My Business School Journey

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

First Week of QPEP

This week was the first week of QPEP and it proved to be quite interesting. There are about 60 MBA1s with very different backgrounds. We attend class from 9am-12pm and then work on problem sets from 1-3pm with an optional review session with our TA, a PhD student. The program is a good refresher of all of the stuff that I've never been able to retain (i.e. probabilities, logarithms, etc.)Some of the problems are quite difficult, but my study group does a good job of working through them and helping others when need it.

Overall, the people are really cool and interesting. You wouldn't believe some of the backgrounds and accomplishments of my classmates, and this is only 15% of the class.

Palo Alto is a nice city, but everything closes early, except a few night clubs. My roommate and I did a little exploring and drove to San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. We took the scenic route on 280 and was blown away by the mountains and scenery. We took a few detours off the expressway to explore some really pretty areas. It blows me away that I'm in California and fortunate enough to have this opportunity.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

It's Official - Stanford GSB

I arrived in Cali early this afternoon with mixed emotions. The reality of me being here has yet to set in. My roommate is as cool as I expected her to be and I spent most of the day shopping at Wal-Mart and Target for stuff for my luxury condo (ha) at Schwab.

Now I'm sitting in my room attempting to unpack and fight the exhaustion that has set. I am home sick for the first time in my life. I'm really going to miss my friends and family. I feel like I'm in a different country. California is definitely unique in many ways, and the distance is only amplified by the time difference. I basically have to talk to everyone before 9:00 PM PST which is when I will just be winding down. I'll be up for hours while the Midwest & East Coast will be sound asleep.

There's so much to do over the next few days like get my ID, parking pass, pick up my car, set up my room. The QPEP starts on Thursday, which takes up most of the day. Well, I'm off to try to get some rest on my first night in my new room.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Time to say goodbye

The time has come to say goodbye. I leave for California on Tuesday morning. At this moment, I'm sitting in a pile of clothes looking at the ridiculous amount of stuff that I'm taking with me. All I can say is "Gosh!" (think Napolean Dynamite) I'm almost finished packing and will be shipping everything tomorrow.

I'm excited to meet my suitemate who I feel like I already know (Check out her blog out at We've never met, but decided to be roommates after a bunch of mutual friends kept mentioning one to the other. She's getting in first and is going to pick me up from the airport.

Now it's off to spend the last days with my girls and a new friend. Next time I write I will officially be a Stanford b-school student.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Damn Shippers

I am officially annoyed. I just received a call from the company that shipped my car that the vehicle has arrived in California and is ready for pick-up. Sounds good, right? Except the fact that I'm still in Cleveland and won't get to Cali for another two weeks. So the car will be sitting in a lot for two unnecessary weeks. As you read in my last post, I am very attached to my car and could have kept it for another week or two if I had known it would only take a week to get there. Oh well, what can I do now? Just venting.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Bitter Sweet Move

“When you open your self up to the universe, it will provide.”

The past few weeks have been pretty busy, hence the lack of postings from me. A lot has occurred so I’ll try giving a brief update on everything.

1) My last day of work was Friday, so I’m finally free. I’ve probably worked the latest of anyone going to school, but it worked out well for me. Time really flew by. I can’t be that I will be flying out to Palo Alto on the 23rd…14 days and counting. My feelings about going to school have shifted from pure excitement and anticipation, to a bitter sweet hesitation. After being away from my family and friends for several years, it was nice to be back home and able to see them on a regular basis. I’ve become more sentimental and appreciative for the people in my life as I’ve gotten older. For the first time in my life, I think I will be home sick when I leave. This raises the question of where I’ll end up after school. Is it more important to be in a city I love, or be around the people I love?

2) A sobering moment that made me realize how soon this move is coming was shipping my car, Prince. Yes, I named my car Prince, because he is purple…Purple Rain. I love my car to death and it has been with me for the past six years. Most people run through cars every two or three years, but I have grown attached to my car. Most people are probably thinking that I must have some expensive car, but no, it just my 1999 Honda Accord Coupe.

3) I just returned from a trip to Chicago where I had a project meeting for work and spent the rest of the weekend with some friends. I can’t believe how much I miss that city. So here’s my “Ode to Chicago…Everything I’ll miss about the Windy City”.

• Driving North on Lake Shore Drive in the summer when everyone’s out on the beach
• Driving on Upper Wacker at night with the view of the Chicago River
• Garrett’s popcorn (caramel and cheese mix)
• Deep Dish pizza
• Gaylin at Van Cleef Hair Salon
• All my favorite restaurants: Café Luciano’s, Hugo’s Frog Bar, Café Iberico, Santorini’s in Greektown, Meatloaf at Weber Grill
• Iggy’s Martinis
• Shopping on Michigan Avenue & riding the free summer trolleys
• Evanston and Northwestern University
• Everything about summer in Chicago (festivals, dining al fresco)
•Nothing about the winter in Chicago

4) I attended two Pre-MBA programs at Eli Lilly and Bain & Co. I had really positive experiences at both of them and met a ton of great people. I highly recommend both programs. Most importantly, I received my first internship offer from Eli Lilly in their Marketing organization. I am really excited about this opportunity and think that it’s a good fit for me. On the other hand, I want to continue to evaluate other opportunities during the school year.

5) I had a “Going Away” cookout this past Saturday which was a ton of fun.

6) Its amazing how God places people in your life at just the right times, just when you need them. I have a prospective “business partner” who is just as passionate about the combination of education and business as I am. He will be a first year will me in the fall and we have already begun to brainstorm a ton of ideas. I can’t wait to start school because I know this is just the start of the amazing people I will spend the next two years with.