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Team 7 – thank you, thank you

A good team makes working on projects and assignments easier.

A great team helps you keep calm when you have seven interviews in one week, two homework assignments due and a midterm within days.

Luckily, I fall into the second category! I wanted to take a quick second and thank my incredible team members: Pat, Davin, Arjun and Tracy for everything this past month.

Not only did February bring snow and cold (also some 60 degree days – thanks Ohio), but lots of interviews, projects and and team assignments.

You thought finding time for coffee with a friend was hard – try finding time on 5 calendars to meet for 2 hours. A nearly impossible task.

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But, you make it work. You talk to your team and projects are suddenly divided up through emails and Google docs. You have meetings through Skype, speakerphone and more. Everyone supports one another… and with open and honest communication (and coffee if you’re me), everything is somehow perfected and turned-in before the due date.

THAT, my friends, is some FCOB teamwork magic. And I know magic, I worked for the mouse himself.

Business school is more than learning the material, it’s adapting to crazy situations and knowing how to be a leader — and a team player. You learn how to ask, and accept, help from team-members.

So thank you to the incredible and supportive individuals of Team 7, we almost made it through another crazy term!

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End of Autumn Semester

One review session, two exams and one take-home final stands between me and break.

So. Close.

When I look back on the first semester of the Fisher MBA Program, and I can’t even begin to list all the memories. Ranging from classes, hysterical lectures (really, wait till you hear Professor Campbell tell you about pirates), Fisher Follies, drinks at the Varsity Club after finals, tailgating, EOTW (Events of the Week),  study groups, a perfect football season and so much more.

There have been tears, there have been laughs, and there have been hundreds of cups of coffee.

I know that days into the holiday break I’ll be missing everyone at school, but I am excited to sleep-in and watch a few movies. But in all honesty, this break will be a great time to throw myself into my 3rd full-time job: finding an internship.

I know numerous companies will be posting internships and coming to campus in January, and I want to be ready. I have had some great mentors show me how they researched companies, and I know I am up for the challenge. Even better, a few weeks without class will allow me to research more companies and follow-up on networking emails.

No one ever said business school was easy – good thing I love a challenge 🙂

The break will give me a chance to rest, recharge, start researching companies and see my family and friends back at home. I know that next semester with Strategy, Finance II, Marketing II and Operations II will be here before I can blink…so let’s get my last three finals out of the way!

Happy Holidays!

Thankful in 2012

With Thanksgiving this week, it’s hard to think of much else besides seeing my family, food and FOOTBALL! (stay tuned for a Beat M!ch!g@n post – I cannot wait to see how campus celebrates Urban Meyer’s first OSU v Michigan game).

It has been very interesting to learn about my fellow students’ traditions and ideas for Thanksgiving. Traveling hundreds of miles away to visit family, a town over, staying in Columbus and having a “non-traditional” Thanksgiving – everyone has someone and something to be thankful for.

It’s too easy to not see the forest through the trees. However, I am so incredible blessed and so happy that I get to go to THE Ohio State University every day and learn from the best faculty and students around.

My life is far better than I deserve  – here are my other top reasons to give thanks this season:

  • My small, but very mighty, family: I have a fantastic support system, and I don’t know what I would do without their cheers during my MBA program.

  • The simple fact that I wake up every morning and learn something new. I know, how incredibly cheesy is that statement?! But, it’s so true it had to be said. I am becoming a smarter business woman, but also a better person overall. No matter if I am in marketing, finance, operations or accounting – I am constantly pushing myself.
  • I am so thankful to have found such great friendships within just a few short months. And I am extremely thankful that they know how to make me laugh when I am stressing out just a bit too much.
  • The opportunities at Fisher. If I listed out every lunch, seminar, activity or special event – you would still be reading on Black Friday and missing TONS of great sales. So I’ll just say thanks for opportunities 🙂
  • I have thankful to go to school in a city with such energy and life. Really, do I need to say anything more than Beat Michigan Week?!
  • Thankful for my other support system, my boyfriend, Sam. Sometimes I feel that he should get his own diploma! I don’t know how I would have gotten through data analysis without him.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! See you next week.

Take a risk

On Tuesday, I was part of a lunch session with Anne Dunlap, an AVP in Enterprise Applications at Nationwide. Put on by Fisher Graduate Women in Business, Anne talked about personal development and self-awareness in the work-place…but she also talked about taking risks and knowing the type of environment that is perfect for YOU.

She spoke about her incredibly career and about having a dialogue with your manager. She also touched upon never being afraid to ask the hard questions and for honest feedback.

She shared her own stories and outlined how communication can open doors and pathways to relationships.

It can be incredibly scary to ask for honest feedback after an interview, or when you are passed over for a job or promotion. Anne talked about going and asking face-to-face, and not letting yourself get defensive – but really listening to what others had to say.

Also, find a mentor and learn from others around you. Anne told us what she learned from her own mentors and the effort she puts into developing other talent. I loved that she stressed taking risks, and not being afraid to make an impact (and maybe some waves along the way).

It was an incredible, and empowering, lunch. Thank you to FGWIB for bringing such strong female role models into Fisher!

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!

Advisor and advising

“Hi Jess, come on in. What can I help you with?”

You wouldn’t think these simple words would be so meaningful – but coming from an advisor, they’re a beautiful thing to hear.

Scheduling at Ohio State is an undertaking – after four years at OSU as an undergrad, I am well-aware of the pressure of scheduling. Funny thing, that doesn’t seem to be present at Fisher.

My window to schedule opens later this month and I plan on a marketing track with a focus in brand management. However, should I combine that with strategy? I also want to learn as much as possible about operations…and we can’t forget about the importance of data analysis.

OK, starting to feel a little bit stressed again.

Best way to handle the stress feeling? Go talk to an advisor. Best part about Fisher? The advisors know your name, know how to help and know the incredible resources at Fisher. Within minutes of talking to my academic advisor, Jen Mercer, I was already developing a plan for my Fisher career.

There are numerous class opportunities offered at Fisher and it can be quite an undertaking to figure out your schedule by yourself. As a first-year, some of my classes are scheduled for me, but I get to decide a couple of classes for spring semester. After a quick 15 minute conversation with Jen, I had a clearer path of what classes are required to graduate and how to ensure I have a strong, diverse, academic background.

Here at Fisher, you have the opportunity to talk and connect with advisors. They know how to help and support you along your journey as an MBA student. My advisor’s office is located on the first floor of Gerlach Hall in the Graduate Programs Office. You simply walk in and talk to someone at the front desk to make an appointment.

When you’re there, stop by and say hi to Ms. Alisa McMahon, probably the BEST resource at all of Fisher. One sentence in this post doesn’t do her justice, so I’ll tell you more about her later. But in a nutshell, she is the keeper of all knowledge, second-mother and smiling face that you need to have in your life (and she makes tea if you’re not feeling well).

During my program I’ve found that my Fisher family includes an incredible group of people that are all behind me, cheering me on. This fact, along with countless others, makes me so happy that I chose Fisher.

See you soon!