Final Stretch

Good morning ECU. It’s another glorious Wednesday and boy are we so close to the end of the semester. Some of us are graduating, some of us are taking summer classes (me), and some of us will be returning in the fall. Whatever category you fall in, enjoy this last month and stay focused.

Although this semester is almost over, my next couple of weekends are booked with fun getaways with the wife and family. I have been really focused over the past couple of months and as I have previously stressed, it is important to balance a social and educational realm. My grades are important and I have been doing very well, so I will be studying really hard during the week, and releasing my stress on the weekend. Thankfully I will be sitting on the beach a majority of the time so I can bring my laptop with me and still work without the pressure of deadlines.

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A photo from one of our many small getaways

 

Stay focused, remind yourself during the week that you may have a fun event planned for the weekend so you have to study hard now. It’s those small sacrifices we make during the present that allow for great rewards in the future. These are just my sacrifices that I make during the week so yours may be different. Maybe go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, don’t go downtown during the week, make visits to the library, etc…

Find out what works best for you and ATTACK. It can be said that anything is possible if you make up your mind and put 100% into that activity. Think about something that you really wanted in life, something HUGE, and now you have. How hard did you actually work to accomplish this goal? So stay focused for the final stretch of this 2014 Spring semester. If you need help use the tools ECU provides for you. I look forward to seeing you next week and reporting on my vacation. Don’t forget to comment and follow me on twitter @ECUCOB^CP.

Spring Has Finally Sprung!

After a past couple of weeks of a lot of time and dedication to school I got to take a little break and relax this past weekend! Of course this beautiful weather we have had the past week or two definitely does not help my productivity factor, but hey I’m just thankful it’s not freezing and snowing every other week anymore! On Thursday I participated in East Carolina’s AIMO Fashion Show. One of my friends that I worked with at Mellow Mushroom is a textile major and had to design outfits for one of her classes as a project. I was lucky enough to be chosen by her, and she did an awesome job with her designs!

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    Here are all of us and the outfits from the show! (Jessica Robinson dressed in black in middle, Designer)

Bright and early the next morning I headed to Charlotte for the weekend! Living in North Carolina my whole life, I have surprisingly never been to Charlotte before, so it was neat to see the city and get out of Greenville for a weekend. This weekend was beautiful and permitted for a great time in the Queen City! I went to Carowinds on Saturday; I am not much of a “rollercoaster rider” per say—I have a deathly fear of heights, but I expanded my horizons that day and surprised myself by riding some rides I didn’t think I would had ever ridden. It’s always good to get out of your comfort zone! As a well-known quote goes: “Nothing great ever happens in the comfort zone” :)

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        Top of the Park from the observation deck
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And I even got to see Snoopy Land — (I love Charlie Brown) and the kid’s roller coaster in that part of the park was the only that fulfilled my comfort level of a ride, even though I still screamed like a little girl. :)

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    Yesterday, I roamed the city and looked at all the neat buildings, shops and scenery. It was a beautiful weekend!
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    I hope everyone has a good weeking coming up! Graduation in 26 days…so close, just got to make it through these next couple of weeks!
            Blog by: Haley Nowlin

A Sigh of Relief

Happy Friday COB! This Friday I am breathing a sign of relief after getting some long awaited news. As you have heard throughout this semester, I have spent what feels like the majority of my time in the past few months searching for a summer internship. For a while I was beginning to think that I was not going to get anything and that id have to spend my summer in Raleigh doing nothing… but, this week I got the best news and felt like a giant weight was lifted off of my shoulders!

An advertising agency in Atlanta FINALLY called me back and offered me an account management intern position! They also happened to call on my birthday so it was an amazing week all in all! I could not be more grateful for finally getting some good news and for this incredible opportunity. I cannot wait to get to Atlanta and start working hard and get some real world experience in the advertising industry.

Cannot wait to spend the summer in Atlanta!

Cannot wait to spend the summer in Atlanta!

If this week has taught me one thing, it’s that hard work and persistence really does pay off. I have been working nonstop since January to lock in a position for this summer and I finally got an offer! Now I cannot wait to enjoy the rest of my junior year without having to worry about this summer; now all I have to worry about is the job hunt during my senior year… not looking forward to that at all!

Have you found your perfect summer internship yet? Comment and let me know!

