The Life and Times of a Simon MBA Student

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Nothing Really

I have decided to start tacking other issues besides Stats and Accounting. I am meeting up with a friend who has recently take the part 1 of the CFA exam to discuss / establish a strategy to tackle that monster of an exam. The weekend was nice and smooth, I don't know how many more of these weekends I will have since college is getting closer, but I plan to enjoy them to the fullest.


Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Status Update

Lets see nothing really has happened in the last couple of days, I traveled a bit over last weekend with a trip to Washington DC, and will be going up to Boston in the upcoming week. I have noticed that everyone around me has decided to either get married or engaged (obviously following in my steps). I have 2 weddings and 2 engagement receptions coming up before September, not to mention the one I attended last weekend. Not that I am cheap, but these functions (Bachelor party / Travel / Hotel / Gifts / Celebrating afterwards) can get a bit expensive. I had figured on leaving my job in the beginning of August but I guess I will be staying here for 2 more weeks …

On a brighter note, my stat studies are done, and I feel like I am up to date with the Standard Deviations and variance schooling. Now onto Accounting and than a bit of Economics.. WHOPIEEE CAN’T WAIT... :)

Monday, June 14, 2004

Less Success Than Meets the Eye

Monday Morning…. What can I say back to work … the same thing on everyone’s mind .. what are we having for lunch… This weekend was rather eventless. Nothing really went down except I had the chance to go out with friends. This Saturday me and a pair of my college buddies that I still hang out with, went to the old college bars. This time of the year the college students usually go home and the bars are comparatively empty. We decided to go to this indoor outdoor bar/restaurant on Saturday night.
When we were there one thing that we kept talking about is how its soo different now then 3 years ago when we were still in college. I turned 21, 3 years ago and now that time feels like long long ago… I was always the youngest one in my peer group and since I relate to mostly older people, maybe that is the reason I feel older. Well I ran into an old college friend of mine at the bars who is actually pursuing a graduate program in public health. She asked me my motivation behind pursuing an MBA and I started talking about fast tracking / changing careers (well not totally, but somewhat). She pointed towards studies made by someone at Stanford about the diminishing worth of an MBA. I knew that was talking about Jeffrey Pfeffer who wrote (with Christina Fong, who now teaches at the University of Washington) a scholarly paper called "The End of Business Schools? Less Success Than Meets the Eye”. The Article can be found here
I am one who believes in the power of education. My best friend didn’t finish college and went into his family business. If that is what suited him, then that is great. I am different, I like challenging my mind academically. Another point that I thought was really true was that graduate school is also a way to redeem ourselves. All of us were great students in H.S., got into a decently competitive college and than performed worse than we could imagine. Now heading back to college.. its is payback time..

Monday, June 07, 2004

Back to the Baics

In undergrad college I use to deal with stress by pumping iron. When I was pushing the weights, there was no other worry, then being able to do 2 more reps. This weekend I joined a local gym.. and went to work out. This was an inspiring experience within itself. I can’t believe that I was not able to lift ½ as much as I used to in college. This got me thinking what if I’m this rusty at everything including studying. I have not done much text studying for a couple of years and this is one of my main concerns going into college. I got a couple of accounting / stat books and will start catching up this week. As for now I am at work… its time to get back to work, and YES I am going to the gym after work…

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Typologies

I read on yogi’s and mark’s blogs about the myers-briggs personality assessment. I figured if Harvard is sending these to their accepted students then there must be something to it, hence I ended up taking on of them online . One thing I noticed that the assessment didn’t have much negative about my ENTJ profile. I thought that I could relate to the evaluation, I am good at leading, but am not an inventor. The first line on the profile caught my eyes.

"I don't care to sit by the window on an airplane. If I can't control it, why look?"

So me and AL Gore have the same type of personalities.. INTERSTING … well this was just based on 73 questions. My X asked a billion questions a day and was still not able to figure me out… well if you want to read about my personality according to the Jung Typology test Click here…

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

3 months left..

Today work is finally not as hectic as it has been for the last couple of days. I had taken a couple of days off to enjoy myself but they are over. I am back to work and waiting patiently for these 2 – 3 months to go by. I am figuring that I will be going to Rochester in August to look for apartments. I am also debating over taking my old stuff with me, or just buying new things. Obviously moving costs play a big role in this decision. As an engagement present I was offered by an aunt that she will buy me a laptop, and my grandmother offered to pickup ½ of my 1st semester’s TAB. I declined the offer and now she purposed to buy me new furniture for my new apartment. Again I feel that it would be wrong on my part to go all out with the furniture and am figuring on buying the basics.
I sent in my vaccination and financial aid paperwork 2 weeks ago, called and made sure that everything is good. So that is also taken care of. I did gain 8 lbs in the last month or so, so I will be going to the gym more than I anticipated this summer. Everything else looks like its in place. I am actually looking forward to going to a place like Rochester where the general local population is usually nicer than the one we interact with here in the tri-state area.


New Agenda

1) Get the stats and Accounting skills upto par
2) Loose Weight
3) Start on creating a network
4) More research on CFA Careers
5) Fun