Intersecting Minds: Education, Business and Technology at the North Carolina State Jenkins Graduate School of Management

End of the Semester and some New Year’s Resolutions

December 21, 2008
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Looking back at the first semester a few different items stick out at me. First of all, I still can’t believe how fast the time went. 15+ weeks in the blink of an eye. The classes, the assistantship, the events, and the people all kept me occupied.

Second, I learned a tremendous amount. I took more classes (7), read more textbooks, gave more presentations and wrote more papers than i did in two semester’s worth of undergrad. And I actually believe I’ve absorbed a good bit of it, rather than letting it just slide away.

Third, I’m already getting excited for next year. The classes should be more difficult, but also more applicable. We’ll be taking Marketing, Finance, Operations and Strategy instead of Economics and Statistics. I’ll continue the internship search, and hopefully find that opportunity on the West Coast.

So with that in mind, here are a few resolutions I’ve made that will help improve this blog.

  • Increase the amount of posting on this blog up to 3-4 times/week
  • Include more links to other blogs of interest, more images, and more video content
  • Highlight cool technologies and websites that I find

And with that in mind, I should have another video to post here sometime next week!


A Thought on Finals

December 14, 2008
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We’re now down to studying for our last 2 finals. After going through the studying and review process for what seems like the 10th time, I’ve noticed a trend. Studying for finals is easier this time around. Instead of cramming a semester’s worth of material into three or four days, I feel like I’m simply reviewing concepts that I’ve already learned about and practiced. I’m looking at material that I’ve already looked at two or three times before.

In other words, I went to class this semester. If memory serves, I missed one day (Nov. 4th… hmm wonder how that happened). During my undergraduate days my attendance wasn’t quite at that level, and I suffered for it when finals came around. Why have I gone to class more? I think there’s a few influencing factors:

  • I am paying for my education this time instead of receiving help from my family.
  • I voluntarily chose to attend MBA, and I’m commited to NC State.
  • I enjoy the courses and the Professors, for the most part, and I’m learning valuable material

It’s been an enjoyable semester, and the time has flown. Now looking forward to the Holiday Break!

Professor Newmark’s Blog

December 10, 2008
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Yesterday afternoon, we finished up our Economics final. Now it’s on to Statistics and Accounting, both next Tuesday. While I’m studying, go check out our Econ Professor’s Blog: Newmark’s Door.

Associate Professor Craig Newmark is a great Economics Professor. Sometimes he talks a little too fast, but he teaches an exceptional course. I learned more in Econ than in any other single course I took during the semester. Additionally, he’s on the conservative end of the political spectrum. It’s always fun listening to and understanding the arguments of those with whom you disagree. Go check out the blog. It’s worth a look.

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Positive Direction

December 3, 2008
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Back from the break and already knocked out a presentation and a final for Management of Technology. Amazing how fast the time is going and can’t believe we’re a few days from the end of the first semester. A few quick points on some various topics:

Look for more video blogs following the winter break. We just purchased a new video camera for the College of Management which should boost our production quality quite a bit. We also have plenty of creative ideas to improve the content.

I’m making steady progress on the Study Abroad application. I have an individual advising appointment next week where I will hopefully learn more about Copenhagen in particular and what I need to do to round out the application.

We have 4 finals left. A public speaking final on Friday, then 3 exams for Econ, Statistics and Accounting. We’re halfway done with the teamwork, and I couldn’t be prouder of the effort put forth by Amy, David, Subbu, Suki and myself. We definitely made the most of the semester in terms of the simulation, the presentations and the research papers. Great work team!

Finally, keep an eye out for more posts from me over the break. Despite the fact that we’ll be on vacation, I’ll continue to blog and update on other topics such as the internship search and preparation for next semester’s class load.