Meet Mateo Fischer

Mateo FischerMateo Fischer is a sophomore from New York studying sports management in CEHD. Fischer, is more than just a student, however. His blog, Observing Baseball, ranks among the top twenty MLB fan blogs.

What is your background in sports? How did you get involved in baseball?

I was a student manager for my high school baseball team and I started with my baseball blog because a high school English teacher had us do an extra credit assignment writing a recap of a World Series game. I was so thorough that she actually gave me extra credit on my extra credit assignment. She then recommended that I write more about baseball. I had always hated writing, but for my sixteenth birthday, I opened a baseball blog to try it out and then just kept on going with it for a years after that.

What does your job as the author of Observing Baseball entail?861202_542521229166080_463808807_o

It is a personal blog, so I just write whatever I want to about baseball. This mostly entails my adventures going around to baseball stadiums and catching baseball, but I write about other things such as when I went to statistical analysis conferences and general baseball things during the winter when baseball is in its offseason.

What are your career goals?

Ever since I was in the third grade, I have said that I have wanted to be a general manager of a baseball team, so that is why I went into sports management at Minnesota.

What has been your favorite moment as a baseball blogger?


My favorite moment as a baseball blogger is probably when I got free ticket to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference because I had taken pictures the previous year and the conference organizers actually used the pictures for their purpose and thanked me by giving me a complimentary ticket to the conference the next year.

Congratulations for being selected as on of the top MLBlogs. Can you tell us a little bit more about this achievement?

Every year does their rankings for the year in terms of all of the blogs that are on their network in terms of page views. There are over 100 fan blogs on the network, and for the 2013 calendar I was in the top 20 for the fan blogs in terms of page views which was as a result of at that point three years of building a fan base.

What’s your favorite stadium/ baseball team?


Although I am from New York, I am a Twins fan and my favorite stadium is Oriole Park at Camden Yards. I was initially a Yankees fan, but evolved to become a Twins fan because I could appreciate them more from a general manager’s perspective.

How is the UMN Sports Management program helping you develop your career?

It helps immensely with forming connections in the sports industry and preparing myself for a career in the industry/baseball operations.

Tips on Time Management

Why is time your most valuable asset? Because you get to choose how to spend it! At this point in the semester, schedules are filling up, stress levels are on the rise, and despite how much coffee you drink, you still only have 24 hours in a day. Consequently, you must create a list of priorities to determine what’s urgent (and must be done ASAP) and what you can wait on. Managing your time effectively is all about prioritizing activities, establishing goals, and abiding by a schedule. If you don’t seem to think that there is enough time in a day, you might not be making the most of your time. There are plenty of ways that students can maximize their time and become much more efficient. If you want to discover tips and tricks on time management, then keep reading! (We assure you that this will be 10 minutes well spent!)

1. Create a month-at-a-glance calendar. Write down all important dates on this- note when assignments, projects, and reports are due. Also, record dates for quizzes, tests, midterms, presentations and final exams. This will help you plan ahead and prepare for what is to come. You should use this method to break up large assignments as well. Divide projects out into various segments and then estimate how long each segment will take you to complete. Working backwards from your deadline, put time aside in your schedule to make sure that each part of the assignment gets completed by a specified date. If you do this correctly, due dates will stop popping out of thin air and exam dates will no longer take you by surprise.

2. Make weekly priority lists. Before the beginning of each school week, draft out a priority list for yourself. Include things that you both need to accomplish and want to get done. Identify what needs to be read and reviewed for each of your courses and make sure to include specific page and chapter numbers. Then, be mindful of upcoming test dates, and project deadlines. Use your weekly priority lists to ensure that small assignments get done in time and that you’re making strides towards meeting long-term deadlines.

3. Build a daily schedule. If you plan out how each hour of your day will be spent, you can then program your time effectively. Make a detailed weekly schedule of your activities that allots time for classes, studying, eating, sleeping, spending time with friends, etc. Prioritize tasks and then block out definite time slots for each activity.  Simply know what you have to get done and then set aside the time to do it. If you plan ahead, you’ll be amazed at all that you can accomplish in just a days time.

