Project Coffee

Project Coffee

Graduate school is both very rewarding and extremely difficult. Essentially, the One-Year MBA program grants an MBA to enrolled students over the course of one year. However, a typical MBA usually takes between two and two and a half years to complete. As a result, there is an enormous amount of material you must learn in order to be successful in this program. I have almost completed the program and will say that without a few necessities, graduate school would have been a lot more difficult. The one thing I cannot go without in graduate school is coffee. Since I was about 16, I have been somewhat of a coffee connoisseur. I highly enjoy the common iced coffee from Tim Horton’s or the elegant Frappuccino from Starbucks. However, I have grown to love the taste and boost of espresso. Espresso is a dark coffee bean that contains high levels of caffeine.

Every morning I usually get some kind of espresso. Whether it is in standalone form, or mixed with something else such as a cappuccino. It provides me with a much needed boost to start my day. Whenever I am on campus all day, which occurs a lot as a One-Year MBA student, I feel the need to get coffee for a second time during the day. This allows me to get a second wind as the day comes to a close. When I get home, I crash and can fall asleep easily to start tomorrow off on the right track. This has been working extremely well and I am happier as a result. The summer semester is half way over now and we will begin to take new classes for the last six weeks we have left. Enjoy the beautiful weather outside and look forward to the blog for next week!

Final Benefits

Final Benefits

Greetings all! This week has been very rewarding. I would describe it as hectic, exciting, and fulfilling. It all began on Monday with a job interview. I was interviewing at a local company called Liazon Corporation. Liazon is pioneering healthcare software called Bright Choices. This software allows a given company (their client) to decide how much money they would like to contribute for their employees to use towards a health care plan. It then allows each employee to custom pick what benefits they desire based on the allotted amount of contribution. My interview went very well and I got the job! My role in Liazon will be a System Analyst. A System Analyst performs maintenance and installation of the Bright Choices software for any given client. Mass data entry and manipulation is also a requirement of the System Analyst position. I am very excited to start this job.

Between getting this job and continuing in the One-Year MBA program, this week has been very hectic as well. In regards to the program, we showcased our Strategic Management projects to the class and subsequently finished the course. We also had our midterm exam in Legal Environment and Ethics this week as well. The exam took place online and consisted of ten true/false questions, forty multiple choice questions, and four short answer questions. It was a long exam but was pretty simple and straight forward. Students of the State and Local Government class were pleasantly surprised when we found out how well we all did on our midterm. We did so well on our midterm that the final exam is purely optional! We only have one final project left in that class and we are done. As we head into week six (and halfway point) of our last semester, we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Have a great weekend and look forward to the blog for next week!

No Summer Blues

No Summer Blues

 

Greetings everyone! This has been a very busy week for the One-Year MBA students. It has been a week full of exams as IS Audit, Supply Chain, and State/Local Government students all had a test this week. I am in State and Local Government so that includes me as well. Our test was based on a variety of topics that include the effects of excise taxes on consumers, how the tax price of the median voter changes in response to certain activities, and the structure of government expenditures and revenue. It involved a lot of web searching to find the correct data to use for answering questions. The exam was pretty difficult, but I’ll digress to the main topic of my blog this week. What I like to do during the summer.

I love this time of year because of the weather and atmosphere. My favorite thing to partake in during summer is going to concerts. I am somewhat of a music buff and enjoy seeing my favorite bands play live. This year I am going to see Paramore, Fall Out Boy, and the Fray in July. In August I will see Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars. I am very excited to say the least. In between classes I like to sit in the One-Year MBA room and listen to music, the majority of which includes these bands. My question to you this week is what do you like to do during summer? Do you like to swim or go bike riding? Go to a drive-in movie with your friends? Or enjoy concerts like I do? I would love if you commented below with your favorite summertime activity. Only eight weeks left of the program, look forward to the blog for next week and have a great weekend!

Apply Yourself

Apply Yourself

 

Greetings everyone! This marks the third week of the summer semester and we are one step closer to graduating. We have been extremely productive this week. Both Supply Chain Management and National/International Economy students had their first exam of the semester this week. State and Local Government students have their first exam next week, but had a project this week. I am in State and Local Government and this project was very in-depth. We had to run a Regression to determine whether there was a relationship between school district size and total current spending for school districts of New York State. We then had to explain our findings and relate them to a model created by Ronald Fisher. It was a very interesting project to say the least. 

I have also started applying for jobs this week. Careerbuilder.com is a great resource that helps you find job posts you are interested in. You upload your resume into their database and they match your skills and qualifications to numerous job listings. When they find a job that you may like, Careerbuilder.com sends you an email instantly. Using this site, I successfully applied to over 15 different places, and am patiently waiting for a response. I am interested in a job in the Finance/Accounting industry and hope to gain valuable experience to pursue bigger opportunities. As I write this, I am studying for an Ethics test that I also have next week. Our Ethics class is online and is a very interesting experience. Every week we post a thread about a certain topic that we are covering. Others comment on our post and we reply to them accordingly. I highly enjoy this type of atmosphere and look forward to the rest of the course. I hope you all are having a great summer and look forward to the blog next week!

Summer

Summer

 

 

Greetings all! This week marks the beginning of the Summer Semester and the last portion of the One-Year MBA program. We all got a one week break after the Spring Semester concluded to relax and prepare for the end of our journey. I spent that time working on some art projects I had piled up and got a lot of work done that I needed to. Twelve weeks separate us from our degree and to say that we are anxious for it to end would be an understatement. We have been walking a long path and the light is very bright at the end of the tunnel. This semester is interesting because up until now we have largely taken the same classes together. The summer is where we branch off and take courses that cater to whichever concentration we are trying to earn. Essentially, we are only taking one class together as a group and are segmented depending on what electives we are taking.

As a reminder, the three concentrations you can choose from are Finance, Marketing, and International Business. Personally, I have chosen Finance as my concentration and as a result I am taking State and Local Governments as an elective. To fulfill your concentration requirement, you must take three electives that are geared towards that area of expertise. However, since I will be participating in an internship starting in July, I will only need to take two electives because I can count the internship as an elective. Scholastic talk aside, this semester seems as though it will be easier and more relaxing than the previous one. Summer weather is here and it always brings a joyful smile to my face. Knowing that when I get out class it will be sunny and warm is both motivating and inspiring. I hope you are enjoying your summer as well. Look forward to the blog for next week!