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Finals came and went this year much faster than expected!  Now that I am a senior in my fourth year, the many hours spent at coffee shops and in the library preparing for exams is much easier to do. 

Nevertheless, it feels good to be done!  So what do college students do over the holiday break, considering we have nearly a month before classes resume?  Many students either work, travel, relax, or prepare for the next semester.  As for myself, I am doing a combination of these things.  I have been snowed in in my home in Worthington the last few days relaxing and working on my Honors Thesis project.  I plan to continue working on this throughout this week.  Next week, I am going to Loveland, Colorado on a skiing trip!  I am spending the last week of the break working at my part time internship at Carlson Companies.

I want to wish you all very happy holidays and will see ya in 2010! 

Happy Holidays!

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It is so nice to be back at home with classes over and finals completed! I've spent the last few days relaxing and unwinding with the help of some freshly baked holiday treats and my couch. My parents and I have been busy doing last minute Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, and cookie baking, and I've been busy planning get-togethers with friends. My friends and I are planning to ring in the New Year by Salsa dancing at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown--we're so excited! I've never been before but I hear it's a blast!

It is hard to believe that this is my second to last finals week!  It seems like just a short while ago when I was a freshman here at the University of Minnesota adapting to the college lifestyle.  But enough for the nostalgia, I should tell you a little more about myself and what my life is currently like as a college senior!

I think many seniors at the Carlson School would agree with me that our last fall semester is the busiest point of college.  I, like many others, have been rigorously interviewing for full time jobs after graduation.  This is an exciting time, but also very busy.  The fact that many companies actively recruit and interview in the Carlson School has made my life a lot less stressful!

In addition to class and interviewing for jobs, I am also very busy conducting my own research project.  As a new requirement to graduate with Latin Honors, students must develop, conduct, and carry out a unique research project.  Because I am a Marketing major and have a passion for traveling, I chose to measure the success of international branding strategies for U.S. products in Central and Eastern Europe. I completed a great deal of background research when I was studying abroad this past Spring in Warsaw, Poland.  I am still working hard collecting and interpreting the data for my project, but will keep you updated on its status as we progress into 2010!

Now, you might be thinking, do Carlson School students get to have any fun outside of class work?  Absolutely!  As a matter of fact, I am about to meet up with some friends to play basketball at the Rec Center!  Catch ya later!

What a busy week! It's hard to believe that there are only a few short weeks left in the semester. My life has been full of group projects for my accounting and business statistics classes, papers for my history, music and career skills, classes, and preparing for finals in all of my classes. I have four finals next week. Two are traditional exams, one is a paper and a presentation, and one is a written essay in class. I think everyone on campus, professors included, is looking forward to a well-deserved winter break. I know my roommates and I are looking forward to having our own rooms (and shower!) for a while, as well as someone to do our laundry!

As the Holidays come closer, many students are celebrating with friends by making trips downtown to see the Holidazzle Parade, the Macy's 8th Floor Holiday Show, and do some gift shopping. There have also been several events on campus hosted by student organizations that have included free Holiday cookies and hot chocolate--a much enjoyed treat this time of year!

When I come back in January, I will be starting Carlson's Immersion Core (I-Core) curriculum, which is four classes: marketing, management, finance, and operations and management systems. I am really looking forward to taking my first marketing class since I plan to be a marketing major. I am also looking forward to management because I loved my Contemporary Management that I took last spring.

There will also be several social events that I am looking forward to next semester. My UHSA Social Co-Chair and I are planning trips to the Science Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, movie and game nights on campus, as well as UHP's second-annual Spring Formal (this year's theme is Candyland!). Additionally, Carlson's annual Chocolate Gala (my personal favorite Carlson event of the year) is scheduled for February, and the Ambassadors will be busy with planning and attending several prospective student events. The spring 2010 semester looks to be a busy and fun-filled one!

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