My Business School Journey

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Busy weekend coming up

Back to the grind of work, which seems to be getting more and more demanding. It doesn't help that two of my project team members are on vacation. I just got the information for Eli Lilly's Leadership Camp and Bain's summer visit so I am making travel arrangements so I can get that out of the way.

Also, my sister's bridal shower is this weekend and she's coming home from Birmingham, AL where she lives. My mother and I are giving it so we are getting all of the last minute gifts & games together. This will definitely be a busy holiday weekend, but I'm looking forward to it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The expenses keep adding up

As I suspected, I was invited to attend "Math Camp", which is a week and a half of review of quantitative skills (Calculus, Statistics, etc.) prior to the start of Pre-Term. What I wasn't expecting was that there was an additional cost associated with it. I guess I was just being naive. So in addition to the $650 deposit that I put down to reserved my spot at Schwab, I'll be shelling out another $400 for Math Camp, plus a $43/day rate for my early move into Schwab. This is really getting ridiculous, but it doesn't even phase me anymore.

I also just got back from NY this weekend, which was a random trip just to kick it. It seems like I'm in that place every 3 months or so. I did have a chance to attend an Accenture happy hour where I got to see quite of few friends that I hadn't seen in a while. I'm really going to miss many of my co-workers, but I am definitely ready for school. I still have 5 more weeks of work left and I am slowly losing steam.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike

I went to the New Edition & Brian McKnight concert last night! Like most Black females my age, I am and always have been a huge New Edition fan. I had all of their records (can you even get a record player anymore these days?). New Edition was that one group that I cried over. I had dreams about being Ronnie's girlfriend as "Lost in Love" played in the background. LOL. Then when Johnny Gill came it was over. I hope I get close enough where I can catch some of Johnny's sweat :) Call me crazy, but this the one group I will still go crazy.

The concert was really good although NE could have performed the entire show and I would not have been dissapointed. The guys look really good and still have the moves. I went with my best friend and my friend from college who came all the way from Chicago. We had a good time re-living our childhood while screaming, singing, and doing the running man. The highlight of the night was when the guys sitting behind us went backstage and offered to get my friend's album cover autographed. They came through and made my friend's day. I think she actually shed a tear.

See pics below...

New Edition Posted by Hello

Ronnie's got the moves. Posted by Hello

Ralph Tresvant singing Sensitivity Posted by Hello

I LOVE YOU JOHNNY! Posted by Hello

Friday, June 17, 2005

I get to live at Schwab next year!

Well, it seems like everything is coming together for me. I just got off the waitlist (#40) at the Schwab Residential Center so I'll get to live at my first choice after all. I may have mentioned this before, but Schwab is the residential building for the GSB students at Stanford. Every year about half of the first year class lives here and it's the center of the GSB community. The ideal of staying in an on-campus "dorm" never appealed to me at any other school until I saw Schwab. It's fairly new (less than 10 years old) and has decent sized "studio" rooms. Each person has their own room and bathroom, and a kitchen that is share with one other person. It has study rooms, a computer lab, a gym, a couryard with grills and conference rooms. If I hadn't gotten off the waitlist, I would have been staying at Rains (which I hear is nice, but the ideal of sharing a bathroom with someone scared me). I am a happy camper right now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Langston Hughes in the making

I believe in the sun when it isn't shining.
I believe in love when it isn't there.
I believe in God when he is silent.
My faith is pure and beyond compare.


I saw the first three lines of this poem on the street in NY and had to right it down. I then added the last line because I thought it was incomplete.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Summer's finally here!

The past few weeks in Cleveland have been depressing with the 50 degree "summer" weather. It finally hit the 80s this week and I am a happier person because of it.

Lately, I've been battling between saving the most money for school and living it up with a few vacations. I've always been a very practical person, but I'm leaning more towards enjoying vacations now as a single female. So many changes are occurring to people around me (marriages, pregnancies) that make me appreciate where I'm currently at in life.

Things have been quiet on the Stanford front. I started all of the recommended pre-work, which has become like a part-time job in itself. Words of advice..."Don't underestimate the amount of preparation during the summer prior to school." It definitely has me a bit worried about what to expect in the fall. But hey, what would life be without a few good challenges.