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One of the sweetest compliments a blogger can receive is someone emailing them and commenting on a blog – and then continuing to ask questions! It truly makes a writer feel like they are touching on meaningful topics and making a difference…no matter how small! So to that person, thank you very much!

Moving forward with that idea, I was recently asked in an email: What do you WEAR to business school?!?

Great question! And, just to be honest, that was a question we anxiously asked one another during pre-term (well, ok, at least some other girls and I talked about it! Sorry guys, this post may not be for you).

This website is a great resouce that outlines business casual for both men and women.

Jessi’s opinion on how to dress at Fisher College of Business:

-During pre-term you will be expected to dress business casual and business professional. So, nice pants and a blouse, and a jacket when needed. Besides, the jacket is great when the AC is on and blasting!

-Once classes start the outfits begin to span across the board. Students who are working in offices around the college are usually in business casual. However, on regular days, jeans are totally acceptable – but you usually don’t see a lot of sweatpants in Gerlach Hall.

Personally, I try to dress-up a little bit for class every day! When I see my professors in full suits for class and looking extremely professional, I want to be seen in the same light. When I only have class I am typically in jeans and a dressy top with heels. Comfortable when I’m spending 10 hours on campus studying and going to class — but still business school “appropriate”.

Just remember! There always seems to be an fantastic networking/meet-and-greet event going on at Fisher and these require business attire. You always want to present yourself in the best light when meeting business professionals and learning more about their careers.

Something I’ve learned within seven weeks of classes? If you don’t want to dress up, have a nice outfit (don’t forget your shoes!) and a few resumes in your locker. You never know who will be on campus and who could be your next important contact!

Again, this is a quick post of my own opinion about what to wear at Fisher. As an MBA Candidate who is constanly scheduling meetings with advisors, the Office of Career Managment and professors, I am always striving to put my best (dressed) foot forward.

Hopefully this shed a little light on how to dress for school ūüôā

Have a great week, see you guys soon!

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d-tix: happiness on a budget

Concerts, plays, baseball & hockey games, Wexner Center exhibits, Zoo Lights, COSI and more.

My poor wallet already seems lighter just thinking about all these incredible things…but Ohio State University has a fantastic resource that allows students to spend a relaxing night enjoying Columbus – while sticking to a budget.

d-tix at the Student Union (ground floor) is something that cannot be missed.

A quick snapshot of d-tix’s web page – can you just smell all the great deals?!

One of the many treasures at OSU, d-tix is the discount ticket hub for students – both undergraduate and professional. Discounted tickets range from sports, concerts, plays and more. Even better, some restaurants and comedy clubs in Columbus partner with d-tix and offer discounted gift cards. For example, you can purchase a $25 gift card to Champps for only $10. Or, why not buy a Cedar Point ticket for only $15?

For free tickets, students can only pick-up one ticket per BuckID. For discounted tickets, the limit is two per BuckID.¬† Some of the more popular tickets sell out quickly, so get there early and be prepared for a line. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at 5 pm. They can sell out, so I recommend getting there a little bit early. But, it’s a great¬†mental break and a chance to enjoy some fresh air while you walk to the Student Union.

Business school is busy…but there is always time for a little bit of fun! And when you pay your tution and fees, you PAY for a student activity fee. So why not enjoy some of the perks? I bought tickets to a Columbus Clippers game a few months ago for my boyfriend, and we had a wonderful time at the game! My roomie and I are planning on seeing the Nutcracker in December – tickets go on sale in November and they are only $5! Can you think of a better deal or way to celebrate the holiday season?!

So go check out d-tix¬†during your free time (that’s actually a laughable concept while in school…) and see what sparks your interest!

Talk to you guys soon!

Great things to know before you turn 25

My friend tweeted an article a couple weeks ago and as soon as I saw the title, I immediately clicked over to read.

11 Things to Know at 25(ish) – published in Relevant magazine.

How could I not read this post? Shoot, I’ll be 23 in July….what if I only know a couple of these things? What if I don’t know ANY of them?!

I think this is the fastest I’ve ever read an article. While I don’t agree 100% with everything listed, this is a wonderful read for any college-grad.

(1) You have time to find to find a job you love &¬† (2) Get out of debt and stay out of debt. As a young college grad there is SO MUCH time to figure life out. I’ll be the first to admit, I have a hard time not stressing about, well, everything. Life, love, job, future, family, finances, friends, world….career, career, career. See? List goes on and on.

