25%

so i’m now done with my first semester of bschool…i can’t believe i’m 25% done.  i always thought 2 years seemed short.  to be honest, i don’t quite feel like i’m in a place i would’ve liked to have been by now.

as i’ve mentioned in previous posts, finance and accounting were quite challenging for me.  i guess it’s true that you can’t really fail in bschool because i didn’t and i also don’t need to fear losing my scholarship…at least for now.

next semester i’ll be able to take more electives and there are so many classes that i either find interesting or would just be good for my own development that it’ll definitely be difficult selecting which ones i’ll actually be taking in my remaining time here.  some classes i registered for next semester were advanced marketing planning strategy (which is supposed to be good for brand management), corporate finance (yea, another finance class…what am i thinking. but it’s supposed to be good and it’s taught by renowned professor damodaran), and luxury branding/luxury marketing (two 1.5 unit, half-semester classes).  i was also accepted into a stern consulting corp project where teams of 2 mbas will help designers in the cfda.

i had also registered for dbi hungary (budapest) but dropped it.  although i’ll definitely be doing dbi italy (milan) next year, i’m torn about how i feel about dbis.  the main reason i want to do them is to be in a foreign country…but since it’s a class, it’s not like you’ll be able to explore or enjoy much.  so why not just actually travel.

speaking of travel.  during spring break, a lot of students will be going on different treks and i’ll be going to south africa.  our returning flight has a long layover in amsterdam.  i’m really excited…i’ll be going to 2 continents i’ve never been to before (africa and europe).  and it’s been so long since i’ve been out of the country or traveled.  i didn’t really get to do that prior to stern like many other mbas since i was working.  it would’ve been nice to have gotten my scuba diving certification by this time but i doubt it’ll happen within 2 months.  sigh, am i ever going to get certified…

stern’s on break right now; we don’t have classes until the first week of february.  although we have a ton of time and it’s opportune travel time, like many of my classmates, i came back to nyc to prepare for interviews and do on-campus recruiting/interviews so we don’t really get to enjoy it too much.  i am grateful we aren’t interviewing while we have classes though.  i can’t wait for next year when i’ll just be traveling during this time like the other mba2s.

besides interview stuff, i’ve been drinking a lot less than i had been before (no beer blasts since there’s no school) and more cultural stuff.  just this past week i went to 2 art museums (i don’t expect this to continue though).  yesterday was pretty great luxury-wise since i had an interview with estee lauder, followed by a meeting at louis vuitton, then shortly found out who my cfda partner is and which brands i’ll be working on (m.patmos and reece hudson).  there was one team who will be working on loeffler randall…that’ll be really exciting.  i really do like the experiential aspect of the program at stern.

since i want to work in luxury goods, a lot of the internships/jobs i’m interested in won’t be through our office of career development.  but i wanted something more structured for my summer internship and applied to a bunch of stuff on-campus.  i think i may have gotten a little too carried away and applied to too many, too different things; should’ve focused more.  this past week i interviewed with pepsico, unilever, quidsi, and estee lauder.  this coming week i’ll be interviewing with amazon and kurt salmon.  i need to apply to like a billion more off-campus internships though…should probably do that now.

this past week also felt insanely long…probably because there are no classes and i wasn’t coming to school to do mock interviews.  it also was like a roller coaster of emotions where i felt really miserable being in nyc, but ended on a high note as the week concluded with estee lauder/lv/cfda and i had a good time with my classmates last night.

ok, time to be somewhat productive.

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