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Correlating Work with School
January 19, 2015

Going into week three of the quarter, my java class doesn’t seem too bad after all. From what I heard, the class is going to learn about programming graphical user interfaces- something I had to deal with in my previous java class. I should be fine unless this professor wants us to program a fully functional video game from thin air, which shouldn’t be the case this time around. My other classes are pretty decent so far. I’m hopeful for telecommunications because I’m interested in networking and database design/development because I want to understand how databases really work. As for managerial finance, I’m not too hot for it since it looks like it’s an extension of accounting; but it’s good to learn more business-related knowledge.

Work has been busy, but great at the same time. Following the ERP problem started in November, I found the root cause of the incident a couple of weeks later and a significant amount of changes have been brought to the company since then; without going into too much detail. I enjoy the projects assigned to me regarding implementing new features or fixing existing ones in our software. Working for a bit over 6 months, I noticed some correlations between some core classes I took with business operations:

  • Business Law: Consider if my actions would have legal consequences (eg. using pirated software = big no no).
  • Accounting: Yay, I know what my VP means when she mentions about the balance sheet! Let’s hope I don’t need to work on that either…
  • Calculus: Still trying to find the need for antiderivatives.
  • Operations Management: Helped me understand more about quality assurance and project management. All of this ends up tying into the processes of production.
  • Organizational Behavior: Learned about the rights and wrongs about how to act in an organization. “Oh, so what we are is called social grapevine…
  • Management Information Systems: Most of the things I do at work have been mentioned in this class.. Such as ERP, yaaay.
  • Java/C++: I still haven’t found the need to program yet. Most of the work I do mostly relates to database management- but with a nicer user interface.
  • Economics: Haven’t found the need to reference GDP or the supply vs. demand curve.

On Thursday night, I had dinner with a few friends at Yard House. I ordered a bowl of ahi poke to share along with a full rack of ribs for myself. It was pretty delicious ;). Then last night, I went for a night drive to go pick up my boyfriend from the airport. I’m not really used to driving at night and for me to drive a lengthy distance at that time is an accomplishment! I’m one step closer into buying a Mustang ;). Though I might end up buying the V8 option (GT) instead of the V6 base model. I might as well graduate with a bang, right?

9 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ January 19, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Your work and school correlation is interesting, but most of it also went over my head! *waves hands* Liberal arts major here is totally lost LOL. No, really, though, it’s good what you’re learning can be applied to your job. ^^

    Congrats on driving a long way at night. I am not into driving much because I don’t trust my depth perception. So kudos to you!

    And mmmm. What you ate sounds good. I haven’t had lunch yet, so I think I’m going to go get some food!

    Until the next entry, Nancy! Keep it up!

  2. Raisa ☆ January 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Calculus can burn foreverrrr. And also Accounting. I took a class in high school, and I literally cried over it.

    I hope you get your Mustang! XD I don’t know much about cars, just that they take me places and that’s good enough for me.

  3. Cat ☆ January 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I’m glad your classes and work have been going well! That’s also great that you’re able to find correlation between some of your classes and what you do at work. I feel like school was really building up a foundation for me, as a lot of what I learned, I don’t apply directly.

    Even though I used Java in school, learning it helped me pick up Ruby faster at work. I also took a bunch of theory classes. I will never have to write a proof again, but learning the theory shaped how I think and approach problems. This is similar to the hardware classes I took, even though I don’t work with hardware. Other things are kind of nice to know for non-work things, like economics 🙂

    Congrats on making the lengthy drive at night! I often have to drive at night, but I still don’t like it. It especially makes me nervous on crowded highways or streets!

  4. Agent Q ☆ January 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    It’s not always about the direct relationship between what you learn in class and what you do at work. It’s about how you find conceptual connection that helps you apply your knowledge in real life.

    I tell myself that whenever I question the applicability of what the professors are teaching. Fortunately, you and I both are proactive enough to find jobs/”practice opportunities” so that we don’t have to ask that question too much. Another bright side: you’re learning useful skills, so you’re less likely to be negatively impacted by the discussion during last night’s SOTU. I think this is a promising development for you regardless of how far into the quarter you are. Of course, it never hurts to have a strong start. 😛

  5. Michelle ☆ January 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    All that schooling and all those classes really paid off, if you use them in your field of work, or job.

    I’m proud of you too! Now, I have to be brave and start driving again, but I think if you can do it, then I can too.

    Sounds yummy!

  6. Kya ☆ January 22, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    That is really great that what you are learning has a lot of relevance to you already. Obviously the more you learn the more helpful it will become as well, which is very cool.

    That is awesome that you were able to drive so far and at night. 😀 I am sure you won’t have any worries at all soon.

  7. Tiff ☆ January 27, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Your title confused me a little because I didn’t think that your work depended on your current classes at school or were affected by it that much (anitderivatives will never help you out with your boss, that’s for sure!). Clearly there is overlap between your classes & what you’ve learned at work, but that’s not a correlation, it’s a relation or connection between similar subjects. A correlation suggests there’s a positive or negative relationship of two things, such as a healthy diet & exercise having a positive correlation of having lower cholesterol. But anyway, I get what you’re saying. You see a lot of overlap in your work & your classes, that’s always good. It’s good to be taking classes that will help your performance at school or your work helping your performance in school.

    As for economics, it can be helpful in that it aids your understanding of how your work operates or helps you understand what the newspaper or news is talking about when it comes to economic hardships. You know, if your work suddenly has to lay off a bunch of people, you’d understand why.

    Isn’t the Mustang’s gas mileage just absolutely terrible? I think the newest one might actually have the similar mileage as my ’09 BMW (18 mpg roads/28 mpg freeway). Yikessss. I know the V6 isn’t as powerful as the V8, but for someone who doesn’t drive that much, there’s no point in buying a car that’s built for power & speed when you don’t drive too much! The V8 is such a gas guzzler too. Well, whatever your purchase is, hopefully it’ll one that’ll make you plenty happy without buyer’s remorse. Drive responsibly & safely!

    • Nancy ☆ February 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      I always have trouble coming up with post titles and just slap on the closest thing after giving up *o*. I remembered correlation from Statistics connecting one thing to another :}.

      The Mustang V6 is 18-29 MPG (same as your BMW, if it’s 18/28, it must be a 5 series?) while the V8 (GT) is 18-25 MPG. Not too much of a difference and it’s a bit better than my RL (18-22 MPG). I was just thinking about the V8 because that way, I don’t need to spend additional money for upgrades when it’s already done to begin with. At that point, the only thing I would probably want to change is the exhaust. Buuuuuut once I get the want for the muscle car(s) out of my system, I’ll just get a regular car XD.

      Edit: I’m aiming for the ’13/’14 model. ☺

  8. Holland ☆ February 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    The correlations went way over my head. As an English major, my classes were pretty similar in that they were all English classes XD

    I have always wanted a Mustang, but I don’t think that’s ever going to happen. 😛

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