New Beginnings or New Confusions?

Happy Monday COB! Hope everyone is surviving these last couple weeks of classes. As everything is coming to an end, my internship is just getting started. I have only been working there for a month, so the intensity of things are just picking up. I work every day 2-5, p.m. and there is always something for me to do.

Beginning something new is always hard. Everyday I go in, I am always learning something, but I am also in a field that I am not familiar with. The whole television industry is something new to me. I was asked to do an incentive for DSR, that’s all I was told. Would you have known what she was talking about? Because I sure didn’t. And that is the problem that I keep running into. It’s not the actual stuff they are assigning me to do, it’s figuring out what the heck they are asking me to do. In the company I have found a “go to person”, which I have became friends with to ask all the “stupid questions” that I feel like would bother my boss. It is always good to have this kind of person in the company that is very free spirited, and go with the flow. And when that person is not available there’s always one thing I can rely on, GOOGLE!!! This has helped me many times!

The more stuff I do, the more I am use to everything. But also, I am assigned something new everyday. What I am enjoying most so far is learning about what all-different things my boss does that is considered “marketing.” It is surprising stuff that I didn’t think would be classified under the marketing description. Her job is more than just marketing the company, its ordering supplies such as flyer channel guides, etc. for every department.

Found on Suddenlink Website

Found on Suddenlink Website

It is cool because I am using stuff I learn in my classes everyday. For example, entering marketing invoices into a spreadsheet shows variances. This is so cool to me because it is exactly what I am working on in my accounting class. I have also been coming up with incentives for sales reps along with many other promotional events. These tasks can relate back to my marketing classes. When it comes to my operational management class, I can see practices that Dr. Politio talks about in action.


As much as I enjoy my job, it’s also stressful this week with exams starting. I feel like I have the worst exam schedule ever – I have an exam Thursday this week and Monday-Thursday next week. All I have to say for this week is let the stress begin!

The Best Memories

Good Morning COB and happy Friday. This morning I am coming to you with a heavy heart. Last night’s game was a heart breaker for two reasons. First the obvious – coming back and then having a win get taken away within the last two seconds….honestly could not believe my eyes. The second is that it was my last home game as a student.

I never thought i’d see the day that happened. I also never thought i’d see the day that I would care so much about a football team, but thats what ECU has done to me, turned me into a die hard fan! I pride myself on never missing a game and almost never missing my beloved PURPLE HAZE so last night was a tough one for me. Throughout the past four years my favorite memories of college have taken place in and around that stadium. Whether it be putting 70 points on the board against Carolina earlier this year, countless tailgates with family and friends, or forming the senior tunnel on the field at half time last night I can thank Dowdy Flicklin and ECU athletics for the best experiences a girl could ask for.

Last game for these seniors!

Last game for these seniors!

Of course it will not be my last football game at East Carolina but it is crazy to think that its the last one for me as a student here. I know I will be making the trip to Greenville for many years to come and hopefully even make it to whichever bowl game we play in this year! Either way, win or lose I am still a proud pirate this morning!

Now that our last home game is over, the end of the fall semester is very fast approaching. This will be my last blog post until the new year and the spring semester begins. I wish everyone good luck on your exams – I hope they are quick, painless, and that your hard work pays off! Also to everyone, have a very happy holiday and a happy new year! Thanks for another great semester COB!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Welcome back ECU to another exciting edition of a day in the life of an MBA student. It certainly has been an interesting week to say the least. A very long and well deserved break with friends and family. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and Christmas is a very close second. Both holidays I get to spend with friends and family, but Thanksgiving involves one of my favorite past times, stuffing my belly until I am uncomfortably full.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for the final grind before Fall 2014 comes to an end and a short break soon leads to Spring of 2015. 1 year down and 1 year to go. Unfortunately during my break I didn’t pick up anything school related at all. I had been working very hard prior to my break so I could fully enjoy the time spent with my family. Now my past week has been spent with early mornings in the library and late nights with my nose in a book. Not particularly what I call fun but we sometimes do things we don’t want to do in order to have success later in our future.

My grades currently, as usual, reflect the effort put into each class. Proud to say they are very well. As previously reported I’ve made some minor adjustments and reevaluated my priorities (once again) and my school is definitely coming first. It’s not particularly my first choice but I understand the importance and have to make an effort to produce this change I desire. These grades aren’t going to produce themselves.

To be “frank”, my father-in-law said something to me the other day I would like to share. This probably wasn’t exactly what I “wanted” to hear, but I don’t mind hearing what I “need” to hear. There aren’t particularly unintelligent people, just people who aren’t willing to put in the effort. If you really want something you’d go to the edge of the earth to reach this goal if it mattered that much to you. In reflection, school does matter to me. It’s time I prove how much this matters to me and travel to the ends of the earth. I’m just not sure how long it will take and when I’ll be back. So long.

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Giving thanks

It is hard to believe that November has already come and gone. This past week has been so refreshing. Being able to be home for more than two days without having to turn around and go back to school was such a great feeling. Spending time with loved ones is the only way to bring in this holiday season.

