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Basically, I’m tired, unmotivated and the work is piling up.

Classes, clubs, and shoes

I am now two weeks into Q2, which means that I am done with 5/7th of my time at Darden.  Amazing.  This quarter is thankfully a bit lighter for me.  I am taking four classes and a research elective.  I am most thankful that there are no more 8AMs.  Early week I start at 10AM and have Operations Strategy, Systems Design & Business Dynamics, and a Reading Seminar in Management, which actually meets just once a week.  Late week I also start at 10AM and have just one class (nice!) which is Entrepreneurial Finance & Private Equity.  Considering how I wasn’t so sure I get everything I could in FY finance classes, I am really enjoying the the EF&PE class.  Maybe taking Valuation last quarter helped with that.  In any case, I continue on this liking trend.  I am currently reading Eyewitness to Power by David Gergen for the Reading Seminar.  Interesting perspective into leadership lessons learned from past Presidents.

I think I may have mentioned before that a huge chunk of my time goes to various club activities.  As the VP in charge of competitions for the EVC club my goal for this year was to increase participation and prize fund.  So far, I’m proud to say that my team and I have succeeded on both accounts.  The Darden UVA Business Concept Competition drew a record of 54 submissions this year!  For the first time ever, we also split the competition into two categories: Consumer Goods, Services and General & Life Sciences and Hi-Tech.  I spent last weekend along with a few other EVC members reading through all the submissions and picking the finalists who will present live in front of judges and an audience next Friday.

I also finally took my shoes to a cobbler.  I ended up dropping off a couple of pairs of boots at Ace Shoe Repair on Zen Road.  It cost me $22 for the 2 pairs of boots to put on new tips and the turnaround time was 1 week.  That is definitely more expensive than what I was paying in New York, but the quality so far seems good.  I’ll try to report if I notice any problems but so far I would go ahead and recommend this place.  I will most likely drop off the rest of my shoes there eventually.

Calling all shoppers

One of my favorite classes this quarter is the Developing New Products and Services course.  It is a lot of work, but we get to develop and prototype an actual new product or service.  I really like the hands on experience we are all getting in this class.  Anyway, my team is currently in the process of identifying target customers and their needs.  Please help us out by filling out this quick survey.  Thank you!

SY, it’s different…

I’m entering week 2 of SY and already I have noticed a ton of differences between this year and last.  And no, I can’t say that I have any more time than I did last year, but then again I am taking a  heavy load.  I think last week I just completely mismanaged my time.  Between 6 classes and a bunch of meetings, I hardly had time to prepare my cases and ended up staying up way too late all week.  Nobody to blame but myself, of course.  Anyway, moving on to some actual differences.

1. I actually like all of my classes so far.  I guess that’s what happens when you get to pick them out yourself.

2. Group projects.  Group projects.  Group projects.  In four of my six classes the major part of the final grade will depend on a large group project.  For Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital we will write a business plan.  For Developing New Products and Services we will actually come up with a new idea and come up with a prototype.  It will definitely be a time committment but I am excited.  Especially about the Developing New Products class.

3. Guest speakers.  I have already had 3 guest speakers between two of my classes.  Entrepreneurship and VC class had John Taylor, the VP of Research, from the National Venture Capital Association come and speak to us during the first session.  John May the founder and managing partner of New Vantage Group was at the second class during which we actually did a case about the New Vantage Group.  And in the Developing New Products and Services class we saw Mark Wilson the founder and president of Curvware, Inc.  I’m not sure if his product will revolutionize the way we eat, but I definitely think it has great potential for people with certain health problems and disabilities.

4. The biggest difference is probably that I already know what to expect.  I know some of the professors, I know how to do cases, I know how cold calling works.  And now with classes that I actually like, I know what I want to get out of them.

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
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