Winter Quarter – Week 1 Snapshot

So the first week of Winter Quarter is over… already. Talk about time flying! I still haven’t received all the textbooks I ordered online, but we already have several assignments due next week! That’s one of the main differences between a semester system and a quarter system I think; there is no “easy” first day (or week) to help slowly ease students back into the grind – it’s more like a dunk tank.

After reflecting on the past week, I’ve come up with a list of the most memorable things (good and bad); most of which are non-school related (mostly because of the crazy weather we have had)!

1. Tuesday, Jan 5 – 1:30 – 3:18PM: The first session of my Business and Sustainability class (MHR 841) really inspired me. We watched a very moving video of a keynote speech given by Interface Carpet’s founder, Ray Anderson.

2. Thursday, Jan 7 – 8:30 – 10:18AM: The professor of Marketing (MBA 840) gave us an excellent brain teaser, which I’ll rewrite here, for you to try. Pick a number between one and nine. Multiply by 9. If you get a two digit number, add the digits together. Subtract 5. Find the letter that corresponds to your number (A=1, B=2…). Think of a country whose name starts with that letter. Now think of an animal whose name begins with the last letter of the country’s name. Then think of a color whose name begins with the last letter of the animal’s name. I’ll put the most common answer at the bottom the post – so no cheating!

3. Thursday, Jan 7 – 10:30AM – 12:00PM: Cost Accounting (MBA 801) began with some unidentified rock music… and a quick “brain teaser” devolved into a 15 minute disagreement about what size piece would fall off if you make two random cuts into a circle hanging on a string. Wow.

4. Thursday, Jan 7 – 3:35 – 5:23PM: My 20 mile commute home took…. this long. I thought I would be “smart” and take city streets, instead of the freeway, but those tricky Columbus drivers (snow novices) apparently had similar ideas!

5. Thursday, Jan 7 – 9:30 – 11:00PM: Doing donuts, power slides and drifting with the Columbus Racing crew – six SUV’s, a brave MR2 owner, a Honda, and of course, my V8 RWD Towncar. You know you’re having a good time when you’re getting sprayed with snow even though you only have your windows rolled down about 2″! I didn’t get any good pictures, so I’m including a generic one, for those of you unfamiliar with the concept.


** The most common answer to the brain teaser in #2 is: an orange kangaroo in Denmark! I came up with an aubergine koala from Denmark… I must admit, I had some trouble coming up with a color whose name began with “a” in English! (I came up with azul immediately, but I figured that was cheating… although aubergine also is rooted in French and British English, so that may be a bit of a stretch as well)!

I hope everyone has an excellent, safe weekend!


Working for the weekend?

Applying for interviews takes forever!  I am pretty sure I just spent four hours filling out four applications, but I can’t really tell… because I’m not quite sure when I started, or what time of day it is… or where I am.

The Fisher Fall Career Fair Guide is 58 pages long, I wish I could get an audio version.  When I was little, I used to listen to Russian fairy tales on my grandparents’ gramophone, it was very relaxing.

Jeni’s Ice Cream is Splendid indeed.  The beer flavor is delicious, but would anyone on earth be able to resist some cold goat cheese with cherries?  Didn’t think so.

Anyway, the three-day “weekend” has commenced.  Somehow, I ended up experiencing all of my four classes in the two days allotted to the first week of school.  Not once did I fall asleep, or feel an unstoppable urge to sneak out for a bathroom break.  I even remembered to bring a water bottle.  Here’s to hoping the trend continues.

Next quarter I am definitely going after an early schedule.  Classes starting at 1:30 pm or later sounded like a good idea a few months ago, but that’s just not how I work.