Brandon Wolf's (boyfriend) families Thanksgiving

Brandon Wolf’s (boyfriend) families Thanksgiving

On Thursday, my day was very busy. I attended my boyfriends family thanksgiving in Greensboro at 1:00; it is always fun seeing his family. I also had to attend my family’s thanksgiving in Charlotte at 5:00 — it is only a hour and fifteen minute drive, so it wasn’t that bad. The meaning of thanksgiving has definitely changed for me since I have been to college. It is a time to come home and see everyone again, see old friends, and catch up with family members. When I was in high school it was just a time to eat some good food at grandparents house. It’s crazy how being in different stages in your life can change meanings behind something that you have done your whole life.

When being around people that you haven’t seen in a while, the million-dollar question always gets asked, “So how’s school?” This question gets asked by just about everyone you talk to when you are home from college. In my head I want to say, “Well you see I have 3 test next week, two presentations, and exams starting in a week.” But then again, I am home from school and the last thing I want to talk about is what I have to do when I get back. So I always go with the basic answer of, “It’s good.” Which is always followed up with the question, “Are you having fun?” The answer to this is obviously yes, who doesn’t have fun in college? Or the even better questions of “what are your plans after college?” Every college kid goes through it, and most of us are in the same boat. When finally escaping the questions, the only thing we want to do is go back to school.

Parsons' family at thanksgiving

Parsons’ family at thanksgiving

 


Regardless of everything, thanksgiving break is such a tease. Its nice to have a break, but in the back of my mind I still know this week is probably the busiest week of the semester and I am still on break mode. Now that December is here, we have 10 days until exams, and everyone is giving that last bit of hope to get their grades up. As I cannot wait for Christmas break, I still have a lot to do this semester. As my internship is gaining more and more responsibility everyday I go in, it is getting more demanding. As I am hoping to get through this next week, the only thing on mind is December 18th when I will have a break!

As I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving, I wish everyone the best on these last couple days of the semester! Feel free to comment on this post and share your holiday stories.

Is it Thanksgiving Yet?

Happy Friday COB! After a very stressful week I could not be happier than to have the next two days off! My semester has picked back up again and is headed into the final push so I have been busy busy busy.

This week I had two projects, one presentation, two papers, and a ton of group project meetings so it is safe to say that I am exhausted. Next week I have three tests to get through before heading back to Raleigh for Thanksgiving break and for some much needed time with my family.

I am very excited to watch the Pirates play tomorrow! I can’t believe how fast this season has gone and it’s been WAY too long since the last game. I am ready for some tailgating with family and friends and to cheer on ECU for a win against Tulane! However, after watching the Pirates play tomorrow I will be very, very ready to take these tests and get back to Raleigh. I will be spending my holiday at my aunts with lots of cousins and even more yummy food — she makes the best marshmallow sweet potatoes! YUM!

Ready to tailgate tomorrow with my favorite Pirate fans!

Ready to tailgate tomorrow with my favorite Pirate fans!

I am sure I am not the only one ready to get home for a few days for family time, relaxation, and of course Christmas shopping! I hope everyone has a quick, stress free week and safe travels driving or flying home! Comment on this post and let me know how you will be spending your holiday!

Final Push

Happy Wednesday everyone. Welcome back for another exciting episode of a day in the life of an MBA student. This week, I’m getting extremely busy and starting to notice all the semesters projects are now coming to a close. Final segments are beginning to get wrapped up and the demand and stress of these activities are starting to pay a toll. Over the years as I learn how to manage school, work, personal life, etc… I have learned that when I push my self to the brink, I usually get sick. Well folks, the past week I have been getting over some type of sickness now circulating the Bate building.

Started with a headache, sore throat, and within in a few days I was down for the count. Alka seltzer, Dayquil, Nyquil, and sleep have been my friend for past week. Thank goodness I had a short spurt of staying proactive which allowed me to take a well needed break for a few days. The next couple of weeks and the weeks proceeding Thanksgiving will be filled with some much needed time in the library. I typically get a lot more accomplished when I’m forced into a small cubicle and forced to complete the task at hand. I enjoy my time at home, but the distractions and the beautiful scenery surrounding me is entirely too distracting.

What tools do you use to study? I’ve been putting together small study groups with friends and those seem to help. I sometimes get side tracked but a majority of the time I’m focused in the library and get a lot accomplished. Find what works for you, and maybe share some secrets of your own. I could sure use the help.

My First Week

Happy Monday COB! So this week I completed my first full week of my marketing internship with Suddenlink. And I can say I love it already. When receiving this internship I did not know what to expect. But so far I have learned so much, and it’s only been a week.

I have met so many different people this past week, and everyone is SO nice. While learning about all the different parts of the company, it has made me realize how much goes into Suddenlink. It’s awesome to see the inside of a business that I can see all different departments of business working together. It makes me realize how the College of Business has prepared me to be a part of an organization. Knowing that when I graduate I will have a background in all different areas of business, makes me confident because I can see how it is used in the work place.

