Unexpected Surprises

I logged into Facebook this morning, just like any other morning. And as I was perusing through my typical “stalker” routine, I noticed that the Fisher MLHR page had a link advertising the MLHR students’ blogs! After my initial excitement that we were being publicized, I clicked on the link and noticed my latest blog was the first to pop up. And not only that, but I had TWO comments! That’s pretty exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had comments before, but most of the time, it’s only one comment per blog, and typically happens about a month after I write. These comments were within 27 hours of my blog being posted. That’s pretty awesome. A shoutout to Urmi and Amelia for writing such wonderful notes.

Last night marked the completion of our Compensation course. Thank goodness. I’m pretty sure if I had put one more hour into my studying I could have done better, but I’ve done really well in all of my projects and exams in that class so far, so I could stand to have a few points deducted. At least my slacking wasn’t due to doing unimportant stuff. Working two jobs, packing for the big move and finishing everything for the wedding is taking a toll on my time allotment. But the countdown continues to the end of my first year in graduate school. All that I have left are 1 class, 2 papers due (one is done, minus final edits, the other is 3/4 of the way done) and one final. I still have to email some poor professor and sucker them into being my internship advisor. I may wait for that requirement for Winter quarter because my boss at GE said that it will probably carry through into the fall. And, I already have enough courses on my plate for the fall.

So, straw vote. With my internship and graduate assistantship, there’s no way I can take both electives I’ve signed up for. I already have one of my elective credits, so I only need one more in the fall. I need help deciding which one to drop.

The first, MHR 869: Strategic Management of Human Assets.

  • Description – Acquaint students with theory and research regarding teamwork and leadership, and apply concepts to enhance understanding/build skills in team leadership, membership, change and follower-ship.
  • Positives – really goes along with what I want to do later in life (convince people the company really does care about them, train and develop them, and hire the right people for the job); the professor is apparently really awesome; I had to beg and plead my way into the class; no exams, just papers and projects; It’s on the same days as my 2 night classes, so I would only have to drive into campus twice a week.
  • Negatives – Well, it’s two days a week, in the early middle of the day, so I wouldn’t be able to work as much, or my work at MSE would be really choppy.

The second, MHR 870: The Business of College Sports.

  • Description – Course provides business analysis of intercollegiate athletics, including an in depth look at OSU athletic program; develop understanding or college sports administration, educational, business missions.
  • Positives – It’s with Gene Smith! The OSU Athletics Director!; It’s at 8:00 in the morning, so I could work all day, without interruption; no exams, just a paper or two and a project; all of the people who have taken it say it’s a lot of fun, really relaxed and you learn a lot; Jaimie’s in the class; Gene Smith teaches it!
  • Negatives – It’s at 8:00 in the morning and I live 20 minutes away; It’s on opposite days as my night classes; It doesn’t really have that much to do with what I want to do in life.

So…do I take the class that’s bound to be more fun, and I’ll learn a lot of unrelated knowledge from? Or do I take the class which is probably more applicable to my future, but will be a lot more work in an already shaping out to be very busy quarter? Help!

Happy Thursday to you all, and for all of the business students, Happy Weekend, because we don’t have classes on Fridays! Good luck studying for finals!

Well, Well, What do we have here?

I think what we have are the following:

  • Gerlach having the fire department called on it for the 3rd time in 2 weeks
  • The rooms, which are sometimes freezing, are now sometimes “roasting”
  • Being finished!! with my IMS project
  • About finished with one other project
  • Almost half finished with my other two projects
  • My wedding being officially less than one month away!
  • Found an internship! (more details to come once all of the offer paperwork is completed)
  • Completely forgot about my bridal shower, and then remembered it all later
  • Moving in 16 days

This quarter seems to be in a major hurry to end, and I’m not ready for that yet. Good news is that my IMS project is finished, presentation given, and I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I should go ahead and start working on the presentation for our Compensation project, but I just haven’t had time yet. I’ve been way too busy with everything else. But at least 2 of my group projects are past the “having to meet every week” phase and we can pretty much work on stuff on our own. The Compensation project, however, that may be the death of us all. Good job to everyone who presented last night.