 

Never Be Afraid of Change

Good Morning ECU. Once again I’m in a great mood as positive things continue to come my way. Perhaps positive things come my way because I continue to see the positive in every situation and let the negative situations roll off my shoulders. Actually, I’m sure that’s the reason. So give it a try sometime, and you’ll be happy with the results.

Now on to our topic of the day. CHANGE. As always I will give you an example from my life first. Recently it has been addressed that my current position in the ECU TIO office will come with greater responsibility (I’m being promoted). Promotions are good all around, there aren’t too many people that I know would turn down a promotion. However, I’ve always enjoyed changing roles, mixing things up, a lateral move within the organization. Become a master at your craft, move on and master the next craft. You’ll be surprised how valuable this skill is to your future employers and yourself in the future.

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So how about you? Do you respond well to change? A lot of people that I know don’t respond well to change and I’m sure not a lot of people moved to Japan when they were 10 years old. But what about small things around campus, for example our computer lab and it’s recent upgrades. We’ve passed around comment cards, but use this time to respond and tell me what you think. Is there something you would like to see improved or something you don’t like? And before you comment about the computers, there are actually more, not less.

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Change can be scary, but the more we put ourselves out there and in these situations. The more normal change becomes to us. We learn to adapt and help those who are afraid of change, like I hopefully help you. Make sure you comment on my blog and follow me on twitter @ECUCOB^CP. Have a great day!

The Home Stretch!

It’s that point in the semester where everything is starting to wrap up, and group projects are more hectic than ever. This past week was very busy to say the least between several tests and different group meetings/assignments due. I think over the course of my senior year, I have done enough group projects to last me for awhile! Even though group projects are good experience for working in teams in the real world, it sure is stressful when you have one in every class and everyone’s schedules seem to conflict! I sure do miss the days where I could sit silently in a lecture class, be home relatively early in the day, and have weeks to prepare for a test/assignment. Things don’t seem to work out like that anymore, but I’m in the home stretch… only 33 days! (But who’s counting anyways? ) It’s crunch time! More next week!

          Blog by: Haley Nowlin

Finally Sunny and 75!

Happy Friday everyone and thank goodness it finally feels like spring! I was starting to think I would never experience what 75 degrees felt like again. I don’t think I have ever been more grateful to see a warm five-day forecast, and this is coming from a girl who loves the cold.

There was a different ambiance on campus this week, everyone looked much happier to have ditched their parkas for shorts and sandals. However making it to class this week was incredibly difficult since my mind was caught up in all the things I would rather be doing; anything related to sitting in the sunshine. Obviously the first week that its beautiful, I have a ridiculous amount of work to accomplish. Well…it was probably that same amount as any other week it just felt much worse since I was staring out the window and actually seeing the sun. So I was forced to sit in the library with the grueling torture of constantly checking social media seeing everyone’s pool and river pictures. Let me tell you I was not a happy camper.

Campus looking extra beautiful this morning.

So when I woke up this morning I could not wait to speed through my classes so I could finally get outside. I have a hot pink beach bike and an ENO hammock that is calling my name today! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend enjoying this beautiful weather!

Be Ready For Anything

Good Morning y’all! Happy Wednesday and welcome back to Corey Pulido’s Weekly Blog.

On to more pressing news. I’m still super excited to be here sharing my adventure of the ECU MBA program. I get so many mixed emotions, from people who find out about my adventure and how I feel personally about my current situation.

I had been in the working world for about 10 years and finally decided to quit my job and pursue my education fulltime. For some, the idea of continued education is mind boggling, but I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.

I sometimes get off track, usually with the gym, but I always prioritize and place school at the top of my list. I’ve been able to get back to my good study habits over the last few weeks. I finish my school work first, stay proactive, and when times get rough I have two sweet ladies that keep me centered.

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I really think that it is important to remain humble and be grateful for what we have and the opportunities presented to us. Know who you are and be true to yourself, that way when you get in a sticky situation, you won’t second guess the decisions you make. I always ask myself when I reach a fork in the road, “What would a good person do”. It helps me, it may help you.

Good luck everyone. Keep following @ECUCOB^CP and look for my new blogs every Wednesday. Don’t forget to comment and suggest ideas for future topics.

