June 26, 2017
Reflection Day 1
So far, I have adjusted to life at Cornell pretty smoothly. I have only spent two nights here, but I feel like I have been here for much longer. I feel comfortable in my room and with the people in my dorm and I am already starting to form friendships. To sum up my life so far at Cornell, I would use the words comfortable and accommodating. The food is great, the people are friendly, and the rooms are big and conducive for doing work. Although it has only been 2 days, in terms of time management, I have gotten into a routine of completing all my work right when I wake up, working until lunch, spending time with my friends until dinner, and then completing any work I have after dinner. So far, this routine has been working for me, and I am going to try to stick with it for the rest of my time here at Cornell. In terms of the online work, my strategy has been to complete as much work as I can ahead of time so that I am not stressed about getting it in on time. For example, I did most of today's classwork last night and then did the homework during the class work time. For homework tonight, I plan to do the classwork for Tuesday. This has been super helpful and I have not been stressed about getting things turned in on time as a result. So far I have been completing most of my work in my room, which has been working fine for me. However, I think I will complete future work in the library, especially if I plan to work with my classmates. I am also glad I was able to find some other people in my class, and I can text them if I have any questions about anything. I am excited for the rest of my time here at Cornell. I love being on this campus and having access to the facilities. I am excited to get to know the professors, TA’s, and my fellow classmates these next 3 weeks.
June 27, 2017
Reflection Day 2
The second day of class was great. I am starting to get a hang of the technology used at Cornell such as BlackBoard, virtual office hours, and how to use the printer. My first day, I was a little intimidated by all 3 of these things, but I am starting to figure all of them out which made today a lot easier than yesterday. I am also glad I have been able to meet lots of new people in my class and continue growing connections with them. It is nice to always have people I can ask questions when office hours are not in session. I look forward to coming into class to meet Dr. Olsen and the TA’s as well as the rest of my classmates. I am also excited to learn more about running a successful business over these next 3 weeks.
I think technology influences all aspects of a global business, and in order to be successful, companies must be comfortable using technology. Technology has a major impact on advertising and marketing, distribution, and accessibility, all of which globalize a business. Advertising of companies and products is almost completely done over technology whether it be through social media, television ads, or pop up’s on the side of a website. Even advertising job positions is done online through platforms such as LinkedIn. This means companies are able advertise to people around the world. Technology has also impacted the distribution and accessibility of products. For example, after watching the video on Voss Water, I wanted to learn more about the company. Due to the Internet, I had access to all the information I needed to know, even information on how to order Voss Water. This means people from around the world have access to the same knowledge and can order water. Technology both globalizes the distribution of products and people’s access to information about a company. Technology is essential to the growth and globalization of a business.
July 3, 2017
Reflection Day 3 Part 1
I have now completed two weeks at Cornell Summer College and I am getting ready to dive into my final week. Throughout my short time here, I have learned a great deal about myself and about the field of business. In terms of my learning style, through this class I have learned I retain information best through hands on learning and being forced to think. For example, instead of being told exactly what steps Jack Belsito should take to steer VOSS in the right direction, I am able to retain the information better when I am forced to analyze the information I am given and come to my own conclusions. By completing the vlog and business model for VOSS, I had to come up with solutions and answers to difficult questions myself, but this helped me gain a deeper understanding of the material. Similarly, hands-on learning also helps me understand material. Some examples of hands on learning from class were the marshmallow challenge and the puzzle activity from the first day. Even though the puzzle activity was on the very first day of class, I still remember the main takeaway from it: there are two types of people, puzzlers and quilters. My goal is to quilt my way to a puzzler. These were both activities in which I was able to experience the lesson that was being taught, and ultimately retain the information for a longer period of time. Through this class, I also learned more about my preferred ways of learning new information by myself. I am able to learn best through lectures and videos, especially if I take notes. I can learn through readings, however they take me much more time to comprehend and I enjoy learning through lectures or videos more.
July 3, 2017
Reflection Day 3 Part 2
In this class, we experienced many different styles of delivery such as activities, lectures, pitching, networking, and writing. From school, I am very accustomed to writing, and the writing assignments in this class were relatively easy for me. However, pitching was a very new concept to me. Adjusting to this style of delivery took a long time for me to get used to; my first vlog had many flaws and took me a very long time to film. Similarly, my first couple pitches in class were a little disorganized and I was very nervous. Though as I continued practicing this form of delivery, I slowly became more confident. My pitches both in and out of class significantly improved. Creating vlogs takes me almost half the time, and they are now almost two times the quality. I have also become more confident, and have gotten better at gathering my thoughts in a short period of time. This has helped me improve my in class pitches, making them sound more natural and professional. Even after this class is over, I want to challenge myself to continue practicing my pitching skills to slowly become better and better. The idea of networking was also something very foreign to me before taking this class. I would have never thought to follow on a presentation if my school had a guest lecturer. From this class, I have learned the importance of doing this, and ways to connect and stay in touch with people. For example, writing a thank you card and embedding your contact information. When my school has a guest lecturer that I really connect to, I will now have the skills, knowledge, and courage to network strategically and effectively.
I have really enjoyed the activities done in this class, and especially appreciate assignments that involve creativity. Through this class, I have learned how much I love creating and designing since I have not been able to use these skills very often in school. In addition to my newfound passion for creativity, this class has taught me so many lessons both about the business world and about myself. I am excited to see what is in store for the final week of class.