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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The Realizations of being a Senior

Happy Friday COB! Hope everyone had a good week and a great night at the game. GO PIRATES!!

Currently I find myself in a very unsetting position, one that so many others around me are also in. My time as a student at ECU is almost over and that is not a thought I welcome. Although I do not graduate until May it is absolutely crazy how quickly this year is already going – I cannot believe it is almost November!

With that, at this point in my college career I can honestly say I am the most anxious I have ever been in my life. Constant questions pop up in my head all throughout the day. I’m sure I have the same questions running through my brain as many other seniors out there. Should I go to grad school or should I apply for jobs? I can at least say that I have made one decision – that I will try to work in the industry for a few years before going back to get my graduate degree. Even after that large decision was made, I still had all of these: what kind of jobs should I apply for? Where should I apply for them? Where will I live? Will I know anyone wherever I live? Will I be good at the job? Will I even get a job? The list of doubt goes on and on until you end up where I am currently, completely confused and overwhelmed. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to sound like a Debbie downer; it’s just the lack of certainty really gets to you and more importantly I don’t want to leave Greenville at all!

This week I tried to push all those looming questions out of my head and just try and focus on the job hunt. However, with my classes, schoolwork and two internships it’s very difficult to try and fit in the time! Looking for a job really is a job in itself! This semester as the weeks fly by I will keep you guys updated on how this job search is going. And for all you seniors out there – comment how yours is going!

Tough Week

Reporting in this week, kind of ironic that my post is a day late. This weeks post is going to be shorter than usual. After a nice long weekend spending time with my family and working on my house, I received some bad new for school. Apparently I submitted an assignment in an hour late and I will be dropping a class and signing back up next semester. As I’ve proved during this blog I am an open book, and anything that happens to me I’m going to share with my followers.

I think it’s important for me to share, you to read, and both of to learn from this experience. Another thing you’ll learn about me is I always take full responsibility for my actions. This class that I have to drop is unfortunate. However, it does not put me back in the program which is a plus, and I can’t blame someone else on the outcome of receiving a zero on an assignment. Ultimately I should be responsible for the outcome. Adversely what if the outcome was positive? Would I want to give someone else the credit for something positive I completed.

I think this shows the importance of having internal drive. External factors don’t typically force me to make rash decisions. I take a step back and look at the positives and “MOVE FORWARD”. Life must go on and we can’t dwell on every negative outcome because there’s adversity around every corner.

About Me

Happy Monday COB! Just want to start out by saying that blogging is a whole new animal to me. I was approached to be the “junior blogger” for the College of Business and did not know what to think. So many different emotions went through my mind. The uncertainty of if people will want to hear what I have to say, or if I am even interesting enough to be a blogger (hopefully I am)! But college is all about stepping outside your comfort zone and trying new stuff, right? Well here is the start of my blogging journey!

I want to start off by telling everyone a little bit about myself. My name is Madison Parsons, and I am currently a junior in the College of Business, with a concentration in marketing. Being a junior I am just now getting in to all of my marketing classes, and I could not imagine myself doing anything else! The College of Business has helped me in so many ways, and I cannot wait to share my experiences through blogging.

Madison Parsons featured with PeeDee the pirate on the field at homecoming game vs. SMU

PeeDee and myself on the field at homecoming game vs. SMU

A little bit more about me, I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I fell in love with ECU’s campus as soon as I toured it. I didn’t want to spend my next four years anywhere else! My sophomore year I landed a marketing internship with Microsoft Windows promoting the Surface Pro and Windows 8.1. For this internship each week I have to survey over 40 people, send out three social media blast, and attended a conference call. Throughout the semester I will definitely share what I learned from with working for such a great company!

I look forward to sharing experiences and I hope everyone has a great rest of the week.

Career Fair

Happy Friday COB! I hope all of you had a long and relaxing fall break and a very short week back! My week was particularly short with only two days of class and multiple classes being canceled for the career fair.

I hope everyone had a chance to go out to the career fair. It’s such a great way to network and meet industry professionals. Even if you are not looking for a job or internship it’s a great opportunity to go and practice speaking to employers. I attended my first ECU career fair the fall of my junior year but I wish I had started sooner. It’s the perfect way to get your face out there and make it known that you are serious about your future after graduation.

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Yesterday was a yet another great experience at the fair. It has a different feeling when you are a senior, it is the real deal! I had the opportunity to speak with a large quantity of companies and get a better idea of what they do and what an entry level position may be like. It’s a surreal conversation when they start talking to you about starting salary, benefits packages, and bonuses. However, if I have to leave ECU than it’s the only conversation I welcome! Today the most important thing I will focus on sending them follow up emails thanking them for taking the time to speak with me. I encourage all of you that attended to do the same thing!

 

 

Busy Break

Happy Wednesday everyone. Hope everyone had a fun filled fall break. Mine was spent doing house chores with my family. My parents came down and helped around the house with painting and yard work. This weekend we were able to put up a pull up bar (so I can start working out in the back yard), a bat house, and my mom did A LOT of painting on the inside.

This Thursday my wife and I share our 3 year marriage anniversary. We’ve been together 10 years and I can’t imagine a greater person to be with. We balance each other very well and I think that’s what is most important. Find someone who makes you a better you. With the new house we’ve been limiting our purchases. I got her pair of shoes but I also decided to make her a birdhouse using items we found around the new home. If you know Jordan, she loves birdhouses. So this was a big win.

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After the long fall break it was back to school work. Just recently found out I received a not so stellar grade on a project I had been working on so I’ll  be meeting with my professor this up coming week. Just another lesson learned. Grades aren’t handed out they are earned and I always take full responsibility of any outcome, whether it be good or bad.

Trying to stay positive and proactive, I’ve set up a couple study groups with people in my class and friends needing to study for non school related activities. I’m hoping that this is a step in the right direction. I think that it’s important to adapt and find what works best for you. Maybe this is what I need in order to increase my passion for my education. If it’s not, then once again I need to be smart enough to adapt my technique and find what works best for me.

If you have any pointers or maybe you too want a study buddy, leave a comment and I look forward to posting another update next week.

A Much Needed Break

Happy Friday COB! I could not be happier that this long waited fall break is finally here! It has been a great semester so far but a long weekend is always much needed; I need some time away from school and some time to clear my head. This year I am going to Westhampton NY to visit my family and finally enjoy some fall weather!

Currently I am headed there on a flight with my cousin Lauren who is a new student this year at ECU! She just transferred and is beyond excited to get out of the dorm and see her family – I don’t blame her. The Hamptons is one of my favorite spots and somewhere I hold very close to my heart. Although I grew up in Raleigh, we spent our Christmases and summers out on the water in the Hamptons – such a fun place to visit!

This break Lauren and I plan to take full advantage of our free time by relaxing by the water and indulging in some much needed retail therapy.  We also will make our way out to some of our favorite restaurants and enjoy the last warmth of the season before they close for winter. As we enjoy our mini vacation I hope all of you have a fabulous break and travel safely!