Tuesday, February 27, 2007

it is done

After a few weeks of drama, I have finalized my plans for the summer. I will be working at Microsoft this summer as a Product Planner for Windows Live. Good stuff.

It's been an interesting few weeks. I'll provide a more detailed summary at a later point when I have some more time. High level, I had an offer from DuPont, which coincidentally came the same day as my invitation for second round interviews with Microsoft. Happy Valentine's day for me! I interviewed last week at Microsoft, and I also spoke to several people at DuPont. Here's a quick summary, cut out from an e-mail I just sent.

Unfortunately, I have decided to work for your sister-in-law instead (funny how these things work). I still think that the DuPont position is an excellent opportunity, and I hope to let others know about what DuPont has to offer. I am a leader of the Marketing Club and the Technology Club here, so I'll be playing a big part in letting them know what types of employment options there are out there.
What are the odds?

Sunday, February 25, 2007


My flight was to leave an hour ago, and I'm still in Ross' place entering a blog entry. No, I didn't miss my flight. I was there three hours ahead of schedule. My flight was canceled.

Four hours later, after spending a full two hours on hold with American Express travel services, renting another car from Avis, and driving back to Ross' place, I finally have arrangements to get back to New Haven. It was no easy feat either. I was on hold for about 45 minutes at the airport, which was getting to the limits of my phone's now crappy battery. I should really get a new one. Three times this week I've dropped calls because my phone's battery crapped out on me.

Anyway, thanks to my handy charger, I was able to stay on the line with them for well over an hour, finally getting in touch with someone who was able to get me on a flight to White Plains, NY through Charlotte, NC. Nothing like going through five states on this trip. Awesome.

I'll be back in New Haven at about 1:00pm on Monday.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

cross-post, from seattle

This is a post that's going up elsewhere on another blog that I'm doing for the admissions office at Yale. Yes, I will continue to create unique content for this site. Exclusive content will include rants, stuff about my car, random links, and anything else that's either irrelevant, or unrelated to school.


Today I am writing from a hotel room in Seattle, Washington where I have two days of interviews this week. I arrived here Tuesday evening and I spent most of yesterday (about 6 hours) interviewing for one position at the company. Today I get a day off where I’ll spend most of the time either here in my hotel working, or across the street working in Seattle’s fancy new public library. I’ve visited Seattle the last three summers so I’m OK with spending most of the day as a recluse, and then spending the evenings hanging out with friends of mine who live here. Tomorrow, I have another big day of interviews beginning at 11:00am. I’ll be staying here for until Saturday night when I take the redeye flight back east.

As someone interested in a marketing position, I had most of my interviews in mid-January, and right now I am in the middle of wrapping up this entire operation. I have already received a very good offer from one company, and I am in the process of completing second round interviews for a second.

The whole recruiting process has been pretty crazy, and I’m looking forward to the end, which is approaching very quickly. Looking for a job is almost a job in itself and it’s been a challenge balancing my job search with academics and extracurricular activities. Granted, I feel that I’ve been able to get everything done and still manage to sleep 4+ hours each night, but I really am looking forward to a lighter load in a few weeks when Spring-2 (the second half of the spring semester starts). Looking forward to a lighter course-load (one less class), not have to worry about my job search, and more opportunities to do things outside.

Until then, I still need to focus on the here and now - meaning classes, and more importantly, my interviews on Friday. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 19, 2007

spring break!

Yes, I'll be traveling again. This time to someplace new (always the best)! New airline, new country, new continent. I'm going to Morocco. What am I doing there? Not exactly sure. Ask me again in a few weeks. (-:

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Ah... the international experience at SOM.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

good morning, folks

It's 9am on Tuesday morning and I'm waiting for our Operations class to begin.

Just a wrap up on how things are here in New Haven... The second semester is going well. It's been a hectic few weeks with classes, interviews, and various activities, but it seems like I'm over the hump. Most of the job stuff is beginning to wind down, and I should start hearing from companies beginning this week. I'm optimistic, but realistically I shouldn't get to complacent until I have an offer in my hand.

It's great to know that I'll have less to do with the job search stuff, but at the same time I'm pretty sure that something will crop up to take its place. There are a few case writeup, some other activities that I might get pulled into, admissions stuff, more student government stuff. Yep. Nevermind the whole winding down bit. It's just getting started!

I really need to figure out what I'm doing for spring break.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

da bears

I was talking with one of my friends about the Bears, which naturally led to the discussion about Rex Grossman. We all know that he can be a bit inconsistent, but then again, is he really?

I took a look at his split stats:

If you go all the way to the bottom of the passing stats, there's a figure that shows how he performs in close games vs. blowouts. Basically, it says that in close games (when the game is within 14 points), he sucks. If the game is a blowout (15+ points), Rex is awesome. It also looks like he loves to throw interceptions when there's pressure (either when the Bears are behind or when the Bears are on their side of the field).

To sum it all up, Rex will self-destruct whenever the team is behind in a game. Something needs to be done about this.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

political/social commentary of the day

Recently, there has been a wave of legislation across the country dealing with the "issue" of same-sex marriage. Personally, I think it's the people pushing the legislation who have issues with things that are totally none of their business.

The response in Washington State: link

So would this also mean that older couples should be split after the woman reaches menopause? Or the man has ED (or has TC)?

Sunday, February 04, 2007

stupid connecticut

I sure hope the state is happy that they made me fill out six pages of tax forms. What do they get? One dollar. Have fun processing it. I hope it's as profitable for you as it was for me.