But when I take a step back and really look at the big picture, this is a time to be happy and LIVE. Things always fall into place. As for the second point Рlearn to budget and stay out of debt. I feel if I could give any college student financial advice it would stick strictly to budgeting. If you have time to go out on the weekends, eat out and shop, you have money to save. It can be a real slap in the face when you start paying rent and bills and debt can be the scariest monster of all.

(3) Don’t rush dating and marriage &¬†(4) Give your best to friends and family. While there is nothing wrong with dating now (obvious of my relationship status) and getting married, this is the time to figure out your values and what you’re not willing to compromise. This is a great time to learn about yourself and what you really want in a relationship. Don’t think that marriage needs to happen right now, or tomorrow or even next week. Relationships take time to develop – and you need to be happy and settled personally before embarking on mature relationship.

This flows right into the next statement: give your best to friends and family…I’ll take it one step farther. Find out your true friends. Who is going to stand by you in a year? OK, scratch that, who will stand by you when you need them? Finding out who matters now, and showing them your thanks, is a great way to build relationships that will last.

The list by RELEVANT Magazine continues as such:

(5) Get some counseling
(6) Seek out a mentor
(7) Be part of a church
(8) Find a rhythm for spiritual disciplines
(9) Volunteer
(10) Feed yourself and the people you love
(11) Don’t get stuck

I believe the first four are extremely relevant (and important), but I do want to touch on the last seven.

(5,7,8)¬†Find something to believe in. Prayer, faith, karma…SOMETHING. When the world travels 1,000 miles a minute and a young professional is finding his/her footing in the real world, sometimes religion/faith is the only thing that stay solid. It’s a great foundation to build life.
(6) FIND.A.MENTOR. That may need to jump to to number one. Find someone that you can turn to when you need help with a résumé, a job search or a situation at work. Make note: this is not a best friend, this is someone who will help you in your career. This is a person that cares for you Рbut will be honest when giving critiques and feedback.

(9, 10)¬†We’re so blessed – share that. Go out and see the world and give back. I truly believe one person can make a difference and it is so easy to get involved with the community. As for cooking, well, it saves money and it’s healthier. I’m slowly falling in love with the kitchen and nothing makes me happier than inviting friends over for drinks and appetizers (that I made). Your wallet, and waistline, will thank you when you start cooking at home.

(11) Don’t get stuck¬†

“Don‚Äôt get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don‚Äôt lose yourself at happy hour, but don‚Äôt lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal.”

I love this excerpt from the article. Around the age of 25 you need  to know how to say no to a beer, but network at a happy hour. Know that you can change the world and can chase your dreams. Nothing is set in stone Рand mistakes can be fixed.

Great way to end a wonderful article.

 

the madness of March

With my buckeyes making it to the Final Four of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, it seemed only fitting to blog about March Madness.

But this isn’t your typical basketball blog – if you’re looking for stats, predictions or a review of the games, you’ll want to check somewhere else.¬†No my friends, this is about appropriate behavior in regards to college sports.¬†To clarify even farther, if you are a sports fan, college or professional, there is an unspoken code of contact that should be followed. These rules apply to bars, restaurants, social media and every day life.

Bottom line? I don’t care who’s playing or what team you’re rooting for¬†–¬†there is no need to act like a¬†buffoon when your bracket takes a turn for the worse.

That’s right. I said it. Don’t be a ¬†buffoon.

I grew up watching sports and went to a university that rallies behind its athletes BUT if I am with friends going to watch a NCAA game at a sports bar I don’t think people should cross the line that separates a fan..and an an annoyance.

This past weekend Ohio State (#2) played Syracuse (#1) with the Buckeyes winning 77-70 over the Orange. I went to a sports bar with some friends to watch the game and was extremely surprised how rude fans were to each other. Not even to those on the other team, but to other Ohio State fans. People were yelling at others to stop cheering for other games and throwing things at the television.

Now, I’ll chant just as loudly for my team as the next fan, but there needs to be a line between cheering and simply being trashy.

In the end, no matter what you throw at the TV screen the officials cannot hear you and you will not influence their calls…and you’re ruining the game for everyone else.

So stop, and let everyone around you enjoy the game. Want to even go a step farther into maturity? Don’t post insane comments on your Facebook that are full of obscenities talking about how much you hate the other team.

I’ll say this over and over AND OVER¬† — when you act inappropriately¬†in public or on social media it will come back to haunt you. Unfortunately¬†in today’s world once a photo is posted¬†on-line the damage is done. And that damage could be the thing that cost you a job or internship.

Just words of advice from a college-grad who saw some behavior this weekend that should never appear on Facebook. Be respectful and act like an adult when out in public, and always keep an eye on how you are portrayed on social media.

oh, the places you’ll go

This past Sunday at 2 p.m. the 2012 OSU Winter Commencement officially started and one of my best friends received her diploma, shook President Gee’s hand and joined me as a proud buckeye alumni.

