September 27, 2015
Being a student is not easy, especially if you are working full-time. I’ve started business school more than a year ago and I am on my third term now. This term, I enrolled Principles of Financial Accounting and Quantitative Method for Decision Making. This is quite a busy term for me, well it always has been ever since I enrolled in MBA but this time it’s a little bit harder, especially Quameth. There’s just so much I need to do each week just for one subject alone. This week I have the following deliverables:
2 case studies, one is assigned as our group’s oral presentation. Yesterday, after my Quameth class, I met with my Accounting group mates and work case 5 (for our oral presentation). We already worked out the computations and we only have to do our ACAs and recommendation. We haven’t really finalized the whole paper but I am hoping we will by tomorrow afternoon. We still don’t have the PowerPoint. We haven’t started on case 6 but I have already read it, it looked complicated. Well aren’t they all. They are all due on Wednesday yay!! This is my last bridging course. So next term will be so much tougher.
This is my first foundation course after two terms of taking bridging courses (an MBA student without a business undergraduate has to take 15 units of bridging/refresher courses) so yeah technically I am just starting the MBA program. I recently told myself, welcome to the real world, I can feel the difference already.
I was initially intimidated to take Quameth, it sound so mathematically heavy, taking it together with an accounting subject is somewhat masochistic. At first, I play around the schedules and my course flowchart. Then realized that no matter what I do, at some point I have to take two “Math” subjects in a term so I just told myself might as well do it now while the other subject is just a bridging course. Quameth is not really computation intensive, we use a softwarte for computations. We use quantitative methods to aid in decision making and so far I can still follow the “simple” equations and learned how to use QM for Windows software. The hard part is all the requirements we have to deliver every week. We have online class every other week, during online class, we are assigned either a case study or a business research with quameth application, aside from the paper which is the “easier” part, we have forums assigned for each group. In these forums, a group will be assigned to critique the other group’s paper and will be graded based on the number of comments/posts and its relevance to the topic. Now, this is the hard part, once you upload your group’s paper to the online classroom site, bloodbath will follow. I know it’s an exaggeration but it’s a close description. So far we had 2 online classes and the group assigned to critique our work were hard core inquisitors, they asked the hardest questions. I would be at awe sometimes, they made me feel stupid at times, they dig so deep and you have to do your best to come out of that hole and deflect the blows. That’s how intense quameth online class is. In person, they are all seemed nice and harmless human beings, just like me. In the virtual, we all become Attila the Hun.
The first online class was close to a nightmare. We were assigned a case study on break-even analysis. The computation part was easy, data were given and we knew the formula. We are kind of lost on how to present the case, we don’t know the format or we thought so. We didn’t know that there were guidelines uploaded in the online class site. Once we uploaded our case, the other groups started annihilating us. Yup, that’s how it felt, they were feral, attacking us on our weakest side. Since we weren’t aware of the guidelines, we failed to include Alternative Courses of Action (stupid me, what’s a case study without an ACA?) and the ethical considerations. In that moment I have realized that it’s hard to attack when you are busy defending yourself. There were so many questions on our paper’s that all I can focus on is how to answer them especially the bigger/harder ones. We were able to answer almost all their questions but weren’t really able to critique their paper. I felt like a loser, that was my first foray into the wilds and was just thankful I got away alive. I swore we’ll do better in the next forum and will critique the heck out of the other group’ paper and make a solid paper and read extensively on the topic to be ready for any inquiry. I got a grade of 88 not bad but not great either.
By the second online class we are ready for war, well suited for the battlefield. A day before the online class though, we were still finalizing our topic, I started the paper Friday afternoon and asked the rest of the group to improve what I did. One of my pet peeves is cramming which happens a lot when you work with a group, so I just stay patient but firm. I would remind them from time to time that we are running out of time and that I don’t want a repeat of the what happened in the previous forums. If I have my choice I’d rather work alone, but I have to admit that working with groups made me learn more and a group is capable of making a better product than an individual. I am kind of use to this whole group thing anyway and so far I haven’t get in a squabble with anyone. Until Friday midnight final changes are still being done on our paper. Saturday morning, 10 minutes before 9 am, I logged in to our forum, read the other groups paper and started forming my questions. At exactly 9 am, I posted my first query, answered the other groups critique and this went on until 3pm, I was on fire. Not question was left unanswered and also grilled the other group to my hearts content. The online class is from 9:00 am Saturday to 11:00 pm Wednesday. We had enough time to fire questions towards each group, the discussion was so intense, it made me feel so alive. I was loving it, I never thought Quameth would be so fun! I have learned so much from that experience. I was forced to read more on the oil/gas companies risks because that was our topic and also looked deeper into the Coca Cola Enterprises sustainability plan since it was the other groups topic. I kind of feel that the other group is evading some of questions but kept on peppering us with their queries which our group just kept on answering, so basically the forum was more focused on our case than theirs. Well next I know what to do. Our grades aren’t posted yet but I have a feeling I’ll get a really good one.
My deliverables for this week is quite a long list.
- Business Research using Game Theory for the online forum.
- Volunteer Exercise with a classmate. We were assigned our partner (one can choose a partner but I don’t know anyone in the class). Our last week’s assignment was kinda fuzzy I wasn’t sure if we answered it all correctly.
- Game (it’s actually a quiz). A part of our quiz is group work and we have to apply Game Theory techniques on the CPP-NPA/Government clash. I feel like a grown up, tackling a real life issue using theories.
- Project proposal. Our group has to submit our project proposal which we will present on a later date.
Wow, look at that. Every item takes a lot of time and focus. This is going to be long week for me and this is just my studies, add it up to my work load and this girl is really all work and no play.
All of these on top of my equally challenging job, I would sometimes find myself asking “what the heck have I gotten myself into?”