The girls in UBWA have decided to write blog posts throughout the summer and school year to document their experiences with internships, jobs, and study abroad!
Check in every few weeks to see what UBWA is up to!
We would love to include your blog post, so please feel free to email one to Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org! You will recieve 1 point for submitting a blog post!
Hi everyone, I'm Caitlin Edwards! As I’m finishing up my last few weeks of my undergraduate career, I find myself thinking back on the past four and a half years with both fondness and some regrets. Thankfully, the good outcomes are outweighing the bad. I still, however, do not want to see my younger peers making similar mistakes that are easily preventable. At the same time, some of my actions that had good results may be the advice that others need at the moment. I am by no means an expert in planning out success and am just about to start my full-time career. I will be graduating cum laude with two specializations (Accounting and MIS), a minor (German) which I earned by working two, sometimes three jobs at a time with a job offer from my dream company for full-time employment upon graduation, though, so I must be doing some things right. With that said, here are my “do’s” and “don’ts” for a successful undergraduate career in business.
Do: Research everything you can about a specialization or major before you decide to invest your undergraduate career to it. You must know what exactly you can do with the skill set that you will learn and what career opportunities are available. Although a particular degree does not necessarily tie you down to jobs only in that field, it may be difficult to branch out. If your dream job is highly competitive, start building a strategy to achieve it right away. Too many people think a degree in the field is enough to win the offer, but employers look at more than just academics. You must show that you have the relevant job skill experience and, in some cases, you may need to show who you know. If you cannot see a feasible career path with a major or specialization, think about what you may be able to pair it with to create your dream career. Or you may just minor in it if it’s merely a hobby. I knew that I wanted to study German, but I had no desire to teach it or be a translator, so I minored in it. I was able to still pursue my passion and the fact that I can speak it has come up in every single major interview I have had.
Do: Build your network throughout your entire career. You will meet the most interesting people here at Ohio State. Do not be afraid to reach out and connect with them both in person and virtually on LinkedIn. These connections can be anybody from peers, to speakers, to even your professors. The people you meet now may help you get the job you want or the deal you need in the future. Everyone has something to offer, so listen more than speak in conversations and keep in touch after the initial contact. Networking is a two way street, so remember to help out those in your network with your skill set or personal connections.
Do: Get involved in at least one organization either at Ohio State or in Columbus or your hometown. This is another way to build your network while building personal skills. Many people believe that their organization must pertain to their major or future career, however any association will do. What truly matters is that you are passionate about the organization’s mission and that you are able to build the skill set you need. You can even do this in the Ukulele or Scandinavian Club! In company interviews, what matters is what you did in the organization as opposed to what the organization did. If you are a finance person, you can still hone your
finance skills as Treasurer of any organization and elaborate on this to impress a potential employer.
Do: Grab all the opportunities that you feasibly can. Ohio State and the Fisher College of Business have so much to offer its students, and each opportunity can be either a learning experience or networking opportunity. Keep up to date on what is happening at the school, whether it be a significant speaker coming in or an organization holding a special event. Even if you may be exhausted when the time comes, think about your opportunity cost. What will you be missing out if you do not go? My freshman year I attended the Asian Business Students Association’s Diwali Festival. Not only did I learn about this cultural event, I tried Indian food for the first time and have been hooked ever since! These events do not even have to be in the business school. A couple of weeks ago, The Peanuts Movie was shown for free at the Wexner Center for the Arts. I am not a Peanuts fan, but I ended up enjoying the movie and learned quite a bit about CGI movie design from the director who is an OSU alum. Even the simplest things can turn out to be great experiences!
Do: Be that annoying person in class who sits at the front and asks questions. I will admit that I am that person, and it has actually helped a lot more than hurt me. It allows the professors to be aware of your passion and interest in their subject which then ensures that you earn full participation points. They also will be more willing to help you in the class in the future and may become a key contact in your network. My freshman year I did this in my CSE 200 (now CSE 2111) class. My professor approached me towards the end of the quarter and asked if I would like to be a consultant in her class since I showed interest in the subject. I have been able to keep this job for the past four and a half years and it has helped me get through school without accruing any loans.
Don’t: Major in something just because it has the potential to make a lot of money. Although I stated before that you must have a strategy when choosing a major, if you truly abhor a subject, do not make it the focus of your undergraduate studies. Everybody has different interests and skill sets. There is some sort of need for every major available at the university, but you need to ensure that you can make it profitable for yourself. If you major in something you do not enjoy and get a job in a related field, then you will not be happy in your career and may not be putting forth the best work you can possibly give to the industry.
