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It’s over! It’s over!! It’s finally over! 111 semester is finally over. I can’t really believe it’s finally over. The thought of “done with this semester” making me happy and laugh like a mad.

Starting of 111 semester was great. I took 5 courses but  there was no pressure till the second midterm exam. but then it became hard on me. Just before the April, I found that I have only 4/5 days without any kind of exam, quizzes, project submission, presentations or any kind of exams.

Exams were scheduled till 20th April. In general, semester break starts right after the final exam. But this time it wasn’t the case. I had 3 project submission & 1 case submission in consecutive days. First the MKT 412 (Service Marketing) project submission, Second BUS 401 (Business Ethics)  project submission, the MGT 489 (Strategic Management) case presentation & Finally MGT 489 Project submission. All these were scheduled from 25-29th of April.

It was really hard for me to work in 3 different projects at the same time. I can recall on 24th of April, I set in front of the PC at 6am and worked till 2am. This wasn’t just for day. Everyday I had to work till the late night during those project submission days. But finally I’m through with all those projects & presentations. Thanks to my group members for their cooperation, help & support.

As I said earlier, my very first project was of Service Marketing (MKT 412). For our project we selected Spitfire restaurant Dhaka at Gulshan 2. We visited the restaurant & had some meal. And then we did a service report on the restaurant. We were able to finish it up by 1 day. And thanks to Reaz for doing most of it. Other group members were Prottoy, Fahad, Fayeed & Fareez.

Business Ethics (BUS 401) was something different. We had to do some survey on emergency medical care of hospital  for the project. My group selected Bangladesh Medical College as it was closest hospital . We all group member went there and did some survey but most of the survey was done on phone. Zahid & Khushboo handled the project well.They dis most of the parts. All I can say that if they weren’t there, I might not be able to finish the report. My other two group members Jibon & Tanveer were there too. They also had great contribution in the project.

Finally the Strategic Management course with which I was busy during the period. Mobashra, Leon, Tonni, Nishat & Sakib was my group members. Each were unique in their own way. Sakib is the most unusual one with special ability. He is really awesome with search engine. He kept collecting kinds of projects & information related to our projects or might be helpful about the project. For this ability, we started to call him our Search Engine.

Today I, along with my BUS 401 & MGT 489 group members, resubmitted the project and ma’am accepted it. That means we are done with all our projects & presentations. And that means our semester break finally came. Everyone is already enjoying the break but till today we were busy with projects. But now we are free too.

Ending of the semester means it’s time for grade. I got only one grade of my five courses. I’m waiting to find out what my grades will be. I certainly have high expectations about the grade as I give the most effort in my whole university life during this semester.

And one thing is my MGT489 grade will be greatly contributed by Mobashra. She called me at the midnight and make me study 14 cases. Not just that, she also made to understood all the cases. And that was great help for next day’s exam. She also helped me & provided mental support throughout the semester. But I really feel sad just thinking that she won’t be with me from next semester. She won’t be around in the campus. Because she will be doing her intern in the upcoming semester. Don’t know how to put in words but I’ll miss her.

So I’m done with 111 semester. Now it’s time to take some rest. And the first plan is to sleep all day long. Tomorrow I’m going to execute the plan. Those who are reading this blog, if you are in semester break, wish you a nice break. If you are not in the break, try to have one. BREAK IS AWESOME!! 😀

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After a long vacation, today starts the new semester. Spring’11, the first semester of 2011.

Vacation was amazing. But it was long enough. Long enough to be bored for those who likes to be at NSU. Hope everyone have charged up for the upcoming pressure and stress. Wishing you all good luck for this semester.

Redwan

Once again advising time have come. Although it sounds like simple thing but in fact it consists info collecting, planning and then finally selecting the courses. You see, it seems like full of excitement but actually it is full of anxiety.

Last few hours I was busy in asking others about the courses they are planning to take and answering their questions about the courses I’m taking. In the early period this was our process of selecting courses. But now looks like it have become our habit. Even though we know our courses won’t match, we keep asking others the same question again and again. Almost similar thing happens after the advising. Only difference is we ask about what courses others took and with which faculty. We keep asking and answering these questions till the middle of semester.

If you have read my earlier posts in this blog, then you may already know why we, NSUers,are always tensed about advising. In case you don’t know, let me explain it to you. Let say I’m planning to take 4 courses and I have 7 courses as options before you enter in the advising room. And when you get out of the advising room, you have only 2 courses. It’s because all sections have filled up or new sections clashes with other courses. So when you have only two courses, you have to go for re-advising. This is the most painful part of advising process.

So when we say advising time has come, in fact means re-advising time have come. And re-advising time means fun time is over. Congrats to those who have done with advising and good luck to others who are yet to do advising like I do.

It’s 12.15am in my watch. Only 12 hours left before  the 15 min battle. Yeah!, I’m talking about the advising. It’s a terrible experience for every NSUers. Moreover this advising is the most lengthy advising in NSU history. We also heard about some change in the system. So everyone is anxious about for this advising.

I’m planning to take MKT465, FIN340/435, BUS401/ECO244, POL101/PSY101. but I’m having a great problem. Almost every sections which I want to take for theses courses are in MW and in between 9:40-11:20. so I have figure out the alternatives. It appears I’ve to sacrifice faculty for class time. Don’t know what will do tomorrow. None of my friends are taking the courses I’m taking. May be I’ll be alone this semester. I hope  to see some of my links and familiar faces in my classes. Pray for me guys. I’ll tell my advising experience tomorrow.