  • Always keep the 2-for-1 rule in mind. Every student should plan to spend two hours outside of the classroom studying for every one hour of class that they have each week. If you have 16 hours of class/week (18 credits), you should count on studying for 32 hours.

  • Plan to study during peak periods of concentration. If you’re a morning person, don’t try to crank out mass amounts of homework during the evening hours and vice versa. Determine when your high and low periods of concentration occur and then reserve the peak periods for intensive study. Use this time to study for exams, write research papers, analyze case studies, etc. Then, use less effectual times to complete less intensive tasks such as rewriting notes, or typing assignments up in a Word document.

  • Don’t waste away the day. Research shows that each hour spent studying during the day is equivalent to 1.5 hours of studying at night.

4. Start with the hard stuff. When most people begin doing their homework, they like to get little assignments and easy tasks out of the way first. However, studies suggest that you should start by working through the more difficult material/concepts. Why? Because when you first start to study, your mind is alert and fresh. Your concentration level is higher and therefore, studying perplexing topics will be easier for you.

5. Learn to say “no”. If you have an 11-page paper due tomorrow and your friends are begging you to watch a rom-com (aka a romantic comedy) with them… don’t. Remember that it’s okay to say no every now and then. (Note: this one is easier said than done!)

 Time management is critical for college students and the trick is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Photo Cred: Excellent at Time Management, Calendar

Homecoming King Candidate Barflaan Tedoe

Happy Homecoming, Minnesota! Homecoming week officially kicks off tomorrow with Goldy’s Homecoming Kickoff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Coffman Front Plaza, but we’re starting our celebration early by talking to the lone CEHD homecoming king candidate, Barflaan Tedoe.


What is your major?

I’m currently double majoring is Sports Management and Journalism.

What activities are you involved in at the U?

I’m involved in MSA (Minnesota Student Association) as an At-Large Representative; an Assistant Admissions Counselor in the AdmissionsOffice; a peer mentor in the Huntley House for African American males, a Living Learning Community; Gopher TV, a student driven journalism group; a general member of the Black Student Union; a Co-Chair of PRISM (Poised Revolutionary Individuals Saving the Media;) and The Roosevelt Institute UMN Chapter which is a policy writing group .

What’s the best class you’ve taken within CEHD? What made it so great?

My favorite class that I took in CEHD was my Principles of Psychology which was co taught by Naim Madyun and Katherine Wambach. The reason why the class was so great they had an extremely interactive lecture, plus they used popular culture references to supplement  the material.

What is your advice for current CEHD students looking to get the most out of their undergrad experience?

I would say make the extra effort to connect with your Professor because they are willing to help all students. I would also stress to students that making connections with people in your classes is a MUST. No one gets through college by themselves.

Give a shout out to this year’s homecoming performers, Walk the Moon and Iggy Azalea!

I am most excited to see IGGY AZALEA; we have actually been dating for 7 months in my mind now so it would be nice to meet up with her again. Honestly I’m excited for Iggy because I was one of her first fans and I tweeted it last year during spring Jam that we should have her for Homecoming and you can check my Twitter account if you need proof.

What is the best part of being on homecoming court?

The best part about being on Homecoming Court is taking part in all of these wonderful events and basically representing the University Of Minnesota. Most importantly I take pride in the University of Minnesota trusting us with the privilege to represent the U on a larger basis.

Where do you see yourself in fifteen years?

I see myself working for E! News or the Today Show in New York and hopefully being a broadcast journalist.

If you could have dinner with any people whom would you pick?

I would choose Kanye West and Barack Obama.

What’s your favorite place to hang out in the Twin Cities?

My favorite place to hangout in the Twin Cities is BY FAR Pizza Luce downtown because the food is always amazing and you meet the most interesting people while eating there.

There you have it, UMN. Show some support for a fellow CEHD student and vote for Barflaan here! Have a wonderful homecoming week and check out our Twitter to enter to win one of two $20 bookstore gift cards!

