Well, that’s technically not true because I have around 6 hours’ reading to get through by Friday, but for Cornell standards–that’s enough time for me to update my blog!
So a lot has been happening lately. It’s probably best to backtrack. Today was the 11th anniversary of 9/11/01. Wow has time flown. It’s crazy to think how one day–just a few hours of that day–can change the course of a lifetime forever. Of so many lifetimes forever. Of an entire country forever. 9/11 was a rough day for my family, as I’m sure it was for many others out there. May everyone who passed away on that horrible day rest in peace and may their family members be blessed with better days. Hopefully the past 10 years have been much kinder on them. It’s true when they say “Gone but never forgotten.” That line is so applicable to that day in so many ways for me.
But I don’t want to be somber, so I think I’ll counter the sadness of the day’s past with some good news! I went to my first Career Fair today. It was a lot like a College Fair, only everyone was dressed to the nines in suits and blazers ( real business attire). Most attendees were seniors looking for full time jobs, so I guess I was ahead of the game going for internships. A lot of companies even told me that they’re only hiring Juniors or Seniors, but to come back next year which I most certainly will. I also had the opportunity to reconnect with an old TriDelt sister who now stands on the other side of the booth at the career fair. I feel like naming companies will jinx me in some way, so I’ll remain vague. Overall, it was a great experience. Over 200 companies were represented and I can’t wait to return next year. I even went to an information session for one of the companies later on this evening. It’s an interactive marketing and consulting agency, which is something new I hadn’t thought of. My uncle is in consulting, so I’ll have to ask him a bit more about what it entails but to the best of my knowledge, it seems great. A major reason why I love marketing, advertising and PR is because the industries are so versatile. These jobs aren’t the type that are redundantly day in, day out, same conundrum stuff–so I’m excited to enter the “Real World” for this reason. That being said, A LOT of time still stands between me and graduation! To emphasize..
-I’ve been looking into study abroad programs. I went to an information session for that as well and there’s a very cool exchange program that my college within Cornell offers (CALS). Essentially, whether I study in Milan or Geniva or Santiago or Beijing, an international student will come to Cornell, hence the exchange. At present, I’m looking into Italy the most. I’d love to get in touch with my roots and pick up the language again. There’s great business programs in Rome and Milan that CALS teams up with, so I’ll have to spend more time learning about those options.
-Speaking of study abroad, that reminds me–I signed my first lease last week! It was a stressful experience, but next year I’ll be living with my 8 best friends in a quaint home just off campus in the heart of Collegetown. It was crazy going through the lease line by line with our landlord. The other girls were getting anxious to sign before all the “good houses were taken,” which is valid, to some extent. But I was the one who read all the lines we had an issue with and even got her to budge on a few clauses which she said she never does. Perhaps I should go to law school…haha, I could never.
-I got accepted into a research lab! It’s with Professor Poppy McLeod and deals with group and organizational communication. We are currently running two main studies (with several sub studies in either entity). I can’t delve into the specifics, but one involves Greek Life on campus and group bias, while the other is a focus on virtual worlds, specifically Second Life. I was unfamiliar with Second Life before starting research, but after having a tutorial and reading a lot of prior research, I’ve come to equate it to a Sims type computer program. We are looking into how people interact differently in a virtual world as opposed to an online discussion board/blog, or in face-to-face interactions. Specifically, we want to know how personality has affected these differences, and which types of personalities gravitate towards SL and for what reasons? Questions like these are preliminary; the research for this segment of the project is in it’s early stages and I’m just getting acclimated to the lab now. So far I’ve done a lot of lit reviews and categorizing articles, but I can’t wait to continue on and learn a lot from my experience. I’m the youngest in the lab, so I’m thankful I got the position. As for the Greek study, my sorority is one of the ones we’ll be researching, so it’ll be fun to help the team conduct surveys at my dinner table.
-I’m taking my first class in the Hotel School. As much as I love marketing, the Hotel School at Cornell is like it’s own little bubble that I’m quite envious of. They dress up. They know how to cook. They hold the infamous “Wines” class. They’re all friendly, all the time. It’s no wonder why at a school where 30% of the University participates in Greek Life, 70% of that 30 are “Hotelies.” The Hotel School even has it’s own prom for seniors. In a way it’s a lot like a dressed up/business high school, and people often refer to it as “Statler High.” (Statler is the name of the Hotel) Well, anyway, the class I’m enrolled in is called Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series and basically, as long as I dress up every Friday (business attire, basically interview attire and classier) and attend class, I get the credit. I didn’t just sign up for the class to get 1 easy Pass/Fail credit, though. I decided it’d be interesting to hear from leaders in the hospitality industry, and so far, I am right. Last week’s speakers were involved in sustainable development in Costa Rican hotels. They spoke about the pros of going green and the cons of facing financial trouble with their decision. Regardless, the course seems like it’ll be great- we have an array of speakers coming from leaders in the casino/gaming industry to the Director of Marketing for the NBA and a whole lot in-between. I’ll stay tuned on that note, of course.
Well at this point it seems as if my “quick update” has turned into a novel. I’ll end it short and sweet..
Until next time,