The Core is done. Rejoice.
Since my last post, life has taken on a slower pace (not slow, but slower). Sure, there were 3 finals to study for, but they were spread out over a 10 days. All of the finals where comprehensive, but with a heavy weighting of more recent material. All were fair and none caused me to lose too much sleep. In fact, me and a classmate felt compelled to head for Vermont when the snow fell last Thursday night. It was one of those moments when your brain is split:
Nerd Brain: "Accounting and DMD are just 3 days away! Why would you do anything other than cram your brain with r-squares, APIC, shadow prices and capital lease discounts? You need to study!"
Fun Brain: "Will you remember r-squares, APIC, shadow prices and capital lease discounts 5 years from now? Not likely. Will you remember a glorious day of snowboarding in the fresh powder? Hell yes."
In the end the fun side of my brain won the battle but my nerd-conscious won the war. I went snowboarding Friday and then spent the weekend studying. A fine balance in retrospect.
Now it's back to Detroit and Minneapolis for some well deserved family time, followed by the MIT Independent Activities Period. What is IAP? During January the entire Institute forgets about the normal routine and designs their own education. Many people travel, some take a short class, some work, some relax. Mine will include the following:
- A week of cycling in Texas to get back in shape
- Internship interview prep
- Weekday cross-country skiing in New England
- Catching up on some long-overdue recreational reading
Quite an education.