The weekend, Dartmouth, and down (and out) with the sickness

Where to start? I feel like I haven’t posted in a long time, so this will probably be a lengthy one.

Friday – Spent the night finishing up my Dartmouth essays, so I could send it to my Dartmouth specialist. The only problem was that I wasn’t told who my specialist was going to be, so I couldn’t send anything anywhere. This angered me because I am busting my ass to finish these essays and Veritas can’t find me anyone to send them to.

Saturday – Woke up to find out that I still didn’t have anyone. Traded emails with someone from Veritas, as Yoda was away for the weekend. Finally received my specialist mid-afternoon on Saturday, so I sent my stuff over to her (Manisha). The rest of the day was spent waiting for the US Men’s Soccer Team to play Honduras. The game was scheduled for 10pm and was only available on CCTV (what is this the 80s?), which meant I had to head into NYC to catch it at Nevada Smith’s. $40 later ($20 each for me and the fiancee) I was one of the last few people let into the bar at 9pm. We elbowed our way through the crowd and were able to pony up to the bar. A bunch of beers, a  lot of screaming and hugging, and 3 hours later, everyone (minus the Honduran contingent) joyously spilled into the NYC streets to celebrate the US qualifying for the World Cup. The game was one of the best events that I have attended in quite some time and it was the best game that the US has played in recent memory. All-in-all this was a great day…(On a separate note, please pray for Charlie Davies, his family, the other injured parties, the woman who died, and their respective families. Really hope he wasn’t driving and that alcohol wasn’t involved. Seeing that it occurred at 3am, I have no doubt it was)

Sunday – My fiancee and I leave early for Hanover, NH. We get there around 1 and immediately park to look for food. It was alumni weekend at Dartmouth, so the restaurants were packed with people desperately trying to relive their formative years. We settled on a place called Molly’s Pub and were not disappointed. The food was tremendous and we waddled off, stuffed, to find our hotel. We stayed at a Courtyard Marriott, just outside of Hanover. Nice hotel, nice people, rooms were standard Courtyard. I watched the Red Sox implode and football (Redskins lost again, why do I even bother?), while Danielle took a nap.

At around 5pm, Manisha called to conduct a mock interview with me. The mock lasted about 35 minutes with about 20 minutes for me to ask questions. We hung up and she called back about 5 minutes later with her feedback. She gave me some things to concentrate on during the interview, which were very helpful and told me that the interview itself would be with a 2nd year and it was typically very casual.

I finished the night off by watching the Yankees finish off the Twins. You have to feel bad for those guys, they just couldn’t keep a lead against the Yanks. I got to bed around 10:30 and planned to wake up at 7:30

Monday – Woke up, ate breakfast at the hotel and had Danielle drop me off at Dartmouth. I arrived at the Tuck admissions office at 9:30 for a 10:30 class and I was the 7th person in the room! (very enthused that other share my hatred of tardiness) We were then put into groups and given a guide for the class session. I was put into a group of 5 and we headed off to a Capital Markets class. Since Tuck is on a trimester system, it was the first day of class, so it was mainly syllabus and course expectations.

Some things did stick out to me during the class though.

1. The prof had all the visitors introduce themselves and what their occupation was. The class then gave us a standing ovation (not too shabby, and a nice touch that no other school has done)

2. The professor invited groups of students to have lunch with him on a weekly basis (a free lunch!) to discuss current business issues. Very cool, indeed.

We then had lunch, standard stuff, and went on a tour, also pretty standard. Then came the interview!

My interviewer was someone who graduated last year, but had her job pushed back a year. She had a 2nd year fiance, so she stuck around to help out around campus. She was very nice and put me at ease (somewhat). We sat down and then the questions started…here they are to the best of my knowledge.

1. Walk me through your resume

2. (Follow-up to my career to date) Knowing what you know now, would you have chosen a different career path?

3. Why MBA? (I answered this and why Tuck specifically, so that was not a follow-up)

4. Tell me about how you work in groups?

5. What do you like & dislike about working in groups?

6. How would you deal with a teammate who doesn’t pull their weight, and give me an example.

7. Anything else you want the admissions committee to know about you (said no! What? I said no? Yep, I did. What was I thinking?)

Other than saying no to the last question I felt the interview went well, but not wonderfully. I guess I am a masochist at heart, so nothing can ever be great that I do.

During my interview my fiancee was meeting with a Tuck Partner and I saw them hanging out in the cafeteria. The Partner invited us back to her place to see what the partner housing was like. They were very spacious 2 bedroom town houses, so we enjoyed that very much. After that and getting some fuel, we hit the road home.

Tuesday – I felt it coming when I woke up on Monday, but it hit me hard yesterday…I was sick. Sore throat and stuffy nose, fall/winter is definitely on its way. The blessing in disguise was that it gave me an opportunity to finish off my Dartmouth essays that I received back from Manisha. I sent them all over to Yoda and she has (pretty much) given a final blessing. I cannot wait to hit the send button on this app…gonna feel really good!

Shout out to Susana, a reader of the blog, for shooting me a feel good e-mail. I don’t check that e-mail account much, so I just received it. I wanted to post this to let you know that it is much appreciated!

(Apologies if there are spelling or grammar errors, but I have no time to proof a post of this length)

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