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1st Years out in full force.

Professor Bendapudi looked at us and stopped our stats class last year.  He fealt that we, now the second year class, did not have as much of a social bond as previous classes before us.

I think he was right.  We as a group did not party together, study together, or spend much time outside of class together at all.  Although we are getting better, I am much more impressed with the now 1st year class.

We have had several social events and have been participating in the MBA EOTWs and I would like to mention how impressed I am with the 1st year classes commitment to balancing life and school.

They are out in full force and I am completely impressed.  I know they have a quiz tonight and don’t get out of class till 9:48, but I am looking forwards to seeing them all at Hampton’s on King for the EOTW.


GHRA Social Events

Being one of the Social Chairs for the Graduate Human Resources Association is a ton of fun!  We have some really great events coming soon.

The trip to Terror Fest was a blast and people were screaming their heads off.  Talk about a great way to meet fellow classmates!

Next week, we are doing a pre-class meet and greet at Buffalo Wild Wings at 3:30 so we can get to know each other  in a non-academic setting.

Upcoming events include a Holiday light show, a Blue Jackets game, and even a trip to the funny bone!

I can’t wait to plan these events and see both 1st and 2nd year GHRA members out in full force!


The Joy of Being a TA

I finished teaching my BA 499 recitation today and left thinking, “Wow, this is really boring and repetitive.”  I keep telling myself how much I enjoy the students but don’t like the paper/presentation grading.  Frankly, it is a bit monotonous.

I walked out of class and made a phone call to a friend who taught the class last year and is now working full time.  He asked what I was doing.  I groaned and said just leaving 499.

To my surprise, I could hear him got very excited and jump out of his seat.  “Lauren, you are living the dream!” he said.

Then it hit be, this is the only time in my life I am going to be a TA.  I should be having way more fun with it.  I am in HR and am going to be sitting behind a desk for the rest of my life.

Being a TA is going to be a lot more fun for the rest of the year.  I suppose I just needed the pep talk from an old friend.


GHRA Halloween Extravaganza

Boo!

Did it work?  Are you scared?  Not even a little?

This Friday night the Graduate Human Resources Association is attending the World Renound “Terror Fest.”

Check out theterrorfest.com

If you are looking for something fun to do between now and November 1st, be sure to check it out.  We don’t go down to the Brewery District often, but this is a nationally ranked, true story, haunted house.

Who doesn’t like to get a little jeepers creepers feeling around Halloween,

If anyone is interested, please let me know!


Halloween Recipe

In the Spirit of Halloween and because I am a bit of a HP dork. Madam Rosmerta’s Pumpkin Shake.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, peeled and frozen
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1/3 cup water or milk (creamier)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

Step 1: Cut frozen banana into small pieces and put all ingredients into blender.

Step 2: Blend on high until smooth.

Step 3: Pour into two tall glasses, top with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon over the pumpkinshake. Serve while still chilled!

Courtesy: Mugglenet.com


My Bad

I strongly dislike when people say, “My Bad” because it usually means they messed up.  But this time I admit, I let life get in the way of blogging.

So, I guess you are wondering, what have I been doing that is soooo important that my blog was neglected for the past two weeks.  Well, let me tell you,

This quarter I am a TA for BA 499.  If you are interested in Fisher, I strongly recommend you become a TA.  However, teaching two classes back to back is not as easy as one would thing.  Undergraduate business students are fairly needy.  Having 80 of them, is enough to drive someone crazy.  Don;t get me wrong, I love what I do.  Helping undergrads be better public speakers and more ethical business men/women makes me super happy.  Answering a million emails a day, unfortunately does not.

I hereby vow, to make more of an effort to blog about how exciting it is to help mold the young leaders of our future, rather then to let them interfere with my blogging (ness).


Hunt for the Great White Internship

Part of the First Year MLHR experience is the internship hunt.  For those first years out there, let me pass down a little bit of advice.  From what I have heard, a lot of you are pretty stressed out.

So you know there is this perfect internship out there for you with the perfect company.  You don’t know exactly what it looks like or where it is going to be.

Excuse the deep sea fishing analogies, but it is kind of like traveling into unknown waters and going after something that is somewhat elusive and even a bit scary.

Here is the good news.  When you go deep sea fishing, the biggest part of the voyage is being prepared.  Having the right tools, a steady vessel, and a good crew makes the journey so much more fun. (Well that and a cooler full of beer).

The tools you need for your internship hunt are a polished resume, a practice run (mock interview), a nice suit, and well developed responses.  These are all things that you can do to prepare.

The vessel to get you there should be your individual characteristics, why companies want you over the 20 other people applying, the experiences in your life that make it a good fit.  These are things that you should be very familiar with, after all, you know yourself better than anyone.

A good crew on a deep sea hunt is vital.  Career services is that crew.  Make sure you keep them up to date, ask them questions, make networking connections, really take advantage of everything they offer.

If you really give it your all, the big fish will start coming to you.  Good luck to all of you first years out there!

Rather be Fishing,

Lauren

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Real World MHR 843

I signed up for an elective MHR 843 with Professor Rodek.  Going into it, I had heard good things about the professor and needed to take an elective and it happened to fit my schedule.  Did I have a genuine interest about Org. Change and Turnaround?  Probably not.

We had our first class today and TaDa.  Boom.  It hit me!

I am going to love this class.  First, we have a tremendous amount of knowledge and background diversity which is more reflective of the Real World than any class I have previously taken at Fisher in the MLHR program.

Second, Professor Rodek has Real World experience in the subject he is teaching.  Not discounting and of the other wonderful professors I have had.  It is just very refreshing to take a class where the professor can provide insights and stories and analogies to actual experiences and not just teach us directly from a text.

Finally,  in today’s economy of bankruptcy, mergers, restructures, and reorganizations, this class is going to prepare me for when it happens to me in … The Real World.

Needless to say, I am looking forward to this class.  I will keep you posted on how it is going, but at this point I recommend it to any MLHR student needing an elective because we are going to be facing these types of challenges in future careers!


Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You!

If there is one thing I learned in my first year of the MLHR program, is the importance of building relationships.  Throughout our careers, we are going to be subject to hundreds of networking events.  Some good, some not so good.  In my personal experience, however, the relationships you build here at Fisher are going to last a lifetime.

Grad school is an influential part of our lives and can in some way even define who we are.  That first day of classes, when we go around the room and do introductions, you may find people you have things in common with, and you may find people who have life experiences very foreign to your own.

My advice to incoming first years, don’t dismiss this.  Take a valid interest in getting to know each and every one of your classmates.  Everyone has something to offer.  Part of this will come with time through the countless group projects.  Others will be social contacts.

My point is, give it some heart.  Genuinely care about what people have to say and don’t dismiss new thoughts and ideas.  Yes in grad school we are learning course material, but more so, we are learning how to be high performance individuals.

Don’t forget:  second year students, professors, and other faculty and staff are invaluable resources.  For first years, when you are hunting for internships, and for alumni when you are looking for new positions, the people you get to know at Fisher will always be there.

Get to know them!



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