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what a difference 16 years makes

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

I was going through old blog posts here this morning in an effort to organize a few things, and came across my birthday countdown from last year – the one with a LOT of old pictures of me. When I spotted my graduation picture from 1993, I knew I had to do this with it:

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At the left, me at 16 after my high school graduation in 1993. At the right, me at 32 after my college graduation in 2009. I just did the math in my head and realized that I doubled in age between these two pictures….damn!

cum laude is one of those phrases…

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

…that sounds dirty, but isn’t.

graduationIt means “with praise”, and it’s an honor added to diplomas and degrees for work that is above average. It’s going to be on the degree that I’ll be getting, having graduated last weekend fro Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management.

Was it really just a year ago when I entered the university as a junior and blogged about taking my first class after an absence of several years from school? Yep! Here I am, just over a year later, having received that degree, and I’ve already been able to use my new education to get myself a 15% pay increase over what I was making this time last year. Talk about putting my education to work for me!

Not only did I graduate, but my husband received his degree as well, after being out of college for 13 years. It was a very unique experience, walking together from the library to the auditorium with our classmates and sitting side by side during the ceremony. Thanks to alphabetical order, I received my degree just in front of him and it was neat hearing them call our names, one right after the other.

Now here I am, contemplating going back for an M.B.A. with a concentration in Human Resources…who would have thunk it?

one more step closer

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

This week, I’m one more step closer to my Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management. It’s hard to believe that just over a year ago, I decided to return to school, and now here I am, a mere 6 months away from walking across that stage…diploma in hand! I received an A in International Business (interesting class), a B in Labor Relations (most boring class EVER) and I should get an A in Selection and Placement (best class ever). Selection and Placement not only had an amazing professor, but the course content was easy to follow…and since I now recruit people for jobs on a daily basis, it was easy to relate the course content to my day to day work routines. Yet another reason I expect an A.

Next semester I’m taking Total Compensation, Risk Management, and something else that escapes me at the moment. All I know is, I’ve only got a few classes left and I’m done! Of course, I am thinking about continuing for my MBA, if only to delay payment on my student loans!

tis the season

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

For my finals. I just wrapped up a research paper for my Staffing and Placement class (it seems hardly fair to write a paper on the work I do in my real life, but it sure makes things easy!) and I took a final for International Business earlier in the week. I’m going to tackle my Selection and Placement final next and hopefully I’ll get to my work for Labor Relations (quite possibly the most boring class ever) before the week is out.

I don’t think I’m looking at straight A’s this semester thanks to a string of B’s I’ve received in Labor Relations, but I’m over it at this point. A 3.7 isn’t that bad!

is this thing on?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Some of you have noticed my absence. I blame it on a combination of work, school, and the family. I’ve had zero free time in between those things, but I’m hoping to have a short break when my summer semester ends in 2 weeks. I say a “short break” because the fall semester starts up right after that! I still have a project to do for my Industrial / Organization Psych class (I think I’ll be banging that out on Saturday), as well as 5 online quizzes. I think I’ve got one more test in Admin / Personnel Law and I know I’ve got one more in my last Statistics class. This is a heck of a semester and by comparison, my courses in the fall will seem like a breeze.

dean wormer’s list

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

I got a nice little letter in the mail from my university today, congratulating me on making the dean’s list for the spring 2008 semester.

Me, on the dean’s list. And it’s not even the dean’s list of troublemakers and / or naughty girls. Go figure.

i pink puffy heart half.com

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I finished the last of my schoolwork a few days ago (scoring a 93% on my math final!) and decided to see what the bookstore would offer me on my books. On the math book that I paid close to $150 for new, they offered me $25. Umm…no?

I listed it on Half.com that same afternoon, and it sold within 5 hours. Other copies were going for $57 and up, maxing out at about $65, so I listed mine at $56.99 making it the cheapest option, and added that it was barely used since I never studied. HA! Since then, I’ve listed my other two books and they went just as quick. I didn’t make ALL of my money back, but I made a lot more than the bookstore was offering.

And with this post, I’m noting the addition of a new category on my blog to talk about all things school related. Appropriately, it’s called “Hot College Coed”. That should bring in the pizorn traffic!

i deserve a 4 day weekend

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

This afternoon, I shut down Outlook on my work laptop, vowing not to look at my work email again until Monday morning. I’m off this Thursday and Friday, thereby turning my 2 day weekend into a four day weekend – huzzah! There’s nothing quite like the prospect of sleeping in and being paid for it to put a little extra spring in your step. I’m taking the time off simply because I deserve it, and so far my plans for the weekend include:

  • Welcoming Catherine home tonight from her school trip to the Florida Keys. I’m sure she’s going to be tan, tired, and have a ton of stinky laundry.
  • Laundry – see above.
  • Breakfast / brunch on Friday morning with a friend I haven’t seen in months…we’re way overdue!
  • A deep tissue massage at a local spa – Jim got me the gift certificate a whole YEAR ago and I finally scheduled an appointment!
  • Waiting at home for a delivery of sod. (Granted, not the highlight of my time off.)
  • Putting the deposit on a family cruise we’re taking this summer for our vacation.
  • Starting AND finishing a paper for my Principles of Management class. Boo, hiss. (Why, oh why, did I put this off until now? It’s due next week!)
  • Matthew’s birthday party with his friends this weekend, and a baseball game.
  • Sleeping in on the clock.
  • Taking the kids to the movies. There are so many things out we want to see!

Yay for time off for good behavior!

i play the mother of jesus

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Guess who got an A in her statistics class?
Guess who got a 95% on her religion midterm?
Guess who got a 90% on her term paper for religion?
Guess who got an A++++ on her presentation for religion? (I believe the teacher was quoted as saying it’s the BEST she ever got!)
Guess who is kicking butt and taking names in her return to college?

It’s me! I did the presentation last week and it was actually quite hilarious. Our professor allowed us to do whatever we wanted, as long as it was about our term paper. I wrote my term paper on The Miracles at Fatima, which is when Mary appeared to three young children over the course of 6 months in Fatima, Peru. We already had a Mary costume from when my oldest attended Catholic school and was in a school production as Mary, so I decided to put it to good use.

Yes, that’s right, I played the Mother of Jesus for my presentation. ME.

I scripted a short movie and had the children play the three children from Fatima. I threw on the Mary costume and said wonderfully insightful things on camera like “Pray the rosary, children.” I ran the video through Windows Movie Maker and turned it into a black and white film, and then added the aging filter on top so it looked like old footage. When it was my turn to present in class, I stood up and gave a little back story (false, of course) on how my term paper research had led me to find this amateur footage from Fatima that no one knew about…

End result? Hilarious. Me as Mary is funny all on it’s own, but the class loved the whole movie. My teacher had a huge grin on her face, which is good, considering she’s got her Master’s in Pastoral Ministry – I was worried she’d think the concept of me as Mary was sacrilegious.

Edited to add: Amy asked to see the video in the comments, so I uploaded it to YouTube:

summer school

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I got registered for the summer session at school today. Due to it being the summer session, my options were limited. I couldn’t find 2 courses on campus that weren’t offered at the same time, so I had to abandon my plan of spending one day on campus and taking 2 classes there. Instead, I’ll be taking an afternoon class (Admin & Personnel Law) and 2 online classes (yet another statistics course, and Human Resources: Placement & Selection).

I bought the books I need for the spring classes starting this month…sheesh! $300 and TWO BOOKS later! I couldn’t find the right editions on Half.com so I was forced to use the school bookstore. Thankfully, Jim is in one of the classes right now, so I can use his book when he’s done. Still, it’s just wrong that a textbook costs $140.