Archive | October, 2011

An inside look at exam week

26 Oct

Hooray! Another term down, another term survived! Yesterday marked the end of the our second exam period as first year students and we begin term 3 on Monday, October 31. “But, Karina,” you’re probably saying to yourself, “that’s 6 days away. What are you guys doing with all this time off?” Ahhh! Great question! Here is an inside look at the various ways we will be spending our “days off”.

1. No. 2 for No. 3 –  Last night, the class of 2013 celebrated another term conquered by going to No. 3, a Charlottesville and Darden student favorite for good music and cheap drinks. Sadly, I was not there for the celebration — more to come in the next paragraph — but I imagine it was a blast! Our last end of term party was also at 3 and was definitely a night to remember.

2. There’s no place like home –  Some folks are spending some time visiting friends & family. In fact, I write this post from the comfort of my parents’ couch. One of the awesome things about Darden is the flexbility we have with exams. We are given a time frame and are allowed to complete our exams whenever and wherever we prefer within this time period. So, on Friday night, with two exams under my belt, I took a six hour drive to NJ, surprised my parents, have had some great visits with friends and family, and finally took my last exam yesterday at home.

3. Briefings, office hours, sponsored tailgates & more — Don’t believe the hype about this being a week off. Most Darden students are spending this week attending on-campus company briefings and networking with recruiters. Others are planning/meeting about job treks — these geographically-focused student led events take place in December and are great opportunities to visit companies and explore career opportunities. Some are traveling for interviews and networking opportunities, career conferences or case competitions… others are attending on-campus tailgates or First Coffee events sponsored by companies. This is a very, very busy week!

4. 100 Case Party — Students who work hard deserve to play hard. (I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but we sure do work hard around here!) This week we are having the annual 100 Case Party, a huge party for first year students to celebrate the completion of 100 cases. (I’m not sure if the plan is to drink 100 cases, but anything is fair game! Stay tuned for pictures and/or funny stories.)

5. Miscellaneous — With what few hours are left after all of this, we are reviewing material from other classes, spending time with friends and significant others, catching up on work that needs to be done within our clubs. For example, as a member of the Student Admissions Committee, I will be spending some time this week visiting potential venues for the admitted student events, Darden Days and Day at Darden, that take place in February and April. I’ll also be spending some team preparing for a fun marketing event next month, called the Brand Challenge.

6 – Finally, and very importantly —  Catching up on sleep. ‘Nuff said!!

Clean teeth, men in heels, and more

18 Oct

After a busy week, I thought I’d take a break to review some of the recent and upcoming excitement that has kept me going–and frankly, surviving– the insanity (and the wonder) that is the life of a first year Darden students. In no particular order, here are the top five moments:

5. Global Business Exchange — Tomorrow marks the beginning of registration for the Global Business Exchange (GBE). GBE is a 2 week course that takes place over Spring Break, when we get to travel to a country and focus on business issues and practices relevant to that country, or a business in that country, etc. This year, students are bidding on Argentina, China, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, South Africa and Sweden. I am super pumped about the opportunity to travel with friends and broaden my perspective. (The prospect of partying in Brazil sweetens the deal!)

4. Men in heels!  — Today I had the chance to gather with friends before learning team to cheer on 10 of our classmates (2 from each section) as they — did I mention these were male  classmates?! — ran a race in heels — as in women’s heels — in support of Domestic Violence Month! It was a great way to unwind, have a good laugh, and show some section spirit. (In case you were wondering, Section C — that’s my section — won the race!)

3. WACC — Turns out finance is not that wack after all. (Get it? Wack? As in, “not cool”. Think 90′s lingo). In fact, learning about WACC this week (the weighted average cost of capital) was pretty awesome. First, because (as usual) my learning team pulled through in helping me to understand this never-heard-before concept. Second, because I got some major brownie points (from myself) for being able to explain to my classmates what is was.  I’d venture to say WACC is actually pretty cool.

2. Speaking of learning team – Mine is pretty awesome. I mean, really awesome. (I hope you guys are reading this, in fact. Thanks for all you do!!!)

1. Clean teeth and sparkling dishes, anyone?  — Okay, this one is big… and exciting! Last week, I went to the National Black MBA conference in Atlanta with about 30 other Darden students. The conference is a huge annual career fair where hundreds of the best companies come together and MBA’s get their network on in high hopes for an interview. (And, yes, we also happened to enjoy Atlanta night life while we were there.) And, guess what?! I interviewed and was offered an intership with Colgate-Palmolive! Woop Woop! Phew! I am very excited about the opportunity and am also very proud of my friends who all did well, building relationships with companies and interviewing.

Well, that’s all I have for this evening. Back to cases I go!