Things to do in Columbus (plus, a little buckeye)

This past weekend, I was able to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets game with my younger sister, Erin. While my Jackets lost 2-3, Erin and I had a blast AND we received free hats! Can you say #winning?

My younger sister is a freshman at Ohio State and currently applying to the nursing program. I am so happy that she chose to attend OSU – so I can see her a little more frequently AND keep an eye on her. Because truly, what are big sisters for?

cheering on the Blue Jackets!

I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I love Columbus, Ohio. I moved here in 2007 when I started at OSU as an undergrad, and I now consider the 614 my home. I moved back to Cincinnati for a summer or two, and then to Orlando, Florida when I was working at Walt Disney World.

Still, from Southern Ohio to Florida – there is something special about Columbus.

When entering the MBA program, you are surrounding yourself with resources, both inside and outside school. We have top companies in the Columbus Area (check out this article that appeared in Inc. in 2011), cool neighborhoods when you are ready for some fun and great sports teams (what can I say – I’m a sports girl).

Cool places to around school:

  • Arena District – see a show and have a drink – I’m in heaven!
  • Short North – edgy and express (see my post about Betty’s!)
  • German Village – shopping, bakeries, coffee and beautiful architecture
  • Grandview – Close to campus and great for place for graduate students to go when wanting to relax and enjoy a happy hour. Grandview Cafe has delicious food, great drinks and trivia night on Thursdays.
Sports around Columbus:
Other cool things in my favorite city:
So, why are you still reading?!? Go explore this fabulous city – see you around 🙂

I have a bug – the running bug

At the end of March I posted about running my first half-marathon and my new-found passion for running. This past week – I signed up for another race! I will be running The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon/Half-Marathon on October 21, 2012.

Just call me a RUNNER

I am excited for another chance to train and see if  I can shave a few minutes off of my time. While I am extremely proud of signing up for another race, I am more excited to start training.

While I was training for the Cap City 1/2 Marathon, I was working towards a goal. I enjoyed pushing myself and seeing how far I could run, how much I could life or how fast I could move. I am learning that I am the type of person that needs motivation at the gym and when I am running in the beautiful city of Columbus (and I mean really, after the third mile I am ready to smell the flowers. Or stop at the air-conditioned Starbucks). Training for a race and watching the a countdown helps keep my legs moving down the trail.

Another great thing I learn from this training is I can tone-down my competitive streak. I have always loved playing soccer or swimming, because there is a winner. For me and running, I sure as heck know my butt is going to be towards the end of the pack. But, oddly enough, that’s ok. It’s weird to be happy in 6,941 place.

My boyfriend and I are running the the Color Run 5K next month – so stay tuned for some colorful pictures coming soon!

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.