Sunday, April 10, 2011

Week 2 rundown

Activity 03/27 - 04/0204/03 - 04/09
Intl Biz Strat 8.410.7
Mktg Strat 4.813.9
HR Mgmt 11.86.6
* Note that 3 hours each week is spent in class

Things picked up a bit this past week in my classes.
  • International Business Strategy - Most of the increase was due to the class discussion my team led on Friday. I spent some time researching the topic we were covering beyond the initial reading to look for interesting points to include in the presentation. I also spent some time practicing for the presentation, though I only had to speak for a few minutes. We are going to start the final project soon, so my hours may remain steady or increase somewhat as a result.
  • Marketing Strategy - My workload was entirely driven by the start of the marketing simulation. I spent a lot of time familiarizing myself with the simulation, including the boatloads of data available, and creating a few Excel models for my own benefit. Although the simulation runs through the remainder of the quarter, I don't intend to spend as much time on it after this initial investment. The biggest bummer about the simulation is that the software only works in Windows, so I'm having to boot up that image again.
  • Human Resource Management - Not much changed in this class. We had our first HW assignment, but it was pretty easy. I'm wondering if they will get harder since we are allowed to work with a group on them.
I should mention that I am spending more time on the classes than I otherwise would if I were taking more classes. For example, I'm keeping notes of all of the readings, especially in the 2 classes with midterms, for my own future benefit and to be able to review the material quickly for the midterms and finals. I didn't do this during my first 4 quarters.

As I mentioned before, I'm kind of in a holding pattern right now, so I don't expect too many noteworthy things to happen until we are a little closer to graduation. That's perfectly fine by me though, because I have a lot on my mind about life after Kellogg.

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