Today is Tuesday, my favorite date of the week. I normally have two classes today, both of them are my favorite. Supply Chain is my first class, and we learn how to calculate and manage the demand forecasting. It is such a fun class and the professor is very nice in person. He makes sure every student in class fully understand the concepts (“No Child Left Behind” Act). He always share his personal stories and experiences with us.
The second class I have is a capstone class for my Advertising major. Basically, in College of Communications, most upper-level classes are project-based. We do a lot of projects and present them before finals week. So, though we don’t have a lot of final exams, we’ve got “final week” to compile our semester-long projects into a book. This semester, we are doing energy drink category for the class. Each group is assigned a brand of energy drink to design an advertising campaign. Our group is assigned to work on AMP Energy. At first, I did not have any hope for the brand, since AMP Energy is so small in terms of sales and market share. However, after our group taste test AMP products, we all agreed that AMP Energy has the potential to win the campaign. I am now very excited about our brand and ambitious to win the campaign!
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are always peaceful and quiet for me. It is the only time I can relax for the day: having a cup of coffee or having a lunch with my roommates. I only have 30 minutes for lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
I don’t have any classes in the afternoon. However, I have to go to workand stay in the office the entire afternoon. Where do I work? I work at The Daily Collegian. It is the student-run multimedia news resource at Penn State. This year, Collegian is celebrating its 130th birthday. I am working in the Collegian as a Business Operations Department Manager under the Business Division. It is getting busier as the semester goes on, not only because we are contacting clients every week, but also we are training new trainees. The board of managers is working hard on designing the 2-month training materials.
Each person in the Collegian will have office hours that he/she needs to do each week. Trainees have the least hours, and managers have the most. Although it sounds a little overwhelming at first, you don’t feel anything once you get into the office, because a lot of clients will call in and you will be busy. The same applies to News. Everyday, editors would also come into the office and preparing contents for tomorrow’s newspaper and updates online throughout the day. They are also responsible for newspaper layouts, taking pictures on campus and pitching the stories.
Besides work, Collegian is like my second family at Penn State. I am an international students, and it is hard to talk to my family every day due to the time zone difference. Collegian is the place where I spent most of my time of the day in every week. And every student here is so nice to work with. We become friends easily, because of the same interests or same majors, and we take classes together too!
After work, I normally grab a simple dinner and head to the library to finish my school work. When I was sophomore and junior, I did not normally go to the library. However, I need to study extra hours in the library, not only because I got more working hours in Collegian but also because I need to prepare for my GRE test, which is for applying the Graduate school. Therefore, I need to spend more time in library to make sure I am not falling behind. I normally go back to my apartment at around 9:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. depending on my progress. Since I live off campus, I need to commute back and forth on the bus. The nice thing is that I do not need to purchase the bus pass. It is complimentary from the housing area.