Monday, January 18, 2010

My Last Christmas Break

So once the week in Florida ended I headed back to the snow :( After working the long hours for a week, I was excited to have a couple weeks off to relax and do absolutely nothing. Here is a list of things I did over break:

- Went to a Bengals game with Jonathan. It was so cold that we left around the 3rd quarter!
- Saw Avatar. Jonathan wanted to go and I thought it was going to be SO lame but it was SO good! I really want to see it in 3D before it leaves theatres! I definitely recommend it!
- Had game night with Ohio National friends at Tommy and Steph’s! I’m pretty sure the females won every game.
- Christmas! Some things I got: a shoe book and calendar, clothes, steamer, and a digital camera! Oh and purple suede Steve Madden pumps from J!!! 
- Had my first ever Chipotle burrito. I actually really liked it a lot! Look at me broadening my horizons!
-Had lunch with my godmother, Rosemary! It was go great to catch up with her! I definitely don’t see her enough!
- Experienced the Andress Epidemic. My whole family got sick. My dad gave his cold to my mom who proceeded to mope around the house yelling at Dad for making her miserable. It was quite comical.

Now I’m back to school for my.. OMG.. last semester of college!! NOOOO make it stop! I don’t want to leave this life of luxury! But Daddy says “the Andress college fund runs out after this semester.” Sigh. Guess I have to become a real person. So this semester I’ll be busting my butt to get some interviews in Cincinnati. I’ll keep you posted!

Tomorrow starts my first full week of classes. Marketing Promotions is going to be a breeze, Marketing Research looks like it’s going to require some actual attention. Hopefully it’s not too bad. And the Global Scholar class could go either way. It looks like we will be doing some interesting projects, just have to see how it plays out. Oh, and the former president of India is going to be teaching us. Yea, India. Like the country. Crazy, I know! Well I need to put all the syllabus dates in my planner and color-code all my classes so cya later!

P.S. Happy Birthday, Jonathan!!! Miss you!

Palm Trees in December!

In mid-December, once I aced all my finals and peaced out of school, I headed to Tampa, Florida for the American Volleyball Coaches Association annual Convention that is held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Final Four. Our convention is a week-long event with things like educational seminars, volleyball vendors, meetings, awards banquets, etc. The convention center had a HUGE warehouse where they built 2 courts and 1 sand court. Surrounding the courts were rows and rows of vendors and right in the middle was, my baby, the silent auction.

When I first started my internship my boss told me that I was in charge of all aspects of the silent auction. I have never organized one before but I worked hard all semester to get as many great items as I could. I had so much fun setting it up and displaying all the items just the way I wanted. I also took time to “man” the tables to answer questions. Last year the AVCA silent auction made $3.000 and this year I made $14,000! I’m so happy that I was able to meet everyone’s expectations.

I also got to work the golf tournament. So I spent a day on an Air Force base that was right on the beach. It was great to drive a golf cart around, look at all the crazy birds, and enjoy the weather and view! Speaking of views, my hotel suite had TWO balconies, TWO flat screens, and a king size bed just for me! I think I can get use to this “real person” working situation if I get perks like that! Not to mention the weather was super warm. It was weird though, hearing Christmas music while surrounded by palm trees. Somehow those just don’t mix to me.

During the week I also got to watch the Final Four games. Penn State took away the championship and it was great to see all that great volleyball. I must say, though, it makes me miss playing a LOT. I wanted to jump up and get in there!
I was also on TV! I helped work the Under Armour High School All-American Match and Skills Competition. I held the speed gun to test who was the hardest hitter. I watched the show when I got home and spied myself on the sidelines a few times! If you want my autograph, just ask!

The whole weekend ended up being a great experience. I got to see all my hard work throughout the semester come to fruition and really enhanced my passion for event planning and fundraising.

Good Friends, Good Drinks, and Good Music

The Fall 09 semester ended really well! I finally got that 4.0 that I’ve been waiting for throughout my college career. I seem to always have that one hard class that kills my GPA with a B. But this time I nailed it, so the parents were happy! I was super nervous for my Finance exam, but luckily I owned it! One thing I did learn from Finance class is that I think I have a mild case of claustrophobia. I really could not take tests sitting so close to people in the huge Memorial Hall. Oh well, it all worked out in the end.

Check out the sweet shirts we made for one of the UK games! We love John Wall!! By the way 18-0!! Number 2 in the nation!! GO BIG BLUE!

Like every other semester, we had our AKPsi banquet to wrap things up. AKPsi is my co-ed business fraternity, for those of you who didn’t know. Yes, it’s a frat, and yes it’s co-ed. We focus on the professional aspects more than the social ones (or so we like to think). Anyways, Jonathan came down to attend and it was held at a hotel nearby. I’m going to go on the record and say it was my favorite banquet so far. The room was a pretty good size, the food was good, and it was so much fun. I love dancing with my girls! I also taught Sean to do the “stanky leg” and Jonathan even did the Cupid Shuffle with us! It seriously makes my night when he gives in and dances :)

Nights like that make me realize how much I'm going to miss all this when we graduate. There's nothing like being surrounded by good friends, good drinks, and good music.