I competed in my first case competition this past spring with Accenture a consulting firm. It was my first time participating in a case competition. I applied to participate on a whim, thinking why not this could be fun. Next thing I know I’m getting an email about when and where I should be to participate. The participants were put into teams and asked to solve this case about food waste in partnership with WWF thee world wildlife fund. It was an awesome experience because I was really able to experience real world issues and conflicts that people in consulting or business in general have to solve. I got a taste what I would be doing in my future occupation. I was really eye opening and I was glad I was able to work in a team. It was helpful to have people from Accenture advise us and really give us tips and advice on how to move forward. This experience really moved my focus past not just my formal education but into real life situations. We didn’t win or even make it past the first round and that’s okayI learned a lot and had a blast working with my team.
This might seem like a weird thing to pick to help represent my educational experience. But its a true testament to me education. Football is not just a sport, its a teaching, a bible in sorts a reflection of working hard having grit and being destined to achieve greatness. Football is a metaphor of my education. It’s significant in that it shows me that I cant’ quit, I won’t quit. Working towards a goal and overcoming the odds. OSU football is the perfect example of that, my freshman year at OSU the football one the national championship after overcoming a loss their first game. everyone told them they couldn’t win the whole thing because they couldn’t beat Alabama, yet with a third string quarterback. they did just that, they won the National championship. It’s a significant testament to me telling me that I can overcome any struggles and challenges.
Coming into OSU, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to get a business degree but with that degree I didn’t know what to do with it. In the Fisher college of Business you have to take several core classes ranging from all the specializations in Fisher. This past semester I took a logistics class which I loved, it really opened my eyes to the world of transportation and logistics. I’m an Operations Management major, which is very similar in the sense that Operations is the inner workings of a warehouse or manufacturing plant while Logistics is the outer transportation portion its the tracking and movement of goods. Something about transportation really sparks inside of me. The moving of goods is something I’m fiercely interested in. While at OSU I’ve learned a passion of mine, something I can look for in the everyday supply chain. Now when go to the Grocery store I don’t see just the goods and produce out on the shelves. I see the work behind it, the forklifts and trucks the movement and patterns. This class has not only changed my interest but how I see the world, and what’s around me.
The Wexner Art Center is a very important place to me. I’ve chosen it was an artifact because of my love of art, I love everything about art to the way it makes me feel to the way it brings people together. I discover it earlier this year from an art history teacher who instructed us to go write about one piece of art that was currently exhibiting. It is one of the greatest hidden gems I’ve found on campus. It’s free to students and you are able to just wander in and view the exhibits for a little bit. I always find myself wandering in there after a stressful class or exam it instantly calms me, and I just focus on the beauty and details of the brush strokes. It teaches me about artistic and creative side of me that isn’t able to be discovered everyday in my major. This artistic expression has allowed not only an outlet to de-stress but it lets me engage in the visual and creative learner inside me.
The artifact I’ve chosen is The Wall Street Journal. This newspaper has taught me so much, it’s taught be about different perspectives and views. It’s acknowledged hot topics without pushing buttons. I’ve read the online version almost everyday in between classes and meetings it’s how I stay informed in this bubble on campus where the outside world seems to be on pause. This is representative of the education I have learned outside of OSU. Ever since I took an International Business class at Fisher my professor stressed the importance of reading the newspaper of understanding the world and the industry you want to go into it. He stressed that reading up and gaining knowledge can only help you with the work that is ahead of you. I also use this as a resource so whenever I’m confused about a topic or term I always search for it on the Wall Street Journal website and see what articles they have on the topic. The Wall Street Journal is an essential part of my education from my dad and I exchanging articles through email or discussing the latest spike in the price of oil. I have learned how to distinguish good writing from great writing and what constitutes opinion from fact. This newspaper is important to me for deciphering the world around me.
