I hope they give a discount for having to park one or two buildings away (yeah, right…).

“Please don’t give in, I won’t let you down…”  – Adam Lambert

Kid’s story: Return of the Sith

Timeline: Monday evening

I see: Six (6) different games of the Australian open at the same time… this rocks!

I hear: pluck, pong, pluck, pong, pluck, grunt… applause.

I smell: sweet orange

I feel: the pain…

So the second quarter has started. This time around, I have decided to complain less and stick more to the facts and/or the positive aspects (let’s see how long that holds…).

Weather-wise, winter is here, but so far it hasn’t been so bad. The worst we’ve seen is -10°C and that was quite bearable. This week we were in the positive side of the scale and the 10-or-so cm of snow we had last week have melted away. Among other things, this allowed me to give my baby a bath so now she looks much prettier.

Class-wise, not much is new. We have four core classes and one elective each. One of my teammates had a problem with the scheduling of her elective and thus sees only two of the four cores with us, which has made meeting scheduling mildly more complex, but we’ve managed so far. I have noticed that we speak less often with the team, sticking to what’s very strictly necessary for group-work in the best of cases (either that or I’m being left out of the loop), which is a bit discouraging at present, but I guess it just takes some getting used to.

My elective’s really cool because I get to be a project manager for a team made up of one mechanical engineer, one electrical engineer, and one industrial designer; all of them undergrads. The task at hand is to redesign a Gauss-meter for a local company, and we have two quarters for that. So far, the team has worked very well (and I am seeing more of them than of my MBA team). Funny fact: one of them, turns out, comes from my country.

Life-wise, it has so far been manageable to cope with the weather conditions and all they entail. I now have satellite TV service and will have Wi-Fi this week, as well as a real phone (smartphone). All of these tools have certainly made my life easier in many ways. I have also engaged in winter activities: today I went snowboarding with FM and had a LOT of fun. It was in a place not far from Columbus, so I’ll probably return soon.

Something to look forward to? The internal case competition in two weeks or so!

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