Sunday, September 01, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things

I'm sitting on MBAOver30's couch watching him nurse a case of malaria (as he calls it) which is really just a good old fashioned hangover (as anyone else would call it).  I'm in Philly for a wedding and I dragged him to the outdoor ceremony and reception on this especially humid day.  I find it amusing that he thought drinking from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. was a good life choice at his age. Old men should know better.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Working Girl

Last week I ended my one year streak without gainful employment.  As much as I love Booth I was definitely ready for the school year to be over (as evidenced by my inability to conjure even an ounce of "give a shit" for my ops class).  However, not wanting to be in school does not equate to wanting a job.  Anyone who knows me is well aware of my strong aversion to the actual process of going to work.  But on June 17 instead of hitting snooze three times, surfing the net for an hour, and grudgingly dragging my ass to an office 20 minutes late, I actually woke up before 6, went for a jog, and showed up 15 minutes early.  Why was I so eager?  One word: GOOGLE!

Thursday, May 30, 2013


I woke up yesterday morning to an e-mail from Clear Admit notifying me that the Brain Dump is this year's Best of Blogging winner.  I would like to thank everyone who reads, comments, and lurks on my blog for all of your support.  When I took a hiatus from blogging back in 2007 I could have never imagined that an MBA would be the impetus for reviving The Brain Dump.  I had no idea that a few posts to get me back in the habit of writing in preparation for b-school essays would turn into something  that is appreciated by so many people.  I know that I do not update as often as some people would like (I'm looking at you Mr. MBAOver30), but I hope to keep up with writing throughout the summer while I'm on my internship.  I'd like to congratulate MBAOver30 and Julianne for placing 2nd and 3rd in this year's competition.  I'm a fan of both blogs.  Also congratulations to all of the nominees. I'm really hoping that Str1der blogs about his time at Tuck and I can't wait to see where hamm0 ends up after the upcoming application cycle.  Thank you again everyone.


Friday, May 10, 2013

And the Nominees Are...
It's been a long day.  I just returned home from performing in Booth's annual Follies showcase (with three hours of class and an hour of LPF preceding it).  On such a full day it's just like me to forget my phone at home.  So imagine my surprise when I finally see my Samsung's beautifully cracked screen and it's displaying a message from my buddy Hamm0 saying, "I voted for your blog in the ClearAdmit thing." "What ClearAdmit thing?"you ask.  Well, it turns out that it's time for Clear Admit's annual Best of Blogging awards and I am happy to announce that The Brain Dump has been nominated for one of this year's best blogs.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Easier Said than Done

I chose to pursue an MBA for one reason: to change my career.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do after business school long before I was even accepted anywhere. I want to create and manage social impact partnerships between private and social sector organizations.  I want to start in the corporate sector in either a foundation, sustainability, or CSR role (social impact in the corporate sector doesn't look the same at every company so there is variability in what department the jobs I'm interested in are staffed). My career goals played a major part in choosing which school to attend.  Deciding to attend Booth ultimately came down to determining that it was the school where I'd receive the best support in terms of recruiting.  I was absolutely correct in that assessment.  The career services team at Booth is phenomenal.  Career coaches helped me plot my target list of companies.  Second year career advisors gave me great feedback on my resume, cover letters, and interview skills.  I had access to every company I came to school knowing I wanted to target and many more that I hadn't even thought of before getting here.  I found job openings that weren't posted.  I interviewed through both on-campus and off campus recruiting methods.  In February I landed an offer from the world's largest retailer for the exact job I came to business school to get.  Three weeks after receiving the offer I declined it in favor of joining Google in a role very similar to what I was doing pre MBA. *Insert loud record scratch sound* What happened?

Monday, April 22, 2013

School Ties

One of the questions that I am often asked about Booth from prospective students and recent admits is, "If there are no cohorts and students live all over Chicago does Booth really have much of a community?"  According to Poets and Quants' article Chicago Booth vs. Kellogg, "The school purposely lacks core cohort groups and has no residence halls for its MBAs, factors that make it harder for real community to occur. Some Chicago students say the school still lacks the camaraderie you’ll find at many other b-schools, especially Kellogg, and that some students graduate from Chicago with only a handful of people they would call friends."  I've also repeatedly read comments like, "the flexible curriculum does not allow for bonding," and "Booth is a commuter school."

