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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.

Let’s change the name to Six Guys…

Five Guys Logo

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I just have to get through tomorrow and by 3pm I’ll be off to my five week vacation. Naps galore! I don’t remember the last time I actually got enough sleep. “Black November” is the big saying around here, but I think that darkness extends well into December. These 25 hours of finals especially…

So let’s talk about the fact that the MKT case was 10 pages long (plus exhibits). I was so exhausted that I had to drink RedBull just to finish reading it! Then I spent good 20 minutes staring at my blank computer screen. It was around 10:30 when I finally decided that I should at least put together a spreadsheet of some sort. Once that was done, writing the marketing strategy wasn’t too hard, although by the end of the 5 hours I was definitely feeling a little brain numb. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that I did well on all my finals so far.

After-exam group lunch took place at the Buffalo Wild Wings Cafe today. Yummy! In addition to the good food, it’s not so smoky during lunch time. Topics of conversation included interning at the Darden Help Desk over the summer, corporate strategy for Five Guys, and Axis of Evil party planning. Ah, if only we didn’t have OPS in the morning. After a solid hour-long nap, I attempted attending an OPS review session. Unfortunately my brain is apparently full and try as hard as I might, I could not squeeze in any more information. That’s too bad, because that’s the one final I’m really worried about. Although, let’s be honest, when am I ever going to work in production, or need to know the EOQ of a anything?

On a positive note - in about 15 hours I’ll be playing bar golf… See ya’ll on the blue course!

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!

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