OSU grads

So weird.

I watched my friends and former classmates graduate and couldn’t help but think of my graduation¬†last spring. While the overall message remained the same, President Gee tried extremely hard to make this speech different than¬†previous graduations.¬†But the core message remained the same¬†– Ohio State gave us the fuel and acted as a launching pad for our future, and now it’s time to fly.

Cheesy cheesy cheesy.

But true. It’s been about eight months since I graduated college, and it was nice to go back and REALLY listen to graduation. I’ll be the first to admit, last June I was waving to my family, smiling for pictures, finding friends in the sea of black gowns, chatting about senior bar craw and figuring out plans for the evening …. I wasn’t exactly paying FULL attention to the speakers (and it was about 90 degrees in the Horseshoe and I was dying for a Diet Coke and a hot-dog). So listening to the message again was beneficial.

Hearing President Gee tell the new graduates that life doesn’t end after college but simply begins a new chapter of life is refreshing, and what I needed to hear. Honestly, I think these next four years are going to be the scariest/best/most developing years of my life. It still feels weird to get out of bed and head downtown to work and not across the Oval to class. It feels weird to have the world at my feet. It feels weird to know that the choices I make during this year could impact the rest of my life.

Moving from cheesy cheesy cheesy to dramatic dramatic dramatic. Wonderful.

But it’s true – how I continue to expand my network and strengthen my skills now do nothing but lay down the path for my future. It’s just slightly scary to have some cool internship and Disney experience, my degree, my big bright personality and passion with me and face the world.

As a college-grad living in today’s world it seems like we have a ton of un-spoken rules to follow. Know social media, mind your manners, make a difference in today’s world, support the right causes and make sure you can handle your iPhone, emails, twitter and Facebook presence all at once (I’m still rocking the dumb phone so one thing I don’t have to worry about – and yes mom, I am the only person without an iPhone.)

So now what? What is the next step in this wonderful path I call my life?

I found a company that I believe in and am ready to mold myself into a professional – and make sure I remember my values and what is important to me. One of my new goals is to read a professional book every month (sort of like a self-help book — stay tuned for my review of my March read during my next blog post!), and the one I am currently reading really focuses on writing down goals. See your goals, strive for your goals, reach your goals…not a bad concept.

Now is the time to really think about my goals…both short and long-term. Thanks for reading!

Triumph over blogger’s writer’s block

We’ve all had it.

It stops us from writing a term paper, an essay, a long-answer or extended response. It freezes our keys and forces our computer to open up our Facebook window or look over our Twitter feed again. When it rears its ugly head we suddenly feel the need to create new boards on Pinterest.

Writer’s block.

It sneaks up from behind and freezes your mind. No matter how quickly the words seem to¬†flow, once writer’s block strikes there seems to be¬†no hope. The screen continues to stay white while the annoying cursor stays firmly in the same spot – words refusing to come and any hope of a sentence dying as the blue background of Facebook appears.

So – all joking aside – students, college grads and even professionals know about writer’s block. I experienced when writing my history papers and even today when¬†I blog. It can be¬†extremely frustrating when you plan out¬†a specific time to write…and as soon as you put your fingers over the keys everything seems to stop. Nothing appears on the page, minutes continue to tick by, and nothing happens.

Now that we’ve discussed how writer’s block is annoying and spans to all ages – the big question arises. How do you fix it? Doesn’t matter if you’re writing a paper, essay, blog or email, writer’s block is writer’s block. How do you overcome the dam that stops all ideas from flowing from your brain to your computer or piece of paper?

After an extremely annoying attempt to blog last week where I ended up watching UP with my roomie and wasting time on Pinterest because I could think of nothing to write.

Nothing.

I had ¬†drafted a blog about respect earlier that day and even though I had ideas in my head…

… nothing would appear on my computer. I wanted to throw the entire thing across the room and scream. I had purposely planned a good two hours to write, edit and post and I could time ticking away. It seemed like the entire evening was a waste and I would still need to blog in the next few days. I was wasting time and crossing nothing off my to-do list.

And what is a great way to deal with stress and grab some great advice? Twitter. I tweeted about my situation and asked if anyone knew of a way to overcome writer’s block. Guess what? Found some wonderful ideas from Thomas J. Armitage, Molly Osmon and Abbey Lape. While their advice differed slightly, it all included walking away from the computer for a bit and returning with a fresh outlook.

