Although the lecture was educational and entertaining, the best part of the day was when I was allowed to explore the CHESS program. After knowing that there are many aspects of the game that needs to be controlled within a short period of time, I was worried about the way my simulation would turn out. A few minutes later, I found myself attached to CHESS. I had to literally force myself to stop to listen to more of Professor Reneta's instructions. It was that entertaining. I would like to think that my first trial turned out to be a success. I paused for a while after running a virtual 9-day running of my 250-room hotel located in Syracuse, New York to record data and change business strategies. Improving the business strategies [i.e. investing more money for advertisement to attract leisure hotel customers on the weekends and decreasing hotel agency commission rates to a more 4% instead of 10%] proved to be extremely helpful. I observed my data analyzer after a few days of the improved business strategies, I saw significant increases in revenue and overall occupation rate which made my hotel more successful. I look forward to more efficiency in the future. I can see that CHESS will be a great virtual business experience!
In the afternoon, I had the second part of our MS Word 2007 lecture in the Bin Computer Lab B which was centered around developing a memo template. I had never learned how to use my own templates of any sort so it was fascinating to learn. We also had a lecture on effective ways to deliver a presentation which was the most humorous, entertaining lecture yet.
I must admit that my mood could not have been better today. The beautiful weather convinced Stacy, Louisa, and I to take a detour after the end of our afternoon lectures. We went to take a tour of Collegetown, a stretch of the campus with shops that can be easily accessed by attending students. On our way, we decided to stop by the campus-famous bagel shop called Collegetown Bagels (what a brilliant name!). Here are some photos of our nice stroll:
* On our way to Collegetown, which happens to be on College Ave!
* My bagel! It was so delicious that I had to share the picture!
* The clock tower. It chimes a nice melody once the hour hand strikes 12.
* On our way back to the Mary Donlon dormatory from Collegetown. This is the Barnes Hall.