Sunday, June 13, 2010

Crazy week

This past week was pretty crazy, but I have a feeling that things are only going to get more interesting from here on out.  As you may or may not know, Kellogg's schedule runs pretty late compared to other schools. As a direct result, there isn't very much turn around time from when you finish finals to when you begin your summer internship. I know some classmates whose internships started in the middle of last week (finals week), and yet others who were moving after their last final on Thursday to then begin working on Monday. 

Fortunately, it seems that a lot of Kellogg courses offer early finals to help students manage the short turnaround.  I opted to take my Operations final early, and that allowed me to wrap everything up on Tuesday instead of Wednesday night.  I could have finished on Monday, but then I would have had to make an aggressive schedule all the more brutal.  I'd like to say that I used the two days before my trip out to Dallas on Friday to rest and relax but that wasn't the case. Instead, I spent the majority of that time packing up my things and cleaning my apartment in Evanston.  I have everything boxed up and waiting to be moved to my new (smaller/cheaper) apartment in the same building sometime in July; I'll have to fly back to Chicago just to do that move, but it's worth it for the money I'll be saving.

I took 4 bags with me to Dallas that had my laptop, an external hard drive, a few gadgets, and my clothes for the summer.  Needless to say, I'll be bootstrapping it all summer long.  My apartment is bigger than I need, but the location is absolutely amazing.  I live within blocks of the BCG office; I can literally see it from my window, and it takes about 5-8 minutes to walk there at a slow pace.  I'm also a few blocks away from the Dallas Uptown trolley, which runs along McKinney Avenue and makes it pretty easy to get to restaurants, a grocery store, Target, and any other things I may need. I've opted to not pay for internet service, so I am leaching it from the common area in the apartment building. Unfortunately, it only seems to work in one corner of the area, so I am currently sitting on the floor in the hallway typing this up as the other residents walk by.  The apartment building has a gym that is actually pretty nice, so that saves me the hassle of trying to find a place to work out.  As far as cooking goes, I intend to mainly rely on restaurants and meals that don't require any major prep, like salads, fruits, etc.  I'm hoping that I'll be traveling most of the time for work, so that I won't have to worry much about food except on weekends.

Tomorrow is my first day at work, and I am pretty excited. During "sell" weekend I got to meet a lot of the folks in the office, and I can definitely say that I drank the koolaid. It was a lot like Kellogg's DAK weekend; the people were unbelievably nice, the events were all well-staged, and we got to experience some of the nicer aspects of consulting.  The first week of work is filled with training sessions, and presumably I'll learn what I project I am assigned to during the first or second day.  All of the interns from both the Dallas and Houston office will be in Dallas for the training, so I'll get to meet most of the people that were at sell weekend once again.  I still don't know what BCG's policy is regarding social media, so I may or may not be able to write about the experience.  I am hoping that I'll be able to post some things periodically, even if they are kept very generic, just to give people an idea of what the experience is like.  If I can't, then I'll probably end up working through the backlog of school-related things I wanted to write about eventually.

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