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2016 December

December 9 – January 26

Sorry it has been so long since an update! I thoroughly enjoyed my winter break and then have been thoroughly not enjoying recruiting since coming back to school.

But, let’s start with the good stuff.

After my finals, I flew to CA to spend time with Ryan. I was a pretty bad friend and told no one I was in town so I could get some quality time with him. It was nice to have no interruption, especially since I see him so rarely 🙁

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After a week or so, we traveled to LA to spend the holidays with Ryan’s family. I think all went well (although I did not hide my anti-socialness as well as I thought). Ryan’s parents were also very generous with their steak dinners 😉

I ultimately left LA festivities soon after Christmas and traveled to Mexico City for the annual New Years trip. A few of our regulars couldn’t make it this year (:(), but two of my college friends joined us and Joel brought a whole crew (though, we didn’t see much of them to be honest). Chris, Briggs, and I generally got our exploration on and I left Mexico City thoroughly impressed. Good food, good people, good prices, great culture.

Since New Years, I’ve been very focused on recruiting. So far I’ve received some good news from a few companies (3 final rounds, potentially a fourth, and 1 offer). Interviewing (and preparing for interviews) is a lot more tiring and stressful than I suspected it would be, but I’ve been lucky to have a really good prep group with friends. I am also lucky to be drawing so close to the other side of this whole beast.

Next I just need to figure out where to go for spring break 😉

November 17 – December 8

Well another quarter (and birthday!) done.

Thanksgiving was great. There were (almost) no fights although certain people in my family did seem awfully eager to pick some (*cough*mom*cough*). Got to hang out with all my favs though, including these two:

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I also happened to be highly productive – applying to all of the on-campus tech roles I am recruiting for. I find out if I’ve been invited to interview for most of these over the next few weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Oh! And I celebrated my 27th birthday. While, it does feel strange to be ever further away from childhood, I actually feel like a lot of good things in my life are coming together (in other words, I don’t really feel the pressure of a ticking clock). I am in a great relationship (with Keno, my dog, obviously), have great career opportunities, feel more and more satisfied with myself as a person, and have really invested in skills (both professional and personal) I find myself using often and deliberately. I think each year has been better than the last for a few years now. Hoping to keep up the trend!

Speaking of great feelings, I just wrapped finals! (Did I say great feelings?) — Finals went …. uh …. yeah. Let’s just say, I think I’ll be getting B’s in MORS (our leadership class) and Operations. The B in MORS is pretty silly – I actually did well in the class, but my teacher has a rule that only 40% of his class get A’s. This doesn’t really make sense to me if the averages on assignments and exams are above 90%. My scores were good (>90% on most graded activities / exercises), but I probably was too close to the average to get an A (boo!). On the other hand, I totally deserve the B in Operations. Didn’t find the class too enthralling, so I basically stopped going about a third of the way in (wrote a lot of fiction though :)). I DO think barring any major surprises, Research-Design-Build (RDB) and Accelerated Finance will be A’s.

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Ultimately, I ended the quarter on a high note I think. In RDB, we got to present our final projects to Harley-Davidson’s CEO (pictured below!) and I was really really happy with my team’s work. It was a great end to a bumpy quarter.

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Now to the break! It will be a mix of relaxing and working. Goals: 1) Prep for behavioral interviews (ugh ugh ugh), 2) write 3 submission-worthy stories (probably the biggest challenge listed here), 3) impress Ryan’s family over Christmas, and 4) have a great time in Mexico with the crew (Briggs! Chris K! Chris M! Joel! Stefan!) — see y’all in 2017 (O_O)