Taking a look back at Summer Session I

2 Aug

It’s been awhile since I last posted on this blog – my apologies!! Obviously, summer session 1 is over and so much has happened since my 1st test.

For the most part, the routine for my summer session classes turned consistent: go to class, take notes, complete my homework, etc.  However, I have to say things got pretty crazy winding down to the end of the semester.  If you ask any of my classmates, I’m sure they would have to agree.  We had a lengthy partner project in accounting, a final in accounting, a 20 minute group presentation in marketing, and a final in marketing. All due within about a weeks time.  Granted, we were notified about some of the workload ahead of time but by no means did that make it any easier.

The Accounting project definitely took the most time out of any other assignment all semester.  I kept on joking with my partner that we should of clocked all the hours we spent on the project, but thinking about it… I don’t think I want to know! Other than that, the marketing presenatation seemed to go quickly seeing that most of my fellow classmates did their part in making a contribution to the presentation.  And both finals, which I spent late nights studying for, were fair and manageable.  The only nerve-wrecking part was how heavily weighted the grade was upon your overrall grade.  Study groups were key for me for these tests because it allowed me to learn from the other students.

What I really like about the summer program here at Stony Brook University, other than how much we learned, was the amount of friends I made out of that class. I am more than comfortable to engage in a conversation with most of them if we cross paths around campus.  One thing I wish is that we could have had 2 more weeks (to make it an extended session), this would have given both the students and teachers more time to finish everything, without cramming so much.

Unfortunately, I am only going to my junior year, so I am not signed up for summer session II classes.  For now, I have been working as the USG Treasurer and as a student assistant for the College of Business.  Next semester, I plan on taking mostly Political Science courses to start tackling my major requirements.

As always, I welcome all comments and questions that any of you may have!



My 1st Test

15 Jun

Both classes have been moving fairly quickly thanks to engaging professors and interesting course material.  Before I knew it, it was already time for my 1st test.  The test was in Marketing on 6/9.  The test was very straight forward. If you paid attention in class and knew all the material on his powerpoints, you would of done well.  Although I haven’t received the test back yet, I’m confident that I scored high.

I am a little more concerned about the upcoming Accounting test next Tuesday though…. the review sheet that was posted was 6 pages long of accounting material (ouch!).  I’ll need to start studying ASAP for that.  I haven’t been able to because I just finished the weekly accounting homework that was due on Tuesday.  His homework is all online on a website called Homework Manager.  While it isn’t the most difficult material, it does take a considerable amount of time to complete and can be quite meticulous at times.  The good news is that his grading for the hw is all or nothing, so as long as you make an attempt for it, at the end of the day you will receive full credit!

If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have!


My 1st post – Starting the program

8 Jun

Hi fellow students!

My name is Tom and this is my first blog about being MBA/BA student.  I’m very excited to be sharing my experiences in the fast track program with you. I updated the “About Me” page on the top of this blog, so make sure to check it out!

When I found out that sophomores could apply for the fast track program, I jumped on the opportunity.  For me it was an easy decision… I would be taking two summer classes for the next two summers, I would only need to take the GMAT before I matriculated to a graduate student, and I would receive an MBA after my 5th year.  With the job market being as competitive as it is today, I firmly believe that it will provide me with a “leg-up” on the competition, at a relatively minimal cost.

The application was rather simple to apply for the program. It just required two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and an interview.  I was able to get through the application process and was happy to be accepted as a MBA/BA student.

Now here I am, starting summer session I taking MBA 504 (Accounting with Prof. Allocca) and MBA 505 (Marketing with Ettl)… I’ll keep on updating this blog to let you know how my classes are turning out, and what its like to be a MBA/BA student.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!  If you read the “About Me” section, I actually work for the College of Business, in the Office of Student Services ( Harriman Rm. 109) so I have more insight about this program than the typical student. Again, I strongly encourage that if you have any questions… please do not hesitate to ask!