Surviving the Dreaded COB 300:
I remember when I was a Junior finishing up my fall semester enjoying taking….and retaking some of the easier business classes before I dove in late to the dreaded semester of COB 300. On top of all the mayhem that is 300, I also had to take another Marketing class, Consumer Behavior, in order to be on track to graduate. Needless to say the anxiety was at an all time high. Somehow I survived the journey and lived to tell the tale.
Here are some helpful tips to surviving COB 300:
1.) Meet with your group as much as you can – These people who you get paired up with and spend your first awkward days together will eventually become your family. You will spend more time this semester with your COB 300 group members than your own roommates. You will work with them, you will eat with them, you will get mad at them, you will hug them, you will drink with them…. so be friendly. If you have an incorrigible group member(like I did, see later blogs for details) address it early. Trust me you want to get that out of the way as soon as possible.
2.) Go to your professors office hours- Your COB 300 professors will be your most important resource in completing your business plan. Even though you will be constructing a business plan that is supposed to be “for the real world” let us not forget that this is still a class, and your professors ultimately determine your grade. Even if your professors are not that helpful in their office hours, you showing face on numerous occasion does not go unrecognized. They may be persuaded to have mercy on your soul when it comes to benchmark time. Finally all the professors are different get to know their personality types and cater to them, no matter how hard that may be. Check out my later blog posts on the professors that I had when I went through COB 300.
3.) Use all the resources at your disposal- The COB 300 business plan is built around you collecting all the information in the entire world on one little particular subject and then condensing that into a 25-40 page document with pretty charts and graphs. One of the more helpful resources I found was the library COB 300 sites. Whether it was IBIS world providing us with industry insight or Mintel providing us with our financials, the library came through big for my group. Also do not be afraid to look over past groups business plans, its not cheating unless you use their material, but seeing other peoples work can help you structure your own. Remember to abide to the JMU Honor Code when doing so.
4.) DO NOT LOSE YOUR MIND!!- This is my final and most important step in surviving COB 300. I have seen people break down, I have seen people freak out, I have seen fights, and I have seen people getting sick, but listen people its just a four classes. Do not be afraid to cut loose every once and awhile. For God’s sake your in college. The business plan is only a marginal part of your grade so make sure you don’t forget about the tests. So go out and have fun and GET DRUNK, but please remember to be responsible.This entry was posted in COB 300 by Dan Kehr with no comments yet