No Registration, No Worries (Kind Of)

With all the buzz in the air with registration this past week, I officially feel old. I never saw the day coming where I wouldn’t have to sit down for half an hour and try to strategically plan out class times and molding my schedule with aiming to have no Friday classes; you also can’t forget reading (and sometimes laughing) at the reviews on Ratemyprofessor.com— a college kid’s best friend of a website. All my roommates and some of my friends have been stressing about it this past week, but I could just sit back and relax :) However, it is just another reminder that I am hitting the real world in a little over a month (yikes) and will be beginning a completely new chapter of my life. As draining as it can be, I can’t imagine any other life than class, homework and studying during the week days. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling!

Speaking of starting a new chapter of my life, this past week I accepted an internship with Campus Special for a sales and advertising internship for the summer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with what Campus Special is, it’s a company that works with local business owners and educates them on how to market themselves to college students in the area. They usually choose 2-4 interns per University, and then all the interns fly to Chicago the last weekend of April to train. I’ve never been to Chicago before so I am very excited to visit, and get started with a new transition in my life!

When I’m not busy with school or studying, call me a nerd but I love to read. I’ve always been a bookworm since I can remember, and am always looking for a new good book to read (if you have any good suggestions please comment and let me know!). Last semester I read a book called “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. I always try to take away something from every novel I read, and this one was no exception. This is hands down my most favorite book I have ever read. I enjoyed it so much that I bought it for a Christmas gift for my mom this past year.

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I started re-reading it again this past week. The Last Lecture is about Randy Pausch, the author, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, who gets diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Last Lecture is about his ability to hang on to everyday life, and his journey as it comes to an end. This book really highlights inspiration, human compassion, re-thinking priorities, and reflections and mystery about life.

A quote from Pausch: “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand”.

What I liked most about Pausch’s story was his honesty in his writing, and his ability to try and lead a normal life and make the most of it until the very end. If you enjoy reading and have some free time, I highly recommend this book. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

              Blog by: Haley Nowlin

Senior Registration

This past Tuesday marked a day that I never thought would come…registration for the fall of my senior year. To me becoming a senior in college always felt like this very far off event that would never actually happen. But, as I sat in my room on Tuesday morning still very sleepy and waiting on my 8am register time it all hit me like a train. Suddenly I found myself wondering has it really been three and a half years since I moved into Fletcher for my freshman year? Was that even possible? Where did the time go? It feels like it was about twenty minutes ago to me.

My first home game with my best friend Nikki. In complete disbelief this was over three years ago!

My first home game with my best friend Nikki. In complete disbelief this was over three years ago!

Granted it was nice to not have any problems getting in all the classes I needed, I finished at 8:03am. A record considering I have never had a registration experience that wasn’t filled with stress and anxiety. However, this time it was a different kind of stress and anxiety; it was a kind that was much, much worse. It was the realization that in just a year and a few short months, that I would officially be an adult. That I would then need to find a job, pay my own bills, find a place to live and, essentially grow up. The thought of all this change downright terrifies me. I don’t feel old enough for all of that; I’m not sure if I ever will.

I am sure I am not the only one who had thoughts like these this week, I’m not sure if any of us are ever REALLY ready to graduate and take on all of that extra responsibility. So, as the rest of my very stressful week went on I tried to be a little more thankful for all the things I normally complain about. Things like having to stay up late studying for tests, waking up early for class and, stressing about grades and group projects. I guess it won’t be long before all of us long for those days. So here’s hoping time slows down, because this girl just is not ready to leave Greenville.

Rocky Roads Lead to Clear Skies

Good Wednesday morning followers, and could it be a greater day? With everything that’s happened in the past couple of weeks, I couldn’t be more excited to be writing my fans with great news. The past few weeks have been rough (if you’ve been following) but a trip to see my advisor and a week studying hard makes everything better.

This week’s post will be brief because I have a lot of school work to catch up on. I did want to let everyone know that my spirits are high and it looks like I’ll be completing my MBA program here at ECU. Over the years something valuable I have learned is, sometimes the right decision turns out to be the most difficult. The decisions we make are based on what we know at that current moment in time. And we have to be 100% satisfied with that decision. There is no waking up the next morning saying, “What if I did this instead”?

I’m proud to say I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m comfortable with the decision’s I’ve made, (some may be borderline) but we grow as individuals, we learn from those mistakes and become better people. Life is a process and follow me next week as I give you in depth information on how my first semester in the MBA program comes to a close.