September 22, 2017

Venturing Beyond PBL: A breakdown of nearby study spots

Stephanie Hagen is a candidate in Weatherhead's MBA program.

With the end of September fast approaching, students are settling into the familiar routine of classes, job/internship hunting, and bemoaning our lack of free time. Where the first-year MBAs generally all share the same schedule, we second-years have scattered to explore different electives. Yet there is one thing we all still have in common: homework. The Peter B. Lewis Building has plenty of inviting study nooks, but with most—if not all—of our classes in PBL, it can be far too easy to never venture beyond the building. Take advantage of the warmer weather (while it lasts!) to check out some of these alternative study spots.


1. The Coffee House
Distance from PBL: 0.2 miles (5-minute walk)

Despite its name, The Coffee House doesn’t have the greatest coffee. What it does offer is plenty of tables, a cozy atmosphere, and decent hours. Come here with a friend for group study—or don’t, you’ll probably run into someone you know.

Go here when: You really need a jolt of caffeine to make it through that evening class; it’s too cold to walk any farther; you don’t mind overhearing someone’s job interview.

2. Kelvin Smith Library

Distance from PBL: 0.3 miles (6-minute walk)

Ignore the scattered tables and comfy chairs near the entrance—head up the curving staircase to the large, well-lit study room on the third floor. Though often busy, it’s usually easy to snag a table; all are equipped with swivel chairs and charging ports. Or, if you need even more focus, there are individual desk pods with shielding walls to guard against that overly talkative friend. Newsflash: Apparently there is also a grad student/faculty-only study room on the second floor, if you get tired of the undergrads.

Go here when: The deathly silence might help you finally buckle down and study for tomorrow’s exam; you’re sifting through an armful of books from the stacks across the hall; you’re tired of PBL but don’t know where else to go (no worries, that’s what this post is for!).

3. Cleveland Museum of Art

Distance from PBL: 0.3 miles (7-minute walk)

Did you know that one of the world’s most visited art museums is just a short walk away—and it’s free? The museum’s spacious, airy atrium brings light to the dreariest of Wednesday afternoons. Check your backpack at the front desk, grab a tandoori wrap from the café, and park your laptop near the perimeter of the densely packed tables. Be aware, it does get busy (and noisy) during peak lunch hours.

Go here when: You could use a break from calculating cycle time to admire Church’s Twilight in the Wilderness; it’s freezing outside but you’re craving sunlight; you don’t mind some ambient noise.

4. Presti’s Bakery

Distance from PBL: 0.5 miles (12-minute walk)

By now you’ve probably heard of Presti’s—the bustling café in Little Italy serving up decadent desserts to a hectic crowd. But it’s a different place in the off hours, when the tables are mostly empty aside from a few older folks enjoying their afternoon coffee, and the soft rock on the radio barely covers the hum from the gelato freezer. Grab a number and pick your poison—is there ever a bad time for pizza by the slice?

Go here when: You’re hungry; your laptop is already fully charged; you can avoid the mealtime rush.

5. Rising Star Coffee

Distance from PBL: 0.6 miles (14-minute walk)

By far the best coffee shop around campus. Satisfy your inner hipster with an Aeropress or pour-over of an exotically named blend like the “Nueva Armenia”—or give in and try one of the delicious specialty lattes. If the tables are full, there’s usually an extra chair at the wraparound counter.

Go here when: You’re in the mood for an excellent cup of coffee; you have time for a bit of a walk; you’ve finally joined the ranks of the cool kids.

This is just a (not-so-random) sample of some of the great places nearby—where is your go-to study spot?

September 15, 2017

First Impressions: Thoughts from First-Year Grad Students

Follow Weatherhead's Career Management Office (CMO) on Twitter @weatherheadcmo.

It has been about a month on campus. Classes are in full swing. Assignments and events are filling your calendar. At CMO we hope everyone is enjoying the first few weeks of graduate life and that your graduate experience here at Weatherhead is a feeling of elation like the current mood of Cleveland Tribe fansundefeatable and history making!

We reached out to a few students to see just how Weatherhead has started to make an impression on each of them. We asked them the following questions—scroll on down to check out each of their responses!

1. What is the most interesting aspect about Cleveland?
2. What did you like about Orientation?
3. What clubs did you join and why?
4. What are you most excited for in this coming year?
5. What has been most surprising to you since coming to Cleveland/joining the program?

Brooke Bridges, First-Year MBA

1. The most interesting aspect about Cleveland is that Playhouse Square houses the largest outdoor chandelier in the world. It was my first must-see when I arrived in Cleveland!
2. My favorite part of orientation was attending the ropes course. It allowed me to connect with my classmates that I hadn’t had the opportunity to talk with yet. It allowed us to get to know each other in a fun and comfortable atmosphere.
3. I joined Women in Business, Multicultural Club, Marketing Club and Wine Club. I joined these clubs so that I could meet students from all the different programs of Weatherhead. I look forward to having the opportunity to listen to influential women and to learn about different people’s cultures.
4. I am most excited to have the chance to work in teams. Being able to work in diverse groups with people from different parts of the world and different skill sets will help me to grow and to be able to work with different types of leaders in the future.
5. I am most surprised how quickly I’ve been able to become acclimated to Cleveland and to going back to school. Weatherhead has made it an easy transition from moving across the country. Everyone from the faculty and staff, to my classmates have made Cleveland feel like home.

