A day in my shoes
I've always wanted to record a day in my life, but my life has generally been too boring to record. I'm not saying that my life is now any less boring, but it is a lot busier. Here is a general layout of my Mondays & Wednesdays.
6:40 – Alarm clock rings. I quickly turn it off and roll back over for a few more minutes of sleep.
6:45 AM – Phone alarm sounds. This alarm I can’t ignore since my phone is on the other side of the room. I get up, turn off my phone and quickly browse the 13 emails I received overnight. Most of the emails are from the university… they get deleted. A handful of other emails are regarding group projects, so I hold off reading them until later in the day when I am more alert.
6:50 – I quickly eat breakfast even though I am not hungry – I realize in a few hours I’ll be starving if I don’t eat.
7:00 – I jump in the shower. I’m already running late. I quickly dry off, dress, pack my books and head out the door to the Fisher College of Business.
7:20 – I roll up to the St. John’s Arena/ ROTC parking lot and claim one of the best spots since no one else is awake – even the army reserves.
7:27 – I stroll into Schoenbaum Hall to teach the BA499 recitation. About 34 of my students are already there. It will be another 10-15 minutes for the next 6 to show up.
7:30 – 9:18 --> I start teaching the BA499 class. Today each student has to turn in their first paper of the quarter and they also have to do their elevator speech in front of the class. Overall, everyone does a great job and we manage to have fun in the process.
9:30 – 11:18 --> I start my second BA499 recitation class. This time most of the students are on time. This class is livelier since they were able to sleep a few additional hours. I’m significantly better teaching this class since it is my second time through the material.
11:30 AM – 12:10 PM --> I arrive at Gerlach Hall and spend a half hour replying to emails and making sure I’m prepared for classes.
12:20 PM – 1:20 --> I meet with fellow members of FGSA and interview a classmate about a new student organization focused on Risk Management. The meeting goes well and we determine that the group has merit but we need to gauge student body interest before we approve the organization.
1:23 – 1:27 –-> I inhale a PB&J sandwich I packed the night before. I recently bought a plastic container to protect my sandwich from getting smashed. Unfortunately I have been unable to successfully remove the Crayola sticker on the front of my container so I take a ribbing from a few classmates. This doesn’t bother me because my sandwich is 3 times thicker now that it can’t get smashed while in my bag.
1:30 – 3:20 --> I attend class on Organizational Turnarounds taught by Jeff Rodek, former CEO of Hyperion. In this class, we analyze the decisions Professor Rodek took while he was the Chief Executive of Hyperion.
3:30 -5:45 --> Standing meeting with my finance group to go over the next day’s homework for Dean Wruck’s valuations class.
6:00 – 7:45 --> Attend Jay Barney’s Advanced Strategic Analysis class. Professor Barney cold calls students based on names he randomly selects before class. This makes me nervous because I usually have a good response to half his questions. The goal is get selected for a question you can answer, otherwise you get labeled “the stupid kid.”
7:47 – I quickly run downstairs to grab a cup of coffee because my day is still not over.
8:00 – 9:45 PM --> Attend Steven Young’s Financial Institutions class. At this point, I am on the verge of falling asleep despite the coffee. It has nothing to do with the Professor or the class. In fact, I think it is one of the more interesting classes I have taken at Fisher. It really doesn’t matter how much coffee you drink, at this point I have been up since 6:40AM and have only had a bowl of cereal and a triple stuffed PB&J sandwich.
9:50 – Leave Gerlach, head to my car. On the walk I start to plan out my dinner options.
10:00 – Eat dinner, respond to emails from students in my class, complete my homework for Dean Wruck’s class tomorrow, and organize the assignments from the two classes I taught earlier in the day.
1 AM – Finish Dean Wruck’s assignment. Convince myself that I’m actually too tired to do anything else. End up going to bed.
1:01AM – Fall asleep