Don’t: Join a program or group just because it looks good on your resume. This is one of my biggest regrets: I joined an honors program that looked the best on my resume as opposed to the one where I would be happiest. I was not happy in my chosen program and tried to continue with it despite knowing full well how I felt. This was when my grades started slipping and I eventually had to leave the program. It was not because I could not do the work. It was because I had no drive to do well in it. Join things that will make you both happy and successful.
Don’t: Overwhelm yourself with too many obligations. Quality is definitely better than quantity when it comes to responsibilities. I know it may seem difficult to not join all of Ohio State’s over 1000 organizations, but it is important to find which ones truly matter to you. Then, you can have the greatest impact as opposed to constantly juggling your time and spreading it
thin between multiple things. Remember, your academics are paramount. That is the whole reason why you are going to college! Make sure that is settled first and then focus on extra-curricular activities that you care about.
Don’t: Procrastinate! Everyone knows this, but I know that most college students (myself included) do this. I cannot stress how important it is to get out of this habit early on in the career. In my final year in a half did I truly realize how great it felt to not wait until the last minute to finish an assignment or cram for an exam. Looking back, I now have regrets that I did not learn this my freshman year. I know I could have done better in a lot of things if I had not done that.
These are just a few tips that have come to mind this semester. I am always willing to talk about really anything and everything so feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns as you pursue your undergraduate careers. My email is Edwards.email@example.com and connect with me on LinkedIn!
Hi everyone! I’m Melani, a third year, and I wanted to post about why I decided to major in International Business. During high school, I had a great Spanish teacher who initiated my interest in the language and different cultures. She pushed me to think outside the box and to be curious when learning about others. Our school’s Spanish Club went on multiple trips where we learned about different people and their experiences here in the United States.
When I was choosing a university, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. I debated between Business and Pharmacy, very different, I know. I ended up choosing Ohio State because of the strength in both the Pharmaceutical and Business programs as well as its size and various other options. Once I got to OSU I began to learn more about Fisher and the opportunities offered here. I then decided I wanted a career in business, but I still had to choose a specialization.
I was immediately interested in International Business because of my background in Spanish, which I decided would be my minor. I know International Business is broad but the specialization has been a perfect fit for me. I have been able to learn more about different aspects of business and cultures from all over the world. I plan to study abroad this spring in Argentina through an Ohio State program.
I hope that you all have discovered a specialization to match your interests as well as mine has!
My email is seiler.45 if you’d like to chat about anything I’ve written, thanks for reading!
I'm Amy, the Secretary of UBWA! Most of us are currently in the process of scheduling for spring semester classes and I thought that I’d share some advice about what I’ve learned from my previous and current class schedules:
Hopefully this helps and if you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to reach out to advisors, upperclassmen, or any of us on exec!
Hi everyone! I'm Hannah, the UBWA Vice President of Social Media and Web Design. I thought a cool idea for a blog post would be writing about continuing an internship throughout the school year. It's not something that everyone does because a lot of internships are solely for over the summer. However, I know that there are some people, like me, that decide to continue interning through Autumn and beyond. There are definitely some challenges in doing this, becuase you have to deal with classes, student organizations, OSU events, jobs, etc. on top of an internship! In the few months of school in which I've been balancing these things with my internship at Experience Columbus, my time management and communication skills have improved immensely. I don't have as much free time as I would without the internship, so I have to choose what I'm doing with my time very wisely. At times it gets a little intense, but I think it's been more beneficial than hazardous to me. Communication has also become an incresingly important quality for me. I told myself at the beginning of September that school needed to be my main priority. And whether it was my class schedule changing, or midterm week happening, that had to be my main priority. I have had to openly communicate with my employer multiple times about working a different day that week or working a few less hours in order to focus on my schoolwork. This communication is imperative in the balance of school and internship.
So, should you try to continue your internship during the school year? I don't think there's a right or wrong answer in this situation. It differs from person to person in whether it will be beneficial or not. I know for me, I fell in love with Experience Columbus when I interned there this summer and I knew I wanted to continue to be apart of the organization, even if it was interning there only once a week. But there is also no problem in not interning during the school year. Focusing on classes, a job, or student organizations is also incredibly important because those things build your resume and help you become a more well-rounded student. You just have to make the decision that benefits you, your priorities, and your goals and everything will fall into place.
I hope that this helped! And please feel free to reach out to me about anything! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Hi everyone! I'm Christi, the Vice President of UBWA! I hope you all are enjoying your summer. I’m just going to write a little bit about what I have been up to and then when we all get back to Columbus, I hope to exchange more stories and hear more about what you have been up to!
