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About Me

I'm a Morris Graduate School of Management student, pursing my MBA with a concentration in Management and Human Resources. I am also a full-time paralegal specializing in unemployment law. When I'm not working or studying, I'm watching Hockey or Baseball or attending concerts.


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Summer Vacation
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Before summer session two begins, RMU has a week off for summer vacation. It was my goal to cram as many fun activities and things I missed out on during school in one week.  Well I gave myself a week and a half to do all these things. 

My vacation started with the U2 concert at Soldier Field.  This was the second leg of their 360 Tour, which was postponed due to the lead singer, Bono's back injury.  Amazing, awesome, and spectacular show describe the awesomeness that is U2.  They played a lot of their hits from the 90's to mark the 20th anniversary of their "Achtung Baby" CD. Bono truly epitomizes the definition of a rock star. Anyone who likes U2 must experience a live concert once in his or her lifetime.

Part of U2's humanitarian efforts is the creation of the ONE organization, which helps to fight poverty, relieve debt in third world countries, and fight hunger and HIV/AIDS.  I have been a member for about a year and decided to attend an Advocacy training session.  As an advocate for ONE, you communicate with politicians to provide global funding for programs that provide HIV/AIDS medication, teach agriculture, and provide care to children.  Next step as an advocate is to inform school and church communities to promote awareness.   If anyone would like to learn more about the organization you can visit, www.one.org.

Tuesday, I enjoyed Jazz at the Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the jazz on the terrace sessions.  Admission into the museum is free as well as to listen to the music. The museum provided food and drinks upon purchase.  On this Tuesday, all walks of life enjoyed this night out. Families had picnics on the lawn area.  Other guests reserved tables and dined from the buffet provided by Puck's restaurant, while true jazz enthusiasts stood and sang to the familiar tunes. Jazz Tuesdays lasts until September and the website below provides more information http://mcachicago.org/programs/event_detail.php?id=22&page=genev. 

Lastly, my summer vacation wrapped up with the 4th annual Chicago Blackhawks Convention at the Chicago Hilton. The convention had many sponsors including Robert Morris University. I now have a pen/ hand sanitizer from RMU as part of the convention perks.  The convention was filled with three days of hundreds of hockey fans.  The hotel was converted into a Chicago Blackhawks hotel right down to the elevators playing "Chelsea Dagger," (the song played during goal scores).  Each convention ballroom was crowded with fans that listened to their favorite players talk about hockey. If you were lucky enough to arrive early or book a room at the hotel then you could stand in line and get autographs from your favorite players.  I originally wanted to see Patrick Sharp, a forward on the team, but due to his popularity, I wasn't able to obtain a wristband. I did however, get to see him during a few clinics and hear him talk about his love for hockey.  Now, I am so ready for hockey season and can't wait until September. 

All in all I accomplished my goal of doing as many things possible in one week that I may need a summer vacation from my summer vacation.  Summer two session begins on Monday, and it's time to get back to the books.  I'm looking forward to my I-Center class but I'm nervous about my FIN 520 classes; it seems to have a lot of math and math is not my friend.  Good luck with classes everyone! 

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Fall is almost here.
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Only four weeks left of the Summer 2 session and then the fall term begins.  The weather is also slowly changing to cooler temperatures, preparing us for the fall season. I am a fall kind of girl. I love the change in weather. Fall also mean Hockey season begins!  Hard works also comes into play with only four weeks left of school. Assignments are becoming more demanding and more stressful. 

I took a reprieve from both school and work by attending a few summer concerts.   On Sunday August 21, 2011, I saw Incubus at Northerly Islandís Charter One Pavilion.  Northerly Island is situated right near the lake and the Planetarium Museum.   It was Mayor Daleyís utilize the deserted airspace Meigís Field and create an outdoor theater.  Northerly Island is the perfect summer venue to see live music.  The lake breeze comes in behind you cooling off the hot summer night while the sky is lit with the Chicago Skyline.  Chicago looks absolutely amazing from this view point.  

The band Incubus gained popularity in the 90ís and has been still going strong. They are on tour to support their new CD If not now, When? this is a different direction from their usual hard rock sound.   Incubus opened up with Pardon Me, a song that put the band on the map and gained them loyal fans.  Through the rest of the night they played their hits like Wish You Were Here, Anna Molly, Nice to Know You, and Megalomaniac.  It was an amazing show, Incubus always put on a great performance and their fans love them for that. 

Prior to the Incubus concert, I attended Lollapalooza on August 5, 2011. I was waiting all summer for this concert and was really stoked to go.  Friday both Muse and Coldplay headlined the night and had to vie for fans.  I remained loyal to Muse and saw them play that night.  They were incredible and they never disappoint.  It was a blast to be crammed next to a few thousand fans jumping up and down to Knights of Cydonia.  I also saw, A Perfect Circle a band formed in the 90ís consisting of members from groups such as Tool and The Smashing Pumpkins. I have wanted to see them for such a long time but never had the opportunity.   After all these years, they were well worth the wait. Their sound was amazing and as well as their musicianship.  Friday night was a great opening night for the three day festival, the weather held out and was perfect.

Any music lover should experience Lollapalooza and Northerly Island.  These venues offer memorable experience to last a lifetime.  

Real Life @ RMU

Nina

Program: Master of Business Administration Hometown: Chicago, IL Campus: Chicago
Busy, Busy, Busy

Second week of summer session two proves to be hectic and crazy.  Not much going on in the social area just busy with work and school. 

Finance 520 is kicking my butt!  Oh yea, quite literally kicking my butt. The problem is I forgot most of the Math skills I learned many, many years ago in High School and College (yes, I am dating myself).   As a Liberal Arts & Science Major, I stood away from all types of math in college.  They even had a special math class for students pursuing non-science or business fields.  And of course yours truly took that class and passed with a B.  However, there should be a disclaimer going into college about Math.  Itís your best friend and worse nightmare. And yes, you will need these concepts down the road.  I know we have all asked that question "Why do I need this stuff anyway?"  Well, because one day you may change your career and need to work with equations.  This revelation comes late because now I have to refresh my math skills to learn Finance 520 and the rest of my MBA classes. 

Work has started to become crazy busy. I am working with more cases and have approximately four to five hearings a day.  I am also picking up more clients at work for a colleague who is going on a leave of absence.  Thinking about this has me stressed out. I am somewhat new to this employer and have the pressure of still proving my worth.  

So the next few weeks should prove to be interesting to see how I manage all these things without losing my sanity. 

There is a silver lining in this cloud.  Lollapalooza is finally here! I am really looking forward to see Muse on Friday with the other thousands of concert goers.  In the words of Muse "We Will Be Victorious!"