I just wrote an entire fired-up response, than hit backspace, which backed my browser up one window, subsequently losing my entire post. FOTRUNATLEY, I am in your position, and have nothing better to do with my time in the office than to re-type the damn thing!
SO - As mentioned, I am in your similar boat (I'm not married and don't own a home, this becomes relevant)
Too often, we find ourselves so concerned with finding the best/highest paid/most hours
job we can. Unfortunately, I see this concept exemplified with MBA students! You are in a unique position, you have been accepted to an obligation (be it work or school) with a significant prior notice. Essentially, you can do whatever you want this summer, and you will be in the same role this fall - act on it!
By your description of your current job, you have little to no gratification (sounds like my job!) So get the hell out of there!
Is there anything you have really wanted to do? Anything crazy? Go hitchhike across the country (ok, at your own risk, and with your wife's approval), write a book, learn to cook, learn a language, travel to some foreign land, put some time into your business idea, train for something, do some gratifying volunteer work. During that job interview after your MBA graduation, what do you think a potential employer would rather hear about, how you stuck it out at your shitty job, or did something truly unique/risky/inspiring? I wouldn't want to work for a company who values the prior more than the latter...
Libtery Day (Last day): May 2nd
Move to school (UC - Boulder): Mid Julyish
Classes: Mid August
May 4th: Using 35,000 air miles (thanks current employer!), fly roundtrip to Lima, Peru. Meet up with my girlfriend in La Paz, Bolivia (she'll be working for Engineers Without Borders, helping develop a wastewater treatment facility - she rocks
). Over the next 18 days, I plan to bike down the "death road"
, climb Huayana Potosi (19,900 feet)
, hike around Machu Pichu, and explore some seriously different and rich cultures.
June-July, train for some Tri's, bike across Michigan, do the things I've always wanted to do.
When I'm old and gray, will I regret these decisions? I can't imagine so. Many of my friends and co-workers think I'm crazy, but crazy is sticking with an unsatisfying job when you don't have to.
Live NOW, you'll make money later (you're going to have an MBA right!?)