It’s the end of January and for me that means one thing: it’s time for a new semester!

I finished out the fall semester absolutely burnt to a crisp. Utterly exhausted, I really needed the winter break. I planned to get a lot of work done for school & this site, hammer out some prep for spring, and get myself for a strong start in the new year. Didn’t really happen, but I did end up taking a couple of days to relax, which is a wild new thing for me. During this time I got my grades in, got my spring school supplies, and prepared my new calendar for the new year/spring semester.

Fall 2018 Final Grades

In my last Semster Snapshot, I listed out my expected grades for all of my classes. On January 2nd, my grades were finalized, here’s how it went:

Business Statistics I expected to earn an A, and I did! Very happy with this one, and very proud of it.

Management Information Systems Genuinely expected to earn an A in this class, and the professor gave me a C! I’m very unhappy about it, and do not think that was the grade that I earned and deserved.

Business & Professional Writing I had expected to earn a B+, and ended up earning an A-! I’m pretty happy about that. I definitely could have done better, but I’m not unhappy about the A- here.

Internship This one was a tough one to judge, I really wasn’t sure how it would be finalized. I ended up earning an A for my paper, but not without a small fiasco! My paper was due at 12, and I submitted it to my internship advisor around 4:30 PM. Unfortunately, as I went into my email to send it to him, I realized it was due at 12 NOON! Luckily, he still accepted it, but I definitely had a continuous heart attack until he confirmed it was all good.

Independent Study No grade yet here, it is currently on my transcript as IN, incomplete. I’m finishing this class in the spring, it’s due in early/mid-March, just before spring break.

Spring 2019 Classes

Classes kick off Tuesday January 22nd, I’m not excited because it’s cold as all hell in New Jersey and my schedule is less than optimal. Because I’m attending a remote campus and in my second to last semester, my choice for classes is extremely limited. I’m very excited for some of these classes, and very unhappy with others. This is my first semester with all 3000-level or above classes, so I certainly have a lot of work ahead of me, and some big goals!

Managerial Decision Modelling Monday 7:30 – 10:15 PM
I’m trying to be more positive in 2019, but I cannot tell you how much I don’t want to be taking this class. I’m taking it because it is one of my last required classes and unfortunately no amount of convincing could get me out of it. The course objective is to “familiarize the future business manager with the methods and techniques of management science and the calculus.” I’m good at math, but it’s been just about 4 years since my last calculus class, and 3 since my last math class. Hard to say what this will be yet, but I’m definitely nervous about this one. but calc late on Monday nights? Probably the worst scheduling I’ve ever had.

Social Media Tuesday 7:30 – 10:15 PM
Following that up with a class that I am very excited about, I cannot wait for this social media course. I’m taking this as a free elective, and even though it’s a communications class, it is right up my alley. The professor opened up the class documents ahead of time and it looks like a real challenge for the semester, in the best way!

Advertising & Marketing Communications Wednesday 1:55 – 4:25
This is the other elective course I’m taking this semester. I was a little hesitant at first with this one, but it focuses on marketing communications and covers advertising, social media, digital marketing, PR, sponsorships, personal selling, and SO much more. The course is right up my alley, and I am so excited to get into it. It seems like this class is going to help me in a lot of ways, both for my career, and side hustle goals.

Marketing Research Wednesday 4:30 – 7:15
Another required course, this time a little more exciting! The course is focusing on the qualitative and quantitative techniques for marketing decisions, the nitty gritty why behind the what. The course specifically notes that it will cover the aspects of traditional and online marketing, which I’m looking forward to, but hesitant to see if the professor actually covers that. Excited, but healthy skepticism!

Operations Management Thursday 12:30 – 3:15
Closing it out with the second class that I’m not looking forward to. This class is really all about logistics and supply chain from what I can tell, definitely super close to my degree as a marketing major. I know it’s probably going to be useful, but I’m just not excited about the prospect of studying it all semester. One good thing, this course is taught by my all-time favorite professor. I had her last fall for Stats and she was amazing!

Spring Semester Goals

I ended last semester with a 3.57 GPA, bringing my overall GPA to 3.61. This semester, I would like to see 6 A’s (I mean wouldn’t we all). My realistic goal though, is to finish the semester with a 3.7 GPA. I also want to get my overall GPA up to at least 3.65, lining myself up to graduate Magna Cum Laude next December. Overall, I would like to see myself being a little more on top of my short-term deadlines, paying more attention in class, and following my study plans.

My BIG goal for the spring semester though, more than anything else in the world, is being accepted to graduate! If you didn’t know, colleges make you apply to graduate. This is really just a formal process so that the school can be sure that you are 100% good to go, and give you a semester or longer notice if you aren’t. My graduation isn’t until January of 2020, but I have to apply by April 26th! I cannot WAIT to get this all done and over with!

My Christmas break was definitely good for me, taking a bit of time to come back to myself, reorganize, redecorate, and reset was just what I needed. I wasn’t as on top of my independent study and everything as I would like to be, but I’m not unhappy with how I did! I’m looking forward to this new year and this new semester. 2019 is looking like it will bring all kinds of interesting things for me, especially when it comes to school!

Are you looking forward to this semester? What are your goals? Let me know!