Monday, January 30, 2012

Settling In

After three full weeks of classes, I feel that I am settling very well into my new semester. I have plenty of classwork to keep me busy- especially in accounting. I have a midterm coming up in that class, since it is only an 8-week course, and it will count for a large percentage of my grade, so my evenings are consistently consumed with studying! I am adapting more to public speaking, so my business presentations class is getting a little easier!

I really enjoyed working at the Winter Career Fair this week! Our student attendance was very good, and our employer feedback was also very positive! It can easily be said that the Fair was a huge success. While working, I was also able to speak with some of the employers. I noticed a huge improvement from the Fall Career Fair in my ability to speak with employers. I felt more confident and at ease in my speaking through the practice I have acquired this year. I would absolutely recommend to any freshman to get interviewing/employer relations practice now because although an internship or full-time job may seem like a responsibility of the future, it is at least good to get practice in now so that when the time comes when a job is in near sight, you are prepared and confident!

That is all for now, but I will check back next week after my big midterm is over! Wish me luck (:

Posted by Rachel

A Semester of Variety

The semester has already started full force for me. So far I am enjoying my classes and schedule, although it will take some time for me to get into a proper routine. This semester it seems like I do something different everyday—although I welcome the variety my schedule holds for me, it can leave me feeling a bit out of sorts.

This semester I’m only taking 12 credit hours, and continuing my internship and part time jobs. In order to keep my promise to myself of creating balance, I decided to drop a few of the student organizations I had previously been a part of in past semesters. I analyzed all of my involvements over winter break, and determined which ones held true passion and meaning in my life. It was hard to admit to myself that I couldn’t do everything— but I know in the long run it’s what is best for me.

I have quite a few things to look forward to this semester—I’m taking a really interesting service learning class, I’m starting to create my own research project within my internship, and I will be co-facilitating a diversity program for first year students. This semester I also hope to critically think about planning my senior year and applying for jobs and graduate school. I’m trying to cram in as many informational interviews, and self-exploration time as possible. I’m sure I’ll have lots to blog about!

Posted by Anne

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Semester, New Endeavors

It’s a new year and I am back from a long and relaxing break in California! As sorority recruitment is coming to an end, I can proudly say that I am starting my second semester as a new member of A O Pi! I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing chapter.

I can also now officially say I am a business major, although I don’t actually apply to Kelley until the spring. After last semester, I decided Informatics was not an area I wanted to pursue. I enjoyed learning about it, but I couldn’t see myself working in that field. After finishing up my first business class and enjoying it (BUS-K 201), I enrolled for several business classes this semester. I am taking Business Presentations (BUS-X 104), Accounting (BUS-A 100), and Career Perspectives (BUS-X 220). I am also taking Intro to Psychology (PSY-P 101), World Music and Cultures (FOLK-F 111), and Finite Mathematics (MATH-M 118).

So far, I am enjoying all of my classes! However, I am going to have to work hard in BUS-X 104 because I’ve never taken a speech or presentation class prior to college, and that is what that class consists of. I am typically an outgoing person, but I have a lot of trouble speaking in front of a large group by myself.

I am really excited for this semester! Not only for Little 5, but for my classes as well! I have three professors that were highly recommended to me, and I can tell why they were suggested. They have a passion for teaching that really lights up the room. I am excited to share more as my semester continues. Be back soon!

Posted by Rachel