Today marked the first day of the Spring Semester at Northeastern University. This looks to be a very interesting semester for me. One, I have one class on Mon/Thurs. Two, I’m still working part-time, maybe, on Wednesdays. Tues/Fri is the day from hell but oh well, it will prove to be interesting.
The new year also did not bring a new 365 Stupidest Things Said so that’s over. I got a Red Sox calendar and a Car Talk calendar so maybe I’ll get some inspiration from those.
So first class, MGMT 3303 – Building Your Management Skills. Potential to be an amazing class. First off, the professor is British. Second, he called out all the business students for their love of reading off PowerPoint slides. This is a huge win. He banned, yes, banned, PowerPoint presentations. No longer will we read along with the presenter and want to shoot ourselves!
The professor is a shorter, more grey-haired version of Sean Connery from the third (almost called it last) Indiana Jones movie. He walked back and forth and was soft-spoken, it was designed to keep your attention. This is typically good but the room is oddly designed so the middle has a taller ceiling so when he wasn’t facing the side I sat on, he was hard to hear. Simple solution: sit in the middle.
The professor told us, we learn by practice. He compared it to riding a bike. You get on, you fall off. That process provides you with feedback and with that feedback, you learn to avoid falling off.
One of the class goals is to “change the world.” A noble goal. We are going to learn how to handle different situations with different types of people. Save the world, one person at a time. Sounds ambitious, but fun.
Anywho, I forgot where I was going with this since I got the idea for this entry while walking back from class at 1245, started writing, left to get a replacement phone, bought dorm stuff and food at Target, ate dinner and watched House. So, 7.5 hours later, I guess this has come to an end. Probably more tomorrow.