Archive for August, 2008

Sticker Shock

I wonder if it’s true that the older you get the faster time goes by. It sure feels like it sometimes. Certainly, my week at the beach was not nearly long enough. It was very relaxing however, and it was nice to spend time with my family.  Unfortunately, realization that school is about to start came quickly as I started receiving emails from my professors with assignments for the first week of classes.  I also spent a couple of hours on Wednesday morning trying to rearrange my schedule a bit and pick up some classes.  I wasn’t able to get everything I wanted and my Q3 seems a little heavy but I’ll keep trying.  I am excited about picking up a GBE to India over spring break though.  Woohoo!

This morning I got up bright and early, okay okay, it was around 9 and headed to the Darden Exchange book store to pick up my books and texts for Q1.  Wow!  I’ve totally forgotten how expensive books are!  I walked out $450 lighter but weighed down by two very heavy bags.  I do have to say that I really like the bound booklets for SY cases vs. the loose leaf packets from FY.  Aside from the course books I also have two text books which I’m going to order online used, since the bookstore is all out of used copies.  I think I’ll save almost $100 by going through AbeBooks.  And that’s including expedited shipping.

Before I head off to do some reading for tomorrow, here’s a run-down of my classes for this quarter:

Early Week:

  • Venture Capital
  • Integration & Innovation in Services - The New Economy
  • Networked Business Seminar

Late Week:

  • Valuation in Financial Markets
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Developing New Products & Services

Career Options

FY is in full swing for the class of 2010.  I just came back from sitting on a panel during the Entrepreneurship Forum.  I know it’s just the beginning of the year and everyone hasn’t gotten sucked into attending recruiting events just yet, but I’m excited to say that it feels like there’s a good number of entrepreneurs in that class.  I hope they continue exploring it as a serious career option.  I know that I am very happy to be where I am today and I look forward to talking to first years about their ideas and business plans.

Personally, my calendar is already filling up with meeting requests and club fairs and all that good stuff that comes along with Darden.  Soon I’ll be checking my calendar reminders to tell me exactly where I need to be at any given time.  Until then though I’m off to the beach for a week.  See y’all in a few!

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…

Tailor made

I’m generally pretty terrible at taking my clothes in to get tailored.  Mostly, I just end up wearing dresses, skirts and pants that are way too long.  That’s why all of my jeans end up ripped in the back and disgustingly eternally dirty.  While too-long jeans actually don’t really bother me that much, I realize that at my height skirts and dresses that hit mid-calf make me look short and stocky.  Yes, yes, I know, I AM short, but that doesn’t mean that I have to look all stubby.  I like to think that I have pretty nice legs.  In light of that, I decided to have a dress I’m planning on wearing to a wedding later this week, shortened.  I searched online for a tailor here in Charlottesville and while I got quite a few listings, only one place came with a review.  Two reviews, in fact, and both very good.  I decided to give Heidi’s Perfect Fit a chance.  I have to say I’m pretty happy.  The turnaround time was exactly a week, although when I spoke with Heidi on the phone, she mentioned it could be done faster if necessary.  The dress was shortened about 5 inches, the seams are even and expertly finished.  And the price seems reasonable - $20, not that I have anything to compare it to.  In conclusion, if you’re looking to have something tailored, I recommend Heidi’s.  I’ve already made a mental list of several more items that could really use to be a few inches shorter.

Now if someone could suggest a good shoe cobbler in Charlottesville…

iPhoning it in

I am so loving the 2.0 upgrade on my iPhone. Not only am I writing this post through the new wordpress application on the iPhone, but I also get Darden email, contacts and calendar sync over the air! That is so much better than going through webmail and having to sync everything else by physically connecting the phone to my laptop.

Sigh, less than a month left until year 2 classes start. Pretty amazing how quickly the summer flew by. I have a week left in the incubator, officially. I’ve made good progress in the past 10 weeks on getting my venture going. I hope that I have enough hours in the day to continue working on it as well as classes and my involvement with several clubs. They do say that the second year classwork is not quite as intensive as first. We’ll see. For now I’ll be “stalking” the add/drop period so I can pick up another class and hopefully rearrange my schedule a bit.

Oh, before I forget, everyone tune in to watch Adam Nelson in the Olympics!

  • Mohop shoes August 24, 2008
    This is a really neat concept of using one wood and rubber shoe base and an innovative patent-pending straping system to “create” a virtually unlimited number of sandals.  In fact, the mohop website states that their shoe has been dubbed the “infinity sandal.”  Aside from potentially saving the custumer money by eliminating the need to [...]