So about two days after exams ended, I packed up my car as tight as I could and moved to a new city for my internship with GE Water. It’s the first time I have lived alone in a place where I had not known a single person. It was so nerve wracking and so exciting at the same time. When I got to Philadelphia, I unloaded my car, settled into a foreign apartment in a foreign place, and tried not to think about the miles I had just put between my friends and family. I will be honest, the first couple of weeks were hard. I joined two gyms because I couldn’t make up my mind, I had to use my GPS anytime I left my apartment, I found the closest malls to me and did some serious retail therapy, I adjusted to not having a roommate by trying to be out of the house as much as possible, and I had a lot of Panera dates with my laptop because the internet company couldn’t get my internet installed for the first two weeks. It was a hard adjustment. But, luckily, a little over a month into the move and my internship, I have grown to love being out here more and more each day.
I learned the key to moving to a new place and starting a new job is that the experience will be what you make of it. My biggest take from this summer is learning how important it is to put yourself out there. Five days into my internship, I was already going to dinner and experiencing Philadelphia night life with my coworkers. Five weeks later, I have made a tight group of friends and we have weekly game nights and dinners, as well as go to daily work out classes together. It was important for me to build these friendships because I know I would have been miserable if my life was a routine of working, working out, and sleeping. There were many days I had to remind myself to be optimistic because adjusting takes time, but when I finally felt fully adjusted, Philadelphia started to feel like home for me and the goodbye I will have to make on July 31st is one I am already dreading. So, if I were to give any advice to those of you reading, it would be to put yourself out there in everything you do. Whether it is for friendships or you want to rise to a challenge in your internship, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain in experiences like this so try to make the biggest gain that you can!
Thanks for reading and feel free to reach out if you can relate to anything I wrote about or if you would just like to chat!
Hey guys! My name is Amy and I am the current secretary for UBWA. After exams ended, I went back to Taiwan to visit family for a few weeks. I was born in Taiwan and have not visited there for many years so having the opportunity to return to my hometown was really exciting. Because I was overseas, I was unable to use my cellphone, which was actually really nice because disconnecting from my phone gave me more time to interact with my grandparents. Although traveling to Taiwan was exhausting (it took about 26 hours of flying and layovers), it was definitely worth it!
Hi everybody! I'm Monica, the VP of Programming. My summer got started this year with an exciting trip to Rome, Italy with my family. We spent a week exploring the city and visiting all the classic tourist sites. It was an incredibly beautiful city and now I am determined to make another trip to Italy because I honestly don’t think I can stay away. After my trip I returned to living in Columbus and I went back to working as a fiscal intern for a non-profit called ECDI. I started working there during spring semester and plan to work as an intern there until I graduate. I am responsible for different data entry projects and I also deal with a lot of the accounts receivable procedures. I am working there full time for the summer and will go back to part time when school starts again. Most of what I do there is completely new to me so I feel it has been a good growing process for me. I have only worked there about 3 months but I have learned so much, not only about accounting but just about real world work experience and what options there are for business majors after college. This summer has been full of exciting new experiences but I am also really looking forward to school starting again this fall!
Hi, I'm Faith and I'm the Treasurer for this upcoming year!
“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
When brainstorming how to share my decisions and experiences thus far this summer, I realized that my ideals and desires are strikingly similar to Ashton’s post. Like her, I have had a constant job since I was about 15 years old- a commitment that has both taught me extremely valuable lessons about time-management, hard work, and “people skills”, and made me especially aware and appreciative of my true values and goals in life. I just finished my second year at OSU, and it seems that adulthood is coming my way fast. As I was applying for internships and beginning to plan my future this past spring, I felt my desire for adventure and freedom, as well as my value of family and friends close to me, growing increasingly prominent in my mind. This question of values is what drove my decisions this summer.
That being said, I too made the (risky?) decision to forgo any major internship this summer so that I could travel with my family and friends. I work year round at Bob Evans as a waitress, and will be interning part-time in the accounting department at Clinical RM, a medical research company near Cleveland. While this position is not as glorious or developed as many of the programs I was considering in the spring, it will allow me to dip my feet into the real world while still experiencing what is most valuable to me. I think it is important that everyone takes the time to be aware of, or begin to discover, what they value most in life, and to make sure that those values are the core of the decisions they make for both the present and future.
Hi, I'm Elyssa Helker and I am the President of UBWA!
Things I learned in preparing for my summer:
Hey UBWA members, my name is Elizabeth Dudek and I'm the VP of Community Service. I hope you are all having a fun summer!
