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The Last Spring Break I'll Ever Have + TFD

Two exciting things have happened recently. 

1) For starters, I surprised my parents last week and showed up at home on Thursday evening. They had no idea I'd be home for spring break! My sister was in on the secret, since she had to pick me up from the airport. It was great to be home and be showered with the California sunshine for a few days. Fortunately I didn't have any homework, papers, or take-home exams to worry about over break, so I was able to actually enjoy the time off.

2) TFD! What is TFD, you ask?! It's tuition freedom day, and every year the UP campus acknowledges this day by setting up a few tables on the academic quad. On these tables are the best doughnnuts in Portland, and they had them out to students once students write a thank you note to our donors. The reason we say thanks is because a full year's tuition worth at UP still doesn't even cover the last six weeks of the school year. The last six weeks is covered by donors for everyone, even those not receiving financial aid. It's pretty cool! Go UP!

Those are the highlights of my last week. In my free time, I've been apartment hunting for where I will live after graduation in May. I've gone to visit a few places, but ideally would like something closer to Downtown Portland. I'm excited to go shopping and furnish this place because I don't have much at this point. Even though I live off campus, my housemates have always had the couches, dining table, and more so I haven't had to worry about it too much. 

Currently I'm studying for an exam I have Friday, but the most exciting part is that once I take it, I'll only have TWO more exams before graduation!!! Everything seems to be winding down now, with final projects going into motion. It's a bittersweet feeling, because I love my classmates in my upper division business classes so much. We have such a good time joking around in class and out of class group meetings, and knowing that this is coming to an end soon is sad. On the other hand though, we are all SO eager to start our careers. We have so much energy and enthusiasm and just want to get out there and show what we can do! 

That is all for this week, loyal blog fans! As always, please email me if you have any questions that I may be able to help you out with!

Some Karaoke & Some Football

 

This last weekend my friends and I hit the town the way only 21+ year olds can. We went to the Boiler Room which has karaoke, and it was awesome singing along to Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles." There are so many different types of places to hang out at night in Portland, whether it's dancing or just sharing a table and conversation that you're interested in. 

The next day, we went out to Mississippi St., which has recently become a trendy area with cute little shops and great restaurants. One of my friends who graduated last May has an apartment there, so we often meet there to hang out because of the great and fun location.

Finally, the weekend ended with my favorite and only day of football season that I enjoy. I'm surrounded by big football fans for the whole season, and so Superbowl marks the end of hearing about wins and losses for a few months. I don't side with a particular team, but I admit I was rooting for the Niners. 

This semester one of the classes I'm taking only has four other students in it, along with the professor. It's the first time I've been in such an intimate class size setting, but I'm loving it. I guess that kind of attention is one of the perks of making it to the upper-divison classes of the major you choose to pursue. Besides that, the other classes I'm taking include International Finance and Technology & Operations Management. I have a once a week class with every senior business major where we go over different aspects of our professional development, leadership philosophies, and more. The point of this class is to serve as our last prep course before entering the "real" world, where we tie up loose ends and reflect on where we're at and where we're going. I really enjoy this class because it is rare to have all the business majors (accounting, finance, marketing, etc) all in once place at the same time. It's fun to be around the people you've worked with for various classes and team projects over the last four years.

Until next time...!

Back for my last semester!

Hello out there blog readers!

I finished up last semester with a bang, and kept my GPA right where it needs to be so I can wear those pretty honors cords at graduation. I just have 13 credits between me and walking up on that stage in May and accepting my diploma. I enjoyed my month off, and spent most of it down home in Los Angeles. My family and I went to Vegas for the New Year, which has become a bit of an annual tradition for us. The University of Portland campus starts classes again this Monday, and I am beyond excited for the coming semester. I only have one class on Mondays and Fridays, and it's in the afternoon for one hour. Woohoo! I keep telling myself it's like a four day weekend, we'll see if it actually feels that way.

