Priority mismatch: studies vs. parties

Trip Start Aug 25, 2012
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Exchange semester is of course fun, exciting, full of parties, going out, meeting new people and exploring tiny bits of new culture in a short period of time. Indeed I am doing this so combining it with studying becomes challenging. However I feel that I am getting a lot out of studying here and this is what I would like to share with you in this post: how is my studying going on.


Every Monday I  have Promotional Strategies course. It's a bit dry sometimes, but I enjoy working on our final project: creating an Integrated Communication Plan for a non-profit animal welfare organization in Canada. I also experience what it feels to work with Canadians. I guess people are all the same: some are motivated to work, some are less concerned what the final outcome will be. I am not worried about it because I do my best. However, upcoming mid-term exam seems scary. I must mention that teacher likes me and Mianda: sharing our experiences from Canada and being curious about Vancouver is probably our magic key.

On Tuesday I do have Social Media class. I found my teacher who looks and acts like Ted Mosby from How I met your mother really nice. But you know what, it’s deceptive because he is probably the most demanding and perfectionist teacher I have ever had.  I just had my mid-term the previous week and I am a bit worried how did it go. We also have a semester project that I am doing with really dedicated and hard-working group. Our company is MCL Motor Cars and at the beginning I was disappointed because I know nothing about cars and how to build effective strategy for car lovers. But then I realised: one day I will go to the real market, I might work in the field of Social media and it’s not me who will decide upon my client, right? So I started digging into both: the subject itself and the industry of cars in Vancouver!

Wednesday is the only day I go downtown and have my Human Resources class. During this class I feel the most inexperienced one: everyone has their own business, works in big companies and has loads of experience there... So when teacher addresses me I say that BCIT is my current personal development place. I have all my life to start working and glittering CV with big names. What is more, I got 100% from my first assignment, so I definitely proved that even small bumps can have big nuts and nail it. This is the only class where we get surprise tests from the material we go through, so we always have to be ready and prepared. My mid term is coming in one week! Fingers crossed.

Thursday is my favourite day. Not only because Fridays I am off and I can go out after classes, but I am also really happy to study Event Planning. Few days ago I was just thinking that this is what I might want to do in the future. Our teacher is really down to earth and has so many stories to share: from the organization of Olympics, meeting Justin Bieber and discussing how thin and handsome he is...to fancy desires of Mariah Carey... During the semester I will have to fully organize a festival. You might think it’s easy, but believe me there are so many considerations you have to make. I am probably most excited about doing this project and the final exam is not that scary.

My week is not finished by Friday. Believe it or not, I do have classes on Saturday as well. Strategic design for business is what destroyed so many trips organized during the weekends. I can blame only myself. However the class is pretty useful, it teaches me the whole process of idea generation and implementation. At the moment I am working on my social campaign to prevent child abuse in Mexico. I will have to create promotional material, build a message and design what will work for my audience!

I wish I could have 48 hours in my day to do everything I want, unfortunately I don’t. Investment in myself is priority that I will keep bringing to the fore J

"It is only the ignorant who despise education."

Publilius Syrus
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