Author Archive for Melody Ann

Good Afternoon. I am in the process of completing a completing the M.B.A. and M.S.P.M. graduate degree programs as well as a certificate in Data Analytics from GWU (Spring 2018). Melody

Light It Up!

  I happened to be at the right place at the right time and was able to carry the torch for a few precious moments! It was much lighter than I would expect. I noticed the handle was not meant for holding for long periods of time as it did not have grip holds and it would easily become slippery. …

Making Friends

When we came to Korea as a class, I didn’t really know any of the other students very well and many come from different degree focus areas.  I am pleased to report that we are all making the most of every moment and friendships are also being made along the way.

A Korean Melody

  The Media Center is the media’s main location for eating and sleeping in the coastal cluster.  The Korean OGOC connected media with the history of paper and writing in their country and an interactive expo for the media to learn appreciate the Korean culture.  They had hold printing tools and a letter press that were operational.  They had you…

Trail Network in Korea

Trails and Maps in Korea: While I am here in Korea, I am also training for Boston Marathon.  This means that I need to do several long runs, if I want to feel good while running Boston.  I ran several times while here.  My longest runs have been 18 and 19.5 miles.  I was a little unsure how enjoyable these…

Train to Busan – Culture

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyWuHv2-Abk   Korean Culture It turns out, everyone seems to have an opinion about K-pop and Korean movies.  Since I was going to ride the train from Busan to Seoul, my local Korean friends insisted that I watch the movie “Train to Busan”, the night before I took the train.  This was a Korean Zombie movie,  on the train…

Olympic Observations in Busan

Today I am in Busan, visiting friends.  Busan is in the southern region of Korea.  This is a location where the torched passed through in November of 2017 leading up to the Games, so there is a touch of the Olympic spirit here as well. At the beach they have Soohorang and Bandabi statues for people to take pictures with.…

Leaving For Korea!

Korean Air is one of the official Korean Olympic sponsors for the Games. I was lucky enough that I found an direct flight on Korean Air on Korean Air.  So far, it’s been great! The flight staff have been super nice, one thing that took me aback was just how polished the flight attendance are.  My last flight was to/from…

Class Overview

Prior to heading to the Olympics, the class meets in person several times.  That included an overview of the Olympics and the organization framework that sustains them.  We review the Olympics from a business perspective. One of the topics is the Olympic 2020 Vision.  The IOC aims to more accurately project the needs for future host games for long term…