Such a slacker (can I say that?)

Hey guys –

I’d like to start off by apologizing for the lack of posts here.  Life as a WPMBA student a full-time workers is rough.  I know I have said this before, but the end of year is coming and I feel like my brain is failing me so bad.

Last week we had our first midterm and I think I did fairly well on it.  Now, if you were to count the hours I put on studying for that compared to the grade – maybe not so great.  regardless, I beat the average and the standard deviation, so I couldn’t be happier (YUPPIE!!!).

Tomorrow (or Today – depending when this will be posted) we have our first midterm for Managerial Economics.  The class is VERY interesting and the professor is GREAT (Prof. Campbell – take a note that I said you are GREAT!).  I did my fair share of studying over the weekend, but my brain can’t take it anymore.  I am hoping that was enough to once again beat the average.

Please don’t think I am usually a slacker.  This would never have happened on my undergrad classes, but I guess when you are a working student you have to measure the trade offs and find the best “bang for your buck.”

Feel free to post comments on how your midterms are going.

Information overload!!

It’s Tuesday already and I am getting ready to take off to OSU for my first midterm: Data Analysis for Managers… For some reason I am feeling giddy about taking a test which is odd since at this point in my life I have taken so many…

It’s been exactly 5 days since I started studying for this one…  I guess I want to prove to myself that I can still remember all the stats from undergrad AND do it on Excel.  If you haven’t taken this class yet: it has broaden my mind, but it does feel like information overload by the time we get to the midterm!  (I am trying not to shake my head too hard so that the all the info stays in).  The economics class this week will be tough as I have dedicated my time exclusively to stats – sorry professor Campbell, but your weekend is coming up (midterm next Tuesday…).

On a happier note: we are almost half way through our first quarter of WPMBA!!! For many of you this is like “whatever” but for me, personally, is a great accomplishment – specially because I have postponed starting the program since last June =)

I will keep this one short since I need to drink my Red Bull, wear something comfortable, and concentrate on driving to class without losing any info on the way.  I will keep you posted on how things go.  By the way, I have officially received my invitation to take the oath to become an American citizen, but that’s something for another post.

Good luck on your midterms!

My new best friend…

Hey guys:

Since I started researching the MBA program at OSU I have been hearing people say that MBA students have this constant feeling of being behind no matter how much work they put into their classes.  Personally, I thought that I would not be a victim of it.  How hard could it be to take a couple classes after work? Well….let me count the ways…

LUKE_AMPWell…I better not count the ways. I don’t want to get too many readers frustrated, but it does take a lot of extra time to make sure you are caught up with class material and still have some time left for some social interaction.

Being an MBA student is all about balancing work, life, friends, and family and I do hve one advantage over some students: I do not have children, just a bored husband who hopes that my books simply disappear on the weekends.

As the title of this post calls out, I have to confess that I have made a new best friend.  Please keep this to yourselves and do not share any of this with my beautiful golden retriever Luke (see photo) who has been replaced by amp…Yes, amp indeed.  Some of you may have already noticed that every class day I am carrying the sugary drink along with a bag full of books…hopefully this will not become an addiction.

How about you guys? Any tips on how to stay alert after 8-9 hours of work??

See ya next post!

My American citizenship – Part II

Here I am after a weekend of nothing but studying…

Last Thursday I went for my naturalization/citizenship interview in downtown Columbus where I had to answer some background questions and take an English and a civics test.  The whole interview was fairly quick- it only lasted about 30-40 minutes.  Also, the interviewer was very polite and efficient.

I did get all my English and civics questions right and, at this point, I have been recommended for approval.  While I am not sure what that means exactly, I am positive that it is much better than getting a decline right on the interview. =)

For those of you that might be wondering what the civics test entail, here are the questions I was asked – maybe one of you can post the answers on the comment box (no cheating or Googling allowed):

1) What do the 13 stripes on the flag represent?
2) What ocean bathes the West coast of the US?
3) How old do you have to be to vote for president in the US?
4) What’s the rule of law?
5) What happened on Sep 11, 2001?

See ya next post!

Becoming an American citizen

It’s been almost five years since I have come to live in the United States and this Thursday (10/8) I will be taking my naturalization test in hopes of becoming an American citizen.

Since coming to the U.S. I have finished my undergrad, worked in two different American corporations, got married, got a dog, met several great people, and finally started the MBA program.  It’s amazing to think about all that has happened since I first arrived here and it is always fun to remember the unique experiences I have had here: snow days and driving in bad weather, interacting with people from different cultures, etc…it’s been a great ride!