So, my goal for this month was to be in the top 5 of the top content report. I think this is a lost goal. A lot of my fellow bloggers seem to be on hiatus, and since only a few of us are consistently blogging, it’s not a fair competition. But, I have been advertising my blog to all of my classmates. Shout out to Jenn Cargile who has the top “comment” posts for my blogs.

It’s still hard to believe that it’s the end of week 8. Time just flies when you’re having fun. Or, in my case, when you’re really, really busy. Today is the first day I don’t have a meeting, or a conference call. I can finally use my lunch hour to get errands done that I need done for myself. Yay for that. Well, have a great day!

Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head

Well, despite the beauty of yesterday’s weather, today leaves a lot to be desired. I know rain is important, but I wish it would rain when I didn’t have to walk around outside and have conveniently left my umbrella at my parents’ house. Lucky me.

Anyway – this week was packed full of fun and exciting things. First off, my fiance graduated from Michigan State this weekend! Congratulations to him! He’s now officially back in Columbus. Yesterday he started working for Animal Sciences and he’s now a Buckeye! BuckID and all!

Yesterday I started my GAA position with Materials Science and Engineering. They took me on a tour of all of the different labs within the three buildings which house MSE. It was pretty awesome. Apparently there was a fire in the Foundry a few weeks ago. For those of you who don’t know, like me before yesterday, a Foundry is where molds are made and liquid metal is poured into the molds to make pieces and parts. I think this position will be a lot of fun. Definitely a learning experience, but fun nonetheless. It will also be a chance for me to come out of my shell a little bit. One random part of yesterday is one of the guys who is a student worker in the department is a friend of mine from when I worked with the Marching and Athletic Bands. I haven’t seen Shawn in a while, so it was good to see him and know that I’ll be working with him a little bit with my GAA.

Group projects seem to be overwhelming my life right now – that and my project for IMS, which I still have to put the finishing touches on. I need about 4 more hours in the day to get everything done. Our compensation project is delayed because all of us are so busy. But the good thing is that we got a lot done in our last meeting, more than most groups have done, so we’re a little bit ahead of the game at this point.

Oh! And great news! After studying for about 20 hours leading up to my 854 exam (it was a midterm, not final like I said in my last blog) with only a 6 hour break for sleep in the middle, I managed to pull off a 95%! My only regrets were that extra credit was only finding the equilibrium in a monopoly and a perfect competition. I wish it would have asked us to find the profit difference between the two. After all, I did study that a lot with the expectation that we would have to do some math. Oh well.

For now, I hope every stays out of the rain, and if you can’t, hopefully you have an umbrella. Happy Tuesday!

Running of the Bulls

Well yesterday was quite eventful on campus. Two Bulls got loose from the vet hospital. And yes, I emphasize the word bull because they were in fact bulls, NOT cows. Quick agriculture lesson for those who may not have grown up on a farm. Bulls are in-tact male cattle and cows are female cattle who have calved. Heifers are females who have not calved, and steers are males who are no longer in-tact. Anyway, it created quite the stir across campus, and after one bull jumped on a police car, both were contained and taken back to the vet hospital. And if you’re curious, these are Belted Galloways.

Bulls by the tennis courts
Bull in the parking lot

In other parts of life, the compensation project is starting to make more sense. I don’t know if people have realized this or not, but our final and project are due May 26th, the 9th week of classes. Of course this means we have 2 weeks less to get everything done than we normally due for his class, but that also means we have 2 weeks where we don’t have to think about the project or the final and can concentrate on our other two classes and their projects.

With next week being the start of midterms, this weekend looks like it’s going to be quite busy. Engagement pictures are *finally* being taken on Friday. Then it’s off to camp to teach counselors how to teach mountain biking sessions at their summer camps. Somewhere in all of the craziness finding time to study would be in my best interests.

I’m for sure looking forward to next week, though. Not because of the midterms. Don’t get me wrong, they’re awesome and all (sarcasm), but next Friday, the MLHR students are taking on Summit Vision. If you’re an MLHR student and you haven’t signed up yet, then you should! I’m delaying my trip to the Vera Bradley sale in Indiana for this! It should be really awesome. More details and pictures will come after next Friday. Dr. Inks and some of the other faculty have said they were going, and Dr. Inks said he was going on the zip-line, so we’ll be sure to bring back pictures from that!

Have a great Thursday, tomorrow’s the start of the weekend! And remember to watch out for the stray livestock running around campus.