So this is the second part of my blog.  If you missed first part click here to read it.

I had no plan to take MKT 337 in this semester. But when I saw IJS ma’am is taking the course, I couldn’t help myself. I influenced Turza to take the course with me and latter Raihan joined us. my performance in this course is not satisfactory but I’m very much happy to do our projcet. For the projcet We formed the group with Anika, Mishu & Zabid whom Turza knew earlier. Though the group was almost divided into two and need some integration, it was a great group. We did our first project on Apollo Hispital, Dhaka. And second project on Daily Kaler Kantho. In out first project, we were required to analyze three marketing communication tool of Apollo hospital. It was mostly done by Anika and her friends. And in the second project we were required to analyze the current IMC tool and suggest new IMC tool for Daily Kaler Kantho. We also needed to make a TVC for it. This is the projcet I liked very much. We all worked hard for the paper and the TVC. Anika generated idea for TVC and we did little editing in it. But we were having problem with finding Model. Again Anika came to the rescue. She called 3 of her friends and used them as model. Also we used Turza and Mishu as model. Our TVC wasn’t a video but was a slide show of pictures. At first Anika made the TVC with Powerpoint and it was good. but I thought it would be better if we can convert it in a video. So after little bit of modification of Anika’s concept, I made a video slide show using windows movie maker. Raihan and Mishu helped me providing necessary files. And  finally we made our TVC for Daily Kaler Kantho. I’ve posted the TVC at the bottom of this blog. Making TVC was exciting, but it was even more exciting when I found that everyone in the class liked it.

Now let me talk about my last course Operation Management. I didn’t get my desired faculty in my advising. All sections of good reputed faculties are filled up. All sections for which faculty is not announced yet is empty except one. I noticed that 25 of 35 student have already enrolled in that section. Prottoy and I was doing advising together.  We decided to take that section thinking that may be one reputed faculty will take that section. Also I know Mobashra was taking the same section. Abid’s advising time slot was after me. So I informed him about that section and told him to take it. Latter in that night I came to know that Sazid, Amin, Tuhin and Rabbi also took that course. I was happy because I got some good  friends in that section. For this reason I didn’t change  the section in re-advising but I was worried about the faculty.

In the very first day of OM class, I found out that I know almost 90% if the students. Sadia, Tonni, Antar, Amin and others. Sorry can’t recall everyone’s name…:( Anyway, we all was waiting for the faculty. And finally he showed up. At first I thought he was a student like us. He was very young and a new faculty in NSU. He introduced himself to the class.  His name was Ishfaque Hossain and his initial was IqH. He did his undergrad and grad. in USA. But one the interesting thing came out when students were introducing themselves. Whenever a student names his school from dhaka, IqH sir told that he use to be a student of that school too. Then he explained that he studied in almost all reputed school in Dhaka apart from VNS&C, Holy Cross and other girls schools 😛 😛 .He also told use that he completed one semester in NSU too. From the vary first class I believed that he is a legendary person. And through out the whole semester I found it’s true.

Most of the time, when he was giving lecture, he use to give us example from his personal life in USA. It would start with “When I was in Huston…” or “When I was in Texas….”. Apart from his examples, his lecture was boring as hell. Most of the time I saw students are not concentrating to his lectures. To pass the boring time in class, Mobashra, Sazid & I used to do offline chatting in my note-book. I forgot to mention that This was my third course with Mobashra. Also it was second course that Sazid, Mobashra & I did together. We did eco134 together with AAR who is another legendary faculty. but that was totally different story…

So, in every class we came to know more about legendary IqH sir. Also we came to know his father and his priority banking in SCB. But after the night Argentina lost to Germany, we came to know about the greatest fact of IqH sir. He the name of 5-6 celebrity from whom he took autograph and picture. Unfortunately I can recall the names. But most of them were from football star and rest were movie star. I was thinking if he would show those pictures to us. But he didn’t. May be forgot. 😛

Classes with IqH sir was great (except his lectures). One problem was that be couldn’t make us understand the maths. or our brains wasn’t accelerated enough to capture his lectures. While the semester was almost finished he told us to do presentation. I can bet that OM presentation is life time experience to everyone. Apart from first 1 or 2 hour, I was present in whole presentation time. It took him more than 8 hours to complete the presentation. (see my blog about presentation here ).

Through out the whole semester we had wonderful experience with IqH sir. But final was the best. Specially the syllabus. He gave us notes for 3 chapters as the syllabus. And the total pages of notes ware 3 and a half. He gave MCQ from the notes and 5 of 6 maths from those 3 chapters. This is the easiest syllabus for final exam I’ve ever seen.  And most importantly we got our grade for OM course on the vary next day. Sir did it because he was leaving Bangladesh in 3 days. He was going to Canada. He told me that he is going to do his PHD but others says he is going to see someone from Pakistan.

I don’t know what are you thinking about him. May be a bad teacher, may be a good teacher. But believe me, you can’t judge him unless you take a course with him. But one thing is sure. He is the most easy-going faculty I’ve ever seen. Also he made our semester easy. But unfortunately we were the last batch of his students. With the end of Summer’10 semester, he also ended his teaching career. But He made us proud when he told us that we are the best students he taught. I’m sure all of his students will miss him. or at least remember him…

I don’t know if the semester was legendary for you but surely it was for me. Thanks for reading the whole blog. And As promised I’ve added the TVC that we made for MKT 337 projcet. Let me know how do you like it. 🙂

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