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!

Beta Gamma Sigma Induction

Happy Friday COB! I hope everyone had a relaxing and stress free week and is looking forward to a weekend filled with fall weather!

After last week being full of tests, essays and other assignments – this week was a nice relief. I focused on getting caught up in my classes, but more importantly focused on some much needed relaxation.

Last night was also a great night for myself as well as fellow COB blogger, Madison Parsons. We had the opportunity to be inducted into East Carolina University’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter. “Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.”

Madison and I at the induction ceremony last night at the Murphy Center.

Madison and I at the induction ceremony last night at the Murphy Center.

When i was ‘tapped’ for this honor I was SHOCKED to say the least! I must admit I have never been one of those “naturally gifted” students, I have always been the one who has to practically kill themselves studying all night in the library to feel prepared before taking an exam (although I don’t know if I ever actually feel prepared). So, when I received my invitation into BGS it was a nice pat on the back, knowing that all of my hard work has paid off and that all those exhausting nights were actually worth it!

Congratulations for all the other inductees into Beta Gamma Sigma and have a great weekend COB!

Sick day – with a view

Happy Wednesday ECU. Writing you today from home, feeling a bit under the weather but what a way to spend the day. Kind of hard not to find inspiration and motivation with an environment like this.

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Over the past couple of months I’ve had some life altering events: dropped another class, redirected my focus towards school, and bought a house. Obviously on the top of that list is the new house. The past week my wife and I (mainly her) picked up around the house and finally started to organize a lot of our material possessions. Another positive is we were finally in a position to purchase a few pieces of gym equipment so I can finally start working out from home. There are still a lot of things needed to complete this personal gym but at least I’m on the way.

I worked out really hard for the first time in almost three months with a fellow employee and I’ve been paying the price all week. Thanks to Jon and Caleb, my legs have never been this sore. Feels good to slowly get back in the swing of things, just doesn’t feel good to not be able to use my legs. Eventually I’ll be back to a regular routine, but for now the focus is and must be school.

As previously mentioned, if you’re keeping up with the blog, I put together some study groups to make sure I stayed focused in school. With the combination of setting the computer up at home and spending a majority of my free time in the library, I’ve noticed a significant difference. That being said, this past Sunday after cleaning, the wife and I spent a majority of our downtime relaxing outside by the fire (and watching football of course).

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I’m an avid believer that hard work deserves rewards. Little milestones along the way to keep you focused which adds fuel to the motivational fire burning inside you. Sometimes I’m guilty of rewards myself to often, or prior to actually successfully reaching the milestone. I also notice that sometimes I work better when I skip the reward and head straight to the reward. If you’re keeping up, my point is different strokes for different folks. Right now this happens to be working for me. I’m going to continue to analyze my progress, and definitely report in to all my followers on how I’m doing.

They didn’t have MTV, but they had a internship for me!

Hope everyone survived Halloween! Just wanted to share an experience with you that I had last week —

I am sure many of you received the email from Dr. Killian about the marketing internship with Suddenlink. When receiving the email, I read through it and decided on whether or not I should apply for it. I contemplated back and forth and decided to send in my résumé. With not getting a reply within a couple days I kind of forgot about it. Then I received a call a few days later from Ms. Parks at Suddenlink. I was so excited! This phone call turned into a phone interview, asking me many questions about my resume etc. At the end of the phone call she asked to setting up an interview for the next day. Of course I agreed to this, and proceed to set up a time.

The next day in my Management 3302 class, Professor Robinson was talking about interviews. It was perfect timing because I knew I did not have time to go to the career center because I had less than 24 hours to get prepared. She talked about questions they asked and pointers for an interview. One point she brought up was ethical questions. How employers these days loves to ask them during interviews. The rest of the day I keep thinking about if I was to get asked an ethical questions. I wanted ideas in my head, so if asked I would have an answer.

That later day, I went to the Suddenlink office for my interview. Ms. Parks asked my many questions, where I saw myself in the future of my marketing career, explain myself beyond just my resume, past experience, etc. But then there were those ethical questions. And boy they were hard! One was, “tell me a time you made a good decision and a bad decision and what you learned from it.” I had no idea what to say, but luckily I was able to relay it back to my internship with Microsoft and the decision on when to survey people. Another hard question was, “when was a time you worked in a group, and you personally helped your group succeed.”  Thankfully, I was able to tie this question back in to Business 2200 with Professor Powers. This whole class was about group work, and working with people I didn’t know, so it helped me answer this question a lot.

When leaving the interview, Ms. Parks said she would call my by Friday with her decision. On Wednesday I received a call saying I have been chosen for the Marketing Internship at Suddenlink – SO EXCITING!! I will be starting this week. I cannot wait to begin, but also don’t know what to expect! So it should be exciting!

Registration: May the odds be ever in your favor

Happy Monday COB! I cannot believe this semester is over half way done. Seems like just yesterday I was registering for classes to start my junior year. Now it is already time to register for classes all over again.

I met with my advisor, Mr. McAllister the other day (he rocks!). When going through everything, my main focus was if I was going to be able to graduate in 4 years. Well…that’s what my parents are most worried about! He informed me that I could graduate in December if I really wanted to, because I have taken over 15 hours each semester. I thought about it for a minute, then realized I could never get a chance to be an undergraduate college student again, so I don’t want to rush through that!

When meeting with Mr. McAllister, he pretty much told me there are only 4 classes that I am required to take before graduating. Other than that I can just have to take marketing classes from here on out. This completely caught me off guard. Every semester before this I had certain classes that I HAD to take. It was pretty much mapped out for me. Now, I have a chance to pick what I want. He explained this to me as, I can choose my marketing classes based off of what I really want to do with marketing. This scared me even more, because I have no idea.

Trying to map out my schedule for next year, I was looking at all the 4000 level marketing classes; I researched all the classes to figure out exactly which ones I want to take. After looking on Rate My Professor, and talking to other marketing majors, I finally realized the direction of classes I want to take for next semester.

I have cleared 1 hour in my schedule Tuesday so I can be prepared when my registration opens. The minute it opens, I feel like is the most stressful minute ever.  Where do you start? Which class should you go after first? I am hoping I get all the classes I want for next semester.

Good luck to everyone with registration! May the odds be ever in your favor.

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