Monday, July 30, 2012



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I miss my investment banker classmates

For those of you guys who are interested in interning in Investment Banking - I feel for you!  Only a little bit though and here's why.  The HOURS ARE BRUTAL during the Summer at least.  My friends who are interning in banking work a crap load of hours.  I definitely miss hanging out with them and in the beginning of the summer I would text them later and later to see if they were free.  They were not free!  Now, I don't even really text them to see if they can come out.  My text messages now are more like "I miss you!  I understand that you're grinding it out at work EVEN AT THIS HOUR, but I just wanted to remind you that I am thinking about you."

The way I think of the banking life may be different from what it is really.  Up until a couple of weeks ago, I didn't even want to text them during the day because I didn't think that they were even allowed to check their phones at their desks hahaah.  I'm sure it's not THAT bad because I do get responses from them when I do text during the day, but I just know that they work an insane amount.  Before business school I would think to myself "I COULD DO THAT FOR $XXX,000/YEAR) but after a year of B-school and having a better understanding of what they're going through, I know that I couldn't do it even for that amount of money.

Speaking of money - something that I haven't really talked about that much lately - let's just say that I have a new reality in terms of the amount of $ I should believe I should make.  I'll leave it at that.

Summer: The Internship Years

It's been a while since I've updated one of these blog posts.  Hopefully I haven't forgotten how to do it! It's like riding a bike right?!?  hehe.  I just want to give some quick updates on how much summer has been going thus far in the context of Business school.

A couple of weeks ago we had an event at the Cornell Club in NYC.  It was dubbed a Trifecta event.  Initially I wasn't sure why it was called this but I think I've figured it out.  It was an event for Johnson Alums....Current Students.... AND the Incoming class.  That seems like a plausible reason right?  Yeah, we'll go with that.  The event was HELLA fun because I got to see the members of the Class of 2011, many of whom I hadn't seen since I was a prospective student!  I also got to see many of the members of the Class of 2012 who had just graduated.  Again, I hadn't seen those folks in a while because I was already in Japan/Korea when they were in their final weeks in Ithaca.

There were also members from my class (Class of 2013) who were in attendance as well as a GREAT number of the incoming class (Class of 2014).  I would say that my class had the least number of representatives because most people were still at their respective internships.  With the event being from 6pm-8pm the chances of people, who are interning, leaving early to attend the event are fairly slim.  I also didn't see that many bankers there from any class.  That's how that business goes though right?

It was nice to see people from the incoming class and seeing their excitement.  If you notice, I only refer to them as the incoming class haha... I don't want to give up my title of a 1st year just yet, so I'm holding on to that for as long as possible.  I guess once they start math camp next week, I have to give up the title.  Until then.... NO SIR.

Aside from the Trifecta event, I've been hanging out with my classmates a lot.  There will definitely be another post about the transition from Non-MBA -> MBA friends because - at least for me - there is definitely a transition period.  After work on Fridays, my default is to text my classmates to see what they're up to.  That's not to say that I don't have any other friends in the city, but I've spent 8/9/10 years with them and only a "relatively" small amount of time (although collectively it's probably more) with my business school friends and I miss them.

When we go out.... we go HARD!  I've been doing a lot of party hopping because for me it's the cheapest way to drink in the city.  I also like to make sure that I nurture relationships with the 2nd years now that they are gone.  We were more or less acquaintances at school but now that we're away from school, I just genuinely enjoy spending time with them.

I've got a busy week coming up because I'm flying to Lake Tahoe on Thursday for a friend's Bachelor Party.  I am also going to be trying to watch the Olympics during every free second that I have.  I am obsessed with the Olympics.  But right now I want to write another blog post before I get uninspired.  Stay Tuned!
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