why hello there

it’s been a really long time since i’ve posted anything substantial. for the last 5 months or so, if i’ve posted, it’s been about sample sales or what not.

i had been meaning to at the very least write a post after each semester and the summer but clearly i haven’t.

to be honest, i have very little desire to write anything but i guess i should for consistency. it’s going to be super short.

spring semester:

  • consulted for the council of fashion designers of america
  • interned at mandarin oriental hotel group
  • took some elective classes, like luxury marketing and luxury branding
  • survived aswath damodaran’s “corporate finance” course, thanks to my awesome study group
  • went to south africa

summer:

  • spent in seattle
  • interned at nordstrom hq doing product management for e-commerce
  • apparently able to find more of my kinda music in seattle
  • went to portland and vancouver for the first time
  • weddings and bachelorette parties

this fall semester:

  • not doing the cfda
  • interning at chanel
  • planning a trek to san francisco for our luxury & retail club

i am recruiting again for a full-time job after i graduate but the industry usually does as-needed, just-in-time hiring so totally expecting not to have an offer until way later. which is making it hard for me to decide whether i should actually study abroad next semester.

i really would like to go but the job situation and fomo are making it difficult.

and speaking of sample sales, there are a bunch coming up that i want to go to. and i’m too lazy to post about them, so find out on your own.

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recruiting

yes, what the image says.  i signed my summer internship offer letter yesterday and i’m thrilled to be done recruiting.  it’s been a real pain in the ass and tiring.  after applying to at least 50 (no exaggeration) places and interviewing for over a month for both spring and summer, i’m finally DONE.

i’ll actually be taking my first offer, from nordstrom, for the summer, although i did get offers from johnson & johnson and sears (this was hard to turn down, they pay very well).  i also interviewed with coty (withdrawn), amazon, co:collective, estee lauder, gilt (pending), the jones group (pending), kurt salmon, pepsi, quidsi, unilever, sony, and urbn/urban outfitters.

and for the spring, i’ll be doing consumer marketing for mandarin oriental hotel group.  i didn’t get any other offers for spring, but talked to tory burch and louis vuitton (pending).

so let’s see the breakdown…like 47 applications, 15 multi-round interviews, and 3 offers for the summer.  3 applications, 3 interviews, and 1 offer for the spring.  although some stuff is withdrawn or still pending decisions…that’s a pretty terrible yield.  let me tell you kids, it’s no easy thing to get an internship/job in bschool.  sure, they guarantee everyone will get something that pays 6 figures but they lie.  first of all, only banking/consulting really pays 6 figures…and sears apparently.  the minority of your class are done recruiting on campus in january (so odds are that you won’t be done, but don’t sweat it).  and yea everyone will get something, but it’s always been a question of whether i’d get something i actually want…which is much tougher.  fortunately i am doing something i want but that could’ve easily not happened.  there are plenty of people still recruiting and it definitely sucks.

i honestly felt like i’m going to die this semester with the combo of classes, projects, the cfda consulting project, recruiting, and competitions.  thankfully recruiting and the macy’s challenge are done but now my spring internship will commence and i’ll probably still die this semester.  on a bright note, south africa in a few weeks!!

first offer!

school just started up again less than 2 weeks ago, so what have i been doing this entire time since i came back to nyc right after the new year? well, i’ve been going through the painful process of recruiting–preparing for and actually interviewing. so although we were technically on break, it wasn’t much of a break. i am certainly glad we didn’t have classes at the same time though. that’s what i’m currently doing and it’s been torture with classes, extracurriculars, and recruiting for both summer and spring. the recruiting that takes place upfront that early is mostly for more traditional mba career choices like banking, consulting, cpg marketing, etc. i haven’t done well with that stuff and i’ll make a post later on with more details after i accept an offer.

it’s been pretty discouraging since i did reasonably well with interview invites but haven’t had any offers. just further reinforces my theory that i don’t interview well. but it’s also because there are so many qualified candidates, many of whom do interview well.

but onto the good news! i got my first offer and i’m super happy because it’s definitely something i wanted (not that there weren’t times i didn’t get stuff i wanted, but let’s not get down again). my first offer is for nordstrom! since i want to do luxury fashion/retail, this works out quite well. i got the call today and am waiting for the written offer but i’m so relieved to have an option and know i won’t be unemployed this summer.

after i got the call, i realized how similar my feelings were to when i was accepted to ross. ross was the first business school i was accepted to after a few rejections, so it’s a similar scenario. i find a lot of things similar now to when i was applying to business school but more on that later.

so yes, in short: i have an offer for a summer internship at nordstrom and i’m happy and want to go crazy!

here and now

it’s been nearly 2 months since i moved to nyc.  i’m still slowly settling in and adjusting to life here.

today’s the last day of my internship.  i think i’ll try to continue interning here part-time during the academic year after i figure out what my availability will be like.

monday is the beginning of launch, stern’s nearly 2-week long orientation.  it looks pretty good and i’m getting more excited.  pretty much all of my class is now here in the city and i’ve met up a couple times with my future classmates and will be having my first block meeting this sunday.

the launch schedule was just released yesterday and i was previously told that all the scheduled activities would be done by 5 pm but looks like that’s not the case.  i’ve been taking a brand strategy marketing class at the general assembly tuesday/thursday evenings for the past couple weeks so it looks like i’ll have to miss a few classes for launch; hopefully the instructor will understand…she seems cool.  and i’ll be missing stern’s thursday beer blasts for the first month, which is a pretty big bummer since i’m sure a lot of people will be bonding during then.

in my last post i mentioned how i’d be flying home for a friends’ wedding…and now it’s been a few weeks since that happened.  granted, this is the first wedding i’ve been in and the first time a really good friend has gotten married but it was just such a happy time.  the bride and groom are both some of my best friends and they and the rest of the wedding party have known each other for 10-14 years.  it was a ton of fun and i’m so happy for them…there were quite a few tears shed by many.  it was a very short trip for me but filled with joy.  here are some of my favorites photos from what’s available so far:

another couple i’m super happy for, taken by the very talented nicky ferng

i love this photo of the groom after the ceremony

some of the fancy-footed groomsmen

by our powers combined, we are the bridesmaids!

the wedding party’s prom pose, party style…probably the closest thing you’ll get of my face

until i get a better photo of the bride’s gorgeous gown