Trip to NYCI know a lot of people would be really worried about the test, but I am actually looking forward to it.  Since I was young I have had the dream of living and studying in the U.S. – being a citizen would be a true honor.

In preparation for the upcoming test, this weekend I went through the studying materials one more time and, for those of you that do not know, the naturalization test covers: 1) civics (basically U.S. history), and 2)English.

I shall keep you posted on the results if I learn anything on Thursday.  For those of you that have just arrived in the U.S., I will dedicate some of my upcoming posts to give you a flavor of some of the cultural shock that you may experience in your first year here.  Regardless of where you come from, this is indeed a great country.

Have a great week and stay warm!

And so it begins…

One down…how many more to go??  And so this two-year journey starts…

If you haven’t realized yet, I am a first year, first quarter WPMBA student who is now juggling school and a very loaded work schedule.  I meant to write something interesting during the weekend, but guess what?? EXACTLY!!! I spent most of the weekend trying to catch up (already!) with all of the reading material assigned for week 2!

By now you have probably heard all about the first week of classes and the mixed expectations between first year first quarter students (me!) and the rest of the crowd – so I won’t bore you with that.  The only comment I will make is that, regardless of how we feel, we are all in this together and hopefully we will all make it through the two years.

Check back and next time (maybe tomorrow) I will tell you all about my upcoming immigration test (10/8) and what it’s like to go through that experience. Stay tuned!!

$291.81 + tax – The cost of getting a bit smarter…

Classes start in a few days…

This upcoming Thursday (9/24) will be the beginning of my two-year journey towards  an MBA degree while working fulll-time in the American corporate world.

While I spent my first weekend catching up on pre-class assignments and readings, I couldn’t help but add up the initial investment towards this graduate-level education.  So far I have no complaints on this investment, but for those of you who still haven’t purchased the textbooks, here is a sneak peek on what to expect if you are purchasing new editions:WPMBABooks

MBA 812:
1) “The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else” – $13.56
2) MBA 12 Custom Book – $91.45
3) MBA 812 Uniprint Course Packet – $51.42

MBA 870:
1) “Super Crunchers” – $14.00
2) “Data Analysis and Decision Making with Microsoft Excel” – $121.38

Yes…the total just for the face value of these textbooks is nothing less than $291.81!
However, as one of the professors offered during the orientation session, it may be wise to see if you can borrow or buy a last year edition from a second-year WPMBA student, the text will be identical.

Author disclaimer: prices were quoted from Barnes and Noble online and may vary depending on the bookstore.

Experiencing O-H-I-O: Corn Maze + Picking Apples

ApplesThis past weekend was my last free weekend before classes start and to mark the day I decided to enjoy a bit of O-H-I-O by visiting a corn maze and by picking apples at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, OH.  My husband and our little brother and little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters also joined me in this countryside adventure.

From what I understand, Lynd Fruit Farm is well known for its fresh and locally grown produce and also for being a great place for picking your own apples from several different varieties of the fruit.  This time of the year,  families can also enjoy going through their 4.5-mile corn maze which takes an average human being 30 minutes to get through – that is if you manage to find the exit without getting lost like we did.  This year’s theme is “Persian Nights” and the organizers created lots of little tasks to be completed (if you wish) while going through the maze.

Below is some contact info on Lynd Fruit Farm if you’d like to check it out – I’d highly recommend it especially if you have children or teenagers around.  For young adults, check out the maze at night (they are open until 10PM) and you can try to conquer the maze with flashlights – very spooky!!

Lynd Fruit Farm –
Address: 9090 Morse Road SW, Pataskala, Ohio 43062
Phone:  740-927-1333


Enjoy the last few class-free days!

O-H-I-O – My first OSU experience…

Thanks to a couple good friends (thanks Mel and Sue!) who provided me with tickets to the OSU vs. Navy game I was able to attend my first OSU sports game AND my first football match ever.  While I enjoyed every minute of it (alumni band, Ohio script, OSU band, etc…), I must confess that I could hardly understand the rules of the game.

OSU_GAMEBack in my home country (Brazil) we watch soccer and, let me tell you, the rules for soccer are so much easier. Watching the Bucks was almost like trying to understand Calculus for the first time and I failed miserably!!  Hopefully I will be able to get the game down by next year when I am able to get student tickets – something new I learned way too late this year…

In the meantime – GO BUCKS!!!