Archive for November, 2007

Division I

November 28th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. 2 Comments.

One of my requirements for choosing a grad school was that it had to be a division I school. I missed out on this in undergrad and I really wanted to be able to cheer for a team and attend games. This is one of the reasons I ended up at Maryland. That and the fact that the mascot is a turtle. The great thing about being a grad student at UMD is they hold 10% of student tickets for football and men’s basketball aside, specifically for grad students, so it is easier for us to get tickets whenever we want. Not many grad programs around here have students that are interested in the sporting events, which makes it even easier to get tickets.

I took full advantage of this opportunity this year with football by going to every game. Nothing beats football in the fall really. Plus our team is going to a bowl game again for the second year in a row, so that makes it more exciting. Now basketball season has started. Not quite as exciting in my book, especially since our team is not looking so great this year, but it will be fun all the same. Right now I’m debating whether I should attend class tonight or go to the game. I’m sure I’ll end up in class, but its always hard to pass up the chance to go sit in the stands and cheer.

I’m glad I stuck to my guns and ended up at a Division I school. I think not having the opportunity to be involved in the college sport seasons would have made my experience at school much less enjoyable.

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The Journal as a Resource

November 20th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

I don’t have much happening in my MBA life right now that I haven’t already wrote about so instead I thought I would write briefly about my recent satisfaction with the Wall Street Journal. Last year when I came to school I decided that in order to be a good MBA student I needed to have a subscription to the journal in order to be able to speak intelligently to those around me. So I ordered it with the discount that we got through our finance class. It soon became a newspaper that went directly from my doorstep to the recycling bin. I didn’t have the time to read it and I didn’t really have the interest. So when my subscription ran out I didn’t renew it. In the last month I found a renewed interest in the journal and decided that I should try once again to read it so I could speak more intelligently again. Now it has become something that distracts me when I can no longer pay attention in class. This week I found some very useful information in it, that I feel was worth the whole subscription fee. They have a whole section dedicated to small businesses, which contains great information on how to market small businesses and offers answers to questions from entrepreneurs. It amazing how one publication can contain useful information on so many different topics. I’m sure most people do not share this new found love that I have for the journal, but as someone that has been throwing my money at it for this long, it is nice to finally get something in return. I recommend to everyone that they take a look at it, even if in the past it did not prove useful.

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It's almost over

November 14th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

This semester has just flown by. We only have 2 1/2 weeks left before winter break. I’m not really sure where the time went. I’m glad that it is coming to a close because I have grown a little tired of my classes and am ready to move on to new ones. Which I think is the general sentiment in my class. But it also makes me a little nervous to think about the limited amount of time I have left to figure out where I am going and what I am doing once I graduate. Which I also think is the general sentiment of my class.

 I went to a networking event last night called Second Tuesday. It is an event that always has an industry theme, where entreprenuers, vc and others in the business interact. I went down to see if there were any interesting ideas I could bring back to New Markets, for possible deal flow. I also went to meet people in media that could possibly sit down with and gather information from. At first glance I think I was successful on both fronts, which amazes me since I do not consider myself to be a networker at all. I guess will tell how successful it really was. It at least made me feel like I was doing something to work towards getting a job when I graduate.

I thought business school was going to answer all my questions. Instead it has just raised many more. I guess that is both a good and bad thing, but right now, as I am caught up in the confusion, I can only see it as a bad thing. Hopefully I will see my way through it all soon.

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Time to Find a Job

November 6th, 2007 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Now that I have time in my life again (although it doesn’t feel like it yet) I think most of my efforts are going to go into finding a job. A.k.a figuring out what I want to do when I graduate. I feel like everyone around me is getting offers, or at least getting second rounds and yet when people ask me what I want to do I still fumble around. I think that if I could have talked more intelligently this past weekend I could have had better conversations with employers. My goal is to just set up a plethora of informational interviews, expand my vocab and narrow down more specifically what I want to do. My two main criteria for a job at this point, make enough money to live off of and it has to be in either NYC or DC. I don’t think that is too much to ask.  In an ideal world I wouldn’t even have to interview for the job. Someone would just recommend me for a position and I would get it. I hate interviewing. It isn’t even the 30 min of questioning, the time before and the time right after is the worst part. The nerves and then the regrets. Maybe I will go into HR so I can be the one sitting on the opposite side of the table and I can make it a process that people enjoy. I have to say my interview with GE was really nice because GE knows how to train their employees to interview. It was so calming and relaxing. Just one more reason it would be nice to work for GE.

Well thats probably enough rambling at this point.

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