Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Here I am sitting in the library, on the computer when I should be studying for Marketing. But I don't give a f*ck about Marketing anymore. It will be my fourth exam this week and luckily my last one. I'm burnt out. I don't care about much anymore except drinking heavily this weekend to make up for last weekend and being sick even though I still am. I've come to the conclusion that I am going to be sick for the rest of the semester so I might as well adjust and learn how to drink three nights a week and be sick at the same time.
I scored a 98 on my ACCTG 472 exam. I'm awesome. Still waiting for the law score. Hoping for at least a 75, but I don't know if my chances are good. I had my Supply Chain exam earlier today and screwed up the first question. Got it completely wrong and of course I didn't realize my mistake until I turned my exam in. I was so pissed. But what can ya do? Nothing. Move on. Who cares.
Well, I should go back to studying now, but I'm really in no mood to do so. If I had my other books with me, I would do that instead because God knows I've got heaps of work to get done. I feel like procrastinating some more, so I think I'm gonna go check out some hot singaporean girls on Friendster....hahaha...COMPLETELY JOKING. I honestly don't do that. If you think I do, you can think whatever the hell you want.
Monday, September 26, 2005
My day so far has consisted of the following:
10 AM - wake up, shower, eat breakie, brush teeth, etc. 11 AM - leave for class 11:15-12:05 - supply chain class 12:15 - get info. on uni/class ring 12:30-1:15 - eat lunch and relax for a bit 1:15-1:30 - walk to uni library 1:30-5:30 - study for ACCTG 472 (Intermediate Financial Acctg II) exam 5:30-5:45 - walk to exam 6:00-8:00 - acctg exam...went well 8:00-8:15 - walk to union building to grab bite to eat and head back to library 8:30-10:00 - study for B LAW 444 exam (Commerical Transactions) 10:00-10:15 - walk back to apt. 10:15-now - check mail, watch TV, and BLOG
Now, it's time to study more uniform commercial code/transfer of title/risk of loss/perfect tender rule/what is a good?/warranty of title/express warranty/warranty of merchantability/warranty for fitness of a particular purpose....etc etc etc.
Tomorrow will consist of more of the same - lectures, exam, studying for more exams.
CAN'T WAIT...I'm so excited!!! (sarcasm)
Friday, September 23, 2005
Haven't blogged in awhile so it's go time now. Been sick the past two/three days but feeling slightly better today.Have four exams next week - one Monday, one Tuesday, and two Wednesday. Hoping I feel better by Sunday night so I can do well on them.
Bought Kayne West tickets today. Was in line for the student tickets which cost $30. At least 1,000 people ahead of us waiting to get their's. Waited an hour and the line was barely moving. Convinced my friends to pay the extra money just to buy them on the internet at full price instead of waiting for at least another 2 hours and getting crappy seats. So, yes, paying an extra $15 was well worth not having to wait in line, especially when you're sick and you just wanna lay on your couch back home. And, we got decent seats. At least they're better than the nose-bleed seats we probably would have gotten.
The concert is October 28th. I can't wait. Definitely going to kick ass. Kayne rocked the house at Live 8 in Philly so I expect as good a performance. Also performing is Common, Fantasia - the American Idol winner - who I don't care about, and Keynesia Cole whom I've never heard of. I just wanna see Common and Kayne.
This weekend is going to be especially lame and boring. Tonight, instead of being out partying, I will be laying on the couch reading about diluted earnings per share and about the uniform commercial code...yippee. Tomorrow - more of the same and hopefully watching the Nittany Lions kick some Northwestern ass in football.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
After my international business lecture on Thursday afternoon, I walked to my next lecture with a student from the intl business class who studied abroad in Rome. I've known her since spring semester 1st year. We were talking about some of our experiences abroad and our plans for employment after graduation. She was explaining to me how she wasn't excited about having to attend the Career Fair this week. I don't blame her. Going through the whole job finding/interview process sucks. She told me she do anything to get back to Rome. She even said that she thought about flying to Rome and then telling her parents she wasn't coming back. (Something I've considered with Oz.) Oh, btw, this girl's name is Jessica....very beautiful girl. But continuing, she mentioned how much happier she would be scooping gelato for the rest of her life. I couldn't agree with her more. It got me thinking about the major I've chosen. Yes, I still believe that I made the right choice by choosing the accounting major. But, do I picture myself working for a public accounting firm or a company for the rest of my life? NO. I too would probably be a lot happier working at a stress-free job such as scooping gelato in Rome. The problem is that I would also be making about 4x (or even more) less than working for a firm or company.
