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Post Darden

Can’t believe two years are over just like that.  I learned  a lot and for the most part enjoyed my experience at Darden. And now it is time to move on.  If for some reason you want to read about my life post-Darden you can do so on my new website.  Cheers!

Darden tweets

You can check out an ever growing list of Darden students, alums, etc. who are on twitter.  Why?  Because if Oprah is on twitter you should be too.


If you are affiliated with UVA or Darden (student, alum, faculty, staff) you can now submit your entry into the Darden UVA Business Plan competition.  The final deadline is March 20th and the grand prize is $10,000.  At least one member of your team must have a UVA/Darden affiliation.  Good luck!

Also, please vote for my team (Fashion Forward) in the Dell Social Innovation Competition.  Registration is required to vote (”promote”) but I promise it’s painless!  Thanks!

EDIT: Vote for 2 other Darden Teams as well: TeleMed Africa & Clean India.  Thanks!

Introducing Made to Fit

In the process of doing a lot of research for my incubated venture I’ve come across dozens of websites that allow you to customize, well, pretty much anything.  Since this is a topic that interests me greatly, I’ve created a separate blog to review the services of those websites that deal with clothing and shoes.  Check it out at Made to Fit.  As always comments and suggestions are welcome!

Less than two weeks until SY starts…

Who reads for fun?

The Inheritance of Loss

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Ah, I’m entering my second week of pure heaven… I’ve been doing nothing and it has been pretty amazing. Well, okay, I’ve been doing some stuff. For the first time in months, I’ve had the pleasure of having the time to read for fun. Last week I finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. It was a really cute book that should have been a quick read, but unfortunately it ended up sitting on my nightstand for the past two months as I plowed through cases. The Salon has a decent review of it. Haddon’s second book A Spot of Bother seems to be getting pretty good reviews as well, so I’m thinking of picking that up.

I am currently reading Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss, a book given to me as Christmas gift by a classmate. I’m about 50 pages in and so far I’m really enjoying it. I would be much farther along if I didn’t insist on moving a website I’ve been maintaining for my father onto WordPress. But hey, this is what vacation is for, right? Pleasure reading, frivolous projects, and catching up with friends. At least I’m not staying up until 4AM watching Prison Break like my parents.

One more down…

I was feeling pretty darned good about how I did on my FMP final. I strolled into the library around 2:30, dropped it into the Section D box and joined the crowd of people mingling outside. That’s when the questions started… and my confidence quickly eroded. “Was it a go for you?” “Did you get a positive NPV?” “What did you do about net working capital?” “How many words did you have? Exhibits?” Ah! Let’s not talk about it people! It’s done and there’s no reason to make yourself or anyone else feel bad, unintentionally of course. And, I’m guilty of it too, but I promise I’m trying to quit!

In general, the milling around outside of the library is my favorite part of exams. Or rather, the fun lunches it leads to. Imagine 5-15 unkempt, stressed out, late twenty-somethings pigging out on Five Guys and discussing bar golf, elfing professors (have to check this out), and color coordinating the finance final… You know you want to be one of us!

This was my favorite exchange of the afternoon, as we pulled out of the parking lot:

Me: Where does everyone need to be dropped off?
K: Just take me to Darden.
L: Wait, don’t tell me you’re going to study! I can’t allow that!
K: Don’t worry I’ll just play poker.
L: Oh, okay!

And now it’s time for a nap as I contemplate the last 10 hours of finals. MKT and OPS, here I come!

I’m back…

an example for the IS-LM scene

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So maybe I’ve been a little MIA the past few months… It’s finals time again and I need another reason to procrastinate and not study. This time around we have all five finals in a row, unlike in October when they were split by the weekend, two and three. I can really appreciate that arrangement now that I’m about to tackle #3 in the morning and am starting to feel a little burned out.

GEM was first, and while I feel pretty good about a couple of questions, the rest were somewhat of a cluster#%ck, because I just couldn’t make up my mind in which direction the IS-LM curves were moving. Oh well, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that B is for business school on that one. Tackled ACC this morning and surprisingly did not find it too hard. Let’s hope I wasn’t deceiving myself… In about seven hours it’s WACC, CAPM, YTM, NPV time - yes ladies and gentlemen, FMP is up next. Wish me luck!

And in case you feel like procrastinating on something, check out this great site!

Dream cases?

Last night I dreamt that my previous post was analyzed, sentence by sentence, by one of my LT members to find out whether or not each one was in or out of the box. If you’ve read Leadership and Self-Deception, you know what I mean by “in or out of the box.” What’s even funnier, or scarier depending on how you interpret this, is that the said LT member didn’t want to get out of bed this morning because he hadn’t finished the cases in his dream.

Packing is such a chore

Too Old for Roommate

I sure hope I like my roommates because this packing and unpacking is killing me. And I haven’t even gotten to the unpacking part! Ideally, we’re going to love our townhouse and each other so that we can renew our lease and neither I nor my roommates will have to do this again for two more years. I’ll be much happier in two weeks when I’m all moved in. Sigh.

I do know of one thing I’m going to love - washer/dryer in the apartment! There’s almost nothing worse than lugging 30lbs of laundry a block or three!

Caps on H-1B visas

I really don’t understand why the cap for H-1B visas is so low. It allows for only 85,000 university educated workers per year. This quota was exceeded in less than two days this year. Shouldn’t we want the smartest, most educated people from all over the world to work here?

I was excited to see that Darden is being very proactive in trying to change the legislation. Please read Dean Bruner’s blog entry on this matter.

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