My summer started off with a bang as I left two days after my last final for a Maymester study abroad program! I attended the Global May Hungary Program, which included excursions to Warsaw, Poland and Vienna, Austria, while we spent the rest of the month in Budapest, Hungary. For any of you thinking about study abroad – do it! It was one of the best experiences of my life. I encourage you all to do the Budapest, Hungary trip, but of course I am a little biased (although for good reasons)!
We stayed in a great hostel all month, which was actually almost identical to a college dorm life. It’s a great way to bond with your fellow classmates, but also meet new people from across the world! Soon, we started classes, which I was a little nervous for, but they were some of the most stimulating classes I have had yet! What made them so captivating were the professors and the fact that our curriculum was tied directly to our excursions and tours for the day, so we were able to see first hand what we were learning about. I learned about so many monuments throughout the city – what they represent, their historical significance, and their public perception today. But most importantly, I found a passion learning about the history and politics of Hungary and it’s past, present, and future role in Central Europe.
Now my favorite part of the story – Budapest itself! Budapest is the lively capital of Hungary and is located in Central Europe. Not many people think to travel there, which is why it is a hidden gem. For starters, it is a tremendously beautiful city that encompasses both sides of the Danube River as Buda and Pest (pronounced Pesht in Hungarian). From my exploration, I have come to know both sides pretty well. Found on the Buda side is the famous Buda Castle, and Fisherman’s Bastion. Elizabeth Lookout, which is the highest point in Budapest, is located on the hilly side of Buda as well. There you can experience some of the best 360-degree views of the city. As peaceful and beautiful Buda is, I was a little biased toward Pest because that was my home for a month. I spent many of my days taking the public transportation to school in the morning and ending up at a café in the afternoon where I wouldspend hours talking to my new friends. We explored many parts of the city such as Parliament, City Park, Hero’s Square, a famous thermal bath, and so much more!
After living in Budapest for two weeks, I was able to compare and contrast the cities of Warsaw and Budapest quite well. Budapest is a very historical city with no skyscrapers in sight – unless you count the enormous Parliament building as one! Warsaw was still historical, but had a more modernized feel to it. One of my favorite activities in Warsaw was exploring the historical part of the city called Old Town, which was quite charming. A few days later we made our final excursion to the majestic city of Vienna. It was supposed to be a day trip, but my entire study abroad group decided to book a hostel and stay the night. This was one of our best decisions on the trip because I absolutely adored exploring Vienna at night when everything was lit up, including the beautiful Rathaus, or Town Hall.
I will never forget all of these amazing experiences I had throughout Europe, especially because of the amazing people that I met along the way. I am so thankful for the opportunity to attend the Hungary Global May Program, as it far exceeded my expectations. Overall, this experience has helped me grow as an individual on many different levels and I encourage all of you to study abroad at some point in your college careers!
Hello, everyone! My name is Ashton, your VP of Corporate Relations. I can’t wait to reconnect with all of you (or meet you!) in the fall! Until then, I’d like to share a little bit about my experience this summer.
It’s always been important to me to try my best, and that’s also true when it comes to working and finding a job. I worked part-time the summer after I turned 16, and have kept myself pretty steadily employed since then. It’s not always glamorous, but as my dad would say, it “builds character.” After working at Kenworth last summer (part of Paccar, with a facility that manufactures different types of commercial trucks in my hometown) I considered what I would do this summer. Several failed attempts at finding an internship later, I considered working at Kenworth again; a friend of my dad’s emailed him asking if I would be interested in a supply chain internship. It was a great opportunity. I felt optimistic: the pay was great, I had worked well with my coworkers, and it was a chance to learn and get first-hand experience in the real world. I thought some more about it…and realized that I wouldn’t be able to take any time off, meaning 10 straight weeks of work, and watching my family go on vacation without me – again. This may seem like a small price to pay when I could spend my summer gaining valuable experience to dress up my resume, and earning fat paychecks to make my bank account happy. But for me, it was a deal breaker. It broke my heart to think about missing out on another beautiful, sunny week with all my aunts and cousins at the beach, especially when I knew there would be other internships and not as many chances to spend a week in South Carolina with my family. So, I decided not to take the internship. Instead, I’m working at Bath & Body Works (potentially picking up a second job) and not wasting my time wishing I could be at a more flexible job.
There’s always some kind of give and take. The important thing for me, though, has been to be sure that what I’m giving up is worth what I’m getting. For me, that week of vacation was something I needed more than I needed that internship, and realizing exactly what I wanted and what I was willing to give up made me see things a lot more clearly. Taking a moment to consider my priorities and values made a difficult choice a lot easier to make.