First Month Into The Semester

Hi Guys,

It’s crazy to think I am already halfway to graduation! Classes are becoming more challenging, but since they all have to do with my major (besides the last science credit I needed to get out of the way), they have been much more interesting. My favorite class is Entrepreneurial Management, because although I am interested in my major, which is Econ, ideally I hope to start and run my own company one day. About a week ago, we had to come up with ideas for a company and pitch them to the class. There are about 70 students in the class, and after everyone presented, we voted on which ideas we thought were the best. Out of the 70 ideas, ten ideas were chosen, and from there we broke off into teams to work on our semester project which is planning and creating our businesses. I’m proud to say that my idea was one of the ones chosen, so on Monday I spent the class interviewing students who were interested in being in my group. Today I finalized my team, and I am excited to begin working and creating a solidified business plan!

I enjoy my other classes as well. My accounting class is very interesting, but it can stink sometimes because it’s at 8 in the morning. I enjoy waking up early, but my brain isn’t ready to think about assets and liabilities before 10 am. My Econ class is also very interesting, but for some reason the professor’s voice makes me want to fall asleep. Luckily there are no in class activities or an attendance policy for lectures, so some days I instead spend the hour and a half at the library taking notes on the chapter we’d go over in class and watching Khan Academy videos on the material. So far it has seemed to be more beneficial than his lectures, and I have scored well on all the homework. The only class I don’t enjoy is my Biology class. I find what we learn interesting, but I’ve never been a huge science guy… It’s too theoretical for me. I enjoy math and econ because I can see the problem that needs to be fixed, and once I complete it I’m able to see what I did step-by-step. Science, on the other hand, has always seemed imaginary and pointless since I’m unable to see an atom or chromosome outside of a diagram. I’m not saying science is fake, It’s undoubtedly real, I just prefer solving problems that I can see through logical thinking.

So far this semester has been going great! Next Monday I have my first two midterms, and hopefully if I work hard enough this week, I’ll do great on them. Thank you to all the people at Concord who support me and allow me to get a degree without going into insane amounts of debt. You guys are the best! Have a great start to your fall, and I will update you all next month and let you know how October goes!

 

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Wrapping Up The Year

It’s crazy to think that I only have a week and a half left in the school year. My first year at the U was unreal, and even though it was quite a hectic journey to get to where I am now, I am happy that I transferred twice and ended up at the University of Minnesota. I have two finals left until I’m officially a Junior, and although both classes are very difficult, if I keep my nose to the grindstone every day for the next week I am confident that I will finish strong! With that being said, I need to keep this blog post brief because I am currently studying for my Business Statistics final, and as much as I’ve tried to find free time, these past few days have basically consisted of studying and sleeping.

Thank you for reading my posts each month. It helps me stay on track school wise, and motivates me to make each month as successful as it can be. Good luck to all the other students who are wrapping up their semesters, and I hope you all finish strong. If I’m not mistaken, the last blog post of the school year is in May, so I will check back in with you all in one month and I’ll let you know how my finals ended up! Have a great spring and I’ll check back in soon!

A Solid Month of March

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful Minnesota “spring” weather. I apologize for the being a couple days late on the blog post, I’ve been so busy this past month that I din’t even realize we had entered into April until it was too late. With that being said, let me give you the run down on what’s been keeping me so occupied.

For starters, school has been going good this semester! All my classes have been pretty demanding since I am taking fairly advanced courses, but I enjoy what I am learning and I think I am ready to officially declare my major which will be Applied Economics. I was considering switching majors and majoring in Ag Food Business because I felt as though I couldn’t keep up in my Econ class, but after getting our first exam back I realized that I did better than most of the class. As long as I stay focused and work hard, I should do fine. I don’t want to become an economist after college, but no matter what field of business I end up in, an Applied Econ degree should come in handy. This is especially true if I end up with a career in commercial real estate, which is what I am currently hoping to pursue.

The other thing that has been keeping me busy was a summer job hunt. I have spent the past two summers landscaping and have really enjoyed it because it allows me to work full time and make a solid amount of money to help with school. This year however, the company I worked for decided they were not going to hire college workers who can only work during the summer, because it was too much of a burden to hire and train in new employees midway through the season. Although this really turned up the pressure to find a new summer job, it was honestly a blessing in disguise because I ended up applying for, and getting hired, as a sales intern at State Farm. Although I loved the employees I worked with while landscaping, this job will give me a first step into the professional world, and will be a great intro to sales and cold-calling which could come in handy in future careers.

One last thing I want to include that was neither time consuming nor school related, and shouldn’t technically be included in this blog, was that in March of 2018 I went on a plane for the first time of my life! Really random, but I wanted include it because for my entire life I’ve been fascinated by flying, but never had the opportunity as a child. This spring though, the opportunity presented itself, and after saving up a couple paychecks from weekend side jobs, and searching for cheap tickets, I was able to finally get off the ground and into the skies!

Overall, this past month has been great! I am excited to keep on working hard so I can finish this semester strong. I hope you all have a fantastic Spring, and I’ll check back in at the end of April!

The Second Semester

So far, the second semester has been pretty great! I was unable to sign up for a biology class that I will eventually need because the wait list was full, so I am only taking 12 credits. I don’t mind the lack of credits though, and I plan on filling in the spare time by either finding a job on campus, or taking the pre-licensing classes needed to obtain my real estate license. I have been talking to a realtor who helped find a house for my mom a few years back, and I am planning on meeting her for coffee within the upcoming weeks, so hopefully I can learn some valuable information about what a job in real estate entails.

