Monthly Archives: April 2011

Staff & Faculty Rant Day!

Yesterday the students had their chance to rant on the student blog, so it’s only fair that the faculty and staff be given the chance to rant or even respond to posts made by students. Take a few minutes out of your day today and let any semester frustrations, funny stories, or random thoughts loose! All comments will be anonymous, so again, have fun and make sure to keep the rants appropriate. =)

Happy Reading Day!

Rant Away!


Speak Your Mind! Upcoming Rant Day!

Do you religiously read the Pirate Rants in the East Carolinian? Have you submitted a rant to the paper? Or do you simply want the chance to speak your mind?

The semester is wrapping up, frustrations and  stress are at an all-time high, and summer is on everyone’s mind! What else is on your mind? I know I could drop a few comments about things I’ve seen, heard, laughed about, or gotten angry about this semester, and I can only assume you could too! So, with this, I’m here to provide you with the opportunity to take those bottled up emotions or things you’re too afraid to say out loud and send them free!

I present you…. RANT DAY!

So, listen up! The College of Business Student Blog will be hosting two rant days next week on the reading days. Tuesday April 26th will be designated for students to rant about classes, teachers, or college life in general, and Wednesday April 27th will turn the tables and allow faculty and staff to rant! Sounds fun right? I thought so. The requirement to leave a name will be lifted on these days to allow for anonymous postings, so no need to worry about people associating any posts with your name. Simply post under the “Student Rants” or “Staff Rants” blog post title, or if you don’t have the urge to let loose, take a minute to enjoy reading the thoughts of your peers!

Rules of Rant Day:

  1. You are not allowed to post a rant that contains the name of a person, teacher, or staff member
  2. You are not allowed to use inappropriate vocabulary or curse words in your rants
  3. You are not allowed to use a rant as a means to threaten someone/something

Other than those simple rules, let your thoughts flow through your fingertips, and type away! There is no limit to how many rants you can post, but remember that your rant will be deleted if it breaks any of the three preceding rules.

Tell your friends, spread the word, and enjoy a chance to anonymously post your thoughts!

I’m Trying To Have A Future Here, There’s No Time For Resting!

So here it is, a little less than two weeks into April, meaning there is a little than two weeks left of classes. Frightening when you think about it that way. Correction: Exciting that the end is so near, but frightening at the amount of things that need to get done in that short period of time. Papers, presentations, and prep for exams defines the life for most of us, along with sleepless nights, accumulating stress, and frantic study sessions in the library. Is there really anyway to avoid the inevitable feeling of bombardment during the month of April? Could I have procrastinated less, managed my time better, or studied more to ease the pain?

Now I may be different than some of you, but I feel like regardless of what I do, I always feel the same. Throughout the semester I take great notes, attend my classes, do assignments on time, avoid procrastination, make study guides etc, yet every semester, the end creeps up and dumps a massive pile of things on my to-do list. With internships, jobs, organizations, and maintaining somewhat of a social life, there’s only so many hours in the day to put towards school work. At this point, I hardly even feel relief when I check one of my tasks off the list because the list seems never-ending. I consider myself a little obsessive compulsive, quite nerdy, and a borderline insomniac, and wrapping up my last semester of undergrad is taking its toll on my body. Pulling all-nighters has become a common solution to lack of time, and I’ve amazed myself at how incredibly casual and easy it has become to do so. Sometimes, I’ll even come across other friends who are pulling all-nighters and the act will morph itself into a social experience.

“Don’t lose yourself in the grind. You may lose your mind, but don’t ever lose you”

Like I said before, I have a sleeping problem. I’m not quite sure if this is due to my stress level, but I’m almost positive the two are related. It seems that in the moments I lay restless in bed, attempting to fall asleep, my mind neglects to relax. Instead, I can’t stop thinking about all of the things I need to accomplish the next day, the day after, and so forth. As a result, I either lie awake for hours or I fall asleep for a few hours and wake up ready to accomplish! I can only compare it to when its really important that you wake up at a certain time and because your mind is consciously and subconsciously focussed on getting up at that particular time, you wake up before your alarm even goes off. Usually when this happens, you feel awake, alert, and ready to go, and this is how I feel almost every day. There are times mid-day when I start to feel tired or dragging, but I’m most productive once the sun goes down, so my second wind kicks in!

