Monday, February 16, 2009

Jobless, enjoying chocolate and wine

It's almost done with my 3rd module of my second year in business school, which is as good a time as any to ponder life's direction. Well, not really. This module I am focusing on strategy. I am taking Corporate Strategy, HR for Line Managers, Leading a Management Consulting Firm and my global integrative course. One Friday I am headed to Brazil for over three weeks! For Georgetown's global integrative the entire class performs a consulting project for a company then heads to one of five destinations to present findings to the client. I spent in the neighborhood of 4 hours with my team today working on our presentation deck, but now it's looking really good! We're exploring domestic market expansion for a global PR firm. My group is great and the client is incredibly nice and responsive, so really what more could you ask for?
Of course, being almost-Lent-time of year, I decided to aim my course choices towards those without finals and am therefore able to leave for Brazil on Friday just in time for CARNIVAL! We will be going to the Sambodromo to see all the dancing and... whatnot. :) Spring break WOO HOO!
After 2 weeks of vaca with a week of sort-of work in between, I will head back to DC for my last module. As the title of this post suggests, I am jobless with a growing dependency on chocolate and wine. This too shall pass, but not any time soon I bet!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

U4!

This weekend is the 20th Annual U4 Basketball Tournament hosted by Georgetown. It's a fundraiser for Teach for America and one of the Georgetown MBA program's biggest events of the year. As one of my best friends at the business school is an organizer, I was of course on duty for a shift keeping score and time. I think some of the players (well some of the people WITH the players) were under the impression that I was familiar with details of the game such as why the ref would give a 1-1 free throw shot versus 2 points automatically. Clearly, they were mistaken. The only sports games I usually have any interest in watching/ attending are those in which my professional athlete sibling participates. It is a great deal of fun to see one's last name running up and down. Today was a lot of fun though! The undergrad refs were incredibly professional - they did have to give a bench foul to Columbia at one point. Sadly, there was no penalty for running into the scorekeeper's table and knocking over her coffee, otherwise Duke would have been docked at least 5 points.

Watching MBAs play basketball was not unlike watching a really intense group meeting. Occasionally the ref would have to tell both teams to basically shut up and start playing again when a combination of over-strategizing, testosterone and leadership plays started to delay the game. The other scorekeeper and I couldn't help giggling though a good chunk of the game as obvious MBA characteristics came bubbling to the surface.

Now I have to work on my HR paper so that I can go to the party tonight!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why Do Women Apologize?

I have several major projects I should be working on, so of course... I'm blogging.

I'm in corporate strategy which reminds me of something that has bugged me for awhile, as I am presented with a "shining" example every week sometime between 10:10 and 11:50 am Mondays and Wednesdays.

I have an apologizer in my class. She raises her hand and inevitably, for whatever reason, manages to apologize to the professor sometime during the first sentence out of her mouth. She is an incredibly intelligent woman and every time she does this I want to throw something at her because I can no longer follow her point after the unnecessary apologizing. I can be guilty of this crime as well. Where did society go wrong? 9 times out of 10 I have nothing to apologize for. Yet somehow as soon as a critique comes out of a professor's mouth I occassionally feel the "word vomit" coming up and I blurt out "Sorry!" Is it estrogen? Is it society?

I do know that my male classmates never feel the need to apologize, even when they should. And particularly not after making a point in class.