Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I'm feeling the love.

I haven't posted about this yet, but I got an internship with my top choice organization for the summer- FINCA! I am working for another group (previously mentioned) for May and maybe a little into June, then I will start with FINCA. I came to b school to learn about microfinance and therefore am very VERY excited to be working for this org over the summer. Amusingly, since I got the FINCA offer Friday (and basically accepted it) I have received 3 more interview offers. However, I had to make things move quickly in order to secure funding for the summer. It would have been cool to say I had received X number of offers but that's being a little greedy. As it is, I did receive offers from 2 different groups at FINCA, so that is exciting!
The only reason I'm writing is that I am procrastinating studying for my LAST EXAM. SO CLOSE!!! Yet so far away... Friday at 5 am I will be on my way to Boston woo hoo!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Finals are driving me crazy. And my neighbor actually IS crazy.

It's finals week. As many others have felt before me- what the hell?? I'm almost halfway done with my MBA career. I didn't have a final today so it felt like the end of the worst 4 day weekend ever. Friday I conducted interviews for a consulting project I'm working on, then grabbed lunch with the bf, went to an accounting review session and met with the assistant head of career management. Saturday I was in the Car Barn for about 7 hours studying. I did manage to break up the monotony with a few hours studying on the roof with one of my teammates. It was quite nice outside and I enjoyed my brief foray into the outdoors. We finished the evening with a group dinner at Paolo's on Wisconsin Ave and then I went home and pretended to do work. I am starting to go a little stir crazy, but mostly just crazy because I have no idea whether or not I am prepared for this final tomorrow.
Speaking of crazy, my neighbor is kind of a nutter. He's currently having a Monday night party. He alternates between 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s nights. While I enjoy Beatles Thursdays, I wish he would play an entire album. He likes to play A song from each of these decades, on repeat, for about 3 hours on alternating nights. It's not every night so it becomes a mystery which night will produce which song. Besides the Beatles he also LOVES Nirvana.
He had a huge party Thursday and my boyfriend and I were having a hot night of... laundry fun. I go out in the hall and am waiting for the elevator and one of the revelers was sitting on the floor sort of slumped over. Then another party goer runs out into the hall. He was quickly pulled back into the apartment by my neighbor who says "come back in here! My neighbors already think I'm crazy!" Why oh why would he think that? Perhaps because last month we found him crouched next to our door with his laptop completely wasted talking about trying to find the internet?
Ah, city living.
Back to studying- only 3 more days of year one!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Comment spam

I have thus far been pretty lucky in the arena of comment spam, but after 2 hits in one week I've now moved to moderated comments. Stupid spammers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MBAs gone wild: fights over the email system

Reply to all is such a dangerous feature...
Here is a lovely little exchange that went across the servers tonight. Mass emails for marketing surveys are fairly common around the school and most people simply delete them. But oh no, not tonight. Finals are looming and pages of papers need to be written, and somewhere out in cyberspace, I think someone cracked.

Email #1
Subject: Please help with your input on store brands!
Hi guys! I'm SO sorry to for all the e-mail bombardment of surveys, but if you could answer this SHORT and sweet survey for our marketing class, we will be forever grateful! Please help your fellow MSB'ers out!! (=
Thank you so so much,
Student #1

Email #2 (From Student #2)
Subject: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
Please do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
Professors should ask their students to use other methods of gathering data.

Email #3
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
Student #1-
Sending e-mails to ask for class related survey assistance is an appropriate use of the GroupWise e-mail system. You do not have to answer. If you have any questions regarding e-mail policy please ask me.
-MBA CTO

Email #4
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
I agree with Student #2.
-Student #3

Email #5
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
I also agree with Student #2.
-Student #4

Can you see where this is headed?

Email #6
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
I think some people had bad days. I'd rather not have mass email responses in my inbox than survey solicitations
-Student #5


Email #7
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
if noone wants mass emails...stop responding to this email with "reply to all."

Email #8
Subject: Please do not use mass e-mails for an open forum discussion on mass e-mail surveys
I think this is ridiculous. Those of you who are complaining about cluttering of mailboxes are doing just that. Truly, how difficult is it to click the "delete" button? Appreciate the position of the students-they need large samples of volunteers. The operative word is volunteer-if you choose not to participate that is your decision. Just as I hit the "delete" button for these absurd comments that now clutter my mailbox, you too can click "delete".
-Student #7

Email #9
Subject: Re: Do not use mass e-mails for survey solicitation.
LOUD NOISES

And with that, the email chain was put to rest. For those of you who are not rolling on the floor right now see Anchorman.




Monday, April 14, 2008

Poor Lonely Planet

A bad apple writer...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7346101.stm

I can say that Lonely Planet India prevented me from getting food poison throughout most of India. Whenever I strayed off the LP defined path, I strayed into food poison land. So I will stick with the guides until proven otherwise.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Diversity Day

Last night was one of the best McDonough School of Business events of the year- Diversity Day! An evening of good food, a fashion show and cultural dancing display topped off a heavy social calendar this weekend. Here is some of the deliciousness I indulged in- and a photo of the crowd! I'm in it, but it's like playing Where's Waldo (Where's Wally if you're British, Où est Charlie? for the French, and Wo ist Walter? in Germany.)
Thanks to Sam for the photos!
The Georgetown MBAs, family and friends...
Empanadas! I'm glad they were mini ones because by the time I got to the Americas I was almost stuffed.

