First Day[s] of School

Posted by Nicole

I’ve officially completed my first two days of school! So far I like all of my classes. It’s going to be a difficult semester, but Lauren always tells me “you thrive with a busy schedule.” Guess that means I’m going to be thriving like CRAZY this semester.


The first day of school started with breakfast at the sorority house. I’m going to try and eat 90% of my meals there because dues are expensive and this way I’m not only paying for friends, right? ;)

Cream cheese toast and an apple. (Side note: my dad used to always make sourdough toast with cream cheese and every time I have cream cheese toast it reminds me him.)


The weather in LA has been beautiful and sunny, but surprisingly cold. I wore my winter jacket today and still felt like I needed gloves. Don’t believe that blue sky.

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Before I talk about my classes, I just need to let our a little rant. USC now has fences that block off the majority of entrances into campus during evenings. Also, past 9 PM, you need to have your student ID for access to campus from the few open gates. Can you believe that? I’m all for safety, but this just strikes me as extreme USC arrogance and efforts to keep locals away from campus. Ugh.


As for my first two classes:

Marketing Analysis and Strategy was amazing. My professor seems extremely experienced; she mentioned that she spends fall semester doing research and then teaches this one class in the spring. This class acts as a mix between case analysis and “job simulation,” and overall seems like the perfect preparation for my future career path. I can’t wait to learn.

Managerial Accounting is a continuation of the accounting class I took last semester. The atmosphere of the class seems pretty average, but we’ll see if it picks up as the year progresses.

I grabbed a late lunch from the sorority house, organized some school stuff, and then went to Monday Night Dinner and chapter for DG. This is the first time I’ve made it to Monday Night Dinner this year because I normally have dance practice. Major kudos to our coach for giving us practice off so we could relax on the first day of school! I took full advantage of actually going to Monday Night Dinner and enjoyed some spaghetti, garlic bread, brownies, and reeses. Yum.


After chapter, Lindsey and I went to go visit the new puppy at my friend’s fraternity. I think every frat should buy a puppy… it’s quite the chick magnet. But seriously, Rex (or 2 Chainz… they are still finalizing the name choice), is the cutest!

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I’ll be back to visit the little pup often and I might just have to steal him…

I ended my night with a long trip to the gym: 15 mins elliptical, 15 mins bike, 6.25 mile run, 20 min bike cooldown. It was one of those good cardio days.


I started my morning with breakfast at DG again. And again, I had cream cheese toast (not sure when I’ll get sick of this) and 4 egg whites.


Then I had two more classes:

Business Finance might be a struggle because I don’t have a “financial” mind. I’m going to get a subscription to the Wall Street Journal and try to cut down on blog-reading and increase the educational reading. That way I can participate in class discussions and try to sound smart. My professor is good, though! That’s always a relief.

Operations Management seems like an interesting class because a lot of success in a company comes from the internal operations. We started class by reading an article about Apple’s operations and I immediately knew that this will be a class I will enjoy.

After class, I got lunch from DG. It’s nice not having to cook!


Plans for the rest of the day are up the air. I don’t have dance practice, so I’ll probably head to the gym at some point. OH, and I have HOMEWORK. It’s welcome back to real life for this girl.

– Nicole

Question: When did you have the “aha!” moment about your career path?

Comments (4)

  1. Megan @ runningonjava

    Your classes sound tough! I just switched out of the Business school after taking Econ…it was rough! I love the classes I’m taking now for my new major, though. That’s so great your sorority offers you meals, do you live there or is there always food on hand?! I’d love it if my sorority did that…house girls have to supply their own food :(
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    1. Sugar Coated Sisters (Post author)

      I don’t live in the sorority house (I did last spring though, and I loved it), but any active member is allowed to eat there. We have set meal times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and sometimes we are even allowed to bring a guest to dinner! It’s awesome :) I’m hoping to live in the house next year… fingers crossed that I have enough housepoints!
      That’s a bummer that you aren’t able to eat the food at the house. Hopefully your dues are lower to accomodate for the lack of meals!
      – Nicole

  2. Olivia @ Life As Liv

    That puppy—I died. Good for you for eating at the sorority house! All the food in my sorority house is just so unhealthy, I can’t bring myself to eat there. It’s quite annoying.
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    1. Sugar Coated Sisters (Post author)

      Our food used to be less healthy, but a lot of girls complained and now we have a culinary committee that meets with the house mom and some of the alumni! Our meals have gotten a few changes since last year (less oil on veggies, more vegetarian/gluten free options, more healthy snacks in the kitchenette). But yes, I’m so lucky there is good food- I just need to make an effort to eat as many meals as possible there!

      – Nicole


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