Gopher Game Day

Gopher Student Section

Wake up fellow Gophs, it’s half past 9 o’clock!                                          Throw your maroon and gold on and get ready to rock

The tailgate awaits us and we must not dilly-dally
Because University Ave. is packed with people looking to rally

There are hot dogs, burgers, and brats- need I say more?
Oh and for the Wisconsinites out there, there’s cheese galore!

Dig in, dig in! This is a feast
Devour 2 plates full, at the very least

Hike up your gopheralls and jump up and down,
Let it be known that you’re the biggest fan around 

Wander all over, socialize with the rest
And, don’t forget to say thanks for being #blessed

If you spot Goldy, it’s your lucky day
Snap a selfie with him and then label it “my bae”

Dance to the music, sing our fight song
For you were born to be a Gopher and this is where you belong

ATTENTION, ATTENTION! If you’re UMN proud, then please, please, join the crowd
Fill up the stands, it’s time to get loud!

We’ve got school spirit, heck yes we do!
We’re a part of the Big 10 and we root for The U 

 In unison we chant, “Ski-U-Mah! Ski-U-Mah! Ski-U-Mah!”
Then we all yell, “Rah! Rah! Rah!”

Together let’s stand and cheer “hip-hip hooray!”
For there is nothing better than Gopher Game Day.

Photo Cred: Student Section, Goldy at a Game, Cover Photo

Seven Tips Saving-Savvy Student Should Know

1. Store brand is your brand. According to this report by Times Business, generic food brands are often made in the same factories—and with the same ingredients– as their name-brand counterparts. Unless you are attached to a mascot or a product name, switching to store-brands can save you up to 30% on your favorite foods.

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2. Go Goodwill hunting. If you love garage sales; you’ll love thrift shopping. Thrift stores are a magical place where everything is cheap and the hunt is half of the fun. So roll up your sleeves and go find your favorite brands and unique items. Some good places to th

rift shop nearly are the Goodwill Outlet, the ReUSE Center, and Savers.

3. Spend a night on the… campus. Believe it or not, there are plenty of cheap things to do on the weekends that don’t require a pocket full of cash or a tank full of gas. Take advantage of big-name performers, fresh pizza and treats, and other events right on campus by checking out the events schedule for Student Unions & Activities and the Northrop schedule. Also, if you haven’t stargazed at the Tate Lab of Physics, you’re missing out on one of the coolest Friday nights you can have (for free!)

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4. Write out your budget. It’s hard to have a budget when you aren’t sure what you’re spending. The easiest fix to this dilemma is to write out all of your purchases, as well as your income, to make sure that you’re on track. Some good spreadsheets can be found here!

5. WAIT! The quickest way to blow your budget is by making impulse purchases. Whether it’s grabbing a candy bar as you go through the checkout line at the grocery store or that shirt that fits perfectly and you reallyreallyreally need, anything you buy without thinking through could cause your budget to bellyflop. Instead of making a financial faux pas, head into the store with a grocery list. Only allot yourself a certain budget for things that aren’t on your list to ensure you don’t make any last minute decisions that break the bank.

File Organizer

6. Hang on to your receipts. Although many stores offer in-store credits for returns without receipts, it’s still nice to be able to get your cash back for an item that doesn’t work out quite right. In case you ever need to dig up a receipt, try organizing them by date or store in a file folder like this one from Target.

7. When all else fails, learn how to season your Ramen. It happens. You blow through your paycheck and the food in your fridge. You are hungry, scared, and alone. So dig into your couch cushions for loose change and buy a pack of the college lifeline. Ramen is easy to make into a masterpiece if you have a little creativity. Make it into stir-fry, pepperoni pizza, or even an omelet. Check out this BuzzFeed post for more Ramen-spiration. (Try at your own discretion…)

If you like these tips and want more, give CEHD Undergrad a follow on Pinterest!

Photos: Goodwill, Stargazing, Money