Halloween Weekend & Happy Hour Recap

Last night was a pretty good night for myself…we had a work happy hour (more on that later) and the Yankees played a very nice Game 2 of the World Series.

The happy hour turned into a pretty solid night out for me and my colleagues. We went to Green Rock, which is in Hoboken, NJ. It was a $1 beer night there, so there was a lot of drinking to be done. We tossed back quite a few beers in a short amount of time. There were 6 of us (4 guys and 2 girls) and by the time I left (around 7:30) we had drank 48 beers already. Needless to say I needed to get out of there, so I could come to work today and function. I left about 7:40, which got me home just in time for the first pitch of the Yankee game. Four of my colleagues closed the bar last night, so one of them is taking a “personal day,” two are still drunk and wearing the same clothes from yesterday, and the other is severely hungover. I made a fantastic decision! While I am sure it was an epic night, I can’t jeopardize my Halloween weekend festivities for a cheap thrill during a happy hour!

Tonight I am heading down to Philly to a friend’s house for a Halloween party. These are high school friends, so things should get pretty aggressive in the drinking department. My fiancee is accompanying me to the party and we are dressing up as one another. Pretty lame, but it is cheap, and it is funny to see me as a woman…I will hopefully have pictures for you, so you can see just how disturbing it was.

Dressing in drag is pretty much going to be enough for the weekend, as the only other things I have planned are a dentist appointment on Saturday (after an all night drinking binge, that should go poorly) and completing my NYU essays (or at least starting to complete them). I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and I expect a lot of picture in the MBA blogosphere on Monday! (Non should top the horror that mine will elicit)

Cornell done & NYU Plans

Got the final revision back from Yoda yesterday (just as the Yankee game started, but I will not be discussing that). I need to make the final changes tonight and I should be on track to submit this bad boy tomorrow. A little late, but at least it is the best it can be. My sight then turns to The Violets of NYU. I have some serious work to do on those guys because I haven’t touched them in over a month! My plan is to get them done by the 8th, so I can submit them to the NYU specialist and receive his/her comments in time for a quick final revision.

I have a visit scheduled for the 11th of November for Stern. This is the 2nd year in a row that I have visited on the 11th (Veteran’s Day), but this time I will be searching for things to spice up my essays. Adding a personal touch to my Stern experience will be the last thing I do with these essays and should make them really stand out. I am counting the days until the 15th, as I want this process to come to a swift and successful conclusion.

Not much else going on these days, but hoping the Yanks can come through with a big win tonight! BTW…work happy hour tonight, so hopefully there will be some good stories or hangovers here tomorrow.

Weekend Rewind (Wedding, Yankee, & Cornell edition)

What a weekend! Lets get the rewind started!

Friday – My future brother in-law got married on Friday and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. A day of drinking, eating, and dancing to excess. This was the most elaborate wedding I have ever been to and it was a great time. I wanted to share the following story with you to show:

A.) exactly how drunk I was

B.) how I embarrass my fiancee no matter where I go

The story begins at the introduction of the bridal party. This is typically a pretty easy thing to do, you just walk out when your name is called and everyone claps, even though they have no idea who you are. This wedding however was slightly different. First there was a large screen that showed each couple as they walked out for introductions. Second, this was a north Jersey wedding, so everyone was expected to bust out their best dance move or do something funny. Lastly, my fiancee and I were the second to last couple to be introduced, so I got to see everyone’s  intro.

Because big things are expected of us, my fiancee and I begin planning out our routine. We decided that we had to come up with multiple things to do because we were the 10th couple to go and our material could be stolen before we even enter. We plot out 3 routines and feel we are ready to wow the crowd.

The parents get introduced first and then the bridal party begins. I am pretty far in back of the line, so my fiancee and I sneak up to the front to get a better look at our compatriots dance moves. The first few are uninspiring and a few people simply strut their way to the dance floor. My fiancee and I are feeling very confident that we are going to dazzle (dancing with the stars style). Then like a scene from a horror movie, it all goes to pieces. The first was when someone threw the fishing pole out and the female began dancing back towards him. Move #1 gone (I make an incredible fish). Next, one of the men picks up the woman and carries her to the dance floor. Move two gone (but my back was saved, sorry honey). Then to my horror I realize that our third move isn’t possible. We had planned to twist our way to the dance floor, but we didn’t know that the room was carpeted. No one can do the twist on a carpet, not even my father, who is the twist master. There is only one person ahead of us now and we are panicking. What are we going to do? We can’t just walk out there can we? CAN WE? We turn to each other and I say to her, “You dance and I will do my thing behind you.” (Not in a sexual way, but in a dancing kind of way) We are up….I hear our names called and the doors open.

The spotlight hits me and the crowd roar for us (slight exaggeration). I still have no idea what I am going to do. My fiancee begin busting a move and then without warning I throw open my suit jacket and begin dancing while accentuating that it is open. If you want to picture the scene, I look like a flasher who is dancing behind a woman at this point…creeping everyone out. I immediately realize that I need to change the move up, as we are almost half way to the dance floor. What happens next I cannot explain and do justice to it. I turn to the left and see the camera that was filming me…I then start giving it “the guns.” You know the move (or hopefully you don’t) where you pretending to be shooting things from both hips. Why I did this, the world may never know. Needless to say it was not one of my finer moments and I embarrassed my family and my fiancee. Later in the night, I was asked to pose for a picture (with my sis) to re-enact my “dance” move. Here it is in all its glory…



Saturday – There was a brunch the next morning and we left right after that. I got home and laid on the couch all day, as the weather was terrible here in NJ. Perfect day to rest and recuperate. I watched Notre Dame win, and the Yankee game was canceled. I fell into a deep sleep at about 10 and didn’t wake up until 9ish. It was a great day!

