Winter Quarter Recap

Now that finals are OVER, it's time to recap and discuss some highlights of Winter Quarter 2011.

First of all, I really enjoyed my classes during winter quarter.  One of my favorite classes was MHR 846 Talent Management.  I learned a lot about the various talent management practices that are employed within organizations, including onboarding, succession planning, recruiting, performance management and developing employee's strengths.  Additionally, we were given the opportunity to conduct a talent management assessment on a company/business of our choice.  By far, this was my favorite group project because it allowed our group to assess an entire function in relation to the organization.  Most of my projects to date have focused on either designing or developing a process, so this was a nice change of pace.  Next, I got a lot of worthwhile information from MHR 807 Organizational Change.  My most positive takeaways from this class was learning about having integrity and honoring your word, displaying personal accountability in change management efforts and finding out that, generally, people consistently act inconsistent.  This class certainly was challenging.  But I'm always up for a good challenge and, as a result, I definitely had a lot of positive takeaways.  Lastly, in MHR 852 HR II, I learned about two major themes that every HR professional needs to know:  Competencies and HR Scorecards.  As always, all I can say to this class is this:  I had F-U-N.

During this winter quarter I finally got to experience my first SNOW day!  I can tell you, there is nothing like getting a free day off from class due to inclement weather.  Even though this day off might have taken away from some of my learning, I'm not going to complain.  And neither would any other undergraduate and graduate student.  I hope that we get one AGAIN next winter quarter.

As always, I had a good time attending my share of round-tables and guest speakers that are posted on The Hub.  I am not going to lie, if I have a "foreknowledge" that Adriatico's pizza will be served, you can be sure you will see my name on the sign-up list.  It's by far the best pizza in Columbus, OH.

Lastly, even though I don't have any "official" spring break trip planned, I am going to try to make the most of my 10 days off.  I definitely have a long list of "to-do" items to get done.  It's amazing how many things you can get behind on when you are in the middle of taking classes.

All in all, I hope everyone had a great winter quarter and I am looking forward to spring quarter as well as heading off to my summer internship!