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New post 18 Jan 2007, 08:40
So lets say we all get admits to the schools we want to get into? (No, I haven't yet). What are you planning on doing before classes begin?

On the one hand I'm thinking save as much as I can before joining with maybe a couple weeks of vacation at the end. Tuition combined with living expenses will put me in a lot of debt if I don't. On the other hand I want to go completely berzerk and take 3 months off and go travelling and exploring. Potentially even doing some networking at various places/cities for intership opportunities next year.

Any thoughts? What are you guys planning?

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New post 18 Jan 2007, 08:45
If I enter LBS I'll probably quit my job and try to get a temp (from April until the end of July) one in London maybe at some IB (there are quite a few temp vacancies there) to get some money and a different work experience. Then in August, get back to Portugal and spend almost a month spearfishing and surfing because probably (at least I hope so) this year will be my last one to have such a vacation for at least 2 or 3 years now.

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New post 18 Jan 2007, 08:52
If I get into an ultra-elite I guess I'll take more time off (maybe like a month) because I assume I'll make more money upon graduating. I'd like to travel and visit friends scattered all across the country. I was thinking of doing volunteer work in New Orleans too.

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New post 18 Jan 2007, 09:19
I have a list of things I want to do! Some of them include:

1) Learning to play golf

2) Cooking Classes

3) Toastmasters

4) Getting into a regular exercise routine

5) Catching up with movies, books

6) Reading BusinessWeek end to end each week

7) Traveling

8) Volunteering


:shock: I think I should just quit today!

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New post 18 Jan 2007, 09:21
I also have a similar interest...

1) Continue to learn to play golf

2) Cooking Classes, if I can afford them (which I cant)

3) Getting into a regular exercise routine

4) Travelin if I can afford it (which I cant)

5) Maybe go through a stats book or accounting book to prepare.

Thats my list :)

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New post 18 Jan 2007, 09:33
1) Sleep 12+ hours per day for at least an entire week. (I need to repay the principal on the sleep I've been mortgaging to study for GMAT and prepare apps...)

2) Do some strategic consultancy for the family business (2 weeks / part time).

3) Hop on motorcycle, grab some cash and head North.

4) Arrive at least 10 days before start to settle and maybe study a bit.

Cheers. L.

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New post 18 Jan 2007, 09:50
I'm definitely going to Dubai to visit the in-laws and then eventually to Mumbai to see my family.

We're going to try to combine our anniversary with this trip as well so we're thinking about the Maldives as an extension to the trip.

In addition, I also want to catch up with friends that are scattered across the US, try to burn up some FF miles.

My wife will have to quit her Job too, so she'll be focusing on job searches for wherever we end up.

Taking as much time as you can off before joining school is definitely reccomended by most of the students I've spoken to. The numerous clubs/activities coupled with rigorous curriculums and topping it off with internship/job searches will take every bit of energy we have. Anytime we can spend to cool off and get mentally prepared will be worthwhile.

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New post 18 Jan 2007, 10:46
I wish I had more money so I could quit now :)

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New post 21 Jan 2007, 19:03
oh, the list is endless. here is an abbreviated version...

1) "working" until june. can't walk away from the new salary :)
2) transitioning my half of side business to my partner
3) "consulting" (aka doing ad hoc projects for free) for my dad's business
4) traveling & volunteering abroad.
5) taking part in 3 weddings
6) brushing up on quantitative skills (been working at a 3rd grade math level for the past 3+ years)
7) reading. lots of reading.
8) developing killer abs

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New post 21 Jan 2007, 19:38
killer abs lol.

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New post 21 Jan 2007, 19:40
I was going to quit asap, visit friends and sleep on couches. However, I was able to negotiate my way into a china rotation program at work, so I'll be in our Beijing office for 6months. My employer hates turnover, and they were therefore willing to bend over backwards to get those extra months out of me.

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New post 21 Jan 2007, 21:21
rhyme wrote:
killer abs lol.

Yeah that and do a marathon(which was my New year's resolution). And catch up with reading and social life. :)

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New post 22 Jan 2007, 04:22
- Quit my job, go on a holiday to my friend in Italy.
- Read a lot
- Photographing a lot
- Road trippin'
- Honing up my soccer skills to my prior level, out of practice for god knows how long
- Stay with my family
- Womanizing

rhyme wrote:
killer abs lol.


- And this.

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New post 22 Jan 2007, 22:27
How about shotgunning your resume to 2~300 companies just to let them know that you'll be in the market for an intern in about 12 months?

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New post 22 Jan 2007, 22:29
standard wrote:
- Womanizing





Better to get that out of your system on this side of the planet, seriously.

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New post 22 Jan 2007, 23:12
- Spend time with girlfriend (she has been most considerate during the whole application process) and parents

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If you want to learn how to cook Indian and Chinese....you know where I will be this fall. :-D

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GMATT73 wrote:
How about shotgunning your resume to 2~300 companies just to let them know that you'll be in the market for an intern in about 12 months?


Well, this is basically what I'm working on now. Securing my internship for next summer so I dont have to deal with recruiting.

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Well, this is basically what I'm working on now. Securing my internship for next summer so I dont have to deal with recruiting.

Do you already know what you're looking for?

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New post 23 Jan 2007, 07:36
I have a list :shock:

1) Definately go on one of the pre-class international trips with other future 1st years, if the program offers it... e.g. ChicagoGSB Random Walks

2) Try to get my girlfriend to transfer law school to my bschool (haha)

3) Start spending more time with my friends here (since i wont be seeing them much after i move)

4) see if i am waitlisted at any schools better than the one i'm admitted to in which case cancel all the above and retake the gmat :lol:

5) find a replacement for me at my job (small company and i actually like this place)

p.s. already do: toastmasters, golf (does driving range count?!)

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New post 27 Jan 2007, 08:40
rhyme wrote:
GMATT73 wrote:
How about shotgunning your resume to 2~300 companies just to let them know that you'll be in the market for an intern in about 12 months?


Well, this is basically what I'm working on now. Securing my internship for next summer so I dont have to deal with recruiting.


Any replies yet?

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