A few weeks ago a job offer was extended to me for once I graduate, and I accepted immediately. I can't wait to start because it is with the same company that I interned for last summer, an experience that I enjoyed tremendously! I am so relieved that I will not have to be job hunting while I am in school this coming semester, because really, I don't know anyone who actually looks forward to the process of submitting resumes, interviewing, and all that jazz. 

I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season with your families, and I'm sure that in the next few months you have some pretty big decisions to make about what college you will attend. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns, I'm always happy to give an insider's perspective! 

Thanksgiving Fun

 

I’m a little late in saying this, but Happy Thanksgiving! I was fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and I’m currently on my flight back to Portland as I write this. Note to self: Don’t ever book a 6:00am flight again. I had a good time Black Friday shopping and taking a break from school in general, but it’s time to get back to the grind now for all UP students.  We only have two weeks left of classes, followed by a week of finals before our month-long winter break. Sounds nice, right? It’s pretty great.

This coming week, my wonderful generous scholarship donor is coming to visit UP and all his recipients have been invited to dinner with him one night. He makes an effort to come see us once a semester, and we all love having consistent interaction with the man who has impacted our lives so dramatically.  After a weekend of reflecting on all that I am grateful for in my life, it seems like the perfect time for a visit with him. The more I speak with my peers at UP and even just by reading the news updates on UP’s websites, I realize just how many generous people there are who donate to UP each and every day. I know I’m not alone in saying that without these donors, my college experience would not have been the same. Thank you.

I’m growing increasingly anxious as December gets closer not only because of Christmas and New Year fun, but because of the call I’ve been waiting for since August. This call will let me know if I’ll have a job after college with the company I spent my summer interning for. I really hope I do! The other UP interns and I had a great time working together and we are all hoping to be hired back!

Since the first semester of my freshman year, I’ve had the same job working in the office of the School of Nursing. It’s incredible to think that three and a half years have gone by, and bittersweet to think that I may not be working there next semester. Realistically, I will probably be too busy with my final semester starting part-time with who I’ll be working for after graduation.  That is all I have for now, but feel free to email me with any questions at samieene13@Up.edu.

Take care!

Jobs and Internships

 


Similar to many of my peers. I have been wondering lately where I will be after graduation comes in May. I have decided to wait on graduate school for now, and that I would like some professional work experience before pursuing my MBA. This is because I hear the MBA program is much more valuable when the concepts can be applied rather than just studied. 
 
More than anything, I am hoping for a job offer from the company I spent my summer interning for. I will hear back from them in December. Until then, the college career center here at UP has helped me score an internship with The Grotto's Festival of Lights that takes place every Holiday season. I will be helping manage the event starting this week and through Christmas Day. 
 
Last week we had a sudden death in my family and I had to book a last minute flight home to LA. My professors were very understanding of the fact that I had to miss two days of class, and I am very grateful for how accommodating they have been in terms of due dates.
 
I just registered for my last semester at UP tonight, and I am very excited about how my schedule looks. For the first time in my UP career I will only be enrolled in 13 credits, which will be very different from the 18 that I am used to. Along with this, I only have one class on Mondays and Fridays which will make my weekends feel nice and long. I have worked so hard finishing up my general requirements this semester and am glad that my last semester will consist of all upper division business courses.
 
All this has been keeping me very busy, but it has been a great semester so far. I have really enjoyed my capstone course in particular, where I have been able to work closely with a successful local company in Downtown Portland. UP has so many connections in the Portland area that students here are really encouraged to take advantage of. All this networking will make our job hunts so much easier when graduation finally comes!
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Hi! My name is Lia and I'm a senior. I'm from Burbank, California and attended high school at Notre Dame. I'll be graduating in May with a double major in Global Business and Spanish. My favorite part about UP is the business professors because they're so committed to helping us succeed--both in and out of the classroom. My most memorable semester here was last fall when I had the opportunity to study in Spain. I have been blogging for three years now, and cannot believe my final year here has come. I better fill this last year with a bunch of awesome things for you all to read about!