February 21, 2010 - 11:30 PM
In addition to attending the Women in Business Gala event this week, I also had the opportunity to attend a networking event in Portland with my business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. Every year, my brothers and I go to Grand Central Bowling to mingle and network with past and present brothers. This event was once again a huge success, and such a fun evening.
For those of you who are not familiar with Grand Central Bowling it is an upscale bowling alley that doubles as a restaurant and lounge in downtown Portland. Although we did not go bowling, it was a great atmosphere to mingle and talk with alumni. Some of the alumni were recent graduates from last spring, and some of them had graduated 3 or 4 years ago. It was great to hear from all of them about what they do now, and how Alpha Kappa Psi has helped them with their careers. Some of the alumni landed their current jobs because they knew someone in the company through Alpha Kappa Psi. It was also great to see that most of them are still in contact with each other and good friends. One of the great benefits of Alpha Kappa Psi is the brotherhood aspect, and something that I think is unmatched by any other club here on campus.
After this event, I went back home to Salem for a weekend with my family. Although it is a time to do free laundry and eat a great meal or two, my favorite part of my weekends home is seeing the parents and sisters. Even though this weekend was mostly full of homework and studying, I took my eyes off the books for a few hours to go shopping at the outlets in Woodburn with my mom! It was such a fun mother/daughter date, and something I miss while going to school in Eugene. Luckily, I am only an hour car ride away if I ever need one of those days with my mom.
I headed back to Eugene early this morning for group meetings and an Alpha Kappa Psi dodge ball game. At least once a term, my business fraternity challenges the rival accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, to a friendly sports competition. The winner gets possession of the trophy and bragging rights until we meet again. After being defeated back to back in kickball and soccer, Alpha Kappa Psi finally won back the trophy today! We will definitely be bragging about this one for a while!
This week coming up will be very busy with group meetings and projects. Within 8 days, I have three projects due for three different classes, all of which are a minimum of 15 pages EACH! Associated with these projects is also a 10-15 minute presentation to the professor and to the class, which means lots of work will be done on editing and finalizing the projects as well as creating Power Points and note cards for presentations.