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lessons to remember in ’07

1. every problem has a solution
2. i can do anything

2006 in Review

I did one of these for the year 2003 (and I just spent about 20 minutes trying to find it!), so here goes 2006 in review…

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before? Lived in an apartment own my own, cooked for myself…

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t remember what my new years’ resolutions were and I actually didn’t make any new ones for 2007.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes.

5. What countries did you visit? France, Ireland, England, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic, Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2007? I didn’t lack much, but I’ll say… someone who’s committed to me.

7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? January 31st- My first day abroad, September 16th- my 21st birthday.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Taking chances.

9. What was your biggest failure? Not seeing enough of Europe!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Yes. I almost died from Study Abroad Syndrome.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Plane Tickets!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Caitlin. This girl has really matured! We still hit our rough spots at times, but she’s learning and growing… and we still have a lot of fun as always.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I’ve learned over the years that this one should be skipped.

14. Where did most of your money go? Alcohol. And the aforementioned European travel.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Lesley coming to visit me in Paris! Coming home from Europe. Going back to University of Maryland. My 21st Birthday!

16. What song will always remind you of 2006? Beyonce- Irreplaceable, Shakira- Hips Don’t Lie, Bob Sinclair- Love Generation

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? fatter.
iii. richer or poorer? poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Seen more of Europe without worrying how much it would cost, gone out more this fall instead of studying…

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Mmmmm… eaten fewer wings?

20. How will you be spending Christmas? Movies with my sister, then takeout Chinese brought back home.

22. Did you fall in love in 2006? At least twice (see below).

23. How many one-night stands? None. That’s not my style.

24. What was your favorite TV program? Grey’s Anatomy

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Actually, I think that I’ve mended or improved relationships with most of the people around me.

26. What was the best book you read? I didn’t get to read a lot of books this year. I’ll try to do better in 2007.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Regina Spektor.

28. What did you want and get? A new iPod.

29. What did you want and not get? Uggs.

30. What was your favorite film of this year? Were there good movies out this year?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 21. The night before I went out to the bar with a whole bunch of my friends. It was awesome – the DJ announced my birthday and I got to wear a crown. On my actual birthday I went to buy alcohol legally and had a indoor picnic lunch with my friends. That night I went out to a new bar in College Park.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Ugh, I hate these questions. If my feelings had been reciprocated…

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2003? Black scarf, green fleece jacket… jeans and black pointed shoes. Warmth over fashion… I missed sweatpants in Europe!

34. What kept you sane? Talking to Lesley and Lauren.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Fancy? Seriously? I gotta say probably Patrick Dempsey.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? Bush and everything having to do with him. John made things worse by provoking drunken political discussions. 😉

37. Who did you miss? My parisian friends and my entire way of life there.

38. Who was the best new person you met? Jeff.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006. It really is better to put yourself out there (for whatever reason) and be rejected, then to play it safe and later wonder… what if? The pain of rejection subsides over time, but the wondering lasts for much longer.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. “Goodbye my lover. Goodbye my friend. You have been the one. You have been the one for me.” [I might have to change up this one – it’s a little too emo for me.]

oh, the weather outside is frightful…

It’s no longer 70 degrees like it was on December 1st and it gets dark around 5:00pm, which means that group project time is definitely upon us. Each semester, business students are hit with the harsh reality that they have two or three or even four group projects due that they need to complete.

The business school loves to assign group projects so we learn skills necessary for the ‘real world’. Each student dreads these projects as they only people that they help are the free-loaders who don’t do any work and still get a good grade based on other people’s efforts. The projects require trust as you lose control of your destiny – or at least your grade.

The group dynamics are always the same:

THE ALL-STAR– This person steps up and takes charge, setting deadlines, collecting each person’s part and making sure that the project gets done.

THE ASSISTER– This person helps out the all-star and while not the leader of the group, takes on some of the additional responsibility to make sure the project is compiled and handed in.

THE SLACKERS– These are the people that will eventually get the project done, and usually done well, but don’t do their parts until the very last moment. These are the people that got good grades in high school without trying hard and consequently don’t have the study skills or the desire to work hard in college.

THE DEADWEIGHTS– Unfortunately, these are the people that handicap the whole group. These people don’t show up to meeting, don’t get their parts done and burden the rest of the group members to make up the work that they should be doing. These people are also known as the freeloaders.

This past week, I had two project due and they couldn’t have been more different. The first one, for my Marketing Research class, was HORRIBLE. I can’t even put it into words. The night before it was due, we realized that really none of it was done. The worst part is that we had met everyday the week leading up to the due date. One girl didn’t show up and we had to call her fr her to come out and help us… Then she proceeded to mope and went home at 10pm. We stayed at the computer lab until 3:00am trying to put it together… and then I volunteered to proofread it and put it together, as well as creating the powerpoint for our presentation the next day. Little did I know what was in store for me… I got home and attempted to condense a 26 page report into one that was only 12 pages. I stayed up all night so that it would be ready early in the morning for another group member to go to kinko’s and get it bound (that’s how we do it here at RHSmith). In the end it was 43 pages total, including the appendices and exhibits. I get a phone call from the group member 20 minutes the presentation asking if someone could pick him up because he was still at kinko’s getting the project put together. Then, apparently, there was a small mistake on the last slide of the powerpoint (i said that all our questions were ordinal-scaled, when, in fact, some where interval-scaled). A group member pointed out the mistake to me and said that at least I only had one mistake. ARE YOU KIDDING? I stayed up all night doing additional work because people didn’t pull their weight and then they have the audacity to say something to me. Seriously?!

Then, I had a group project due the next day. We met the night before to practice our presentation because, while I had created the template for the powerpoint slides, everyone submitted their own parts. The meeting lasted a mere half hour. Everyone had already handed in their written parts except me (since all my attention and energy had been focused on the MR project mentioned above). I sent my part in at 11pm and that signaled the completion of our project. The person responsible for putting it together emailed us the final copy at around midnight. It was the easiest group project I’ve ever had to do in terms of people getting their work in. What a difference it can make when people do their part!

And the worst part is, that once the project has been finished, it still has to be presented – which is fine until the Q&A session. There’s ALWAYS that one person that just has to call the group out on something! In both my classes, someone asked us obnoxious questions. SERIOUSLY?! People are ridiculous.