Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Why I am in Business School

I wish we studied these people a bit more.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ode to My Smithies

I went to Smith College for my bachelor's degree. The longer I spend in business school the more I realize what a blessing it was that I had the opportunity to be surrounded by a such a fantastic group of smart, supportive women for 3+ years. I was reminded of this today when I bumped into the other Smithie in my MBA class at the coffee shop near the Car Barn. We mused about how the Smith name has helped us break through doors or get more attention at Career Fairs. I am lucky enough to have found a great group of very smart women at Georgetown to challenge me as well, but this post is dedicated to my Smithies. :)
Cheers to my 6 best friends from Smith. By the time we're 30 we will have a JD, a Master's in American Studies, a Master's in Nursing, a Ph.D. in biology, 2 MBAs, and a Master's degree in International Relations between us.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm melting, melting!!!

Finals for module 1 are in full swing and the mood I'm in is equivalent to the Wicked Witch of the West AFTER Dorothy has thrown a big bucket of water on her. I still have 2 papers and a final to go. My video project which is worth 50% of my grade is going swimmingly so that's a relief. We did a lot of planning before we started editing which REALLY helped us when we started the editing. I am the voiceover voice which is also pretty entertaining. I lower my voice a pitch when I'm reading it. I am having flashbacks to high school marching band when I was drum major and had to make my normally small little voice project across a football field and reach 300 people. Good times.
Anyways, once Mergers and Acquisitions is over tomorrow I can breathe a bit. I will just be happy to pass that class. The final paper is... rough... completely fair and bringing together all the bits we learned throughout the course. I just don't understand half of it. Ah well I'm learning a lot doing the final case!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Mmm crabcakes

For my consumer behavior class my teammates and I drove down to southern Maryland to where my parents have their retirement house. We filmed a group of "aware" consumers on their thoughts on organic food, their shopping habits and what "organic" really means. We got some GREAT footage, which we reviewed today. My favorite has to be a former FDA toxicologist talking about how she doesn't believe any organic labels mean anything and she knows it's not healthier! We learned a LOT about pesticides, fungicides and why you should really be more concerned with genetically modified food. We also learned that coffee has more carcinogens in one cup than you will consume in your entire life from pesticides on fruit and vegetables- at least the ones in the U.S.
The best part of the day was of course the opportunity to eat a crabcake for lunch. One of my teammates is a native of Maryland so we chowed down on well deserved delicious crabcakes from Stoney's after we finished filming. Mmmmm. In Consumer Behavior class we learned this is called "self-rewarding" and is a typically American behavior. I'm OK with that.