It’s the last week of classes, and still no sign of snow in Kingston! All of the enormously large squirrels still scampering around campus are beginning to worry me.
I finished a team versus team marketing case last Tuesday and our team did quite well in terms of presentation style and content. We have yet to receive final marks though, as the report is still up for consideration. Barely any down time, and I had another marketing presentation first thing this morning, this time about Coca-Cola. This final term project was actually pretty cool, since we got to present to a marketing rep from Coca-Cola. Two more assignments (Business Decision Modelling and one for Finance) due this Friday, and then it’s on to exams.
The deadline for all second years to submit their Exchange school choices was this past Friday. Looking around at all of the countries and the many partner schools Queen’s Commerce has is a bit like looking down the aisle of an international grocery store. There are so many choices, it is really hard to narrow down your top 10 Exchange schools. Luckily, the Centre for International Management makes it easy to start off your research with school rankings, program outlines, accreditation info, and student experience essays already compiled for you on the Commerce portal. Now the waiting begins…we find out where we will be placed at the end of January. Two rounds of offers go out; if you don’t like what you’ve been given in the first round, you can reject the offer and wait until the second round of offers go around. I’m staying positive though; I think going on Exchange to any of the partner schools will be an enriching experience and I’m really looking forward to it!
I went to the Ale House on Saturday to watch the Queen’s Golden Gaels play in the Vanier Cup final against the Calgary Dinos in Laval, QC. It was a different experience, after watching the Gaels play at Richardson Stadium (by West Campus) for the Yates Cup (against Western) and the Mitchell Bowl (against Laval) for the past two weekends in a row. I always love the Queen’s spirit though, it makes for a great atmosphere when everyone is dressed and painted in red, blue, and gold, decked out in their tams or coveralls and doing the Oil Thigh. If you wind up attending Queen’s, make going to a football game a must-see as everybody always goes all out! Congrats to the Gaels for taking home the Vanier Cup! Cha gheill!
Until next time,
“Stauffer is my homeboy!” is a common phrase to hear around campus, particularly around midterms or finals. Another good catchphrase is “Douglas is my homeboy!”, both making reference to Stauffer Library and Douglas Library located at the intersection of Union and University. Now, I’ll admit to not always being a great fan of studying at the library, but I’m slowly learning to like it. Actually, like is a bit strong, I’m learning to tolerate some late nights in Stauffer when the Goodes Hall breakout rooms have been completely booked up. As I work best at night, I can really appreciate the late hours that the library is open until. Douglas closes at 11:00 PM, and Stauffer typically closes at 1:45 AM, although the building itself remains open so if you’re a real night owl, you aren’t left out in the cold! There are cubicles, desks, and computer stations scattered around all 4 floors, as well as many group study rooms that you can rent. Typically, the higher up you go, the quieter the study space. When exam time rolls around, Stauffer is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So really, you have no excuse to not get any reading done…even after you’ve wasted precious hours on Facebook, MSN, YouTube, or watching your favourite TV shows.
Until next time!
Its finally November… meaning one more month of classes and then on to exams. I’m super busy right now, its just one of those weeks that you have an endless number of things to do. I just had 2 presentations last week in Law and Women’s Studies, and I have another presentation this week in Operations Management, and 2 memos due in Business in the Asia Pacific and Operations Management. I have a feeling this is not going to be a fun week.
After that, I have a Law assignment due the week after, then a test in Business in Asia Pacific, and a presentation and report for Business in Asia Pacific. It may sound like a lot of stuff that I have to do for Business in Asia Pacific, but there is no midterm or final (yay), and at the beginning of the term, there was pretty much nothing due.
Anyways, that was just meant to be a short update. In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter, I am @pinkrose398 if you want consistent updates of my life.
P.S. I am really lucky as I only have 2 finals this year, Operations Management and Law. It doesn’t help that they are a week apart and I have to spend an extra week here in Kingston, but its better than having 5 finals.
It’s been a rough two weeks full of assignments and midterm exams. The week before Halloween, I had a midterm exam, a test, and 3 Commerce assignments due all in the same week (2 of which were due on Friday). Staking out a spot in Mac-Corry Hall, I think I ran into half of the 2nd year Commerce students all scrambling madly to finish ahead of the deadlines. Staying up late on Thursday night (4 or 5 AM anyone?), I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t have class on Friday so I could sleep all day and recover. Definitely one of the tougher weeks of the school year, so far.
The following week, all Commerce classes were cancelled due to midterms. I wrote Business Decision Modelling, Finance, and lastly, MIS on Monday-Wednesday night. In case you’re wondering what writing midterms are like, I’ll go through the basic process. All students are sorted into different lecture halls according to last name, and each room has a proctor (usually a 3rd of 4th year student) who hands out the exam, and announces how much time is remaining in the exam (2 hours left, 1 hour left, etc.). You’re expected to bring your student card and a Commerce approved calculator (if necessary), and any class notes as directed by your professor. Some exams use Scantron cards for multiple choice questions, while others are just short-answer questions or essays written into an exam booklet. I had exams until Wednesday night, which left Thursday and Friday free for me to catch up in everything else. (You’ll find the minute midterms roll around, they take priority over everything…elective courses, eating, and sleeping.)
That’s it for now!