Thus far I have done many different tasks that I have been assigned to me by my boss. I am still trying to learn how to do everything. I have been asking a lot of questions, just because I have only been there a week. I have learned that it is better to ask for help the first time rather than getting it wrong.

It is going to take me a couple weeks to really get everything down, along with remembering everyone’s name – but that is normal! I am so excited to have this experience to work in the marketing department of Suddenlink.

Hope everyone has a great week! Last full week of school until Thanksgiving!!

A Great Week

Happy Friday COB! The past two weeks for me have not been overloaded with school work (thankful for that!) With that comes a little bit of extra time which I have been using to try and become more “present” in all aspects of life. This year is absolutely flying by and my biggest concern is that I will lose track of time and before I know it, it will be graduation day. I have a bad habit of throwing myself into my work so much that I don’t find the time for anything else.

This year I am trying to find a better balance – so that I don’t look back and only remember nights spent in the library stressed about a test or paper. For me being more “present” involves more time with my amazing friends and working toward more meaningful and intentional relationships. Finding the time to talk with them about everything under the sun and actually having more fun! I’ve also had my perfect goldendoodle Winston here with me this week which has been so much fun – taking him on walks and puppy play time has been such a stress relief!

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It’s been a great two weeks but now it is that time again where everything begins to snowball. Monday starts the next two weeks for tests, papers, presentations, and final projects so I have enjoying my free time while I can! Now its time to look forward the last few days of freedom for a while. I will be spending Saturday throwing a bridal shower for my best friend – then Sunday begins endless studying. Either way no complaints here; happy I got to enjoy this week!

Rough Week

Happy Wednesday ECU. First off I would like to thank all my followers. It’s been a rough week and my motto of staying positive has pushed me through some hard times. Obviously work has been stressful, and school has been stressful as well. On top of that, Saturday, my dog went missing. Then Sunday night, I got sick and missed the past 2 days from work. I’m feeling a little better now but I’ll probably have a short day and take off early from work to continue recovery.

Saturday I woke up and decided to do a couple errands around the house. As I was leaving I noticed a hunting dog running across my front yard. My dog “Penny” decided to follow the hunting dog. Heading down the street I noticed a young boy standing on top of his truck. Being a good person I figured I would stop and ask if he had lost his dog. I gave him directions towards my house and let him know my dog was running with his but DO NOT pick my dog up. Needless to say I have yet to see her. We have lived in this house for over 2 months and this is the first week she hasn’t come home.

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Not the greatest photo but I think it’s great to see how Scarlet and Penny became “friends” in such a short period of time. Penny, more than Scarlet would follow us around and just wanted attention. We really hope she comes back soon, but most of all we hope she’s safe. I know it’s not the best comparison, but I understand the feeling of not having closure when a family member randomly goes missing. There are lessons to be learned from this situation and I hope I can apply some of these lessons when Penny returns home.

On a more positive note I’m feeling a little better and getting some things done at school. Fell a little behind because I was sick so thank goodness I tried to stay ahead before the weekend. I look forward to reporting in next week and hopefully with some positive news about Penny.

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Happy Monday COB!

I cannot believe another week has come and gone, and we are a month away from exams. I don’t know about you, but this semester has flown by. I feel like towards the end of the semester I am just getting busier and busier.

This past week was very busy for me! On Tuesday I played in the sorority intermural flag football championship! My sorority (Alpha Delta Pi) played a very good Alpha Phi team. It was a tough game and we were tied 6-6 as regulation time ended, forcing us to go into over time. The same rules applied for us as they do for college over time. Alpha Phi was on defense first, which I feel worked in their favor. As we proceeded to score in overtime, we were up 14-6.  As defense went on the field, I was nervous (I played defense). We held them three times in a row. Then fourth down was up, they had one more chance to tie the game. As the quarterback threw a pass right outside of the end zone, my heart stopped. I thought they had scored. When looking at the ref has he waved the player down very few inches from the end zone, I was shocked! We just won the flag football championship! As this might not seem like a big deal to you, it probably was the highlight of junior year! So much fun winning something with your friends! From playing soccer my whole life, its fun to be back in a competitive nature!

Alpha Delta Pi Flag Football Championship

Alpha Delta Pi Flag Football Championship

With the thrill of winning making my week, it was still really busy. I started my internship on Wednesday, and boy was that overwhelming! My boss pretty much just threw me into it, as she was starting a new marketing campaign for the month of November and December.  I was able to help her change everything out for that, as she trained me on a couple more things.  As Katie mentioned in her blog from Friday, I was also initiated into Beta Gamma Sigma on Thursday. This was such a special moment, and I was so glad my parents were able to drive up from Charlotte to share it with me. On Friday, I was able to witness 52 new members be initiated into my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. Which is a special moment for our whole chapter. Looking back at last week it was full of joy and it was quite an exciting week!

As I look ahead in my planner for the upcoming month, WOW! It is getting busy; all my classes are getting the last minute test it, along with so many assignments. I just don’t know how I am going to get it all done. Hopefully I will be able to manage it all. As the end of this semester approaches, I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the semester and isn’t too overwhelmed with work!