Monthly Archives: December 2014

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.


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.