Although I am only taking 12 credits, the classes that I am taking are pretty demanding. The two most challenging ones for me are Business Statistics and Intermediate Applied Microeconomics. I am doing fine in both classes so far, but some of the concepts and equations are very confusing. I know that if I keep working hard though, I will do well in each class and end my sophomore year on a positive note. However, it definitely made me realize that my current major, Applied Economics, might not be the right fit for me, so in the next couple weeks I will be meeting with my councilor to discuss pivoting towards Food and Ag Business Management with an emphasis in Financial Analysis.

To anyone who is reading this, I hope you enjoy the warm weather and I can’t wait to update you next month on how my semester is going!

End of an Awesome Semester

It’s weird how the concept of time can change when you’re in a place you enjoy. Four months ago I was moving into a run down college house in Dinkytown, nervous, excited, and ready to start my journey towards a degree from the U of M. Next thing I know, there’s snow on the ground, and I’m at my favorite library, studying for my last final of the fall semester that I will take on Wednesday the 20th. All the late nights at the library, presentations, homework, and football games seem like they crammed into the length of a month, and its hard to believe it’s been almost 2018. It’s been an excellent semester though, and I’m glad that my confusing journey from Iowa State to MCTC led me to the U of M. I’ve had a fun but focused semester, and although my classes were quite challenging at times, I’m excited to see my final report card, and strive for another successful semester next spring. I’ve signed up for classes, and if I get into the classes I chose, I will be happy to start taking upper level classes that are more centralized on my intended major. Have a happy holidays everyone, and I can’t wait to write another update in February, and let you know how school is going!

Hunkering Down

Uh oh I’m writing this 43 minutes late… I guess that’s what happens when you stray from your to do list. This week has been busier than ever, so the weekly to do list I made on Monday quickly went off course as tasks grew in size, and new ones popped up out of no where. It’s been an enjoyable week though, definitely the most mentally taxing all semester, but I’ve still managed to turn the stress that comes with the approaching end to the semester into a good time.

It wouldn’t have been too jam packed if I hadn’t agreed to switch presentation days with a kid from my public speaking class. I have no regrets though. I was supposed to present my final persuasive speech three weeks from now, because on sign up day I was sick and got the last slot. A kid who had the first slot (next Monday) realized this past Sunday that he had a chemistry test the same day he was supposed to present and asked me to switch. At first I was hesitant, but the idea of finishing all my work for a class three weeks before the end of the semester was too good to pass up, so I accepted his offer. This week though, has been a grind. On top of the upcoming presentation, I have a Moon Observation project due this Friday (tomorrow), a calculus midterm today, and an eight page creative non fiction piece and one page reflection both of which are due tomorrow. Probably wasn’t the best week to add more food to my plate, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.

All in all, this semester is going great, and I am excited to finish strong and have some time off to enjoy the holidays. Considering it’s 1 am, and I have a busy day ahead of me, I should probably get back to bed. Till next time, and I’ll let you know how my presentation goes in my December blog!

I’ve learned a Lot This October

When I was in 5th grade, we had a class called “Media”. In this class we’d learn everything from how to find books in a library, to important computer skills that would come in handy in the future. One of the ways they taught us computer skills was through a game called “Type To Learn”. In this game, you’d type words and phrases on your keyboard to gain points, and eventually you’d move onto higher levels, finish the game, and be excellent at typing. I however, HATED Type To Learn. So instead of doing the tasks assigned, I improved my ability to balance an imaginary marble across a race track and played may favorite computer game “Marble Blast Gold” instead. I was already one of the fastest typist in the class using only my two index fingers, so I saw no purpose relearning a skill I already considered myself a master at. Fast forward to September of 2017, and I am a 20 year old man playing typing games for children to teach myself how to type with all ten fingers. Its now the end of October, and I can happily say that I am typing this blog post with all ten fingers. Aside from learning a skill that I should have learned almost a decade ago, I have learned many important skills these past few months through my increased workload and first time truly living alone.

One important skill I’ve learned over the past couple months is better time management. I’ve always had a problem organizing my daily tasks, but I’ve made it a top priority this year to perfect this important life skill. I have pretty bad ADD and am prescribed a medication which helps tremendously, but I hate the idea of needing to take a pill to complete tasks that are crucial in obtaining a successful future. I still take my Adderall from time to time, but now that I’ve developed a habit of making to-do lists for the upcoming day, and have started reading into the routines of successful people and applying these habits into my life, I find it much easier to make time for important tasks as well as motivate myself to stay focused even when the task at hand is dull or tedious.

Another important skill I’ve learned since starting my sophomore year at the U of M is how to manage my life outside of school, which in return boosts my academic work ethic. This is my first year truly living alone. Yeah I technically lived alone during my time at Iowa State, but this year I don’t have a dining hall to stroll down to when I need food, and I don’t have only a 12 x 8 foot room in a fraternity to clean. Living in a house off campus with no parents or dorm staff, I’ve taught myself how to make time for cooking, cleaning, shopping for groceries, and how to do all of these conscious the the fact that I have limited time and money. This is an important life skill to have no matter how old you are, and is a crucial skill to master if you want to live a less stressful life. I am also able to transfer this new level of responsibility towards academic aspects of my life as well, which has helped me better manage my studying time, and has increased my educational work ethic.

These past few months at the U of M have been unbelievable. I’ve learned tons of new things in the classroom, but on top of that, I’ve learned many important skills that help me be the best person I can be in both my academic and personal life. I’m excited to keep you all updated as the fall semester approaches its final two months, and hopefully with the use of these improved skills and habits I’ll have another positive blog post!