Hello everyone! This is Garren: 2nd-year MLHR student, Lil Wayne enthusiast, reality show junkie, and Eric J Dosch‘s biggest fan (especially the molars). Unlike the rest of the cohort who took off 3 months from classes, I only took off 3 weeks. However, I feel that even with the short break I had between summer and fall classes, I probably have the same lack of desire to get back in the swing of reading, papers, quizzes, and spending time watching my professors lecture instead of watching quality programming on the CW or ABC Family. However, I only have the time that it takes for a fetus to develop and be born in a healthy time frame (e.g. nine months) before I can consider myself a MASTER of Labor AND Human Resources. Ever since attending my last negotiations class, I have had quite a few changes happen in my life that I will share in this blog post.
The biggest change to happen to me is that I got a new job at Columbus State Community College as a Human Resources Specialist. I have been there for almost a month now. It kind of started off slow (and when I say slow I mean it was actually obnoxiously busy but they didn’t have time to train me on how to do everything, so I was doing just the same few things for awhile), but things are starting to pick up. I am starting to do some things with LinkedIn at our workplace, and tomorrow I have contract training in negotiating with our bargaining units. Plus, I’m FINALLY getting my first paycheck this Friday (holla!).
I ended my job with Dining Services at Ohio State last week. Basically, for about 6 weeks I was moonlighting after I got off work at Columbus State (only because I didn’t have class and needed the extra money), because my boss was kind of devastated when I gave him my two weeks notice. He knew I had been job searching, but I don’t think he thought that I would manage to actually ever be successful considering the amount of rejection I received from the previous year. Now it feels great that while all of my classmates are scrambling to find internships and jobs, I will have one less thing to stress about.
My roommate who was in undergrad last year moved out to do a college program through Disney, so now I have a new roommate. I technically have known him longer than my other roommate, but I never really talked to him. He has a completely different schedule than me, so I really don’t have much time to talk/be around with him, but he pays bills on time and doesn’t give off any odd scents so I can’t complain.
Well, that actually has occurred like 5 or 6 times since March. I now have two phone numbers (don’t ask why) and I have finally given up my infatuation with the BlackBerry and have switched to a DROID. Ironically, the hardest thing to do with that phone is making an actual phone call (I am still really bad at the touch screen and sometimes hang up randomly from hitting my ear too hard on the phone).
This is obvious with a new quarter. I am taking Collective Bargaining and Labor Law/Diversity (the two classes I have to attend physically), and an Independent Study of Talent Management.
I have finally taken a stand on the raging amount of fat that is accumulating on my body, so I have decided to start running again. If you read one of my first blogs from last year, this happened for like 2 weeks. However, I was still “fresh out of undergrad skinny” and had not seen the depressing effects of being lazy that I saw from the past year. This has also been helped due to now not working for a department that doesn’t serve a deep fried buffet at lunch Monday-Friday (which has unfortunately made me have to spend more money on groceries and spend more time making lunch which I haven’t had to do since I was in high school…seriously). Hopefully I am thin enough to be able to put on all of my pants comfortably without jumping or praying to a higher power by December (ultimate holiday present).
Until next week!
PS-Props to those who know what lyric this title comes from (hint: it’s from a Canadian but NOT Justin Bieber).