On Friday night, I met up with some friends at a bar called Bar Bleu. I've been told this would be the nicest bar in State College (town Penn State co-exists with) to experience. Well once again, I was a little disappointed but it's at least better than the other bars I've been to. When I walked in, I headed for the bar first instead of trying to find my friends. I ran into someone I knew from one of my previous classes. He also studied abroad....in Barcelona. Once again, it was refreshing talking to someone who studied abroad and can TRULY understand how you feel. Similar to Jessica, we talked about some of our experiences and life back in the US since those experiences. One of the comments I made to JB was that the nightlife aka the bars in this town suck. He was with some of his friends. In response to my comment he said "I know" and shook his head in agreement. Then in response to his friends who thought my comment was kinda whack said something like "You just have to study abroad to undertand." JB then told me about about a business idea that is supposedly in development. He was explaining a bar in Barcelona to me. The bar's prices are determined by a stock market. I instantly thought of The Trader Bar in Melb. He said that he told his cousin, who works at a venture capital firm, about his idea. Supposedly, they are working on a business plan to develop a stock market bar which would become a "chain" (like Starbucks sorta.) Surprisingly, no such bar exists in the US or not that we are aware of. The fact that a venture capital firm is doing some preliminary research is pretty cool. Maybe I can become a business partner. One of my goals later in life was to own a bar/nightclub. Maybe that dream will be fulfilled sooner than I thought.
Back to reading some business law specifically strict product liability....YUM!
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Life right now still sucks, and it's going to suck until late December. All I do is wake up, go to uni, do schoolwork, attend meetings, eat, and sleep. I barely have anytime to relax and wind down. I think I watched about 1 hour of TV today and that's all I did for fun. I hate uni. I just want to graduate RIGHT NOW.
Reading Charissa's blog on her adventures makes me jealous...lol. I wish I were having as much fun. But, I guess that was me last semester - goal/focus: have as much as fun as possible without worrying a damn about uni. Now, I'm back to reality where I have to work my ass off. By far, this is the worst semester in terms of the amount of work. I calculated I have to do about 200 pages of reading per week and that's for only four out of six subjects. Then, I still have to do all the accounting-related problems/homework. One problem can take a half-hour. *SIGH* Understand why I'm already super exhausted and stressed out and the semester has barely begun?
But, enough b*tching Mark. Before I know it, the semester will be over. I just need to get C's in my classes. Not good at all compared to previous semesters of all A's and A-'s but it's my last year. My GPA in a few years will mean nothing. I have no intention of attending grad or law school either so that makes my GPA even more worthless in a few years time. All that matters is my little piece of paper that will say I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and the Smeal College of Business. AMEN to that.
I'm sh*t-faced tired, so it's time to get about 7 hrs of sleep. Bye.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
It just hit me now that today is 11 September which means it's the four year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
I can still remember the exact time and location when I first heard about the attacks. I was in my senior year of high school. The second period of class had just begun so it was just after 9 AM. Our principal came on the intercom and made an announcement that with the permission of teachers we would be able turn on the TVs for something very important. Don't remember her exact words but it was something along those lines. So, of course, our English teacher allowed us to turn on the TV. We couldn't believe our eyes. At that point, one of the WTC buildings was already struck, and we watched the second WTC building get hit by another plane. Unreal. For the remainder of the class, we watched the buildings burn and smoke fill the sky.
At approximately 10 AM, it was time to move to our third period class. Of course, every teacher in the school allowed everyone to watch the news, except for our damn theology teachers who insisted on teaching us about the wonderful Roman Catholic ways (*cough...sarcasm*). Anways, third period was Physics. We basically ran the class because it was our teacher's first semester. We continued to watch the horror of the burning WTC towers. Then, the unthinkable occurred. People were jumping out of the windows, 100 floors up. I couldn't believe it. What a way to end your life...jumping out of a burning building. THEN...the first WTC tower came crashing down from the heat and instability. A few minutes later, the second WTC tower came down. Watching people running for their lives on the streets was another unreal sight. Everything we watched seemed unreal.
I don't have any real connection to a victim of the WTC attacks. The closest is my dad's friend. His brother was a NYC firefighter who was in one of the building as it collapsed. But, that doesn't mean that I wasn't affected.
The Freedom Tower should be built in a few years as far as I know. I think it will be the tallest building in the world at that point until Dubai builds their's.
Back to reading and studying...