I’ve learned to embrace this phenomenon, so functioning with little sleep has become a key part of my lifestyle. Are there other people with this problem? Are there other students who find themselves awake as anything at 3 A.M struggling to find something other than infomercials on television? Regardless of the lack of sleep, I still find myself stressed and overwhelmed, as I’m sure majority of the student body is feeling right now. Keeping organized, making checklists, and creating schedules for desired completion of tasks are definitely helpful, but I’m the first one to admit that the feeling never really subsides until every final grade is posted on OneStop.

Advice I’ve gotten has included “You need to relax”, “Don’t Procrastinate”, “Take one assignment at a time”, and my favorite, “Just be sure to get lots of sleep”. Like did you not listen to anything I just said! I think my stress is due to the ridiculous expectations that have been ingrained in my brain. You have to have work experience, you have to be involved, you have to have internships, and on top of all those you need to maintain great grades. Oh, and then you have to have a great resume, practice interview skills, and network with companies. If only doing all of these things guaranteed a job, but they don’t, because everyone else is doing the same thing! And, as each year goes by, newer and better things are added into the curriculum to help students conquer the dreaded economy making the competition even more fierce. There really isn’t a fool proof method to being successful. It comes from the perfecting of several components and the ability to outshine those around you. You have to find ways to differentiate yourself  and ways to make people remember you; otherwise your name will get lost in a stack of cookie-cutter resumes.

So like I’ve said before, don’t lose yourself in the grind. You may lose your mind, but don’t ever lose you. It’s all you’ve got that truly separates you from the person graduating to your right and the person graduating to your left. Whatever it is that separates you from others, SELL IT! Sell it to yourself and sell it to prospective employers.

You wouldn’t want to look back on all the stress, lack of sleep, bad habits, and the relief you never thought you’d achieve and feel as if it wasn’t worth it, would you? This is the foundation for your future, the beginning of what’s to come. I know the only thing that keeps me sane in times like these is remembering why I’m here and most importantly, where I want to be.

Two more weeks. Keep your head up and keep trucking whether you graduate May of this year, next year, or even the next.

Tomorrow Starts Here.

Student Spotlight! The Effects Of The MSA Program!

With this blog, I not only want to share my personal experiences, opinions, and daily feats. It is also my intention to shine the light in an alternate direction towards the lives of other students here at ECU and to showcase their unique personalities. For this week’s student spotlight, I’ve chosen to zero in on a very bright, intriguing, and full of life individual.

Currently in her last semester of the MSA program here at ECU, Kate Scarabelli, filled me in on how she arrived in the MSA program, and most importantly, the impact that it has had on her life. Interestingly enough, Kate went to NC State and got her undergraduate degree in Communications and Theatre. After she completed her undergraduate degree, Kate worked for about five years, but in 2008, she decided that she desired to return for further schooling. With the decision to go back to school solidified, Kate spent about a year deciding which direction that she wanted to pursue her Masters level studies in. Ultimately, Kate stumbled upon ECU’s MSA program and decided that because they prepared non-accounting undergraduate students for careers in accounting, the program would be a great fit for her. Currently, Kate lives in Greenville with her husband, five cats, seven dogs, and five goats, on about 10 acres out in the country. Kate has stated that her decision to come to ECU was a great one and that she has deeply enjoyed her experience. As she wraps up her last semester here and preps for the CPA exam, Kate reflected back on ten things that she learned in MSA program.

1.       Debits on the left, credits on the right. That is the secret to a balanced life.

2.       Graduate students age quickly. A full head of grey hair/no hair by graduation can happen.

3.       Accounting nightmares. When you do finally take the time to sleep, dreams become nightmares. Nightmares about tax returns, tick marks and calculator malfunctions are popular.

4.       Sleeping with your head on your book does not magically place the information inside your brain.

5.       Stone tablet syllabus. No matter how much you nag your professor, your professor will not change the syllabus. It may as well be engraved on a stone tablet.

6.       Your jokes no longer make sense to your spouse/mother/dog/friend. For example, only accountants think the joke, “Why did the auditor cross the road? Because that is what they did last year” is funny.

7.       Watching 43 minutes of TV per day may make you feel a little guilty. Unless you can find a TV show about accounting.

8.       Ten hours of studying per day is not enough.

9.       Do or do not…there is no try.

10.   Embrace your dorky side, you will be rewarded.

With hard work, comes success, but be sure not to lose “you” in your future pursuits!