I can’t believe I’m saying this but….
I AM DONE! BOOM!
New York Chronicles:
I’m graduating from my program August 16th and can hardly believe it. It really has gone by so fast. It’s scary, but I accomplished what I wanted: I lived abroad (and would love to go back and live in London when the work permit situation eases up a bit), learned a ton in my MBA program, met alot of cool people, put myself in uncomfortable living situations along the way and pushed myself outside of my comfort zone.
And I was rewarded with the personal growth I felt I was lacking in Austin. I had become stagnant. Comfortable. Languished. Bored. Although I had found alot of success in my career and was rewarded with several promotions and have the best group of girlfriends I could ask for, I was just missing something new.
It hasn’t been easy, but has been rewarding. I feel as though my life as a whole is moving forward again.
I have turned down opportunities to interview for great companies in San Fran and Austin. Both super fantastical places. But in my heart and soul, I’ve always wanted to be in NYC. And this is the time to do it. If I die tomorrow, I’d epically regret it. I’ve never felt more drawn to a place in my entire life - and I’ve been all over the world.
So, I’m scared about the loans. I’m scared about the unknown. I’m nervous about the transition. It won’t be easy. I’m eager to be settled, have my pup back and be part of the workforce again. But, at least I know that I lived my life with no regrets.
I believe we only have one shot here and that’s it. Poof! Back into the universe of space and time. I wanna make it a good one.
Lastly: NYC friends: I have a place in Fort Greene that I’m subletting for the month of September, but I’m looking for something cheap month to month for October till I can find a marketing job. Hit me up if you know of anything.
I’m sorry I’ve been so neglectful lately. Things are just crazy right now. I started my new semester January 3rd and I’ve been trying to catch my breath ever since. The content is not as math-based this time around, so it’s a bit easier for me to grasp however, we have more classes this semester, more assignments and more reading….in less time.
I’m taking 7 graduate level classes in 2.5 months. I often wonder WTF I was thinking trying to condense a two-year program into one year. I am learning a little and enjoying my class time, but at this pace - really, how much can you possibly absorb?
I’m really just trying my best to keep up with the course work - which means I basically don’t leave my house when I get home from school, even on the weekends.
In my “free time”, I’ve been looking for a new place to live. You wouldn’t believe how competitive it is here to find a sub-lease. I swear it’s worse than New York! One girl sent me a twenty question survey before she’d meet with me with questions like: “On a scale of 1-10, how clean are you? (I’m a 9.75)”. I think it may be due to the fact that there are so many colleges around here, so there are alot of visiting academics and international students just coming for a semester or short-term. In any case, I’ve been traipsing around in the snow and cold the last couple of weekends, interviewing for places. I think I may have finally found a place where they’ve “picked” me, so I’ll be trying to coordinate a move in the next three weeks.
It’s all for the best though - I’m living in my step-sister’s place here in Boston in “Krime Korner” as I’ve affectionately named it (hey, if my MBA doesn’t work out, maybe I could pitch this as a reality tv show to fox as a follow-on to Cops?) and things haven’t been ideal. I had doubts about moving into this place before I ever did it - and all my concerns have come to fruition.
So, although it’s going to be a huge pain in the ass, cost me more money that I don’t have, and I have no idea how I’m going to do it without any time or a car - I think this is going to be actually going to be a big improvement. I’ve felt really isolated in Boston based on where I live and now I’ll be moving to a really adorable area of Somerville/Cambridge, lots of good restaurants and pubs and little coffee houses. It’s more bike and family friendly over there, closer to school, and alot of students live over there. Plus, it’s much safer and I’ll ultimately save a tiny bit of money on rent (if I don’t blow it all in the process of moving and having to rent furniture).
In spite of it all, I think I’ll enjoy my experience up here much more when I’m in a neighborhood that feels more like home, where I can walk around at night and feel safe, and actually afford to eat out!
8 more months!
Accounting. I’ve been up at school for 13 hours working on it and going to class.
I got home 2 hours ago and am still working on it.
I feel like, at this point, one of two things may happen:
1.) My brain is going to implode or,
2.) I may spontaneously burst into tears.
My final grade victories this afternoon already feel like distant memories.
Need hot bath and a beer, stat.
I got a 93 on my strategic managerial economics final!
I can’t believe it! I have never studied so hard for an exam in my life. It was worth 40% (no pressure).
Grade=saved from the disastrous midterm.
Now, I have to work on not miserably failing accounting.
So my grad school had an essay contest to give away a conference pass to the upcoming National Association of Women MBA conference held in Dallas, September 15-17th and I won!
Double bonus that they pay for my flight AND most importantly, I get to see my pup, Bellabear while I’m home!
First One Down.
I completed and turned in my first graduate school application tonight and am feeling quite accomplished.
One down, three to go.