Antwand Hill, First-Year MAcc 
1. Personally, I would have to say the most interesting part about Cleveland is the professional sports teams. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan and recently the Cavaliers and Indians have had so much success that it is difficult not to support them. The Browns have been my favorite team for the last 15 years, no matter how much they struggle at times I will always support them. The future is very bright for all Cleveland professional sports teams.
2. In terms of orientation, I appreciated the fact that I had an opportunity to meet some of my classmates before classes started. We discussed our current work experience as well as our future aspirations.
3. I am currently working to join Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). BAP provides a great environment to network with professionals as well as volunteers in the community.
4. I am looking forward to two things this school year. I am looking forward to becoming the first person in my family with a Masters degree! I am also looking to securing a full-time audit position with a company that will aid in the development of my professional career.
5. The most surprising thing since I have joined the program has been the GreenLink/BlueLink shuttle that runs every 20 minutes to takes students around campus.

Shu Liu, First-Year MSM-Finance
1. I think the most interesting aspect about Cleveland is the artistic environment here. I love the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, not only can I enjoy the symphony orchestra in Severance Hall, but also I can enjoy it in my home through the broadcast. Also, there are lots of museums around our campus, that is fantastic!
2. I think orientation is great in several aspects. First, the bingo game is a good idea for our students to get to know each other. Also, it is a quite informative orientation and new students can receive lots of useful information related to our study and life.
3. I joined several clubs, including the public speaking club and the healthcare club. I chose public speaking club because I hope to practice my public speaking skills, also I hope to make friends with similar interests as me. Also, I am interested in the healthcare industries, so I hope to acquire more information on this area through the healthcare club. I hope these clubs will enrich my study journey and make my life more colorful.
4. Well, I think I am most excited for this coming year is that the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra will have several wonderful performances in the following year. I already have the FANS card for this year’s performances!
5. A surprising aspect for me is the learning environment in Weatherhead. I love this competitive learning environment; it is a great way to motivate me to make progress in my study.

Xinyi Ye, First-Year MSM-Operations Research and Supply Chain
1. The weather changes so quickly in Clevelanda joke here that when it rains here, wait for 5 minutes and it’ll be gone!
2. Orientation was well designed in detail so we could meet with all the people in the schoolpeople that could further assist us in the future when I have questions about school, work or life. And it also had one especially for international students so that we could quickly learn all the useful information regarding student visa, opt during a day of orientation.
3. I didn't join any clubs yet!
4. I’m excited to learn more useful knowledge throughout the second semester and apply what I have learned in the first semester. And internship hunting is going to be stressful and exciting as well.
5. People in Cleveland are really hyper about sportsthe Cavs, the Indians and the Browns! And the people in the program and the entire school are really helpfulthey’re trying to provide you with the most useful information and knowledge in the industry, the most helpful way of finding internships and jobs, and the lady at the front desk is very pleasant to talk with!

September 1, 2017

Welcome back and who's who in STEX

The following blog post is brought to you by George Smiltins of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more


The Office of Student Experience (STEX) would like to welcome all of our students to campus for the fall semester! Our office has been busy over the summer planning for new student orientation and also organizing a number of events for the fall. Judging by our conversations with you over the last few weeks, we can tell that this year is going to be both an exciting and engaging one!

Here are some early events to put on your calendar! Please register at the links below (also found on the Weatherhead Event Calendar)

Welcome Back BBQ 
Thursday, September 7th, 4pm to 6pm. Outside of Peter B. Lewis Building. Register by Tuesday, September 5th. Students will receive tickets for entry at close of registration.

WSOM Graduate Student Club Fair
Thursday, September 7th, 12pm to 4pm. PBL Building. No Registration Required.

Cleveland Browns Football vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m., First Energy Stadium. Tickets: $25 ($55 dollar value)


We’d also like to take the time to introduce you to a few key people in the landscape of the Weatherhead Graduate Student Experience:

Meenakshi Sharma is the assistant dean of career & student affairs. In addition to her role as head of the Career Management Office, Meenakshi oversees the Student Experience Office providing advice on event management as well as counsel to students to ensure their personal growth.

George Smiltins (me) is student services specialist. As an advocate for all students at Weatherhead, it is my job to make sure you have all the resources (University-wide, at WSOM, or in the larger local community) you need to thrive during your time with us. My role often takes the form of assisting students with immigration concerns, academic problems, health issues, or personal matters that may disrupt their ability to focus on their program. Additionally, I am responsible for coordinating events for the student population. Contact me if you have ideas for what you would like to see this year!

Mimi Filsinger is our student experience coordinator. Her main focus is the logistics of day to day success here in WSOM. She has been with Weatherhead since long before the Peter B. Lewis building came to be and knows, often better than anyone, how to make things happen. Locker, study room, AV reservation or reimbursement questions? Stop by Mimi’s office!

Student Experience would not be nearly as successful or lively without our esteemed student leaders. Our Graduate Business Student Association consists of an executive board, a vice president and a president who all work tirelessly to enrich the lives of all graduate students at Weatherhead. With a seven-person executive board, the president and vice president are well supported and ambitious!

Wenlong Ma is the Graduate Business Student Association president. Wenlong consults with the STEX team on major plans for GBSA and acts as a link between the student body and the administration.

Zihan Xiong (Kelsey) is the Graduate Business Student Association vice-president. Kelsey is tasked primarily with advising student clubs in the planning and execution of their events. Kelsey also consults with the STEX team on logistics and insights to help clubs become most effective.

2017-2018 GBSA Executive Board
President: Wenlong Ma
Executive Vice President: Zihan Xiong (Kelsey)
VP of Academic Affairs: Lauren Nelson
VP Finance: Tianjiao Liu (Liz)
VP Social and Cultural Activities: Ben Forman
VP Marketing and Communications: Maria Landaeta
VP Operations: Navid Tavoli