Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Jingle Bells, Glögi is delicious

OK, so that doesn't quite rhyme...
It's the holiday season and tonight I have made Glögi. In fact, I am now drinking some. Glögg, Gløgg, or Glögi is the traditional Nordic Christmas drink. It is basically mulled wine- it is made of wine or port, all sorts of delicious spices, and of course, vodka. That last bit is the Nordic addition to this wonderful drink. You add raisins and almonds and have some alcohol soaked deliciousness at the end of the sipping. It is one of the best ways to keep warm so far up north! That and... well let's just say there are a lot of summer babies.
Yesterday, I went to a Hannukah party, hosted by my friend Lauren and her husband. I had delicious latkes and potato pancakes, and was not required to sing any dreidel songs, although I did get to eat a dreidel cookie. There was an excellent showing by some fellow Gentiles, as well as some classmates from Israel, who got a great glimpse at holiday celebrating, American style.
I spent the weekend with the family, and put the awfulness of exams behind me! I got my first grade back today... although I am unclear on the curve, at least one grade is securely a B+ or above. Whew. As we head into break (after rounding out two days of career management stuff) I will be leaving the country for a wonderful two week hiatus, before coming back home for New Years and Module 3!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

And all of the sudden, I miss Boston

Today, it snowed! This morning it was naught but flurries, but by the time I picked my Dad up from the train station in our suburban town there was ACCUMULATION of at least two inches. Very exciting. It almost never snows like this in DC at this time of year. I witnessed Christmases in the 60s as a kid. It's exciting. I really like snow. See previous entry. Snow also makes me miss Boston. Perhaps I'll break out my heavy duty snow boots and reminisce walking through the Boston Common and through the downtown wind tunnels tomorrow by walking across the Key Bridge.
Missing Boston may also have something to do with talking to both my favorite Anna's in the past week! (Just checking to see if you're reading!)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Difference Between Undergrads and Grad Students

I am sitting in the student center, getting a few rays of sunlight (sorely lacking in the aging and soon to be abandoned McDonough School of Business MBA building) and waiting for a second year to chat with me about her internship. I am listening to a great mix of songs from a very nice undergrad somewhere out there over the network who has left her iTunes playlist open for everyone else to listen to. It was very nice of her and right now I am very much enjoying the Black Eyed Peas. I wish I could say I would do the same, but mine is password protected so you can only listen to my music and ponder why the heck I have both the Spice Girls and CCR on the same playlist if I like you.
Undergrads tend to be a much more open and less cautious bunch than we grad students. I mean, who else but an undergrad would unabashedly post both her first and last name on a playlist that includes an extensive collection of Celine Dion? They also have a very different view of business education. There tends to be a larger focus on the academic skills needed as opposed to the holistic management views many MBA programs take. There are several students in my class that did business degress of varying kinds for undergrad. These type folks should be very careful in selecting schools. Many general management programs will repeat basic business coursework in marketing, accounting, etc. that the undergrad program offers. On the other hand, if you had a narrowly focused business degree (i.e. marketing major) or have not really utilized/ completely forgotten everything you learned since obtaining the bachelor's degree, it could be entirely worth it to repeat the basic academic work. Many programs allow students to test out of the basic levels of coursework, which is always another option for someone who has an academic business background but feels a particular program fits in non-curricular ways.