Memorial Day Weekend

This Memorial Day weekend has unfortunately been spent studying for finals instead of hanging out with friends and family, drinking beer, and grilling burgers.  The weather has been amazing and I have at least enjoyed studying on a blanket on my grassy knoll that I suppose you could call a backyard.  Enough whining, I’d rather focus on what Memorial Day is really about.

Memorial Day is a day for remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.  Although my grandfather did not die in service I always think of him on this weekend each year.  During WWII he was actually considered too old to fly in combat  in 1942 at the age of 25.  He could have flown bombers but he loved flying the P51 so he elected to stay stateside and train future aces.  He loved scaring people in airplanes into his 70’s.  July 28, 1916 – November 11, 1993.  (my brother actually wrote this, but he won’t mind that I stole it.)


Grandpa Bob

Is it summer yet?

Yes, I have been a huge slacker on the blogger front, but I don’t feel too guilty about it since I haven’t been a slacker when it comes to work and school.  Life it all about priorities and recently, my blog has not been one of them.

A couple of weeks ago a group of MLHR students went out to Summit Vision for the day.  This is the second time I have been and it really is a fun experience.  I’m excited that the MLHR program is trying to arrange to have the first years next year get the Summit Vision experience during orientation and that they are considering having some second year MLHR students facilitate the activities.  I think it will be a great way to help make the first year students comfortable with the second year students and more comfortable with asking us questions.  I know when I started this program in September I was clueless and extremely nervous that I was going to miss a step.  Thank goodness for Lauren Griffith.  She was absolutely the most helpful and friendly second year that I came in contact with those first few scary weeks.  I hope that I can be one of those second year students that helps make the transition to grad school a little less scary too.

It is weird to think that I am already almost a second year student.  Before I know it grad school will be over.  I will be sad when it is over, but this quarter has really been kicking my butt and I am ready for a break.  Thank goodness summer is right around the corner!

Internship Bliss

I absolutely love my internship.  I work with amazing people and I have already learned so much.  I work at GE in Circleville as an HR intern.  I love my dorky safety glasses that I wear through the plant and all of the employees are so friendly.  I honestly wasn’t sure how I would feel about driving 50 minutes to and from work 3 times a week, but the drive doesn’t bother me at all.  It is actually nice to cruise down 23 with my window down and my music blasting.  It is also pretty much the only time I’m not stressing about studying because I can’t.  Although, I have actually tried to read my notes on my way to an exam while driving from work to class and came to the realization that it is more important to actually get to the exam than to get a slightly better grade.  No more reading and driving for me!

I’m on a policy team and we are working on rewriting the policy book for the plant.  The team is made up of the plant manager, the HR manager and then a sample group that is representative of the plant employees.  The discussions can get pretty intense and it is always interesting to hear what kinds of things are important to the employees.  I’ve learned a lot about how to facilitate a discussion around things that can sometimes cause people to get emotional.  My boss has even allowed me to run a few of the meetings.  That has been a great experience even though I sweat the entire time!

Another thing I do a lot of is select candidates for open positions in our plant and a couple of other plants in central Ohio.  I’ve worked in a recruiting role in a previous job but this is much different because I am recruiting for roles such as engineers and environmental health and safety technicians.  These are jobs that I previously would not have known how to fill or what to look for in a candidate.  It has worked out well that I am taking Staffing right now because I can apply what I learn at work to class and vice versa.

Speaking of class…I really need to study for Econ!  One more midterm and then I can focus more attention on my projects.  I’m ready for summer!

“My Mind is Ramblin”

Unfortunately the weather this weekend was not warm enough, in my opinion, to go check out the zoo.  The skies are blue and it looks like it would be perfect outside, but I would prefer to go when the temperatures are above 70.  I’ll get there at some point.  I hope it happens before all of my friends leave for their summer internships.  I guess if it doesn’t I can always try to get my nieces and nephew to go with me, although, they constantly remind me that they are teenagers now, so I don’t know how exciting a day at the zoo with their aunt would be to them.

