If anything, I got the college experience more than the business side of things.
The first day was awkward at best. We all just went through the motions, introduced ourselves, got settled in the apartments, etc. etc. We all were exhausted, but I pulled through until, I think, 1 AM. We were waiting for food, but I mean, of course it never came. So we just all went to sleep.
The second day there were more presentations, and I made a few friends. Things were still awkward, but we were starting to get to know one another.
The next day was about the same. We all started to hang out with each other, staying up until 3 and just messing around.
The days went on, and each day, we all grew closer and closer. We had our friends, and we developed routines. Nicknames were already handed out to a few, including "The Thumb", and the "KKS". I called someone the "Zombie" because when it was about 1:30 AM, they just completely crashed, and they didn't seem like they could function. Somehow they did. I had a "Wubby", and we slapped each other a lot. That was fun.
We visited three places - Mars (where they make the chocolate, not the planet), a site of J&J, and finally, the NYSE. Honestly, I didn't know what I was doing at these places, and I just tried my best to keep up and understand. My lack of knowledge just KIND OF scares me. Just a bit.
We had to create these business plans for inventions came up with. My group thought of one idea, and we continuously built on it until it became a completely different concept. Occasionally, we'd "spy" on the other groups to see how far along the project they were. We were usually ahead, but towards the end, we dragged behind. Now, my group had fewer members than a lot of the other groups. On top of that, someone in our group just didn't even pull their weight. Actually, they didn't pull any weight. The final product did not include ANY of their work, and this was a little depressing. This person had a friend, and they stuck to each other like glue. The other group that had the friend of the person in my group was thoroughly annoyed at the amount of participation and effort that this friend put in. It didn't help that my group member and their friend went out the day before the business plan was due, and they did their nails. When we asked them to work, the friend said, "Seriously? I think that I've done my work. You guys just have to finish your stuff. And I mean, really. Business... Or nails? I think the choice is obvious!"
It is. They just got the answer wrong. Now, just thinking about these two people angers me, so I'll just stop there. However...
The night before the last day, I hung out with the guys, and regretted that I didn't do that the previous days. We had a tremendously great time. We complained about people and school and life in general, and joked the whole while. Someone tried to heat up, what, two-day-old pasta? The whole room smelled horrible, but we just dealt with it. Until that person wanted to eat it, and then we just all cracked up. We had heated discussions, and ugh. Words can't even describe it. It was just great. That day, these guys, me, and two of my roommates created the BEST knock-knock joke ever. It was kind of like a ding-dong ditch kind of thing, and the first time that we heard movement, we ran like we were hunted down back to the guys' room. When we went back, we knocked again, and this time, they answered after a minute or two. This guy hid in the guys bathroom, one of my roommates was in the girls bathroom, and I stood behind a wall with another roommate, but really, I have to work on not laughing, because the whole time, I was just giggling non-stop. I was doubling over in laughter when we got back, and it was so bad that I wanted to cry and I couldn't even breathe. That night, I went to sleep at 5 AM, which may not have been the BEST idea...
Business presentations were in the morning the next day. Those were fun...
My group didn't win, but it's alright, because it's the effort that counts, right? Instead, this group with the friend won... Ugh... It's like life was kicking us all in the face. Oh well. I don't have to see them anymore. But the sad part was that I couldn't see my friends much either. I'll just wait for the alumni event. We said our goodbyes, and we were on our own ways.
It was so weird when I got back home.