Indian food from a few of my favorite classmates.

Taiwan- I realized when I saw this photo I never made it to this table! But the dish on the left got particularly rave reviews.

Texas (There was a bumper sticker about Secession at the end of the table...)

Thursday night was the Annual Report viewing at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. The hour and a half long show was a compilation of skits mocking life at the Car Barn. It was a great reminder of the fun year behind us and the beginning of the official social end for the second years. There was lots of hugging and a whole lotta laughter. Friday was the spring formal at a beautiful waterfront locale, followed by a slightly less official event- the beer olympics. Complete with teams and prizes (I won't go into details for what) apparently it was much fun had by all. While copious amounts of beer was being drunk by my classmates, I was taking golf lessons with fellow members of the Graduate Women in Business club at the East Potomac Golf Course & Driving Range. It was the first time I had ever touched a real golf club (I don't count mini-golf). I wasn't half as bad as I thought I would be, and definitely enjoyed whacking the crap out of the golf ball. It was an excellent stress reliever, although I discovered muscles I had forgotten about when I woke up this morning. Last night was the aforementioned Diversity Day and this afternoon we had a Cohort 2 BBQ!

I managed to squeeze in a lot of work and date night with the bf this weekend, but tonight I am still faced with quite a bit of preparation for an ethics presentation tomorrow morning! We are presenting on organizational integrity and are only meeting as a group 30 minutes before the presentation. We have done everything else virtually! Ahh, 21st century technology can bring us together, but keeps us apart...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Fellow bloggers- please vote for me!

Best of luck to everyone nominated for this year's Clear Admit BOB!
http://blog.clearadmit.com/

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I GOT AN INTERNSHIP!

Excuse me while I go dance around my apartment for a few minutes...

OK, done for now. The non-profit recruitment process is fraught with frustration, pain and waiting. Waiting for business school results was NOTHING like this. There was a deadline, a light at the end of the tunnel. With non-profit recruiting, there is a lack of resources in general, which causes applications to hang in cyberspace for months. Even then, I felt lucky when someone actually got back to me to say I had not received the internship. At least there was closure!
The major non-profit recruiting "season" does not really start until March. In fact, a plethora of job postings coincided with the beginning of Module 4. Thus, not much work has been accomplished this term as I pound the pavement virtually.
It finally all paid off this week and I received an offer from a fantastic organization that does management education capacity building in Africa. HOW AWESOME IS THAT? It is actually paid, too. Now, I am taking about a 50% salary cut from what I made as a paralegal, but this was to be expected for a non-profit internship. I am starting with them immediately and we are going to revisit whether its working and whether I want to stay for the summer in a few weeks. In the meantime, I have one government consulting a few microfinance applications pending and an interview at a very big name in the field this afternoon.
Lastly, in a little over a month, I'll be here:[Relaxed sigh.]

Monday, April 7, 2008

What I really do at school

Instead of doing schoolwork, I recently involved myself in several consulting projects. I am working on a market research project for a charter school and a best practices project for a microfinance organization. This is what I love about business school and one of the reasons I came back full time- for the extracurriculars that are enriching my academic experience. Learning accounting is important, but being able to help a charter school understand whether or not they are reaching and serving their target population is the better part of my day. Now, pro bono work can be an incredibly frustrating experience (exhibit A the entire lack of public information for the microfinance project) but also rewarding. When I get to that part I'll let you know!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

There are people who do well in jail...

... and MBAs are not among them. Thus spoke my Business & Government professor last week during a discussion of the difference between getting in trouble with the FTC and getting in trouble with the DOJ. He's quite a popular professor at the MSB, despite having to cover what I consider the most boring parts of constitutional law EVER as part of his curriculum.

Module 4 (of 4) is humming along. I am still completely jobless, which explains most of my absence from the blogosphere. Every moment I usually take to write is being spent on cover letters. I have so many thoughts running through my head about my choices and where I want to go and where I was meant to be. A series of events led to retreating into my thoughts this week. My boyfriend is visiting, one of my friends at school is pregnant and with the dollar tumbling I am looking at next year's job search with a bit of trepidation. Should I be in England right now? Monday is the microfinance conference at Georgetown. I know that's why I came to Georgetown and I hope I get to learn a lot... and get a job!

I spent Easter with my parents, and I got a small TV from them I found in the closet. As we were walking out the door, my Dad hands me the "rabbit ears" just in case cable took awhile. I discovered that the U.S. is not getting rid of analog TV until February 2009! That means, free TV for me!

As Clear Admit only likes my postings when I talk about food... I made some delicious buffalo burgers the other night. Now that my kitchen is in order I have been cooking regularly. I made some pretty decent enchiladas, the burgers and corn chowder. The bf looked at the chowder and asked where the animal was. I decided I needed to expand my reach into vegetarian cooking a bit more and had the bf bring back a cookbook partially written by one of my best friends. It's not yet available in the U.S. so I got it directly from the U.K. Check it out: Vegeterranean.

The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom right now. I walked all around the tidal basin last weekend and took some great photos. This is one of the many reasons why it's great to be in DC- Spring!