So I have been working on this paper for awhile now for my AEM 200 class. The paper is based on a mock proposal from the board of directors of a charitable organization People4People to me, the organization’s president. It is based on whether the organization should undergo a campaign to free 1 million bonded laborers in South Asia at the cost of 90 million dollars. The opposing view is that the funds could be better used to institute change at the root of the cause rather than pump more money into this black market. It was a pretty interesting topic and I thought I wrote a solid paper but I didn’t receive the grade I was looking for… So Wednesday morning I went in to speak with the professor about how I could improve my paper since I had to give an oral presentation on it Friday morning during section.
After meeting with the professor I went over to the Statler (where the hotel school is) at met up with a girl for lunch at the Terrace. She was quite interesting – she had emailed me and asked if I would sit down with her and talk about Marine Corps Officer Candidates School. Her boyfriend was a Marine killed in Fallujah and she now felt the calling to become an officer of Marines. It was pretty moving to hear some of her story and I wished her luck regardless of what she decided to do. The rest of the day on Wednesday was pretty normal – finance section, derivatives class, and then later in the night I did some work for my management strategy class. We have a group of 4 guys and part of the class is that we participate in what is called a competitive strategy game. Our group is a firm and we have to make decisions about fictional markets to enter, levels of capacity to build, and prices to charge in each market while competing against other firms.
I had my typical full day of classes on Thursday and then sat down early in the evening to revise my AEM 200 paper and make a PowerPoint presentation for Friday. The revision went pretty well and I designed a nice slideshow. Since I finished early on Thursday I had a chance to go out with my friends for a little bit in Collegetown. We didn’t really do anything crazy, especially since I had to wake up the next morning at 5:30 am for PT. I met up with my girlfriend Ange after she got off work at Miyake and then went to sleep.
Friday was a pretty long day. PT was difficult in the morning – we ran about 4 miles and it was freezing outside that early in the morning. I went back to sleep after PT and woke up later in the day to do some more work practicing for my presentation. The presentation went OK I suppose, although it was probably one of my worst public speaking displays. For some reason I just was having a hard time with the flow of my speech and getting across what I was trying to say. Hopefully I did well; I think that in comparison to some of the other presentations I saw mine was good. After the presentation I sat down with 7 other TAs and we graded the finance exam. It took nearly 2 hours! Plus, my two person team had probably the hardest question so it was quite difficult piecing together some of the totally wrong answers some of the students submitted. Friday night I hung out with the guys from Cook St. and we went out and about in Collegetown later that night.
Saturday was a pretty lazy day. I watched a few college football games and mostly just lounged around the house. That evening I went over to Psi U for a little bit to say hi to the guys and then got on a bus next door with the fraternity that a lot of the guys I live with are in. The bus took us back down to the lake for another cruise on the MV Manhattan (I am becoming a regular down there). However, this cruise didn’t go over as well as the one with Ange’s sorority. They experienced some technical difficulties half way out to the middle of the lake and all of the lights went off. This led to some of the guys getting quite irate and pulling some shenanigans which were not appreciated by the staff of the MV Manhattan. Suffice it to say, the MV Manhattan was prematurely turned around and the cruise was put to an end. I went back over to Psi U for a little while and then met up with Ange when she got off work.
I’m just watching a little football today and will probably start some schoolwork later. I have a problem set due for derivatives tomorrow that I haven’t started but I don’t think it should take me too long.