Wednesday, December 28, 2005
So what have I been up to the last couple of days?
This afternoon I went shopping with my mom. I tried looking for a navy blazer but was unsuccessful. Looking for a lightweight navy blazer isn't exactly the easiest/smartest during the winter season. Anywaaayyyys, I went to one of my favourite stores.....EXPRESS. I bought a pair of jeans which I love. I also put on hold a pair of black dress pants, but I don't think I'm going to buy them. I bought a pair of Arnette sunglasses at Sunglass Hut. I either misplaced my Oakley's, or they were stolen when we had people over at our apartment. Finally, I bought a pair of Adidas kicks, but I think I'm going to return them. They could only hold them until close, so I just charged them on my CC since it was the last pair of 10's. I have been shopping online for some casual kicks, and the Adidas were not on the top of my list. I think I want to buy some Puma's.....something I haven't had before.
From yesterday mid-afternoon to late morning today, my brothers, mom, and I were at a condo at a ski resort. One of my mom's friends owns the condo which they rent out. We walked around the resort, had a drink at one of the bars, and had dinner at a restaurant called French Creek Tavern. We thought about snow tubing but decided not to. After dinner, we came back to the condo....started a (cozy) fire, watched Hide and Seek, and did some family bonding. We then left at 11 am this morning, the time we had to be outta there.
Two nights ago, I went out with my friend Jill to the bars downtown. We started out at a bar called Plymouth which had quarter draft beers. I had three beers and two kamikaze shots. Then we went to Papa George's and had another beer there. Then it was off to another bar called Docksider where I ran into one of my brother's friends at the bar and said my bro was upstairs....went up to see him then came back downstairs. My friend Jill wanted to meet my brother so we went back up and then back down again cause my bro offered to buy a round of shots. I had one beer after that. Buy the time I left Docksider, I was drunk and hungry. Jill and I went to McDonald's because both of us, or least I, get the munchies when drunk. But then, who doesn't? Finally...took Jill home. Driving drunk isn't the smartest thing at all, but I seriously think I am safer driver when drunk. Both of us were drunk and both of us had to get home, so one of us had to drive. I'm sure everyone thinks I'm a retard now and a lunatic.
All in all, winter break has been pretty fun minus working at Wegmans.
P.S. Since my mom is on ancient dial-up internet (ARGGGGGHHHH!!!!!), I will post pics when I get back to uni on 8 Jan.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Two observations from work that I forgot about:
1. There are A LOT of hot MILF's that come into the store. 2. Some people are desperate for money. Two people, who didn't look poor at all, checked the coin return on the pay telephone for loose change within one minute.
FANG: The number from the sms's, is that your Singapore mobile #?
to everyone, download "Nasty Girl" by B.I.G featuring Diddy, Jagged Edge, Usher, and Nelly to get ya body movin'.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I've been home now for 4 days. I have been very lazy. I haven't even been able to motivate myself to blog. I started working yesterday, and I work 34 hours this week. I work at a supermarket called Wegmans. I work inside as a cashier and outside pushing the carts back inside. Yes, a highly quality job (*sarcasm*) paying little. But, this job has given me the motivation to work hard in uni and get the grades I needed to get the job I wanted. I look at some of the people that work there, especially those that graduated high school and never went to uni or those that graduated from uni and never got a job related to their degree, and I don't see much future for them...not to be a d*ck or anything. I don't really see much of a future for my brother either who works as a bricklayer for a construction company. My mom was the first one to say it. He will most likely be performing hard physical labor for the rest of his life just getting by.
Anyways, today at work was enjoyable. I made $18 in tips loading customer's groceries into their cars. We're not supposed to accept tips, but I do because we're paid sh*t and the other employees do the same. The highlight though was watching the cops take a woman (in handcuffs) out of the store and into their car...hahahaha. She supposedly shoplifted. She appeared to be in her 20's, and for some reason her friend (and accomplice) was let go. People are sooo stupid. There are sooo many cameras in the store that it is probably one of the worst places to shoplift. Security can watch you enter the store, follow you around the store, and watch you leave the store. Who knows what this girl was thinking. My mom said maybe she was desperate like a bum or poor or something, but I don't think so. She was dressed pretty well. Just stupid.
I finally know what my semester GPA is. Here is a breakdown of my marks on my final exams (not to brag obviously): Tax: don't know b/c we don't get our grade over email Marketing: 94 Intermediate Financial Acctg II: 90 Commercial Transactions/UCC (Bus Law): 87 Supply Chain: 82.....not happy one bit about this grade. Anything below an 85 I consider to be a disappointment. International Business: same reason as tax
So what did I get in my subjects then as final marks for the semester?: Tax: B+ Marketing: A Intermediate Financial Acctg II: A Commercial Transactions/UCC: A Supply Chain: B+ International Business: A
For the semester, I attained a 3.79 GPA which means I made Dean's List (need a 3.5 to get on) My cumulative GPA is 3.72.
So now that you all think I am bragging and being arrogant and so on and so on, I'm not. Just don't know what else to blog abt.
Tomorrow I work 7:30 am to 4 pm. Yikes. But, I need the money for that trip....ya know THE trip!
Thursday, December 15, 2005
OK, I am getting seriously annoyed right. I am attempting to study for my last two finals tomorrow in the library "green room." Two girls have been talking for the past half hour, and it's really pissing me off. Seriously, why the f*ck do ppl go to the library just to socialize and talk? Someone please explain. Yeah, I could care less if you talk for a few minutes (because I do it also when you see someone you know) but for over a half hour? PLZ. Honestly, what is the point?
