[rookie]

of all the six teams competing in the Duel, Penn State is the only school that is considered as a public school. being the rookie in the competition as well as in sife itself, we did not put high hope in this competition.even if we lose, we still be able to bring back 500 bucks for our club. FYI, sife has always been their (the small schools) ‘game’. they know the rules and they know how to play. unlike us, we probably have just started to reorganize our team – i would say somewhere in Spring 2007. one of the reasons sife is less noticeable in Smeal is because, in Smeal itself, we have almost 100 others clubs and organizations. and sife is just being one of those small tiny portion of it. and to these small colleges, sife may be their ‘only thing’. meaning sife probably is the only club in their business school or perhaps in their college!

anyhow, we’re given our case after the dinner on Friday. during our way back to the hotel, we’re in the same shuttle with Shippensburg University, PA. and guess what, their team members were actually reading the case study in the dark using their cellphone lights! -hmm…pretty hard core team. from random chat with other students, we later found out that they really go all out in this competition. some even sleep for only 1-2 hours prior to the presentation and some even stayed up all night. but just being ourselves, sleep is our main priority..we even have some time to relax and watch Rocky and the Simpsons while working on the case.

being finance and actuarial science majors, we pretty much solve the case with analytic approach. we even help the person in the case study to be a millionaire at the end. since we’re the second team to present, we were given the opportunity to watch other team that presenting after us. unfortunately, since St Francis and our hotel is like 12 miles away, we just managed to see the last presentation from Philadelphia Biblical University. their presentation were totally difference from ours. for the handout to the judges, theirs was like a folder with colored pictures and ‘flowery’ details. ours were just 4 pages of spreadsheets full with figures representing millions of dollars. (Dan did almost all of the spreadsheets) and our slides were just simple Power Point presentation with zero animation. and theirs even have a theme background music, which is if i’m not mistaken taken from Titanic movie. and by looking at their presentation, we knew that the other teams probably would do the similar thing like what Philadelphia Biblical team did. and there goes our hope….

and the results….

1st Place: Youngstown State University, OH
2nd Place: Penn State University, PA
3rd Place: Philadelphia Biblical, PA

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..errmm..pendekk….L-R: Dan the pres, Girish, and Breanna our VP..

yeah..we kind of surprise with the result…but $1500 for the club..hmm maybe we should split the profits among the 4 of us as well..hehh..
even we didn’t manage to go to the national..that’s fine..this is our first time..there are more to come….

– pennstaters should be thankful of what penn state has to offer..
– Excel isn’t just about spreadsheets…

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aemintz
    Nov 11, 2007 @ 17:03:21

    congratss daju’…must be a valuable experience for you…boleh2 maju lagi hiks 😉

  2. Nur Amirah Shaharom
    Nov 12, 2007 @ 14:32:40

    wah beshnya! even i dont really understand much, but its great. yelah, first time, tp bleh dpt 2nd place. during matriculation kan, I have done sort of a thesis report and got some prob with the presentation slides.
    I mean, you know the background suddenly change to another background which didnt work well with the colors of figures and the font. everything was totally messed up. But we have real good presentation.
    i think, techniques work much on bringing a good presentation forth, not the flowery handouts, colorful slides show or catchy soundtrack 🙂

  3. zack
    Nov 12, 2007 @ 22:02:41

    tahniah daju..something to put in ur resume there!bulelaaa belanje kat pitt nanti!!hihihi

  4. daju
    Nov 13, 2007 @ 05:09:38

    thank you..thank you..

    actually..kan mase tu our slides pn jd xbtol gak..coz it seems that font yg we all gune x supported kt computer tu..
    we should hv used our own laptop n projector..

    blanje??….ermmm….
    check blom mail lagi la..and its for the club la..

  5. jet
    Nov 13, 2007 @ 13:47:47

    woh..impressive..congrats!

  6. dzu
    Nov 15, 2007 @ 22:50:40

    dpt hadiah USD ke ella

  7. daju
    Nov 16, 2007 @ 17:29:24

    for the club la…

  8. aliasidek
    Nov 20, 2007 @ 20:32:09

    Ohmygod Daju’!!!!

    I just finished doing a spreadsheet for my stochastic coursework which I worked on for 40 sleepless hours and I suddenly thought of you. Tengok-tengok you won second place for a spreadsheet you guys had to work on?! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    But.. seriously all respect to you Daju’. Alee macam nak tergolek-golek understanding all these datas and simulations and spreadsheets yang sgt sukar untuk difahami! You just gave me motivation! THANKS DAJU’!!

    Good luck my little Actuary friend!

  9. dzu
    Nov 20, 2007 @ 23:13:04

    my beloved adik is the best kan kan..
    u make malaysia proud..

    🙂

    and soon another one will follow your steps..

  10. daju
    Nov 21, 2007 @ 13:53:42

    haha..proud ler sgt…mcm bingung je..
    ouhh the other adek..soon gonna be the best..

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