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Real Humans of OSU Fisher’s MBA Class of 2022

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Patrick Starrett, Fisher MBA Class of 2022

Age: 31
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Undergraduate Institution and Major: The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Majors in Risk Management and Insurance
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): 8 years+, Naval Nuclear Power

Why business school? Why now?
I thoroughly enjoy thinking about the inner workings of a business. I needed to get myself back into the business mindset. I wanted to add technical business acumen to the soft skills I developed in the Submarine force. Business school was the best way to transition from the Navy. They say the best time is during transitions and it was time for me and my wife to come home.

Why Fisher? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
The academic and professional resources available to support my goals are unmatched. The focus on experiential learning is very helpful. I am most excited about the opportunities for a direct positive impact on my community through various groups such as Fisher Board Fellows.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2022?
I definitely talk a lot. I have a very curious mind and am probably more excited than most to be learning business again.

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?
The summer before I left for the Navy, I was asked to help coach my nephews’ soccer team. I had never coached soccer before, but it was a very rewarding experience.

Post-MBA career interests?
I hope to grow with a local company for the next 20 years. I am interested in corporate finance and strategy. I have strong aspirations for C-Suite leadership.

Advice to current prospective applicants:
–One thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?

Continue to relax and be myself.

–One thing you would change or do differently?
Reach out to more current students. There were opportunities to meet current students and because of time constraints with the Navy, I was unable to participate.

–Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
The live recording video interviewing. It was something with which I had very little experience. The practice option provided helped make it easier, but the Zoom interview was where I could more easily show who I was.

What is your initial impression of Fisher’s students/culture/community?
Extremely welcoming and helpful. I was concerned that the transition from the Navy would be more difficult, but the veterans from the FTMBA program reached out to help answer questions. The faculty, current students, and alumni have been so friendly. I felt very confident knowing that I had a strong community to help me through all the challenges that lie ahead

One thing you have learned about Fisher that has surprised you?
If Fisher does not have the resource you want, they will help you find it.

Thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
Finding an internship.

Thing you are most excited about in your first year?
Learning how to better leverage my skills and experience from the Navy.

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