Posted By: Kat Wong Too Yen on April 29, 2009
All of a sudden I’m finished my first year of Commerce, I’ve got my summer jobs lined up, and four full months of freedom! Let me see if I can quickly take you back through my last four weeks…
The last two weeks before entering the final exam period was crazy busy with an assignment due in accounting, stats, microeconomics, and marketing! It was definitely a struggle to fit all of those group meetings in, but somehow I managed. In between projects, I was also running around from training at my new job, doing research pool studies (more on that in a minute!), and conducting a survey for Queen’s Business Consulting. Adding to the workload, I was also juggling some sponsorship and finding accommodations for the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition, as well as finalizing everything for my new house off campus. Needless to say, I think this vacation of mine is well deserved!
As I mentioned before, I participated in some studies for the Queen’s Research Pool. Basically, you dedicate some time to coming in, filling out a few surveys, and doing whatever the researcher needs. In exchange for your time, you are awarded up to 3% (or 3.0 bonus credits) for each course that is participating in the Research Pool for that semester. One hour of your time gives you an additional 1% in a particular course. In my case, I had 3 courses that were eligible for the Research Pool (COMM151, COMM131, and COMM172) and so I could earn up to 9% in total (3% per course). The Research Pool is great, and it could also mean the difference between passing and failing a course! I would highly recommend you take advantage of the opportunity next year.
Recently on Facebook, I noticed a lot of you were wondering what’s the deal with all of these leather jackets that the entire campus seems to be wearing. Well, I just picked up my own jacket a few weeks ago so I guess that means I’m jumping on the bandwagon too! Every faculty has a different coloured leather jacket, which you can order in your first year (or second, or third, or fourth year), if you’re so inclined. Orders are typically placed once in the fall and once in the winter. The leather jackets come with your year crest (designed by someone in your program), “QUEEN’S COMMERCE” on the back, and have your graduating year on one arm. There are different traditions surrounding these jackets, depending on your program. As a Commie, be aware that you can’t wear your jacket until after you’ve written your first set of final exams (and no, we don’t slam our jackets on the ground). The jackets aren’t mandatory, but it’s a nice way to show your pride for Queen’s and Queen’s Commerce.
Now that I’m through with finals, I’m just waiting to see the final results get posted on QCARD. I really hope they finish marking everything soon. As we head into May, the weather is getting a lot better so if you haven’t already, I encourage you to come out to Kingston and visit Queen’s campus! I’ll be staying on campus for the month of May doing some volunteering for the Queen’s Spring Reunion as well as working on a handful of other small projects, so perhaps you’ll see me floating around. If you’d like an informal tour, I’d be happy to set something up. (Incidentally, I’m also looking to sell my first year textbooks, which are all in great condition. Let me know if you’re interested!)
As always, feel free to drop me a line at 8tykw [at] queensu.ca and I’ll try my best to answer any of your questions. Life at Queen’s, residence, Kingston life, Commerce in general…I’m always happy to oblige. Just don’t ask me to do your taxes.
Have a great summer and I’ll see you in September!