Archive for September, 2007

Expanding a bit further on the below post…

September 28th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

I thought about this a bit more while I was working late last night. When you step back and take measure of everything – whether it’s the end of the day, the end of the semester, the end of the year or the end of our all-too-short-time on this planet – it’s truly the relationships you build in life that matter more than anything else. I don’t even know what the second most important thing would be – it’s not even on my radar screen. And I believe that goes for school as well as life. You have to enjoy what you have and the people you care about while you have the chance. Nothing is certain – I have no idea what will happen 5 minutes from now. For me, it’s all about having no regrets. So as crazy as this first semester is, I’m sticking to that – no regrets and no looking back. To paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald…tomorrow I will run faster, stretch out my arms further.

Anyway, it’s back to work…I’ve got a draft for my Managerial Econ paper to finish up by 1 and need to somehow find time to study for next Tuesday’s  Financial Management mid-term.


Dance into the fire…

September 27th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Wow…5 weeks and 3 tests in. It seems like a blur. Orientation is but a distant memory at this point. The key for me right now is trying to maintain a sense of perspective. I did make the right decision by coming to business school and I know it will pay off huge dividends in May 2009….and I just have to keep telling myself this time and time again. It’s hard to see the forest from the trees at times. Two tests last week…a major paper and a test in Dr. Lele’s class (in equal measure, my favorite and yet most challenging class) for the week just ending….and a test, a paper and a case study this coming week. And then finally…seemingly something of a mild repreive…or maybe the eye of the hurricane? Oh yes…and we’re supposed to already be up on identifying and tracking down potential internships. It’s important for me to have a release…otherwise you just feel entirely suffocated. Last night I watched Army of Darkness for about the 20th time. Did I have time to do this? Not really. But I needed the hour and half to just lose myself in mindless entertainment…it helps keep my sanity. And I’m heading up to Philly tomorrow afternoon. Do I have time to go to Philly? Not really. Philly has become my santcuary as of late…for reasons that some of you know that I will digress from elaborating on in great detail (because I very easily could). All right, here the Reader’s Digest version….I love Smith and all the friends I’ve made in the program, but it’s great to have a refreshing perspective from a wonderful person who I enjoy spending time with and whose company I truly enjoy on every level. It helps me immensely to completely remove myself from Van Munching Hall and all the madness swirling around it before retrenching for another intense round of writing papers and studying late into the night. At any rate, we’re all in this together and it’s going to get better…there’s no other way it can go. Someday we’ll laugh about all this…that day may not seem like it’s close, but truly every day we get through brings it one day closer. And that’s good enough for me at this point….

The below two items may very well become weekly features:

Random Quote of the Week: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

Random Song I Heard on Sirius That Had Me Singing Along Out Loud: Bad Company, “Shooting Star”


My name is Pete…

September 21st, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

and this is my blog at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business