Category Archives: Academia

Spring 2015 Semester Review

And like that, my junior year of college is finished. :D

Adv. Corporate Finance (FIN 435)

I am pretty sure I could write a book about how horrible this class and professor was. Pisses me off to no end.

I failed my first test in college in this class. Also got my first D on a test (a retake to be exact). I didn’t receive an A on a single assignment in that class. Wanna know why? Me too, because he didn’t give any feedback on any of the assignments or justifications as to why you got that grade. All he did was stand in front of the class and talk about himself and all of his stupid big-shot jobs he has had in the business world. I literally spent thousands of dollars so I could listen to him talk to himself.

Also, tests had nothing at all to do with the class. In class, we analyzed and discussed case studies. On the test, we were magically supposed to be able to solve all of these complex problems that no one had seen before. But oh, he gave us half of the formulas the day before the test, so that should help, right?

Ugh. Pisses me off to no end. I left some very lengthy and peeved comments on the instructor evaluation form. He should be fired.

Credits: 3
Grade: B

Operation and Supply Chains (DSOM 326)

Well if it’s any indicator of how much of a waste of time and money this class was, my professor got fired because he was so terrible. The dean received so many complaints that he told our instructor if he received one more, he was fired. Hint: he received more complaints.

Our professor would show up to class and read us multiple choice questions and have us answer them. And that was it. He didn’t present any of the material. He just assigned homework and tests and didn’t actually teach at all. Halfway through the semester, he decided to “change the direction of the class” and the rest of the classes were useless guest speakers and free periods to work on group projects. He just have everyone homework points without us having to actually complete it.

I would be more frustrated with the class if I didn’t end the semester with over 100%. So even though it was a waste, at least it boosted my GPA.

Credits: 3
Grade: A

Individuals in Management (MGT 330)

Not a bad class, just boring. Really just fundamentals of management but it was all a lot of common sense, so it was very difficult for me to study for tests. It’s not that tests were “hard” necessarily, you just had to memorize everything, which was difficult for me if it’s common sense. I’m not sure if that is clear or not, but I’ve never had a class where I did so poorly on something that should be fairly easy.

*shrugs* Oh well. He was at least a decent professor.

Credits: 3
Grade: A

International Management (MGT 370)

This was probably my favorite class this semester. My instructor was a grad student, but I’m pretty sure he is the best professor I’ve had so far in school. He was very fair in grading tests and assignments, and always made class interesting by using his own (relevant) experiences and current events. Plus I love learning about other cultures and views. Overall a fun class that still made me think.

Credits: 3
Grade: A

A long semester, but I am glad it is over. Only one year left until I graduate! :)

 

April in Review

I have been so incredibly busy lately, I feel like I haven’t even had time to breathe.

  • My mom came into town! A group of women from her church came to Kansas City on a small mission trip. There is a seminary here in KC that they helped inventory their library. They came in on Wednesday so Andrew and I were able to meet them for dinner. We went to a place called Corner Cafe that is apparently pretty known to the locals. It was more of a southern, down-home-cooking restaurant, but it was pretty good.She finished up at the seminary on Friday while I was at work and it was great to come home to see my mom at my apartment afterwards! She took me out for a belated birthday dinner and afterwards we just stayed up really late and talked. It was so good to be able to catch up and just share life with each other.Saturday we meet my old roommate for brunch. We went to the wrong restaurant though (whoops!) so after a few confused text messages we finally were able to meet up at the right one. We talked wedding plans and just how good God is at working everything out when life is messy. It was really rainy the rest of the day so we just hung out and I worked on a bit of homework before work. She met with a friend from Greece while I was at work at IKEA. When I came home she told me about the store because I had never been before.

    So of course on Sunday, we had to go to IKEA. It’s a new store that opened probably within the last year or so in KC, and I have always wanted to go because I see all these great Pinterest ideas from there. Oh my goodness, we had a blast looking through all the showrooms and furniture, picture frames and kitchenware. My mom found a cute playmat for her preschoolers that we lugged around through the store until we realized when we got to the checkout we had grabbed the wrong one. :D So we mazed our way back through the store to get the right one.

    She had to leave to go back home shortly after so we shared a quick lunch. I may have gotten teary eyed when I said goodbye. My mom’s not just a parent; she is one of my closest friends and I was so glad she could visit for a weekend! I love my momma.

  • Apartment searching. This is more of a this-has-been-on-my-mind than a I’ve-been-busy-with-it. I have a studio¬† which will be too small for Andrew and I when we get married in August. So I’ve been trying to keep an eye out for affordable one bedrooms. His apartment complex is pretty pricey, but I’m actually going to go look at the ones in my apartment today – so hopefully I can cross this off my to-do list soon!
  • Working two jobs. This and school have really been sucking up my time. It’s been so hard working forty hours (between the two jobs) and going to classes, I really don’t often have time for myself. However I’m not sure I have a job for the summer, so I’m just trying to stick it out for one more month before I go home and laze around. Weddings and living on your own and going to college are expensive guys. x_x
  • Classes. May or may not have mentioned that I hit the jackpot this semester with horrible professors. I failed my first test since entering college this week and I didn’t just kind of fail it. I got a 47% on my finance test. I would be more upset about it if I genuinely felt it was my fault, but my professor doesn’t teach, the tests have nothing to do with the class, and there was no way I could prepare myself for it. Just hoping to pull a C in that one, and hoping my group members in all my other classes will put their crap together and do their parts in the million group projects and papers I have to do. Group projects are seriously the worst.

So that has pretty much been my month of April. I hope your April has been a bit less stressful!