Archive for January, 2009

New semester, this time more relaxed

January 30th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

My blog got hacked back in November, so there haven’t been any posts for a long time! Sorry to my one dedicated reader. 🙂 The biggest news from the end of the semester was a new addition to the MBA Family Guy’s family. He came a few days before final exams, which earned me my first standing ovation in business school when I walked into the exam room.

Last week we came back to school, after a 5 week break. This was probably the longest time off I’ve ever had in my life. It was a great paternity leave (although unpaid) and I spent most of every day with my family. We even took a couple days to go cross-country skiing in western Maryland (you can’t go much further away with a newborn!) My intention was to spend several hours a day working on finding a summer internship, but that goal was reduced to 3-4 hours per week. Still looking, but now I have to balance the job search with classwork and other projects.

The best news is that the second semester feels like a breeze compared to the first. I only have three classes right now, all of which require a lot of work, but none of which should take over my life. Now I understand what the 2nd year students meant when they told me “Don’t worry it will get better after the first semester”. I thought that was just like a parent telling a child “it will all be okay” to dismiss their fears, but the courseload this semester is definitely easier. Of course, let’s see what I’m saying in two weeks…

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Why I love being in school

January 30th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Here’s my favorite thing about being in school: unlimited options. My father is a huge fan of buffet restaurants, not because the quality of the food is the very best but because there is so much of it in a wide variety. That’s how I feel about the endless array of activities for an MBA student to wade through. There are case competitions, club meetings, guest lectures, alumni events, company presentations, intramural sports, and of course tons and tons of group assignment meetings. You could be busy every night of the week. And unlike my dad’s buffet restaurant, most of the offerings at the Smith school are truly high quality. (And when they’re mediocre but offer free food, I’m still satisfied).

In fact, last week I attended a conference on “Leading Organizational Change”. It was fabulous, especially an address from Jim Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines. He told us about the experience of working at Southwest during the 9/11 attacks. He actually started to get quite emotional when he told us about the dedication of Southwest’s employees AND customers. Mr. Parker also gave us signed copies of his book, DO THE RIGHT THING, which I’m currently reading. At the same time, there was a “Finance Boot Camp” where students were taught all the basics of working in the finance industry. Also, there was a company on campus interviewing students for internships and we had to submit an application for a national case competition.

So, if you’re like me, and you can’t stand to eat the same meal for a week (apologies to my wife, whose leftovers I sometimes reject), going back to school might be just the right

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L-A-U-G-H spells Post-Exam relief

January 30th, 2009 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

It’s been a hard couple of weeks of exams and projects. It all comes together at one time, and you wonder whether you can do it all. And then you sacrifice sleep, you ignore your wife and kids all day Saturday, you do it all, you don’t score as well as you hoped, and you’re a bit disappointed, but you’re happy that it’s all over, and you are sure that you’ve learned something, but you can’t put it into words because you’ve only been dealing with numbers for the past 7 weeks, so you just crash and browse the internet.

And if you’re lucky enough to find THIS website, you will finally feel that cathartic release of laughter that’s been wanting to emerge for weeks.

So, read it, and have a good laugh. No matter whether you’ve been doing exams or not this week.

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