Happy New Year!
If I've learned one thing from the first 3 months of this blog it is that people would rather look at pictures than read my writing and so I thought I would re-purpose this bad boy. Of course 2013 would get in one last annoying social media trend right? Besides being the year the 49ers returned to their rightful spot in the Super Bowl, (we wont talk about what happened after) 2013 was the year that I left the great friends and city that had been my home since I graduated college in 2007 and moved back to Virginia, this time with a Californian along for the ride. I've been able to meet great new people, travel more than I expected and obviously see some great music and eat lots of awesome things. Also, I totally forgot we met the "Rent Is Too Damn High!" guy.
Happy New Year!
So you've gotten into business school. Congratulations again Round 1 people! I was a Round 1 person myself, mostly because I wanted the best chance possible and had everything locked and loaded to apply. Also my girlfriend might've murdered me if we had to wait another two months to find out where we were living. Don't worry Rounds 2 & 3 people there's plenty of spots left, and I'm sure everything will be fine....OR WILL IT?! Just kidding it will. Really.
ANYWAY. Now that you've gotten in to Darden and a few of your safeties (coughcoughinsertotherschoolhere) you're probably looking for anything that will make life easier in your exciting new existence as a business school student. Three quick bits of advice, practice Excel if you don't use it regularly (as in buy a book with exercises, don't just type things into cells for 30 minutes a day), read up on accounting if you've never taken it and if you know you want to go into consulting, read Case in Point before you get to school. I'll expand on preparatory summer reading for you overachievers another day but before you do any of that, you should join and download If This Then That, AKA IFTTT. Click through to hear why!
In my past life I created infographics among other things for trial attorneys and will forever have a nerd-space in my heart for data visualization.... and of course baseball. If you were wondering how much your team is committed to spending next year or say 2017 check out the link below.
Note: Sorry Seattle & Los Angeles fans
Phil Roth Payroll Visualizer via Deadspin
If you've always wanted to know how to calculate how many people are waiting in line, (and counting them seemed just too easy) see the picture below. If you look carefully you'll see we're already on our third chalkboard at 8:45AM. Such is the magic of Operations.
Equally magical: the guy who wrote that formula in the curriculum is the same one writing it on the board, Professor Weiss. So that's pretty cool.
In honor of Black Friday, I thought I'd share this Wall Street Journal article with anyone who got a sale email today, and thus I'm expecting record traffic since that would be everyone. In a lot of ways I don't think there's anything in here most people couldn't figure out on their own, but it's an interesting article that asks the question "what is full price?" 40%, 50% or whatever% off is the price they always wanted you to pay and anyone who can't control themselves enough to wait for the semi-weekly sale to buy is a sucker. I mean... no I meant sucker. So while you shouldn't go out shopping just because there are sales, that doesn't mean this isn't the bust time to buy. If anything maybe it's the only time.
If you're too busy to deal hunt on a regular basis, check out Hukkster. You add an item to your "Hukks" and it lets you know when it goes on sale. My girlfriend is die hard user and since we moved to Charlottesville she's about as prolific an online shopper as there is.
This term we're taking Operations which is a great class and while yellow boxes on a chalkboard are great for learning about production and the various Japanese words that make it better, it is another thing to see it in person. So today instead of classes (which got added on Friday, so not that great) we went to visit various plants and factories. I got really lucky here as a lot of other people went to visit box factories, medical device assembly facilities or a plastics plant. All great companies and interesting to see, but come on. Chocolate Factory.
Bradley Brewer and my favorite First Coffee item was back yesterday courtesy of the fine people at Campbell's Soup .... BREAKFAST TACOS! They also had cinnamon french toast which made this a really hard call, but I think HAND's complete breakfast taco buffet narrowly retains the title of Best First Coffee of the Year. I forgot my phone yesterday, so thanks to seat neighbor Ned for the photo.
If you're going to business school and you've been in Consulting, Banking, or some other "ing" where people dress like you remember your dad dressing for work, then this post probably isn't for you.
However, if you've been in media, advertising, Teach for America, various non-profits, the military or any other "non-traditional business school entrance channel" where your work attire was something short of "Mad Men" or predetermined by a branch of the government... you might have some shopping to do.
I'd like to touch on this myself at some point but let's be honest, I'm busy and if I was buying anything online right now it'd be that month overdue birthday present for my brother. Luckily, internet goldmine Dappered has already done this. I wouldn't say I agree with everything on the list and you can pick and choose, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better wardrobe for $1500 than this. No, $1500 isn't chump change, and you could probably do it for less. But given how much you'll be wearing suits, dress pants, business casual, etc. you should invest at least some of the budget in better quality stuff and fill it out with bargains. You'll thank me when you don't have to wear the same suit to three networking events with the same company.
Aside from this list, I'd strongly recommending checking this site on Thursdays as it tweets out a list of all weekend sales on men's clothes from around the internet (and stores), as well as the necessary promo codes and best picks from each. Can't get much easier than that, and they're always on top of things when Black Friday/ Cyber Monday rolls around so you can stretch those loan dollars, and still look good for interviews. Click the picture below to enter a world of deals.
This was forwarded to me today and I think it's been making the rounds on the internet. Darden's entry seemed especially relevant during exams, and to be honest we probably got off easy compared to some others on the list. It's comedy gold as long as you have a sense of humor about your school. Some samples and a link below for anyone who's applying, or just looking for a great distraction.
"UVA Darden: How badly do you want your a__ to be kicked by our professors on a scale of 9 to 10?"