Whew…. The last few weeks flew by so fast that I just realized I have not been very diligent about updating my blog. This could go on for a long time, but I will try to keep it short. So much has happened, and the semester is winding down for finals. I will give a semester summary and complete plans for the break in my next post after finals. Here goes….
Fall Ball: What a blast! So many Sloanies with their significant others came together for a great night over at the Boston Park Plaza. Cocktail hour followed by a sit down dinner, and then the real fun started. All kinds of music and dancing (good, bad, and ugly), and when you get such a diverse crew of people together, you are bound to see something new. Then there is always that one person who does not speak up as much during class that you all of a sudden see breaking it down on the dance floor looking like Usher possessed. For me, it was also a time to reflect on how many people I have really gotten to know over the course of the semester. I was actually astounded because there are 700 of us spread across both classes, and I feel like I know 10 times more people than I did in my undergraduate institution.
10th Annual MIT Venture Capital Conference: I might have mentioned it in an earlier post, but I was the VP of Operations for the MIT VC Conference (mitvcconference.com) this year, and that kept me snowed under with work for awhile. Well, the event finally happened last Friday, November 30th at the Boston Copley Westin. I would say that it was a huge success with a key group of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs coming together. The panelists were excellent, hitting on topics like Cleantech, Mobile, Web 2.0, IPO Strategies, and more. I encourage everyone to check out the website to see the keynotes and other panels. Helping out with this undoubtedly is one of the highlights of my first semester, and I met some great people that I hope to work with in the future. Even though making sure everything was going right at the event was a little stressful, it was well worth it.
Job Search: Company presentations are finally wrapping up, and my cover letter and resume have been picked over so many times that it is hard to read it without wanting to change something each time. Through multiple resume and cover letter reviews with other students and Career Development officers, I finally have something that I am okay with sending out. However, it still needs to be tailored to each company and submitted on time….
Group Projects: It is finally completed! It is a little bittersweet because I am happy to be done with my project, but this also means that my formal time with my core team has come to an end. We have made the presentation to the class as well as the company, and we have submitted the 17 page paper. I would say that we have been an amazingly efficient team in learning how we all work together and apart as well as getting to know one another very well. So to Sachin, Mridula, Matt, Julie, Guangyao, and Jason, it was a great semester filled with laughs and tons of work, and I would like to thank each of you for all you have taught me along the way. Hopefully we can have a few reunion dinners here and there.
Boston Weather: So the Texan in me has not frozen just yet. The weather has been consistently below freezing for a week now, even reaching into the teens on occasion with wind chill in the single digits. I do not want to speak too soon, but it has been tolerable, and it really is not bad as long as you are equipped for it. My wife got an amazing North Face coat that I am sure would keep her warm in the coldest parts of the frozen tundra in Siberia…. So to the people from the South, there is hope if I can handle this! I would say the worst part is when the snow melts and then refreezes creating an ice sheet that you have to traverse on the way to/from school. Soon enough you learn to balance yourself well enough.
Maybe this was not so short….