On a more positive note, I got a 90 on my intermediate financial accounting exam yesterday which means that I will get an A in the class. I got a B+ in tax....not exactly happy but not exactly disappointed either...just content. I worked pretty damn hard in that subject so it would been nice to get an A-. Oh well. Business law today was a huge b*tch which of course I expected. The average will probably be around 50 or 60 which the prof will definitely curve. For our last exam, he initially curved the average to an 84 and then during Thanksgiving break, he dediced to curve it an additional 6 points to a 90. How generous!
Anyways, I have no motivation whatsoever to study for these last two finals. I am considering going into the exams cold turkey. I think I could probably not show up for my international business exam which is only worth 10% of my final grade and still get a B+. I am going to irate if these girls are still talking when I go back in one minute.
Leaving for home in 26 hours...
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Two finals down, four to go.
Currently taking a break from studying financial accounting.....feel very sleepy......don't feel like studying anymore. I'm so out of it, I don't even know how to procrastinate on this computer. I've checked everyone's blogs already. It's 8:15 pm right now which means it's 9:15 am in sg and kl....not too sure bout tokyo though. So, I could risk calling someone and waking up them up and that person being like "WTF" are you calling me so early for?
Blah...I think I'll go check to see what happened today in HK and the WTO negotiations.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
This week is NOT about how smart you are.
It's about how mentally tough you are.
In short, this week is going to SUCK.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
So since I haven't blogged in over a week's time, I thought I should just to let everyone know that I am alive. Finals are next week, six in total, one every day - two on Friday. I still don't know how I am getting home...mom might have to come pick me up.
But I feel like reflecting on my law professor's "closing comments" from Thursday's lecture, our last lecture. Our class, as a whole, is made up of highly-motivated students who have high expectations of what we want to get out of life. Our professor has generalized our class with this very nice compliment although I'm not sure everyone fits into it. Or maybe I just feel that I am one of the most highly motivated students who has many goals to achieve in life (not to brag...) But, seriously, some of the students in our lecture do not fit this category of highly motivated/high expectations.
Basically, part of what our professor was saying that we shouldn't get to caught up in our expectations and trying to achieve everything and pleasing/impressing everyone around us. Why? Because someone is ALWAYS going to be on top of you. Competition can be healthy in uni because it pushes ourselves to study harder and to get better grades. However, competition in the real world can be dangerous. And so as our professor said....something along the lines of "how he's scared for us." Why? Like I said, someone will always be on top of us. Someone will have the better job, the nicer car, the nicer home, more money, and so on. Most of what drives this competition to be better than the person standing to your side is the fact that our world is so F*CKING BLOODY MATERIALISTIC.
Our professor gave us an example. Back in 1991....there was a girl....very motivated and high expectations/goals in life who landed a job with a "large accounting firm" after graduation. I am making the assumption one of the Big 4 international accounting firms, such as KPMG who I'll be working for in 9 months. Anyways, she had attempted to pass the CPA exam to become a certified public accountant (CPA). What did she do when she didn't pass the exam?
She held a gun to her head and killed herself. Why? Because, according to our professor, she couldn't deal with the immense pressures facing her......of living up to the expectation that she HAD to become a CPA in order to succeed in life.
A chill immediately ran through my body. Throughout our professor's "closing comments," I was making a connection to everything he was saying.
So, what I am getting at?
I hate living up to the expectation that I MUST become a CPA. Both my mom and dad keep asking, "Mark, you're planning on studying and then taking the CPA exam, right?" "Yes, mom/dad." Everytime I go home, I get these questions. Over Thanksgiving break, it came from my dad. I f*cking hate it when they ask me this. Did they forget that during 1st year - second semester I f*cking mapped out every subject I needed to complete to graduate? Even my academic advisor back then commented how I was one of the very few students who took such responsibility for their academics. Who the hell has a 3.71 cumulative GPA?....ummm the last time I checked a 3.67 was a A minus. Who handled all the bullsh*t (paperwork/applications, essays, meetings, etc etc) associated with studying abroad? So why, then, do my parents have to keep asking me about the CPA exam? I have no f*cking clue. I'm not like some students who still need their hand held to get through uni. I thought that crap happened in high school but apparently some people are still quite immature.
I constantly think about what could happen if I do or do not pass the CPA exam. If I do pass, that's great. I litterally have nothing to worry about because once you become a CPA, you can practically do anything your heart desires and you can name your price (how much you gotta be paid). SOO many work opportunities become available once you're a CPA. If I don't pass, that really sucks. You cannot become a manager at KPMG or any other Big 4 firm unless you have passed the exam meaning there's little promotion available. Less work opportunities. And, I have a very strong feeling that if I want to do an international rotation that I will need my CPA license.
I am tired of listening to the pressures of becoming a CPA, and graduation is still 5 and a half months away. I hate dealing with the expectation that I MUST become one. Am I going to kill myself over it? F*CK NO! What I am going to do? Move to another country...maybe SG.
Finally, from my "Empires of Profit" book that I've had to read for my international business subject: "On the morning of Monday 3rd February 1975, he left his New York apartment for work, having said goodbye to his wife and daughter. As usual, he took the elevator to his office on the 44th floor of the Pam Am building. But on this particular morning, he used his briefcase to smash through the glass of the office window, and leapt to his death on the pavement below."
Name: Mark Marasco
Location: Erie, PA, USA
Occupation: Corporate b*tch