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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.

Previously on Real Life @ RMU

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!"


Next on Real Life @ RMU

To Drop a class or not!

The second summer session is almost over and summer is over.  I have noticed that Chicagoans are gearing up for football season through wearing their Bearís t-shirts, jerseys, and hats.  Most people you talk to are excited about the football season which officially starts on September 11, 2011.   I am personally more excited about hockey season and purchased a few tickets to upcoming Blackhawks games.

Before I could enjoy all the activities fall brings, I had to make a tough decision involving one of my classes.  I had to figure out to ďdrop a class or not to drop a class,Ē before the end of week six.  I went through an internal conflict over the decision. I mean why it is so hard to drop a class. All I have to do is sign the pink sheet your advisor gives you and then itís all done.  It is not as simple as it sounds.  While I was contemplating this decision, I came to the realization that dropping a class is similar to ending a relationship.  I know itís not as dramatic but dropping a class and ending a relationship share similarities.

Let me describe the similarities.

Week One.  Classes begin and there is excitement about starting a new quarter, new classmates, and a new professor. You put on your best face and try to present yourself as smart and capable of handling the work so can find strong group mates. You hope the teacher grades on curve and are good at presenting the material.

Week One to Three of a relationship starts the same way as a new class. There is excitement about the newness of this person you met.  They seem really interesting and you hope that they like you so you are on your best behavior and wear your best clothes.  There seems to be so many possibilities with this person and you are looking forward to exploring them.

Week Two of class. The newness of the class has expired.  What is left is a lot of work and the demand is becoming overwhelming. The material is also more challenging than what you expected.  Week two is also the last week you can drop this class without being financial strained.  You even send your academic advisor e-mails requesting possible help to survive this class.

Week Four to Six of relationships.  A routine is set in place and true personalities of each person are revealed. Parts of their personality are different and it presents a challenge that you are somewhat interested in.  However, there are some reservations about this person. You even seek your friendís advice about the relationship to which they only confuse you even more.  Everyone becomes a Dr.Phil when you ask them about love advice.  You also know deep down that if you donít make a decision now about this relationship, you will pass the window of opportunity to get out or you become upgraded to ďcoupleĒ status.  For women this means doodling your partnerís last name on your notebook or ďpost it notesĒ and coming up with names for their future children.

Week Three to Four of class.  You officially hit rock bottom at this point. You failed the quizzes and exams.  You are still trying to grasp concepts discussed during week one at week four and are falling behind.  At this point the idea of dropping the class seems more appealing. You weigh the pros and cons of dropping the class. So far the pros outweigh the cons except all for one major con.  If you drop this class you feel like you failed and disappointed your family, your teacher and most of all you.  The disappointment is harder to get over than the financial loss.

Week Seven to Ten of a relationship.  Also hits rock bottom. You find yourself busier than usual when your partner wants to make plans. You also find yourself getting into frequent arguments with each other over miniscule things.  Things that in any other situation you would pay no mind to, but now these actions strike a nerve and add fuel to the tension growing between you and your partner.  Arguing over using too much ketchup on your French Fries or that he hid your latest edition of Elle magazine under his Sports Illustrated: Swim Suit Issue. 

Week Five to Six of classes.  You are closer to dropping the class but there is still some inner turmoil about dropping.  You know this will extend your graduation date but you also know if you continue you will mostly likely fail this class.  You also have to drop before week six or it will appear as a Withdraw Fail on your transcripts. After sleepless nights and crying (yes a few tears were shed) you decide to drop the class and e-mail your advisor to schedule a meeting.  You sign that pink sheet and relief washes over you.  Relief and regret.  But you can move on and focus on your other class.

Week 11 to 12 of the relationship. Itís officially over.  There is no salvaging this and you feel like a failure because things didnít work out between the two of you. You know this person is amazing but together itís like oil and water and you donít mix.  Tears are shed along with a few unpleasantries. But things are officially over and you can breathe a sigh of relief or sigh with a heave heart. Now you try to move on and work on yourself for the next person.

So after all this contemplating, I finally dropped my FIN 520 class and decided to work on my math skills. 

If anyone has feedback or additional thought. You can contact me at email or on twitter at @blackhawksgirl0. 

On a side note:  I just wanted to thank my mom for always reading my blogs and being my number one fan.

Real Life @ RMU


Program: Master of Business Administration Hometown: Chicago, IL Campus: Chicago
Fall is almost here.

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.