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About Me

I'm a Morris Graduate School of Management student, pursing my MBA with a concentration in Management and Human Resources. I am also a full-time paralegal specializing in unemployment law. When I'm not working or studying, I'm watching Hockey or Baseball or attending concerts.

Previously on Real Life @ RMU

Graduation Time!

This past week the halls at RMU were filled with students holding clear bags filled with caps and gowns for graduation.  I saw the anxious yet excited looks on their faces as they clutched their bags.  Some of the graduates were former classmates of mine and we stopped in the hall to talk about their happiness to have finished the program and also the feeling of uncertainty regarding their future. The current economic condition hasn't provided much reassurance for these graduates.  Jobs are on the slow progression but not enough to sustain a solid recovery.  Despite that, graduates should be reassured that they are leaving RMU with more knowledge, experience, and wisdom, which will aide them on their future journeys. 

The knowledge, experience, and wisdom acquired stems from the diverse faculty at RMU. One of the very first lessons I learned at RMU was from Dr. Bob (Dr.Robert Castaneda), who taught the BUS 500 and 501 classes.  He instructed us that whatever career we pursued that we should obtain certification to stand out from the rest and to also always keep learning and make yourself current to stay competitive.  Dr. Meier, who taught our MGT 545 Leadership class, enforced in us to read the Wall Street Journal daily, to keep us informed about the current industries. Also, reading the Journal would prepare us to answer any question during job interviews.  As a result, I currently have a subscription and it has allowed me to gain favor with my current employer during discussions.  Then there is Mr. Wayne Gru, who has taught some of the MGT 505 and 550 classes and offered insightful perspectives on the challenges managers face in organizations.  He has also offered his support to any questions we may have regarding our current positions and the obstacles we are facing. Mr.Gru, also reminds us that we can contact him any time even after completion of our classes for advice.  Graduates can take these lessons and advice and apply them to their careers. 

I wanted congratulate the class of 2011 on all their hard work.  I also wanted reassure them that they are leaving RMU with a plethora of resources to be successful in their endeavors. Cheers!


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Summer Vacation

Before summer session two begins, RMU has a week off for summer vacation. It was my goal to cram as many fun activities and things I missed out on during school in one week.  Well I gave myself a week and a half to do all these things. 

My vacation started with the U2 concert at Soldier Field.  This was the second leg of their 360 Tour, which was postponed due to the lead singer, Bono's back injury.  Amazing, awesome, and spectacular show describe the awesomeness that is U2.  They played a lot of their hits from the 90's to mark the 20th anniversary of their "Achtung Baby" CD. Bono truly epitomizes the definition of a rock star. Anyone who likes U2 must experience a live concert once in his or her lifetime.

Part of U2's humanitarian efforts is the creation of the ONE organization, which helps to fight poverty, relieve debt in third world countries, and fight hunger and HIV/AIDS.  I have been a member for about a year and decided to attend an Advocacy training session.  As an advocate for ONE, you communicate with politicians to provide global funding for programs that provide HIV/AIDS medication, teach agriculture, and provide care to children.  Next step as an advocate is to inform school and church communities to promote awareness.   If anyone would like to learn more about the organization you can visit,

Tuesday, I enjoyed Jazz at the Museum of Contemporary Art, as part of the jazz on the terrace sessions.  Admission into the museum is free as well as to listen to the music. The museum provided food and drinks upon purchase.  On this Tuesday, all walks of life enjoyed this night out. Families had picnics on the lawn area.  Other guests reserved tables and dined from the buffet provided by Puck's restaurant, while true jazz enthusiasts stood and sang to the familiar tunes. Jazz Tuesdays lasts until September and the website below provides more information 

Lastly, my summer vacation wrapped up with the 4th annual Chicago Blackhawks Convention at the Chicago Hilton. The convention had many sponsors including Robert Morris University. I now have a pen/ hand sanitizer from RMU as part of the convention perks.  The convention was filled with three days of hundreds of hockey fans.  The hotel was converted into a Chicago Blackhawks hotel right down to the elevators playing "Chelsea Dagger," (the song played during goal scores).  Each convention ballroom was crowded with fans that listened to their favorite players talk about hockey. If you were lucky enough to arrive early or book a room at the hotel then you could stand in line and get autographs from your favorite players.  I originally wanted to see Patrick Sharp, a forward on the team, but due to his popularity, I wasn't able to obtain a wristband. I did however, get to see him during a few clinics and hear him talk about his love for hockey.  Now, I am so ready for hockey season and can't wait until September. 

All in all I accomplished my goal of doing as many things possible in one week that I may need a summer vacation from my summer vacation.  Summer two session begins on Monday, and it's time to get back to the books.  I'm looking forward to my I-Center class but I'm nervous about my FIN 520 classes; it seems to have a lot of math and math is not my friend.  Good luck with classes everyone! 

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Program: Master of Business Administration Hometown: Chicago, IL Campus: Chicago
Summerfest in Milwaukee!

As the last two weeks of the first summer session at RMU are winding down, the Fourth of July holiday makes its presence in week 10.

Parts of my Fourth of July plans were to attend Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI.  Summerfest is an 11 day event and is considered the "World's Largest Music Event," which has been certified by the Guinness World Records. The event is situated on Milwaukee's lakefront at the Henry Maier Festival Park.  Summerfest brings over 700 music acts from all types of music genres.  This year some of the headliners include Kayne West, Toby Keith, Katy Perry, Jason Mraz, and Britney Spears.  You can either drive to Summerfest or take the Amtrak.  Amtrak is probably easier and avoids the headache of driving through construction.

I went to Summerfest on Friday, July 1st after work and took the Amtrak, which was an hour and 30-minute ride with a five-minute cab ride to the festival grounds. The sun was out which was lacking in Chicago and the humidity was high. It was a perfect summer day for outdoor music and food.  When I arrived at 5 PM, the grounds were filled with happy and excited fest goers. The air smelled of barbeque food cooking on large grills. Kids ate Lemon Chills to cool down while others drank large cups of homemade lemonade.  Girls were dressed in their short shorts and cowboy boots while the men were dressed in their cowboy hats and cut off t-shirts.

Friday night Toby Keith was the main act at the Marcus Amphitheater.  At the smaller stages Los Lobos, Third Eye Blind (yes, they are still around), Girl Talk, and Anberlin were the headliners.  The smaller stages can hold about a few hundred people at a time. I crammed in to the packed area to see Third Eye Blind who took the stage at 10:15 pm and played their major hits like "Semi-Charmed Life," "Graduate," "Losing a Whole Year," and "Jumper." Third Eye Blind made the whole crowd jump and sing out loud. It was a fun night and a great hot summer day to be outside enjoying Summerfest.