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Week I of Bronconess
October 5, 2014

Hey! It’s October once again. This means the holiday season is coming up~

Fundamentals of Computer Info. Systems

This professor knows how to keep the class interesting by asking questions that makes us think. One of the most engaging questions she asked the other day was, “What if you created a huge eCommerce website while really operating as a one-man team at home?” What’s great about this class is that our main focus is on creating a responsive website for any client in a team. I easily found a team with well-knowledged people so this will be one of the few times I don’t significantly carry people on the team (unless I am going to get deceived later on). I heard one of the members have a proposal for a client who’s into the dessert catering business :D!

Management Information Systems

MIS is pretty interesting so far with the class being about utilizing information technology within businesses. This would be useful for the upcoming generation of workers because if businesses are still doing things the manual/old-school way, the workers’ technology knowledge would be useful in increasing efficiency in all sorts of areas. This class, organizational behavior, and operations management are all connected to each other; which is awesome because I don’t need to change my mindset when I’m in any of those classes.

Organizational Behavior

This class took up most of my “study time” so far *o*. The class is about how people interact in an organization and the outcomes of it. We have a few group projects for the class and one of the upcoming projects is to observe how Starbucks baristas interact with each other. Sounds like fun, right? We get to sip coffee/decafs while secretly observing the employees’ behavior XD.

Operations Management

“Operations is the driving core of any business”. Thanks to the work experience I got this past summer, all of the departments in a business makes sense! “Oh, so this is what R&D does.” This class is great because it focuses around the production part of the business and how it impacts/is impacted by the other departments. I’m excited for the topics in this class because I’m always fascinated about the strategies used by management whether it’s to increase quality + price, increase R&D + decrease short-run profitability, or etc. What’s interesting (yet reassuring) is that the course reminds us no matter how perfect the organization tries to make their products, “dissatisfaction with services is often the result of customer’s inability to properly perform or co-produce their part of the service” [source: OM- Collier/Evans] along with ways to work with the given issues.

Clubs ‘n’ Stuff

There were so many club choices to choose from but not enough time *o*. I ultimately ended up choosing to commit to two; one of them being a club about tech/networking/cyber security and the other being about getting students into the IT field. It’ll be great meeting people who have similar interests and learning some great hands-on skills that classes don’t teach. Speaking of security, I played in the qualifying round for NCL a couple of days ago. I’m hoping I get into the silver division again this year so I couldn’t “go all out” this round to ensure I don’t fall into the gold division. I managed to snag a spot in the top 40% overall soooo I’m doing good in staying on the top 50% so far.

On Thursday, there was an annual hot dog caper where students can get as many free hot dogs as they want… Usually I’d take advantage of this kind of stuff but I ate pizza from a club meeting beforehand and got 2 hot dogs while others brought boxes or pans *o*.. And I wanted to save my appetite because my boyfriend and I went out to eat sushi for happy hour after our last class that ended at 10 :D.

I went back to work this week as a part-time and we had a company BBQ on Friday! There were hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by the team in project management. Needless to say, it was good food and hurray for company-bonding time~ 

10 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ October 6, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Wow! Sounds like you’re busy with your classes! 🙂 I’m glad things are going well for you academically. Some of your projects sounds fun. I think the organisational behaviour one is the most interesting, watching how colleagues work with each other and all 🙂

    And yay for those clubs! College is definitely a time to build up networking, and doing so in classes and clubs will be great, especially since you’ll be around those with similar interests and will be in the same fields 🙂

    Reading your entry makes me miss uni, believe it or not! Though my experience was nothing like yours. There wasn’t a lot of people who majored in English here, so I didn’t have a group of English majors to really hang out with and bond on an intellectual level 🙁 Oh, well! ^^

  2. Holly ☆ October 6, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I always enjoyed studying MIS when I studied IT at college. Also, the fact that organisational behaviour involves sitting around drinking coffee makes it sound like the best course ever!

