School

So Last year I decided to pursue my MBA in full force which means write GMAT first. I dread the whole GMAT experience as it is one of the Make It or Break It deals for an MBA at a good school. So I started preparing for it early February 2011 but there were many distractions. My penchant for travelling took me to New Orleans/Atlanta/Miami/San Francisco(reminds me of the travel blog I have to update). Feb->Mar->April and I was at the same state. I decided to go on a disciplined study routine with the help of MGMAT books. Every weekend was spent in library with the books as I could not concentrate at home because of TV/Laptop/Food temptations. I finally booked the date for July 1st and I had to thank my parents for planning their trip as otherwise the GMAT preparation would have been a never ending saga. I had to finish my test before they came here as otherwise I would not be able to enjoy their trip. My effort during May and June were satisfactory but not upto the mark according to me. I did not have an option but to give the test. So I went ahead and gave it. To my surprise I scored 700!!!! 700 was what I had always aimed for but had reached the score only twice before during the mock-ups. I was ecstatic. I celebrated.Obviously this was not the end of the effort. I had to apply. My first choice was a great school in the City. Applications involved getting recommendations. So I approached my delivery unit head from my previous company. He was very supportive. I drafted the recommendation letters and sent it over to him.

Come August and my parents were here. Every weekend we traveled but I still had to get my applications done.I had work too!!!. Ideally I would have wanted 2 months to come up with 3 essays but I had to do it in 2 weeks. Yes I did it. I was really unhappy about the whole effort but my parents were a priority. The deadline date of Sep 15th was approaching fast. I submitted my application on Sep 15th at 11:45 P.M.I guess this is how I roll .Last minute work :P.In Oct I had to take a whole week off and take my parents and grand mom around west coast which was awesome. Back of my mind I was unhappy about my application.Then  I was called in for an interview on Nov 1st. The interview was okay. I decided to apply to another school by mid-November as I had lost hope on my first choice. We had a Puerto Rico trip booked during Thanks giving and I decided to enjoy that instead. On the day before Thanks giving I received an email. YES.YES.YES. My favorite school had accepted me. And here I am in Feb ready to attend classes at NYU Stern School of Business. Woooohoooo.

Lin

I am sure every Asian american is talking about “Linsanity”. If you have not heard about him the you should definitely watch one of his Youtube Videos.He is such an amazing revelation to have come straight from the bench to become a leading point-scorer in one game.It is also funny to see the reaction of whites as in their minds Asians are supposed to be brain-smart(which he is ..hello..he went to Harvard without scholarship) but not physically blessed. Jim is exactly that and much more. Hope he lives up to the hype for now.Meanwhile we can enjoy all the Linsanity we can get.

 

Active me

January fitness plan did not work well until the last week. So I have not been doing as much P90x as I had hoped just because of the way it leaves me exhausted. I need to raise my fitness level higher to get back to it. I have been doing Yoga regularly. There is a particular video at Yogaglo that I am specially fond of. This video is really good in the way it gets all parts of body stretched and non-exhausting at the same time. I get up at 6:00 AM everyday to do a 30 min Yoga practice. I hit the gym around 1:00 P.M to 2:00 PM at work. I like to do a 30-45 min workout on elliptical and 10-20 mins exercise with weights.So far So good… Work it work it is the motto!!!

Random bearings

The beautiful thought that is Life, spurs you on when expectations seem like water a midst the barrenness of a desert.

Sleep in all its intensity is the experience in a dreamland that I guard with utmost possessiveness.

On a different note. Here is the Sugary delight from last night –

Facebook – Love Hate affair

I am really fed up..really!!! Yes Facebook is part of everybody’s life these days. If you are not on FB then you are seriously missing important information?? Yes and No. So this is what happened to me.

Love affair – Lets track back to 2009/2010. Those were the days when I used to get excited to post status messages, pictures , reviews and what not. I was ever excited to find some person I barely knew in school or college. Recollection of stories with each other and all the Blah Blah happened. I used to have meet ups to get together with people I found on Facebook.  ” New is always exciting” True that but I got carried away without realizing that it will come to bite me back in the future. I am a travel freak. I get ready to go to any place in mins. Be it trekking/hiking/exploring new places/lazing on the beach, I love it. So I got into the habit of taking photographs and posting them on FB. And the love affair continued….

Hate/Love/Hate – Come 2011, Bingo my entire family is on FB. Family includes Cousins, Brothers,Mom,Aunts, Mother-in-law, Uncles etc. “Are you kidding me???” was my remark each time I received a “Friend” request. No I do not want to be friends with you!!!!!!! You are better off as the Aunt whom I would like to meet/chat/talk. Not FB please. I could not reject any requests because …because..it was complicated. I like my cousins to be on FB. I shared some information(read pics) with my cousins, my Aunt and Uncle suddenly became aware of it. When they were not able to see the same information then ahem…”Why …what have we done..May be she does not like us”  was the next question. It did not stop there. It went to my Mom with people asking “why does not your daughter like us?”. At this moment I wanted to bang my head.  So there was this time period where I had to deactivate my profile to prove that I was not available to anybody. Not to cousins. Not to Aunts. Not to MIL.Nobody.Then I found a solution or so I thought. I divided everybody into various groups. “Friends”,”Acquaintances”,”Relatives”,”Relatives – Senior”, “Not liked”,”Abhor”(you ask me why I add people like this..because they are persistent in sending friend requests :P),”Inner Circle”,”Office”,”Close Office friends” and so on and so forth. I restricted people according to the group they belonged. Unfortunately this did not solve anything because here we are in 2012 and I do not have the faintest clue as to who can see what. My FB social circle looks like a Venn diagram with people belonging to more than one circle. I am too confused when I have to share anything. I do not know who can see what unless I check “view my profile” option as  “X”,”Y” or “Z”.

So what do I do?? I seriously do not know. I have curtailed myself and share generic information only .Wonder how other people deal with this.