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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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Busy Busy Busy

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!

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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!

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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!

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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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