After a busy start to the quarter, things are finally slowing down. Part of the reason I have been so busy is because I have over-committed myself for the first quarter (taking 4 classes, teaching 2 classes, and leading the Fisher Graduate Student Association). It also doesn’t help that my Cincinnati Reds made it to the playoffs (I needed to go home last Sunday to attend the game… I really didn’t have an option since the Reds haven’t been to the playoffs in fifteen years.) This past weekend I attend a friend’s wedding in Philadelphia. If the wedding was a year earlier, I don’t think I would have attended since I was worried about the classes during my first year. As a second year student, I know what is expected of me and I know how to better manage my time so that weekend excursions are possible.
Tonight’s blog entry needs to be short because I am still slightly behind on my finance and strategy homework, but stay tuned since I’ll be posting some big news in my next blog entry.
After a summer absence from blogging, I’m officially back. Why the long absence you wonder? My answer is two parts: first, when the weather is nice I try using my computer an absolute minimum. Second, my computer had a hardware malfunction and I couldn’t type anything without wanting to slam my computer against a wall. For a few months I thought I had set my default settings to the “sticky key” format but after several long phone calls with Dell, it turned out my computer keyboard was shot and my DVD reader was also broken. Fortunately I was able to replace the parts before my warranty expired. Now business school is in full gear and this blog will become part of my routine again, especially as the days slowly become shorter and colder. Since so much time has elapsed, I’ll give some quick updates.
Cardinal Health– This summer I spent 12 weeks interning at Cardinal Health in the Nuclear Pharmacy Services Division. This finance internship drastically improved my excel skills and I was able to apply several business school concepts to the position. Overall the internship went very well and I am going to stay in conversations with Cardinal Health about a full time position next year.
Teaching Assistant – I accepted a TA position for an undergraduate class taught by Dr. Tansky. This is a 20 hour TA, so I won’t have much free time this year, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to have my tuition waived. I also see this as a great opportunity to practice my own public speaking skills.
FGSA – Last spring, I was elected President of FGSA. Over the summer I spent several hours each week preparing for the upcoming year and planning endless meetings. Between my TA and my involvement with FGSA, I will have little to no free time.
Upcoming classes – I’ll be taking four classes this quarter. Two finance classes, a strategy class and a leadership class. I’m going to major in Finance and Strategy, so this year will be mostly quantitative.
That’s pretty much it. I think we are all caught up on my last three months. Overall my summer was really busy, but I was able to get a lot out of it and even sneak in a few relaxing weekends. My goal now is to start blogging once a week. Stay tuned.
On Wednesday, April 28, FGSA hosted our final Town Hall meeting of the school year. The turnout was larger than expected, but we had plenty of pizza for everyone. To kick-off the meeting, the Social Chairs announced their upcoming events and reminded us to buy tickets to the Fisher Formal on May 14th.
After the announcement, FGSA asked for feedback regarding the two-day course evaluation panel comprised of 2nd year students. Overall, the event seemed to be a major success and there was overwhelming support for us to host the event next year, even if online course evaluations are available.
Following this discussion, FGSA updated the class on our progress with implementing a course evaluation system. A few weeks ago, we discovered that The Undergraduate Student Government recently purchased a course evaluation system which could be the solution to our problem. We have requested a meeting with the USG to determine if there is a way to customize the system to better cater to our needs.
The conversation then shifted to a few other projects that FGSA is working on which included getting picnic tables for the Fisher courtyard, adding a copy machine to the computer lab, and improving the room reservation system. After a brief overview of these projects, FGSA opened the floor to questions and comments. The overarching theme is that FGSA should work towards improving alumni relations and find a way to improve the room reservation system. Other suggestions included purchasing a fax machine for the computer lab, developing alternatives to expensive course packets, and getting an ATM machine in Gerlach Hall.
Our next meeting with Dean Wruck is on May 17th and we’ll address these issues with her during that meeting. In the meantime, let us know if you have any other suggestions.
One group that has received the majority of my spare time is the Fisher Graduate Student Association (FGSA). This group is the de facto student council and is responsible for implementing change based on student feedback and suggestions. In order to do this, we have the responsibility to delegate funds to different student groups so they are able to make the largest contributions to the Fisher community. Therefore, we are also responsible for approving new student organizations that seek funds.
This quarter we received a request from a group of students seeking to start a Fisher Racquet Sports group. After listening to the group’s formal proposal, we determined that it would be in the best interest of Fisher College to approve this organization. Some of the sports that will be included in the racquet sports group include ping pong, badminton, cricket, tennis, squash, racquetball, and several others. Congrats to all the individuals who worked so hard to get the group approved.
On a side note, FGSA is still seeking individuals for the next group of social chairs. If you have an interest in actively planning next year’s social events, please email me.