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We recently said good-bye to our first class of SMF students. Though we are sad to see them go, we know they will do great things!


Columbus is a city that may surprise you; it is a city of food, culture, and fun.

Why do we love Columbus so much?  Why don’t YOU check us out yourself!

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SMF Students in Action

Check out the current class in action!


Fisher Winter Games: 2012


Friday, January 13, 2012 marked the date of the annual Fisher Winter Games where students from all programs competed against each other as well as the staff/faculty team.  Sports for Winter Games this year included  badminton, basketball, volleyball and dodgeball.  The SMF did not win the tournament overall, but managed to clinch an SMF badminton win.  Note, two SMF teams were in the finals!  Fisher Games is one of the most popular events for Fisher graduate students as it features sports, food, and embarrassing faculty members (all in good fun, of course).  I am looking forward to repeat badminton championship next year!

Offices Closed, Celebrate King’s Dream

Hi, everyone.

I want to let everyone know that The Ohio State University (including the Fisher College of Business) will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   Columbus and Ohio State will  be honoring Dr. King, Jr.’s legacy and I encourage you to do so, too!

Fisher/OSU will re-open on January 17th.

Happy Holidays from Fisher SMF

The holiday season is here and Columbus is being greeted by warm, sunny weather!  Today, Columbus is feeling 62F- very unusual for this time of year. No coats required!

Speaking of this time of year, the office will be closed on December 26th and 27th to celebrate the holiday.

Fisher SMF wishes you and your loved ones a Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Festive Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

You can't feel the 62 degree weather Megan is experiencing, but you can see the clouds and the sunshine. Happy Holidays!

30th Blood Battle: Ohio State vs. M*ch*g@n

I bleed scarlet and you?

Anyone who knows me understands that I take all challenges against the “state-up-north” VERY seriously.  For me, November is not just about turkeys, it’s about beating M*ch*g@n in any and every way.  Many of you know that the greatest rivalry in sports is The Ohio State vs. M*ch*gan Game, but there are other important OSU/UM challenges as well.

This year marks the American Red Cross’ 30th anniversary of the OSU/UM blood battle.  It’s about this time every year that I volunteer myself to get poked and pinned to help my team win the battle and to help the American Red Cross save lives.  If you can donate, I encourage you to sign-up today!  Don’t forget to use the code word “Buckeyes,” and show that winners do bleed scarlet and gray!

*I realize that OSU is currently behind (as of 11/10/11), but I really believe the scarlet and gray will pull through; GO BUCKS!

DEADLINE! “What’s the status of my application?”

We are being weighed down by all of the SMF mail. Get your stuff in by November 14.


“I mailed my transcripts last week, did you get them?”

About two weeks before major deadlines, the Fisher SMF application office becomes inundated with transcripts, GMAT scores, and applications.  SMF staff is working tirelessly to make sure applications are complete for review.

If you have e-mailed us and we have not returned your e-mail, please note that the SMF inbox is steeped with requests about whether or not applications materials have been received.  Additionally, please note that it can take a few weeks for the staff members to update your status.  The best way to keep up with your application is to check your ApplyYourself account (read this blog post for a refresher) and not ask SMF if your items have been received.   If we are busy answering e-mails, who is going to process the applications?

If we receive your materials by November 14, your items will make the deadline.  Anything received after November 14 will be considered under the next deadline.

Last, we have received many requests asking if the admissions committee can review an application without official scores, transcripts, etc.  The SMF program will not review any incomplete applications and will not make decisions based upon scanned and uploaded copies of these items.  In order to satisfy the review requirements all items must be received by us by November 14.

As the deadline is only a little over a week away, we encourage you to finish applying.  Good luck and GO BUCKS!

It’s just after midnight…

Brutus, dressed for Halloween, poses with yours truly.


Happy Halloween from the Buckeyes!

Seven Deadly Sins of Essay Writing

Okay, maybe the words, “deadly sins,” are a bit of an exaggeration; however, it is not uncommon for prospective students to make some mistakes when writing essays.  The following is a list of blunders (countdown style) to avoid when writing an essay for the Fisher SMF program.


This prospective student is praying that she does not commit an "essay sin."

7.   Do NOT use different fonts.  This may sound really simple, but several essays in the last recruiting season have had multiple fonts used, even within the same paragraph.  As with any important document you would create (e.g. – your resume), you want to maintain a consistent, polished, and professional look.

6.   Do NOT write the name of a different school/program in your essay.  Yes, prospective students do this all the time.  If you decide to “recycle” your essays (which will be addressed later), please make sure that you check and remove all mentions of another school or even different program within the same school.

5.  Do NOT write an essay on what you think the admissions committee wants to hear.  This may seem counter intuitive, but this is a huge faux pas students make.  The purpose of a personal statement is for the school to get to know YOU and see if YOU would be a good fit for the school.   If you choose to write about something you think the admissions committee will like, but it’s not really personalized, you are doing yourself and the school a big disservice.  Also, other students who have the same idea may write a similar essay to your own.   How will you stand out against the others who write the same thing?

4.  Do NOT go off the topic asked.  Always respond to the question being addressed.  Many students like to write pages and pages about things that are irrelevant to the question, just because they like to hear themselves talk; or rather in this case, they like to see themselves write.

3.  Do NOT write the same essay for each school.  Similar to Item #6, you really do not want to copy and paste the essay you wrote for one school to another program.  Fisher avoids this problem by asking questions that are different than what most other schools are requiring.  It is easy for us to detect those who reuse their essays because they (like Item #4), go off topic and do not answer what is being asked.

2.  Do NOT submit your first draft.  Not only should you have to take time to proofread and edit your essays, but sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get your message(s) completely right.  Our suggestion to you would be to write a draft and go back to it after a few days (or weeks).  You may think of something brilliant which you did not do so prior.  Remember, once you submit your application, that’s it.  Take time to make sure you are presenting the whole picture.

1.  Do NOT plagiarize!  This is THE most important thing to avoid.  It is illegal, and if caught (which you likely will), you could face severe consequences.  No words or ideas are worth the risk to plagiarize.  Besides, who can write an essay about you better than you, yourself?

Well, I hope this helps you during your application process!  We cannot stress how important essays are to the admissions process as it’s not just about the numbers (GMAT, GPA, etc).   Good luck and apply today!

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