Archive for September, 2007


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It’s getting harder and harder to find the time to keep up with my blog. I’m not sure how it is possible but things have gotten even more busy since my last post. I’ve never been much for organization and keeping daily planners, but now I couldn’t live without my Outlook calendar. In fact, if that little reminder window didn’t pop up and tell me where to go I would never remember what it is I was supposed to be doing at any given time. Just for fun, let’s examine my schedule for the next week. So far I have counted eleven appointments between today and next Wednesday. These are in addition to my classes, learning team meetings and hopefully homework doing! I’m sure at least several more will spring up out of nowhere in the next couple of days… That’s all fine and dandy of course, but what would be really nice is if Outlook could help me be in two places at once. For example, on Thursday I would really like to take advantage of the tutoring that the second years provide, but I also don’t want to miss the Darden Cares 5K buzz meeting. Speaking of which, if you are in the Charlottesville area you should sign up for the event! The 5k will take place September 29th and the proceeds benefit the Central Virginia Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! Check out the website for more info and to sign up.

Quick recap of the past week:

  • Recruiting has started!
  • Last Friday kicked off the Career Discovery Forums with GMO, Corporate Finance and Marketing. Former Governor Mark Warner gave a great speech (read some more about here). I attended the Marketing forum and found the panelists to be very helpful in providing some insight into what this career choice is all about. Brand management seems the most interesting and appealing to me.
  • First home football game was on Saturday. It was against Duke. We won. Really don’t like noon games. Even though tailgates are sponsored, eggs and beer just don’t go together. Plus, it’s just way too hot!
  • Sunday was especially hectic between a Crystal Ball review session, dinner at a marketing professor’s house and of course learning team meeting.
  • Google came to campus! This is their first year doing on-grounds recruiting at Darden and it’s pretty exciting. There’s definitely a buzz among the student body about it. The general consensus seems to be that everyone would love to work there. One of the speakers was a UVA undergrad who told us some stories about DDR, b.0. and scooters. Plus, we got free t-shirts!
  • I got a car! Big props to my dad for making it happen.
  • Looks like I’m going to be one of the official Darden bloggers! Stay tuned for more info.

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.

Trust the process

It’s only been two weeks? I swear I’ve been here for months now! In fact, it seems like this morning happened days ago and if I really think about it, I’m not even entirely sure what day of the week it is. Darden has taken over my life and shows no signs of giving it back! No wonder they call it “boot camp”.

With that out of the way, let’s make some bullet points!

  • Finally had Operations, the last of my five courses for the quarter. Feeling okay about it so far, but seems like the probability of confusion is high.
  • Got Myers-Briggs results back. I’m an ENFP, affirmations from others are appreciated.
  • Attended club fair and club kick-off meetings. For the most part didn’t learn anything I couldn’t have looked up the websites. Most excited about the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club and the National Association of Women MBAs Club.
  • Ordered business cards, 500 for $50. Seems like this could have easily been included in my tuition.
  • Second Years came by to pass down the Section D traditions. Apparently my section has the most fun, which not surprisingly includes banging on hard surfaces and doing the wave. And of course, a “bucket of fun”.
  • Flag football, the first competition in the Darden Cup, was this past weekend. Darden Cup is a series of athletic and service events in which sections compete against each other.
  • No, Section D didn’t win unless you count the number of injuries. Yes, it was a lot of fun.
  • Sunday evening Learning Team meetings are the reason why my weeks seem to run together.

Learning Teams: I don’t know what I would do without mine. Having gone through two weeks of the Darden experience, I can honestly say that I would be completely lost without my LT. Every day it becomes more and more apparent that there is definitely not enough time in a day to crack each case 100% on my own. Unfortunately, some days I head into the meeting with only a faint idea of what it is I’m supposed to be looking for, but thankfully, every time I come out of the meeting, I have a strong to full understanding of the case. My only concern right now is whether or not I am learning what I am supposed to be learning and will I be able to solve the cases on my own when the time comes to take the finals, get through case interviews, or make decisions at work. I sure hope so! In the meantime, all I can do is “trust the process”.

Favorite quote of the week: “I wear them down with my obnoxiousness”

Mission for the semester: Steal Section B’s bird

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