Farewell

Farewell

Greetings all! To come up with the blog idea for this week, I entered three nouns that I feel are close to me into a topic generator online. The three nouns I entered were “school, art, and drawing”. I used the results to decide that this week I will describe the process I use to draw my artwork. Drawing is not as complicated as some people make it out to be. It does require much skill and patience, but with enough practice you could become a great artist without having any initial experience in the craft. I have always loved creating art as it is my true passion. If I am working on a drawing and using a reference (a picture), I study the picture a few days ahead of time. I’ll look very closely at the reference to get a good idea of how the lines and shapes should be made. After that, I sit down and slowly draw the image from memory while also looking at the reference.  As soon as the image is drawn, I color it in and presto! I know it doesn’t sound too exciting, but there are a lot of mental processes that go on but I can’t explain them too well.

Here we are fellow readers. The end of the journey and One-Year MBA Program is here. This week marks the 42nd and final week of the program. It has been an absolutely crazy ride and it feels amazing to finish graduate school.  The feeling is bittersweet because although I am finished, there are some incredible individuals in our program and we have gotten close over the past year. Regardless, I wish every single one of them the best and hope they have a great future. I would like to thank all of my readers who have been alongside me during this experience. Lastly, I hope that these thirty blog entries will help future One-Year MBA students understand the program at a deeper level. It’s been very fun and exciting writing these blogs, farewell everyone!

Status Quote

Status Quote

Aubrey Graham once said “Everybody dies but not everybody lives”.  This is probably the best quote I have heard in a long time. It is a simple statement that describes a powerful truth. We were gifted life to exist at this very moment. At this very moment we continue our lives, whether it is me typing this blog or you reading it. How I live what was granted to me is the most important thing I consider every day. Since the date of our birth our days are numbered on this beautiful planet. It may seem like a melancholy idea to some, but to me it is both motivating and inspiring. Living your life to the fullest provides me with relief that I am not wasting a moment of the time that was given to me. For this reason, I always keep this quote in the back of my mind.

 

I know that one day I will not be here, but until that happens I will cherish every single thing I experience. The experience could be good and joyful or bad and stressful, either way I will be thankful for it. I am very grateful for the opportunity to complete the One-year MBA program, or attend graduate school at all. The first program I applied to rejected me and as a result I thought graduate school was not a possibility. Canisius provided me with a second chance to obtain the degree I wanted. I love to live graciously and without expectations, so everything that happens is a pleasant surprise to me.  I would be very interested to read what your favorite quote is, so feel free to comment below. There are only two weeks left in our program! The finish line is near and look forward to the blog for next week!

Financing the End

Financing the End

The second summer session has reached its half way point for the One-Year MBA students. I am only taking one class during this time called Finance Technology. This course explores the trading and technical aspects of Microsoft Excel and the Stock Market. As an assignment for each week we have to make a strategic trade on a simulated stock market and explain why we did it. For this week’s assignment, I wanted to hedge four stocks, two from the oil industry and two from the electric industry, against one another. Hedging is when you invest in a financial instrument that you expect to increase in value, while simultaneously investing in another instrument you expect to decrease by the same value. The result of my trade was just what I wanted. The two oil stocks generated a loss of $821 while the two electric stocks generated a profit of $890. This resulted in a net profit of $69. I great hedge if you ask me!

We only have three weeks of class left in our program. This has been a very long but rewarding experience. Some of us have secured jobs, others internships, some are still searching. However, there is no doubt in my mind that every student in our program will become very successful in the future. Like our program, my time as your blogger is also slowly coming to an end. By the time I leave my position as One-Year blogger, I will have submitted over thirty entries for you to read through. I hope they can provide a unique mindset into what the One-Year program, and Buffalo, has to offer when you begin your journey in a few weeks. Due to not having time to post an entry last week, I will be posting another one later in the week. Look forward to it!

Study Time

Study Time

Class is all about taking notes and absorbing information. The professor creates interactive dynamics which allow students to explore lessons as they wish. However, most of what you learn in college takes place outside of the classroom. Sure you are introduced to new and exciting topics while in class, but you cannot truly comprehend the material from that exposure alone. The majority of your knowledge is stored while studying the notes you have feverishly written down during class. A major problem is allocating enough of your day to accomplish this task. This week’s blog entry will discuss the method I use to find time to study.

Everybody has a preferred way to study. It can range from flash cards to memorization. No matter the medium, effectively learning each course could be very time consuming. Therefore, to adequately learn the material, I conduct excellent time management throughout the semester. To arrive at school, my commute consists of riding both a bus and a train. This trip amounts to about forty minutes and occurs four days a week. Instead of drifting off into space, I use this time to study my notes. By rewriting all of my notes into my phone, it allows me to look at them on the go whenever I can. During long breaks between classes, I will walk in the park while going over my notes in my phone. It has proved to be very successful and has helped me tremendously. I am always very busy and any extra time I can get is beneficial. I would love to know how you all find time to study. Do you rewrite your notes in your phone like I do? Please comment below and let me know! I hope you enjoyed the blog for this week and I look forward to writing the next entry!

Graduate School

Graduate School

I chose to go to Graduate School as a way of broadening my horizons. As an undergraduate, I majored in Accounting at the University of Buffalo. Although I was fond of the subject and had a strong interest in it, by the time I was a senior I decided that it was not what I wanted my career path to be. As a result, I started looking at various graduate programs I could utilize to get a Master’s Degree that better suited my interests. After extensive research I narrowed down my degree choice to a Master’s in Business Administration. This degree gives you extensive knowledge in a wide range of business practices. It was exactly what I wanted. The next obstacle I faced was where to attend graduate school?

I desired to stay in the area (Buffalo) so I looked at local schools. These included UB, NCCC, Buffalo State College, and Canisius College. Each of these schools offered MBA programs that lasted between 2-3 years. This included all of them except for Canisius College. Canisius offered a wonderful opportunity to complete an MBA graduate program in just one year. It was a 42 week curriculum that spanned three semesters. I applied to the program and subsequently got accepted. Fast forward to today, and I am 38 weeks into the program with only 4 more weeks to go. When I complete the program, I’ll have the broader range of business expertise that I wanted in about half the time it would normally take. I am very happy with the result and am looking forward to starting my career. This has been a busy week so far but the weekend is here. I hope you all have a happy holiday and enjoy your extended time off. Look forward to the blog for next week!