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Year in Review:
It can be scary looking back at your year, where you started and where you are now. A lot has changed. I’m starting to finally figure out what I want to do when I graduate. I’m becoming more involved in the organizations I’m involved with, I’m also going outside my comfort zone. I just applied to be an OSU Ambassador aka a tour guide. Which all involve things I’m uncomfortable with like public speaking. I’ve also started to make professional connections especially within Fisher, with my professors and recruiters from companies. I expect next year to be very challenging between juggling new organizations, internship hunt, harder classes and the latest thing I’ve gotten involved in is the industry cluster program within Fisher. My industry cluster is retail, in which fall semester I will be able to meet with not companies within in the industry. In the spring semester I will be working on a project with one of the companies that we’ve worked with. I’m very excited for this opportunity to further enhance my knowledge. I am an operations specialization so I want to get more involved in the distribution side. So I have high expectations for next year and what it will teach me. I’ve have a mix of good and bad experiences this year, which is healthy and to be expected. IA was not what I thought it would be coming in, some of that my fault and not putting enough effort into things, other things out of my control. As a second year leaving the program I have come to realize the connections and conversations I have had will forever impact me and my perspective. I’ve also have realized how much I don’t know, I generally consider myself someone who follows whats going on in the world while grasping the historical concepts as while.IA has opened my eyes to realize that grasping a whole concept or really understanding the depths of world issues takes year and different opinions and perspective to gain an actual view of the situation. I’ve also started to realize that I won’t be able to truly study abroad for a semester in college, like I’ve always planned. It’s disappointing to say the least, but it’s just the way my schedule and classes worked out. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially being a IA scholar. But, I’m not too concerned I know travel is in my future at some point. It’s been an exciting year of new developments and going outside my comfort zone, I’m excited for the challenges that next year will bring me.
G.O.A.L.S is something that can really help me understand and develop what I’ve learned here at OSU, and how I’ve grown into the person I am now. Goal Awareness is something that I’ve been passionate about since high school it’s a way to go outside my comfort zone and experience new things. While I’ve been at OSU not only has IA helped me expand my knowledge, but last may I studied abroad through Fisher School of Business. It was an amazing experience in which I traveled to London, Brussels, and Colonge. Not only was I able to explore a different culture but I was able to meet with local business leaders who explain and taught the basics of international business which has inspired me to do business abroad with my degree. I feel that I have been able to academically broaden my views on the diverse classes that I’ve taken. Between my business classes and my real estate minor classes, I’ve really grasp what it means to be a person in society today. OSU has not only taught me the technical stuff I need to survive in the real world but critical thinking skills, through a law class I’m taking. I’ve been inspired to engaged in service activities due to my extracurricular involvement, especially within my social sorority Tri Delta. In which I’m constantly performing service activities with them and or raising money for our Philanthropy St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s very important to me that I give back to those in need. OSU has really inspired me to take action and fully understand the impact I can make on the outside world with my degree from OSU.
The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration May 2018
- Specialization: Operations Management
- Cumulative GPA: 3.09
International Affairs Scholars Program
- Developed a understanding of key concepts in internationally themed topics
- Served as a mentor to a 1st year student in the program
Victoria’s Secret Louisville, KY
Sales Associate May 2015 – August 2015
- Continuously achieved a goal of selling $150 worth of product an hour
- Worked with a team of 20 employees to ensure quality customer service
- Assisted in constructing display sets, and arranged product
Kazoing! Party & Play Louisville, KY
Party Host & Entertainer May 2012 – August 2014
- Organized with managers on scheduling and planning birthday parties
- Supervised over a 100 birthday parties for children ages 2-12 years old
- Entertained as a party performer and Disney character during birthday parties
LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE AND ACTIVITIES:
Pi Sigma Epsilon Business Fraternity Columbus, OH
Member September 2015–Present
- Selected as 1 of 27 students for the new member class in most competitive semester
- Participated in a grass roots sales project, in which I sold discount cards.
Delta Delta Delta Sorority Columbus, OH
Member January 2015 – Present
- Member of student organization that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and has volunteered over 20 hours for community service projects.
- Buckeyethon participant in which I raise money for the Hematology/Oncology/BMT Department of Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Fisher Freshman Global Lab Columbus, OH
Member May 2015
- Traveled to London, Belgium and Germany as an extension of the International Business course.
- Met with international business, embassy and European Commission representatives, to better understand how they operate both domestically and internationally.
- Provided opportunities to network and improve business communications and professional skills.
My artifact that has really impacted me and my academic career, is the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This book can be controversial with Rand’s extreme promotion of individualism, what I admire the most about her is her ability to go against the grain and bring up points no one else wants to mention or talk about. This book was able to show me how important it is to look at all sides, and that being an individual and taking care of what you need mentally is extremely important. Also I love this famous quote in the novel. “I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” This quote reminds me how important it is to take care of myself first, so I am later able to help others. This reflects my love of going outside the box, and learning from every thinker not just the ones everyone agrees with. To really academically be well rounded a student must look for an education even in the most unlikeliest of places. This book is really important to me because it was the start of my education outside of class, I picked this up Sophomore year of high school and have been inspired by it ever since.