Written by: Peter Hsu
“What made you want to leave southern California for Ohio?”
That, or some variation of it, is the question I get asked the most when meeting someone for the first time.
Hi. My name is Peter Hsu and I’m going to be blogging for Fisher for a little bit. I grew up in historical Lexington,Massachusetts and spent my freshman year of college at Pepperdine University in sunny Malibu, California before coming to Columbus and transferring here.
I’m now a third year finance student and was lucky enough to land an internship with UBS Wealth Management, which is writing about for the most part. I’ve had a couple other internships in the past and hopefully I’ll get a chance to touch on those experiences, as well.
Let me put out the following disclaimer: I’m not an expert at interviewing, writing cover letters or putting together resumes (I’ve gone into the Office of Career Management and had my “polished” resume come out looking like a kindergarten coloring book). I’m hoping that my little anecdotes can serve as either a guiding light or warning sign as you pursue your own internships.
So what made me want to leave the west coast for the mid-west? Aside from the chance to be a part of the most storied football program in the nation (I visited campus for the first time during Michigan weekend 2007 and began working on the transfer application during the flight back to LAX), I knew that Ohio State had some of the best resources available out there to help my education translate into an actual career.
Between the QUIC process, FisherConnect, and advising from Career Management, Fisher students get a sizable leg up on the competition –if they choose to take advantage of these resources. Sometimes all it takes is browsing through a few job listings, other times you might have to plow through a few QUIC modules. I’ve gone through QUIC and used FisherConnect to get two internships since being accepted into my major at Fisher.
The first step is taking the initiative and being proactive because, let’s face it, companies aren’t going to line up outside your dorm inviting you to work for them. That makes taking time out of your regular routine and venturing into something new. This can be tough, especially since it seems like time is at a premium these days. But in between [reading this blog] and browsing Lostopedia to find out exactly what John Locke is now, I’ll bet you can find a little bit of time to invest in getting your name out there to be seen by the companies who are looking.