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08/10/2009

Summer 2009

Hey everyone! It has been awhile since my last posting so I've got quite a bit to talk about. 


I just finished up my summer internship at Converse working in the strategy group. It was a really fun summer filled with lots of Chuck Taylors and hard work. It was really fun getting to see how such a successful company runs. While at Converse, my boss was a Sloan Alum - just goes to show it is a small world! 

Since I wrote last, I have decided to do Team in Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and will be running my first half marathon in November down in Florida. Check back often for updates on my training progress. It is my ultimate goal to be able to run the Boston Marathon in the spring but we will see how that goes! 

I am extremely excited about the upcoming school year. I will be a pilot for a core team in the Class of 2011 and cannot wait to meet all of you. There are lots of fun activities planned so it should be a blast.

In about 2 weeks I will be moving and so things are pretty hectic in the meantime. However, in honor of how hectic it will be for first-years, I decided to put together my top five tips for incoming Sloanies. Whether this advice is worth anything or not, I couldn't tell you, but it covers things that I kin of wish I knew before I started last year. So here goes...

1. Any question about anything, ask a second-year: we have been through everything that you will be going through and, at the very least, can refer you to someone in our class who can specifically answer your question. We all want to get to know you just as much as you want to know us.

2. The core semester is all about priorities. Don't cancel things you love - embrace them. Take the time out of your day to make sure your spouse/partner is included and spend the quality time together that makes relationships great. If training for marathons is your thing (who would do that?) then do it. Maybe there won't be as many relaxing Sunday afternoons as you used to have but make the most of the time that you do have.

3. Focus on the team and the friends you make. If you are like me, you come into school hardwired to make A's... it's business school and... yes... reluctantly I admit it... grades just don't mean what they did in undergrad. Make friends, hang out with them, form long-lasting bonds. These people will be fellow alumni for the rest of your life!

4. Take the time to do something different. I will be going to Africa in January to work with companies in global healthcare delivery. I had the option of going other places but I decided to go where I knew I was unlikely to go in the near future... Whether it is going to Africa or volunteering at a food bank... go do something you have never done before. 

5. Finally, relax, life will be hectic for the next two years but enjoy them. Everyone I heard from who just graduated was very sad that their time at Sloan was over. Core can seem daunting... not at the beginning but towards the middle and the end. Stick with it, everyone makes it through. Don't forget to enjoy the small things in life.

As always, if you ever have questions, feel free to e-mail me: [email protected] Also, comment on my posts, that way if there is specific content you want to hear about I can write about it. That's it for now, I will try to write more often now that summer is winding down. Thanks so much, have a great August!!!