Welcome to the MPA Lounge. The door only opens for those with ID cards that have been activated to allow entry, making the GSB 4th floor room exclusively for MPA students.
Two girls are sleeping in the corner, one on each couch. Apparently the end-of-semester demands kept them up late last night.
In addition to those two couches, there are six comfy arm chairs (not lazy boys, but pleasantly comfortable), and five tables at which people can study, cruise the Internet, eat, or socialize.
Three guys just walked out after spending approximately five minutes socializing. For some, this is a place to make quick pit-stops between classes.
Of the remaining three students (besides me), two are working on an assignment at one of the tables, and another is studying at a separate table. Except for the sounds of my typing and the group studiers quietly discussing their assignment, it is relatively silent in here. Continue reading The MPA Lounge
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
6 a.m. – Alarm goes off.
6:20 a.m. – Roll out of bed to get ready for school.
7:10 a.m. – Grab hastily assembled lunch and backpack, hop in the car, and race down to campus (twenty minute commute from my house).
7:45 a.m. – Arrive on campus, kiss wife goodbye, stop by locker in the library (free lockers in the PCL are brilliant!) to pick up folder for Intermediate, log onto library computer to quickly check Google News.
8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. – Learn about accounting for capital leases from the lessor’s and the lessee’s perspective. Professor Koonce thinks SFAS 13, which covers leases, is one of the worst accounting statements in existence because companies can easily adjust their lease terms to allow for their accounting alternative of choice. Continue reading Day in the life
As the end of the fall semester creeps up, I have to constantly remind myself to remain calm and take one day at a time. I always keep up with my reading, yet the thought of three exams in one week absolutely freaks me out. I’m talking about nervous-breakdown-grade freak outs. I know I’m not alone in this, and I also know that I’m not alone in cranking out 14-hour study sessions that probably aren’t quite necessary in that capacity. Continue reading Take the time to stop and sharpen your knife
Above and beyond the business school, UT in itself is massive. It is very easy to feel overwhelmed at times and even feel “lost in the crowd.” Regardless of one’s personality, it is difficult to shine at a school that hosts 50,000+ students. (Well, unless you are Colt McCoy or Jordan Shipley.) But remembering the words of my father, the greatest step to succeeding in college is “getting plugged in.” Continue reading Getting “plugged in”
Wow–I can’t believe it’s already mid-November. This semester has flown by! I am still wondering where the cold weather is, though. Hopefully it’s here by December, or else I’ll have no incentive to stay inside and study for finals. Instead, I’ll keep enjoying these beautiful 70-degree days outdoors and not getting near as much work done as I should. Continue reading MPA program helps cure “undecideds” like me