    Free hot dogs sound amazing. We had a freshers fair when we started back at university which had free pizza, but unfortunately I missed it due to lectures. 🙁

  3. Cat ☆ October 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Your classes sound both interesting and useful! I’m glad you found a good team for your Computer Info Systems class. It’s always annoying when you have to do all the work for your group. That’s also kind of funny that you get to observer Starbucks baristas for one of your other projects 🙂

    One of my favorite parts of college was meeting other people who are also technical with similar interests. While I had close friends in high school, most of them weren’t interested in the computer stuff like I was. My college friends were the ones I ended up staying in touch with after graduating. I think it’s good that you found clubs relevant to your interests! Also, good luck on getting into the silver division!

    Wow, that’s crazy that you could get as many free hot dogs as you want! I feel like most students would totally take advantage of that, haha. The company BBQ sounds fun too!

  4. jolene ☆ October 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Sushi > hot dogs 😛

    Your classes sound so interesting! Especially organisational behaviour. Would have some pretty cool insights from a class like that, I would think!

  5. Jackie ☆ October 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Aahhhhh, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually kind of jealous of you! I’m studying abroad this year, which is great, but it also means that I’m missing out on the normal classes, clubs, and events that go on at college.

    It sounds like your term (am I right to assume you’re on the quarter system?) is going to be super interesting! <3

  6. Amy ☆ October 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Your classes sound good. I like the idea of sitting in Starbuck’s for “research purposes”. You can sit and drink coffee, and actually say you’re being productive – I’m so jealous!

    And you always write about food on here! Making me so hungry. I once did a performance in front of a shop and they had a free BBQ so I ended up eating like 4 burgers haha. Shame you weren’t hungry enough to make the most of the hotdogs!

    xx

  7. Michelle ☆ October 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Wow, you certainly sound busy and every class seems hard, but I know you manage somehow and kick butt.

    I’m dealing with school too, but I haven’t gotten into the hard stuff yet, like college algebra. Lol.

    Regardless, good luck and keep kicking butt in school!

  8. Alice B ☆ October 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I wish my MIS class is as interesting as yours. sadly, it’s not. then again, it’s a full theory class so I’m not sure what I was expecting.. I know it’s gonna be a full theory class (duh, i mean it’s business related) but i guess i was expecting more geeky stuff LOL

    on the other hand, the fact that the teacher doesn’t really pay attention or call names is an advantage to me since i spend MIS class opening my laptop and browsing LOL

    hey, organizational behavior class sounds fun haha observing people is really an amusing thing to do…though if my mood isn’t working along and i were to be given such assignment, i’d probably sulk and be like, “ugh i hate going out and see peopleeee”

    this semester, i have a class called entrepreneur study too…i thought we’re gonna learn how graphics design is implemented in entrepreneur or something but eh, seems like so far it’s not like something like that… bah, i don’t understand my teacher either. business related subjects are so boring for me.. i can’t sit still and read all those formulas -__- i prefer experimenting and moving around LOL (some people said that’s how designers do their work – moving around when there’s no inspiration, whatsoever…same like other media students such as film studies, i think?)

    WHY ARE YOU SO ACTIVE ermagehd *light up candles and bows down to you* I signed up with the japanese club but it’s really a useless club haha… unless there’s an event, this club does nothing. or at least even if there’s a meeting or something, it usually involves the seniors and like we the regular members aren’t informed about it. so yeah, clubs in my university is really… messy. no one really cares about any club, to be honest. it’s not as active as high school clubs or anything.

    wow free hot dog. i’m not a fan of hot dog but free food? wow, that’s a bonus worth the queue! my university sucks so there won’t ever be such thing LOL (heck, even the campus wifi sucks djekhflwk everything in my campus sucks HAHA but they still claim themselves as “world class university” pfft)

  9. Kya ☆ October 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Everything seems to be going so well and I am glad that the classes have been so interesting and very relevant to what you will be doing in the future. 😀

    Glad you also found two teams to join, I hope you will be able to meet new people and be able to work with them on different things for fun. 😀

  10. Christa ☆ October 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Good luck with your classes.

    I think picking two clubs is a great idea, you can really be part of them instead of having yourself spread through a bunch of clubs. I don’t see how people think being in 10 clubs is a good idea at all.

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