I’ve been trying to be extremely focused this weekend.  It has been a little difficult since I got an iPhone last week.  Yes, I have gone over to the dark side and now I’m pretty sure there is no going back.  Professor Bendapudi would be so proud!  I still don’t know how to use it properly and now I can’t get on my iTunes store.  I wonder what I did to screw that up!?! The iTunes support people weren’t very helpful either, so, if anyone out there has some suggestions on how to fix my iTunes store besides what is already posted on the Apple website under support please let me know.

Besides my slight iPhone distraction, I have literally been studying since Friday morning except for sleeping, eating, and one movie break.  I’m starting to worry if I am going to survive this quarter.  I love Econ, but I’m not so sure that I understand it as well as I should.  I’m trying to be positive though…I always try to be positive!

Note: The title to this post really has nothing to do with the content at all.  It does happen to be the title of a song by The Black Keys.  They are an outstanding blues band that my friend introduced me to last weekend.  It also turns out they are from Akron, Ohio which isn’t too far from here.  If you like blues I would highly recommend that you check them out!

Spring Quarter and Such

So, my roommate brought it up to me that I never really talk about school in my blogs.  I know this is true and should probably try to talk about school a little more.  I guess I don’t talk about school much because I’m already bombarded with school stuff at all times unless I am at work.  I do love this quarter though.  My classes are really interesting and I’m excited that they appear to be a lot of work.  I’m assuming it sounds strange to most people that I’m excited about having my classes be more work, but I work better when I have a million things to do.

Tomorrow is my first meeting with my group for my compensation class.  I feel good about my group members who all seem to be on top of things and share my philosophy of jumping in and getting things done early.  Group projects always have their pluses and minuses, but I always learn something about myself that I can improve.  It is definitely an important part of my personal and professional growth.

The nicer weather is definitely making it harder to concentrate and want to go straight from work to class.  Hoping for clear skies this coming weekend because I think I am finally going to go check out the zoo!

BTW…You should try Cap City Diner if you haven’t already.  Delicious!

Bread Pudding

Slow Start

This quarter is off to a slow start for me.  Usually I am somewhat on top of reading prior to the beginning of the quarter and clear on what to expect, but this quarter, not so much.  I got back from my fabulous spring break the Monday that classes started with no books purchased, a sun burn, and a serious need for a nap.  Needless to say, I have some catching up to do and it is only the first week of classes!

This quarter I am taking Staffing, Compensation, and Economics.  I’m looking forward to all of these classes because I think they are all going to be extremely useful in my career.  Surprisingly enough I’m most looking forward to Economics.  So far, I am really impressed with the Professor and excited that he seems to expect a lot out of his students.  I came to grad school to be challenged and to challenge myself.  I feel like this Professor is going to push me and that is what I have been waiting for.

Now, I must digress and talk about my spring break.  I’m not sure that I would ever go on a cruise again, but it was probably the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever been on.  I got a massage at 8:00 AM on the very first day.  That was an ideal way to start off the week.  We then cruised to Roatan, Honduras where we met 16 year old Jawani.  He pointed out an octopus, a Parrot fish, and told us a little about life in Roatan.  He also loves soccer and apparently has two girlfriends.  I asked him if I could be his third, but he didn’t seem interested.

We then went to Belize and checked out the Mayan Ruins and did a bus tour of Belize City.  I think Belize was my favorite stop.  After Belize, we stopped in Costa Maya, Mexico where I got to hold a monkey and got my awesome sun burn.  The beach in Costa Maya was beautiful.  Finally, we ended our cruise in the Bahamas.  There wasn’t much to do there besides lay in the sun, but that didn’t bother me!

I hope everyone had an awesome break!  Now back to the grind!

One More Final to Go

That’s right!  One more final to go and then this quarter is over!  As you can see, I am being super productive and studying for said final as we speak.