Monday, April 01, 2013

We Ghana Party!

I'm chilling in a hotel room in Addis Ababa with 5 other Boothies right now.  We're ordering room service and watching Naija music videos right now.  I may or may not be doing a mean chair dance right now, but I admit to nothing.  Classes started today but we extended spring break for another day or two.  All good things must come to an end and in another hour or so we will be on our way to the airport to start the nearly 20 hour voyage back to Chicago.  Spring break 2013 is coming to an end and goodbye to Africa we must say.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quick Update

Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the middle of final exam week. Lucky for me none of my classes had finals this quarter.  But wait! Before any of my fellow MBA students throw daggers at me I do have a huge final project due on Friday for my marketing research class. I don't even want to get into the hellish clusterfuck that assignment is.
Alas, I do not have til Friday to finish it. It needs to be out the door tomorrow because by 7p.m. I will be on my way to O'Hare to begin my voyage to Ghana for spring break. Thirty of my classmates and I are heading to Ghana and Ethiopia for Chicago African Business Group's annual Africa trek.Africa isn't new to me since I've been to Cameroon many times to spend time with my ridiculously awesome (and awesomely crazy) family. However, this will be my first time going to Africa's east coast and I can't wait. I love me some Ethiopian food and I'm about to eat that country out of all injera I can stomach. 
I will likely be away for the week of spring break (but that's not unlike most weeks lately) so I want to say good luck to Booth's R2 applicants and a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to the new admits. 
When I get back I'll update you all on the haps in Ghana and Ethiopia as well as do some poetic waxing about career choices in business school. Til then, may the odds be ever in your favor. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Less than a year ago I was sitting in Harper Center 104 amid a sea of several hundred admitted students listening to Kurt Ahlm, Dean of Admissions, welcome all of us to Chicago Booth.  Me and my future classmates were like newborn babies in a family.  Booth lavished us with attention and adoration, constantly congratulating us on the accomplishment of gaining admission and welcoming us into the Booth community.  Fast forward 10 months and just like that there's a new bunch of babies on the way and we're the not nearly as adorable older siblings.  It feels like class of 2014 just got to campus and we're already welcoming the class of 2015.  People were right, business school moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while you could miss it.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tell Me About a Time

Since January the halls of Harper Center have been alive with the sounds of recruiting.  From calls of "good luck" as friends march toward the temple of doom (interview rooms) to the hushed condolences after a botched case interview recruiting is all around us.  In fact, it's even spread to the applicant pool as schools have now released (or are releasing) the round 2 interview invites.  Inevitably, after the cheers of joy for moving on to the next phase in the process, the panic of moving on descends.  In honor of this festive season of nerves, paranoia, and ocassional nausea I would like to recount my interview experiences from last application season and give some advice for this year's applicants (Booth's in particular).

Thursday, January 31, 2013

You Like Me!!!

Halleluljah the miracle came early! I just got a summer internship offer. I don't want to say much right now because I'm still in the middle of recruiting with several companies. The job is with a company that has been at the top of my list since before school started.  Hell, I even mentioned them in my Booth career goals essay.  The phone call was very unexpected.  Actually it was so unexpected that I screamed in the recruiter's ear and told her to shut up.  I really do need to handle getting good news better.  Whatever.  So freaking happy right now.

I have an interview tomorrow that I should stay in and prep for...but screw it! I'm going out tonight!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me

I lied. I'm not out of this relationship.  I'm in. I'm so in, it's humiliating cause here I am begging. Shut up. You say, "Meredith," and I yell, remember. Okay, here it is. Your choice it's simple. Her or me. And I'm sure she's really great, but Derrick, I love you. In a really really big pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you love you. So, pick me. Choose me.  Love me.