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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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To Drop a class or not!
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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 Bear’s 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 “drop a class or not to drop a class,” 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 it’s 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 it’s 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 friend’s 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 don’t make a decision now about this relationship, you will pass the window of opportunity to get out or you become upgraded to “couple” status.  For women this means doodling your partner’s last name on your notebook or “post it notes” 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. It’s officially over.  There is no salvaging this and you feel like a failure because things didn’t work out between the two of you. You know this person is amazing but together it’s like oil and water and you don’t 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 rodrn222@robertmorris.edu 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.

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Open Streets
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On Saturday, October 1, 2011, I rode the Orange Line into the City to participate in the first annual “Open Streets” hosted by the Chicago Loop Alliance.  The idea behind “Open Streets” is for the community to gather in an open and safe area and participate in outdoor activities.  Such activities included, skate boarding and roller derby demonstrations, break dancing lessons, relay races, and yoga sessions.  State Street was closed from Van Buren to Lake so that bike riders, skate boarders, and roller skaters could have free reign of the street. 

Local businesses and colleges participated in the event, including Robert Morris University.  I was a volunteer along with a several other students both undergraduates and graduates.  The culinary school was proudly represented by the cake decorating demonstrations.  Kids were lured to our table by the brightly colored frosting and the plain white Styrofoam blocks acting as layers of cakes.   For the teenagers and adults, RMU had mini-bags tournaments. Each participate received a prize for making a bag in and a big prize was awarded to participates who threw all four bags in the whole.   It was a fun experience and a fun day.  What stood out most for me was when foreigners or tourists who never played the game of bags came over to watch the participants with bright eyed curiosity. If you asked them to play they were eagerly willing to give the game a try.  The sheer excitement and joy they had on their faces was awesome to see.  And even though they may not have known who RMU was, they left with a fond memory of RMU who gave them their first experience playing bags.  (Stay tuned to RMU’s face book page for pictures of Open Streets).

HOCKEY UPDATE:
The season officially begins this week! The Chicago Blackhawks’s first game is on Thursday 10/6/11 in Dallas!

For feedback or more on the Blackhawks schedule, follow me on twitter @blackhawksgirl0. 
 

Real Life @ RMU

Nina

Program: Master of Business Administration Hometown: Chicago, IL Campus: Chicago
The Last Two Weeks!

It's the final two weeks of summer session two. The last two weeks of the quarter always seems to drag out. When you think you are almost done and can breathe a sigh of relief, you realize you actually still have one more week left of classes.

The I-Center Entrepreneur Incubator class has only reinforced my appreciation of attending Robert Morris University for offering a great class.

The Entrepreneur incubator class was one I really wanted to take when I first learned of its offering.  I thought this would be a really cool class to take and learn if I have what it takes to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities later down the road.  I think most people dream of being their own bosses and running their own companies but many don’t flourish.   I figured this class would help gage if I am capable of pursing something on my own.

From this class, I can honestly say that I have learned a lot about myself and about trying to see an idea come to fruition.  As my instructor has emphasized "You" are your greatest asset and when you have a sense of who you are and how you work best, only then can you utilize both your skills and weaknesses to pursue a problem and its solution.

The I-Center Entrepreneur Incubator class took me outside of my comfort zone and really challenged me as a student.  This class also taught me about myself, my strengths and weaknesses, and how to use them to my advantage.

The instructor Jacob Elster, also challenged students and pushed them to want to do their best.  He is also admirable and an example of what a true entrepreneur is through all his accomplishments.  He provides an example of what one can accomplish if you, you use your potential and pursue your ambitions.

What I learned from this class, is that if I have a passion for something, then I need to fight for it to come to fruition and try not to get discouraged by the adversity that presents itself.

I think this is a good class and I recommend it to other students who want to explore entrepreneurship and yourself.

On a less reflective note:

On Saturday, September 17, 2011, I attended the Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp at the United Center.  It was a sold out event with thousands of other excited fans about this upcoming season.  The Blackhawks acquired a few enforcers which the team lacked last year.  Lot of analyst predicts that the Blackhawks look like Stanley Cup contenders this year.  They looked good from their scrimmages on Saturday and I’m looking forward to the start of the season. Pre-season games start September 20, 2011.

Cheers!