A lot has happened this quarter and of course, it has flown by.  I moved closer to campus, made new friends or just became significantly closer to those friends I had already made, probably had a little too much fun between studying, took an amazing trip down to Hocking Hills, secured my internship, and to end it all off I am heading out on a 7 day cruise for spring break!

I’m not going to lie.  I am ecstatic that I am officially finished with Statistics.  It is a very relevant class, but sometimes I would find myself wanting to stab myself in the eye with my pen during class.  I just wanted it to come easy to me like it did in undergrad, but I guess I got old and my brain doesn’t work as well as it used to because I definitely struggled this time around.

Research Methods is also extremely relevant to HR, but again, I am very glad that the final is over with and my group basically just needs to turn in our final project.  I actually enjoy Research Methods and the content of the class, but the group project for this class has not gone as well as I would have liked.  There were so many issues that popped up along the way, but of course a lot of good lessons learned, too.

That leaves me with the final for Foundations of Labor and Human Resources.  I enjoyed working on the scorecard project for this class.  It was pretty interesting and my group actually created a scorecard where my mother is the HR Manager and she has passed it along to the HR Director.  I think it will be really interesting to see what he thinks of our final product because I really believe that my group did an awesome job of capturing the appropriate metrics for their business.

The books for next quarter are pretty expensive.  That is a bummer because that means less money I can spend at the spa on the cruise and after this quarter I could really use a massage or 10!

Thoughts for the Week

  • Going down the interstate backwards is fun (only after opening my eyes and realizing I didn’t die)!
  • Winter needs to go away!
  • Presentations, Presentations, Presentations!  (they are all finally coming together)
  • One more stats exam and then no more stats for me!!!
  • Hearing the buzzing of the lights due to complete silence in class makes me sleepy. (Hint: if the entire class looks bored, do something about it!)
  • Getting a paycheck for the first time since May 2009 made my week!
  • Where did this quarter go?
  • Cruisin’ to the Bahamas, Belize, Honduras, and Mexico with some classmates for Spring Break and I can’t wait!
  • LIFE IS GOOD! : )

Hocking Hills Weekend

This past weekend a group of my classmates and I headed down to Hocking Hills.  Hocking Hills is a state park about 45 minutes southeast of Columbus.  It was a great weekend away with awesome friends.  We rented a renovated 1800’s cabin with a hot tub on the back deck surrounded by 85 acres.  The cabin was beautiful and definitely exceeded my expectations, especially since we each only paid about $25 per person per night.

We pooled our money for groceries and drove down Friday afternoon.  When we got there we unloaded the cars, put the groceries away and then opened our first bottle of wine.  We decided to make pizzas the first night just because the pizza boxes were too big to fit in the refrigerator.  We sat at the huge dining room table with country music on in the background and laughed and joked.  I honestly don’t think I have laughed so much this quarter.

After dinner, Jen, who is from Texas taught some of us how to do the 10 step and the 2 step.  We gave up on that when I decided to dip and I almost broke her back.  Oopsy!  We then gathered around the tv for some Olympics and then some of us headed out to the hot tub.

We are definitely going to go back in the future.  The fire we had going the whole time was amazing and the pet donkeys that we got to feed were super cute.  So many memories were made and it was a much needed and well deserved break from school!

First Day Jitters

I start my internship tomorrow.  I’m really excited about the opportunity and look forward to learning more about HR in the manufacturing industry.  I’m not actually nervous about the internship itself as I did spend 5 hours at the plant interviewing.  By the time I left I felt like I was already part of a new work family.  I am a little concerned about the snow that is supposed to hit us tonight.  I’m from the Midwest, but I still hate driving in snow!  I hope I make it there on time.  I will probably leave way too early and then have to sit in the parking lot for an hour.  This is actually pretty common for me.  I despise being late.

I look forward to updating you on how my first day goes!  For now, I must study for another midterm.