Saturday, September 10, 2005
I swear the nighlife in this town F*CKING SUCKS. I'm so bored with it. When is graduation? I'm so ready to get the hell out of here. I just lied to my friend at the bar so I could leave because I was so damn bored. At least when I was with Dino, Kev, Yen Li, Charlene, and Linda at Amber and spent $100, I had the time of my life and I will never forget that night. I have yet to have any fun since I have been here. I hate this place. Get me the hell out of here. I unfortunately have to wait about 8 months until graduation.
Anne, if you should read this, I would do anything to get a flight to Melbourne so that I could go to God's Kitchen with you. I'm sure it would be an unforgetable night and experience. And it only costs $66. ONLY $66. $66 for a lifetime memory. That's $34 less than my night at Amber. I was so fricking bored at the bar tonight, I was thinking of taking a week off from uni and flying to Melbourne just so I could have FUN. Then I realized that if I actually did that, I would no longer be able to visit Asia next summer.
Get me outta this place, puhlease.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Two nights ago, our business college (faculty) had their student involvement fair. All of the student organizations in the business school were there for students to find out about. I was there representing my organization, Beta Alpha Psi, which is an honorary organization. I know from the words "Beta Alpha Psi" it sounds like we're a frat, but we're not. So heaps of students came up, inquired about our organization, and I answered their questions.
An Asian girl came up and started talking/asking questions. She mentioned that she was a first year international student from....(GUESS).....Singapore. I was really surprised. If I hadn't met you guys (you know who you are), I probably would not have thought anything of it. Yeah, I probably would have said "Wow, that's pretty cool that she's from Singapore." But, when she told me where she was from, I got really EXCITED because I knew I could carry a conversation with her. And then, just to show that I knew a lil about her country, I asked which JC she went to. She had a blank stare on her face and was kinda speechless. She didn't know what to say. There was honestly a pause for a good 10 seconds. If only I had my digi cam to take a pic to get her reaction. And then she asked about how I knew about JC's in Singapore and I told her about study abroad and all of my great friends that I had to leave behind :( Then she finally answered my question. lol.
The same thing happened when I was in California for my internship training. I met about 3 or 4 guys who were international students from Sg. I was able to talk to them so easily. I still feel like I don't much about the country, but I guess they were impressed with the little that I did know. They were probably thinking, he's actually not an ignorant American.
So thank you to everyone.
And thank you to Fang for teaching all about Malaysia to me. I remember Charlene, one of the Malaysian girls, said one night in Dino's room that I knew more about her country than she did. I'm sure she wasn't being serious, but I still took it as a compliment because I felt like she appreciated that I knew some stuff about her country. So thanks Fang.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Surprisingly I don't have much work to get done this week. It helped having yesterday off, being Labor Day and all. I've just got heaps of meetings and miscellaneous things to do. In our uni newspaper they had available jobs in the classified section. One of the bars/restaurants (more of a bar though) needs a dishwasher. They only need the person from 11 AM - 4:00 PM. Perfect time for me since I don't have Friday classes and I would still be able to drink my ass off Thursday nights and wake up Friday morning with enough sleep time to recover. I need the money to finance my partying habits and just for general spending. I keep telling myself that the money I made from internship is ABSOLUTELY HANDS OFF because I need that money for my still hopeful trip to Asia next year. I also plan on putting away my $1,500 minus taxes sign-on bonus. So that money is hands off too. My checking account balance is dwindling fast...faster than thought. I'm going to call my mom to get her opinion of what I'm thinking. But she's probably going to tell me that I'm crazy and absolutely not to do it. She'll be like "What about all that money you made over summer." Still after telling what feels to be about 10 million-trillion-zillion times about how much I want to go to Asia next year and how much it would mean to me, she still doesn't understand. Which, of course, baffles me.
I will also need the money to make a trip to UPenn to visit Charissa and to look for apartments for next September.
I was watching ABC's World News Tonight like any other night. Congress believes it will cost $150 BILLION to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Bush, the dumbass, believes a fraction of that will do the job. I believe in the former cause the latter as I have learned since the past 5 years does not know SH*T. It's frustrating, disheartening, sick, f*cked up, and every other negative adjective to think that our stupid-f*ck government can go spend billions of dollars for absolutely nothing. Yes, I know our troops come home and say progress is being made. But honestly, I see no hope for Iraq. It was probably one of the worst decisions a US President has made. Absolutely no good has been achieved in my opinion. So our government can pour billions and billions of dollars into a hopeful "project," and it can't even help its own people.
