Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th!

Bidding for next quarter's classes are underway.  I went through the bidding tool and made my selections a few days ago.  It is going to be an amazing quarter if I happen to get all of my classes, but it could also mean using up the majority of my bid points for the year. We have to take a half-credit SEEK class at the beginning of the quarter during CIM, so we can only bid for 4.5 classes before having to pay extra this time around.  I was more than happy to limit myself to 4 classes. 

As I was going through the available classes, it was fun to see all of the core classes that the incoming class has ahead of them, along with some familiar professors.  I know exactly what they'll be going through soon enough.  It is kind of nuts how fast the first year came and went...and I imagine that the second year will go by at a similar (if not faster) pace.  Especially since I know what to expect, and I won't have to go through the learning curve again.  At this point, it is just a matter of slipping back into the groove.

Speaking of grooves, after 3 weeks at work, I am starting to find a bit of a groove, though I am still a very long ways off from navigating through everything with ease. My team started traveling last week, and that should continue through the end of the summer. I'm glad that I'll be able to travel given how integral that is to the whole consulting experience; it would have been weird to go through the entire internship without having to do so. The traveling has also accelerated my transition to being a "carry on" passenger, and that makes the whole process a lot easier/smoother.  I don't know why, but in the past I always insisted on checking in a bag, unless it was a very short trip (1-2 days).  Now, I am rolling with my laptop case and one small carry on bag.

This was a good week for me. I've been making steady progress on a number of items and getting familiar with the company's processes/resources along the way.  I made my first big mistake thanks to a nomenclature issue, but I was able to catch it, fix it, and find a good point in the process.  I'm glad that I got that out of the way early on, because I had been building my first mistake up in my mind as some devastating thing for a while.

A big part of my focus has been on using my time (and "dead time") as efficiently as possible (same as when I was in school). For example, I was doing some work at the airport while waiting for my flight down to Austin for the long weekend.  I worked up until we were asked to put away our devices for take off, and then I took out my notebook and started outlining things to do once I could take the laptop back out.  A few seats next to me, one of my officemates on the same flight was going through the same process.  I took that as a good sign.

On the monetary side, I was able to sublet my apartment in Evanston to a classmate; that should help out quite a bit with finances. I also found out that the family leasing my house plans on staying for another year, so I won't have to worry about that at least until after school.  Needless to say, I was extremely relieved by that piece of news.

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