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02/09/2009

February 2009

Happy New Year everyone! Hopefully it is not too late to be saying that... Today is registration day when we all go over and sign a piece of paper and call it a day. Ok, not really... Today I am actually going over to the TD Banknorth Garden with my Sloan team to present our final results in a project we did for the Boston Bruins. Amanda, Ramy, Roterdan, and I took a look at the historical ticket sales data and were able to build a model to better predict future ticket sales. It was a very fun project and very educational too. 

My break has been pretty interesting. After getting back from my trip to Florida for Christmas, I did an IAP externship doing market research for a potential sports startup. I had to make a lot of phone calls and do some extensive internet research. I am going to present my findings for that on Tuesday. This was a great opportunity for me to get some hands on work experience over the break. I know that many of my classmates also participated in externships across many fields from medicine to technology and finance.

I also participated in a New York Times Case Competition. My team and I examined ways that the paper could ensure its future success by focusing on minority populations in the coming years. It was interesting trying to come up with creative ways of approaching segmented advertising and adapting content to mobile devices.  

Last Friday I went skiing with some other Sloanies at Nashoba Valley. It was a blast! It is crazy how one only needs to drive 45 minutes out of Boston and be at a little ski resort. We skied all day and were thoroughly exhausted by the time we got home. 

Speaking of sports, we are fresh off the Super Bowl. What a great game. With the Pats out I wasn't rooting for anyone in particular but I have to admit it was a fantastic game. Petros, my boyfriend, and I watched it with several of our really good friends from Sloan. Good food, great friends, and a good game made for a pretty nice evening.

School is starting up on February 3. Yay for core being over, but I bet the workload is going to be just as intense. I will be taking classes in strategy, finance, macro-economics, pricing, communications, and negotiation. I will also be sticking to my exercise goals as well. I have a bet with a friend where I need to run an average of 3 miles a day or better for a year. It started in the beginning of December. I am 2 months in and have done quite well so far. Over January I ran 115 miles and biked another 120. 

Interviewing is in full swing here also so it is not unusual for me to run into my classmates in their full dress attire these days. I have an interview coming up on Wednesday so I guess I better go get ready for that! Check back soon, I will be writing fairly frequently.