I like how Bush visited the hurricane hit areas. What a public relations bullsh*t move. He says he feels for the people. Yeah, what a bunch of bullsh*t. He gets to sleep ever night in the cozy warm White House and eat a cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner, and probably snacks too. Try being separted from your loved ones, not eating for 3 days, not having anything to return to, and so on. It makes me irate and many other Americans too to see how our government can spend billions of overseas so easily and quickly and how they can move so slowly to help their own people.
Since I couldn't get to sleep tonight and still can't (it's now 330 am), I decided to give someone a call.
I love surprising people, you can hear it in their voice when they first pick up. Usually they're in such shock, they don't even know what to say so there's just silence. I don't remember the last time I talked on the phone with this person, but it was great hearing their voice again and just simply being able to talk to them in the middle of the night. It felt like the same time I stayed up until 4 am talking to them on msn in my IH room, now only this time I'm half of a world away.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Tonight I saw The 40 Year Old Virgin with some friends. The movie was HILARIOUS. I can't even remember the last time I laughed so much. I would definitely pay money again to see it. There aren't too many movies I would pay twice to see in the theater. So whenever it comes out in Australia or wherever you happen to be, you gotta to see. Trust me on this one...it will be well worth the money.
Tomorrow I have the day off since it's Labor Day. One of those national holidays that mean absolutely nothing but luckily you get off from work or school. I will obviously be spending the day doing some more schoolwork, but tomorrow night Miami Uni is playing Florida State in college football which will be an guaranteed good game. Maybe I'll watch it at a bar or something but then again I could drink for free in my apartment and just chill.
I'm not looking forward to starting school on Tuesday. It's going to be a pretty busy week. I've decided that I am going to accept my full-time offer with KPMG. I was happy with my internship, and I've said on numerous occasions, the interviewing/job search process is a major pain in the @$$.
On a sadder note, I called my mom yesterday after the football game to ask her a cooking-related question. So far cooking on my own hasn't been too bad. I asked her how our cat Blackjack was doing since he's been kinda sick. My mom took him to the vet and things don't look good. His days are numbered. The vet did some test work and found out Blackjack has kidney failure. He's been a great cat, and it will be sad not to see him during Thanksgiving break when I go home next. Unfortunately, the doctors can't do anything since the failure is due to his old age.
On a brighter note, I'm going to my cozy bed to get some Z's.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
I've come to the conclusion that the nightlife here in State College/University Park sucks d*ck. Yes, the bars are pretty cheap, but I've noticed the money spent adds up quickly. And yes, it may not be fair to compare the nightlife between Melbourne and here, but I've chosen to. I was thinking once again tonight how I would do anything to get back to Melb. I was thinking of how I could get a job there, but I think I'm sh*t outta luck.
I was thinking my boredom of the nightlife here might be due to the people I'm with, but I don't think that's the case. The only thing I want to be able to do is enjoy myself on the weekend because during the week I will be crazy busy with classes and activities, but it doesn't look the enjoyment is going to be high. I'm already thinking this is going to be a really sh*tty semester and possibly a really sh*tty year which is kind of depressing knowing that this is my last year. I was hoping my last year at uni would be the best yet, but I should probably lower my expectations WAY down.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Last night, I went to a bar called Saloon with some friends. Cover charge was only $3 and on Thursday nights they have a special drink called Monkey Boys. It's a pitcher of alcohol. I don't really know what they put in it...probably some vodka, rum, and who knows what else. Then they top it off with some iced tea or some other fruity drink to it. So all in all, it's a huge, fruity-tasting pitcher of unknown substances that make you drunk for only $5 a piece. Not bad.
I met up with my friend Jill who I only saw once during "summer break" when I was back home for a week after intern training. I met her boyfriend Jim who seemed really cool. I headed back home around 12:30...rather early for a night out, but I was getting bored. The place was packed, and it was hot.
I've decided the scene I like is a lounge for the chill-out session or the club to move my booty...haha.
Tonight I'm going out to a bar called Rathskeller which will probably be packed and hot. But they're supposed to have $2 Long Island Iced Teas.
I'm more excited about tomorrow. It's the first football game of the year! Approx. 100,000 people will be at the game. 100,000 people screaming the Nittany Lions on to a win (hopefully that is).
One last thing, it was kind of funny how one of the girls that lives on our floor came knocking on our door to use the bathroom last night. We could tell she was very drunk, but it's ok cause she's a nice girl and she's cute.
Name: Mark Marasco
Location: Erie, PA, USA
Occupation: Corporate b*tch