Thomas recommended music, Molly suggested¬†a short break away from writing¬†and Abbey thought I should try “purge writing”.¬†¬†Music erases any stress you may be¬†holding from other situations and walking away from a computer screen allows you to take the much-needed breath and refresh your mind. I love going for a run or going to the nearest coffee shop to write. Fresh air and a change of scenery is sometimes all you need. While Thomas and Molly’s ideas helped me overcome writer’s block for my blog post, Abbey’s idea helped me think of new blog posts for the future.

Purge writing.

Simply write. Start with a small, easy idea – ¬†just¬†your name and¬†age – ¬†and see where your brain takes you. It’s a great idea to shake away the cobwebs and see what is really on your mind. For example:

  • My name is Jessica Reynolds. I am 22 and will soon be¬†leaving¬†Orlando to return to Ohio for a job. I am nervous about beginning a new chapter¬†in my life. I am excited¬†about returning to the city I love and seeing all of my friends.¬†one of my strengths is my passion for everything I¬†do – a weakness is the pressure¬†to be perfect. In¬†Columbus I am excited to eat in the Short North, visit downtown and see the city as a professional. I think people create their own happiness and need to focus more on respect.

See?¬†It’s a very easy writing lesson, but allows possible blog ideas to appear. From the simple paragraph above I could now write a post about growing up, leaving my family in Orlando, job interviews & skills, nightlife in Columbus and more.

Next time you’re not sure what to blog about or even where to start writing an¬†essay – try purge writing. Don’t think, just keep your fingers moving. At the end look at what you have and allow your conclusions and ideas¬†to jump out.

Writer’s block doesn’t stop writers, it simply makes us write better.

R√©sum√© – life on paper

I received the biggest complement¬†the other day – a friend emailed and asked me to look over her r√©sum√©. Not a huge deal, but I’m always sending my r√©sum√©¬†to my contacts it’s nice¬† to have someone ask for your feedback.

Resumes matter! And in my opinion, they need to be flexible works of “art”. This is a single piece of paper that represents YOU – those years of college, internships, co-ops, classes, projects, clubs, volunteering – everything¬†one a piece of¬†paper.

It can be hard to stand out from your competition, but if formatted correctly, can be accomplished. To have a great resume you need to spend quality time really deciding what is important and what needs to be highlight. Is this job looking for experience? Skills? Volunteering? Relevant course work?

There is no perfect example and every leader/contact you have review your r√©sum√©¬†will focus on something different, but there are¬†a few golden¬†guidelines to follow. (Again, resume are flexible – which is these are¬†only guidelines. My five tips are consistent¬†with what I’ve experienced¬†myself and advice I’ve received from teachers, employers and mentors.

One sheet. One. Not two, not one and a half, one. Yes, you have lots of experience and tons of things to say about each internship…but as a young professional stick to ONE PAGE. When we have a few years of work under our belt maybe we can¬†grow to two pages,¬†but for now it should stay at one.

Keep it clean, keep it precise.¬†While we want to touch on everything we’ve ever done and make sure our possible employer¬†knows how awesome we are – it’s easy to cram in unnecessary information. Leave some things to be¬†discussed in the cover letter and in the interview. It’s a fine line between too much white space and not enough, but it’ll feel right when you find balance. Don’t make your potential employer¬†dig through an ocean¬†of type and words to find out the needed information. I also thing leaving off an objective helps. Use that space for something else!

No random “action words” or numbers. Again, a fine line, but one that needs to be¬†considered. As college students and young grads we constantly hear to have strong words and as many numbers as possible, but don’t throw them in for fun. Employers know when it’s just BS and that’ll put your resume into the trash. Print out a draft and really see where you can highlight budgets,¬†impact, number of¬†people you led,¬†ect.

Review and revise. Typos can lose you a job. This is one of that hardest things for me, which is why having several pairs of eyes read your r√©sum√©¬†is fantastic. After staring at your computer¬†screen for hours you may not catch that silly typo or frustrating¬†auto-correct, but it doesn’t matter to an employer. A mistake is a mistake, and getting careless could be what puts your r√©sum√© at the bottom of the pile.

– Have more that one resume. It’s great to have a base then¬†tailor your r√©sum√©¬†for specific jobs. I love reading descriptions and really trying to figure out what each job wants. Are they looking for writing experience? Or perhaps social media? Maybe they want leadership examples from different clubs. Find out what a job is looking for and then show that company you are the perfect fit.

I hope my hints helped! Resume are always growing and changing Рthe more people you have look over them the better. Each revision makes you improve and makes your résumé stronger.

What are your tips for resumes?

Thanks for reading!