Sunday – Liverpool vs. Man U was a decent enough game, so I watched that while working on my final version of my Cornell essays. I finished that up and watched football the rest of the day. I did make it outside for a while, though because it was such a  beautiful day. The night was reserved for a huge Yankee win. They got lucky with how they scored there runs, but if you put yourself in good enough positions, sometimes you get a break. Back to the WS for the first time since 2003. Bravo and congrats Yanks. You deserve it!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. My final deadline is coming up on the 15th, so I am going to go back into essay mode. Gotta push on through to the otherside!

Work Stuff & The Souls @ The Pony…

For the last week I have been like a lost puppy searching for my owner and wandering aimlessly through the day. I have finished all my projects at work and with none on the horizon, it has become like a Wild West Ghost Town at my desk. It didn’t used to be like this…I used to be inundated with requests to open new broker accounts that I had to analyze and write a report on, but since the financial crisis that has slowed to a halt. The brokers aren’t trading as much as they used to and that means less new accounts for me to work on. Pretty soon I am going to have to start coming up with new projects to justify receiving a check on the 15th and 30th…The problem with that is my department’s budget has been cut pretty badly, so their isn’t much cash going towards projects these days. Not a good situation. These are the times when bosses start looking around and seeing if they really need all the people they have.

About a week ago, my boss pulled me aside and told me that he wanted to hire some junior people for our group and put me in charge of them! I was pretty excited about it, as it would give me some managerial responsibilities and a leadership role. I found out yesterday that management put a deep freeze on hiring, so that isn’t going to happen for a while (if ever). Needless to say, I was bummed out about that, but I suppose all things happen for a reason.

Enough of my depressing work speak! One of my favorite things of the year is coming up, and of course I am talking about seeing the Bouncing Souls at the Stony Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Every year these guys go to “The Pony” and play 4 post-Christmas shows. My brother and I usually try to make it to one of them. We are usually hot sweaty messes by the time we leave, but it is a great time and they put on a great live show. Pre-Sale is on now, so if you are in the Jersey area and enjoy the Souls, it is a can’t miss!

I have a wedding to attend tomorrow, so no posts, sorry. Isn’t waiting to hear about an admissions decision fun????

The GMAT is becoming more important

This Businessweek article talks about the increasing importance of the GMAT to top financial and consulting firms. Recruiters seem to be weeding people out based on GMAT scores. The article doesn’t exactly spell out what score is the cutoff for these institutions, but it does make this reference, “even ‘slightly below 700 might not be a help.” The beginning of the article also talks about how some schools are alerting students about this and in turn the students are re-taking the exam. One school is even offering a 4 day course for in coming students.

My take on this is that this would be the same as filtering out people based on SAT scores, which I know does happen. The tests themselves do represent your ability to retain information and apply in to solve a problem, but it doesn’t measure more qualitative things that go into making a good leader/worker. If I got 690 on the exam, which I did, does that make me a better candidate for an I-banking job at  Goldman than someone who gets a 650, or am I worse than someone in the 700s? That I cannot say…what if someone is a bad test taker or a great test taker? Does my 690 mean that I would pick better stocks for my hedge fund than that 650?

I suppose that this is really used because recruiters have a bevy of qualified candidates and they need to widdle the pile down somewhat. The GMAT is something we will all have in common, the great equalizer, if you will. So this is a heads up to all those who plan on “making it rain” for the rest of their lives…you better have the GMAT score necessary to get into the club!

Weekend Happenings and Goals for the Week

This weekend was something of an oddity for me…I had a day to rest. Friday night I had a family party to attend at a great Hibachi place in central Jersey, but on Saturday I woke up with absolutely nothing to do. I wanted to give myself a day of rest because my last few weeks had been rather hectic with Dartmouth and finishing my essays. I had no idea what to do…its was very strange. I watched some early morning soccer (Aston Villa vs. Chelsea) and then watched Notre Dame vs USC (heart-breaking loss for the Golden Domers). Other than that my night was solely dedicated to the Yankees. Who played an epic game and came out the other side with a 2-0 series lead. Sunday I went to the Jets game with my dad and my sister…one of the worst games I have ever watched in person.

This week is an eventful one. My future brother-in-law is getting married on Friday (so don’t look for any posts), so last minute prep is in high gear. Some of my fiancee’s family is coming over from Italy for the wedding, so Tuesday and Wednesday are reserved for entertaining them. Somewhere, somehow, I want to get a final version of my Cornell essays to Yoda for a final look before I hit the submit button on that guy. If all goes according to plan, I will have Cornell done by the end of the week. Then my energy will turn to NYU. Pretty busy week for me, but I will try to post as much as possible. Hope everyone is not hanging themselves over not hearing about R1 apps, or hearing bad news about R1 apps. It all works out in the end. Happy Monday (if there is such a thing…)!

One Down…

There are no words to describe my happiness…only an image

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