Three Classes Left, Two Weeks to Go: One Big Bag of Hurt

In receiving the grade for my ‘Interview with an Entrepreneur’ assignment yesterday, I’m down to three classes remaining for the successful completion of my MBA.  In two weeks, I’ll be done them all…and join the ranks of the few hundred other Duke MBA’s that will graduate in 2010!

But of course, two weeks is a long time from now…when you’ve got to go to work, have two finals in quantitative classes, and a final team assignment (especially one where you know absolutely zero about the topic…MBA= Master of Barely Anything?  Maybe.)

Here’s how I see the next two weeks unfolding…since by electives choice, most of you aren’t in my classes, hopefully this will make you feel better about your choices (I can’t imagine anyone wants to switch places with me!)

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So yeah, I didn’t win those tickets

Three weeks later, I still haven’t finished my campout story.  Long story short, I didn’t miss any of the checkpoints, nor did I win season tickets.  Although 57% of the people who made it to the required checkpoints got season tickets, only 3 of 12 of the CCMBA group did.  Methinks that the GPSC needs to revisit that ‘random’ ticket distribution!  Even so, Pat made sure we had an equitable distribution of tickets amongst ‘Team CCMBA’…Leader of Consequence, indeed.

So what the hell have I been doing in the last 3 weeks?  Barely getting by, that’s what!

I’ve sold my other house, getting out from under the albatross that is owning two houses in this market.  Work has been difficult, as it is for any financial firm going into the 4th quarter with an uncertain earnings forecast and trying to prove that they are financially viable to the market.  And then there is the whole ’4 classes’ deal.

As I wrote prior, for those in the 2011 program (who have just returned from Residency 2 in London), if there is any advice I could provide…DO NOT MIS-SCHEDULE YOUR CLASSES!  There’s just something so wrong about having class all 3 sessions on Saturday; even though it’s every other week rotating with my ‘other’ class, the workload just isn’t tolerable.  Of course, having four involved classes in the time we normally used to have two, with the regular Daytime professors not wanting to short-change us on material, is also contributing to the stressload.

From my calculations, there are about 40 days until my ‘Fuqua Experience’ is over with.  While I’m already sad that the residency time has come and gone, I’m not going to miss this schedule of working all day, just to come home and work all night.  When I write my 2011 resolutions, it’s all about fun.  I’m about as studied-out as one could be.