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Car2Go Marathon Relay

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A girl in my company asked if we would like to do a marathon relay with her.  I had no idea what it was, but jumped at the thought of having an end goal for training (since clearly I have not been able to motivate myself).  The marathon relay is called the Car2Go Marathon Relay.  It will be in September.  My co-worker, Lindsey, and I will be running the 10K portion.  That sounds like the perfect amount of running to me.  Anymore than 10 miles, I have realized, is not even enjoyable for me.

Hopefully, this will be the exact motivation I need to get my butt on that treadmill.  I have to say, the work-life balance hasn’t really been there. I have been so exhausted in the morning, I just haven’t been able to get out of bed. And it gets too dark too early to run the trail in the evening.  I pulled 2 14-hour days last week.  It’s frustrating, because I am in corporate accounting and not auditing, so that I don’t have to work those kinds of crazy hours.  It’s definitely made me question whether I should stay where I am or look elsewhere, for something with more of a balance.   We’ll  see what happens, but I am hoping that the workload lightens up a bit.

In the meanwhile, marathon relay training is underway!

Car2Go Marathon Relay 

I GOT INTO UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS!

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So, last Thursday, I got great news.  I got into the UT evening MBA program!  I had missed a call from Sharon, the woman I had interviewed with and saw at brunch.  I called her back and it went to voicemail.  I started chatting coworkers and asking what they would be calling about. No one knew really, but all guesses were something about admissions.  She called me back around 11AM.  “Well, I am calling with good news! You should be receiving notification any day that you are into the program.” I thanked her and was almost in tears about it.  She gave me some details about the program, told me to join the Facebook page for the class, and that I needed to submit a $2000 deposit to the university.

I am so freaking happy! I called my mum and my dad.  My dad was just thrilled.  And my dad does not drop f-bombs, but his exact words were, “out-fucking-standing.” My mum said, I gave her goose bumps.  I told my sister Friday.  And, like all other people my age would, I posted it on my Facebook wall.  The results were awesome.  People came up to me all day at the office to high five me and gives me hugs.

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I got to celebrate that night, during Austin’s Startup Pubcrawl.  Startup companies open their doors to anyone who wants to come in and have a drink.  So, that was really fun!

My friend Justin was chatting with me on Friday.  And he reminded me how awesome getting in is.

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Man, what a relief! It was such an awesome feelings and I will be soaking up this feeling for a long time to come.  I am a Longhorn, baby, I am a Longhorn!

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UT Interview Questions

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I had my interview with UT last Friday. I think it went well. You always walk away, wishing you had done some things differently.  I definitely wish I was more specific in some of my experiences.  It’s hard to think of work experiences and life experiences and relating them to the questions.  But overall, it was a very casual interview.  The woman I met with was kind and warm and tentative.  I definitely appreciated her demeanor.  I mean, it was 330 on a Friday. I’m sure we both just wanted to have a cocktail during this absolutely beautiful day – it was gorgeous out.  When we wrapped up, I told her I would be going to an information brunch session the following Saturday and she said, she would be there as well. So, it’ll be nice to see her outside of the interview.  She seemed like an interesting person.

Anyways, I wanted to post the questions I could recall from the interview, as help to anyone else.  My interviewer was asking the questions off the top of her (no list), so this isn’t like an exact list of what you’ll get or anything, but it helps to know what kind of questions are typically asked.

  • Walk me through your resume.
  • Who is someone you look up to?
  • What do you want to do while getting your MBA?  What do you want to immediately afterwards?
  • Name a situation of when you solved a problem in the workplace.
  • What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work?
  • How do you deal with stress?
  • What would your supervisors say about you?
  • What is your biggest career accomplishment?
  • Did you not like Finance?
  • Have you ever worked on a team with someone who doesn’t pull their weight?  How did you deal with it?
  • What are you hoping to gain from your classmates?
  • What will your classmates gain from you?
  • What do your work hours look like?
  • Are there are courses that stood out to you as interesting?
  • What did you want to be when you were a kid?
  • Do you have any questions for me?
    • Did you attend UT?
    • Have you always lived in Austin?
    • What has your career been like?

So, hopefully that is kind of helpful.  I didn’t get any of the crazy questions that I was stressing out about.  I’m, of course, eagerly awaiting results, but it’ll be some time, so I just need to focus on other things until then.  Not hard to do with a busy schedule. =)

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Rethinking the Bicycle Thing

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So, I have made zero progress in buying a bicycle (wow, this is like the walk of shame week with posts).  I look at the bicycle resolution like I look at the Chicago resolution.  Once the ticket is purchased, it’s pretty much a done deal.  Once the bicycle is purchased, resolution accomplished.  Not really anything crazy to work up to.

Two things are making me rethink the bicycle thing.  The first revolves around Austin’s implementation of new bike rental centers throughout the city.  It is called Austin Bcycle.  There are kiosks all over downtown, for renting a bicycle and returning it to a different kiosks.  

Austin Bcycle

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While there are no convenient locations for my current location right now, there are more coming.

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One block up from my apartment

So, this whole system seems like much less of a hassle than owning a bike.  I can either choose to buy a year membership for $80.00 or I can just pay as I go.  Although this will be more expensive than buying a bike long-term, buying a bike just might not be necessary.

My second reason totally reverses this whole desire to bike at all.  I walked to my UT interview last Friday.  And, as I was walking home, during the rush hour traffic at 430, I saw a gentleman, who was not wearing a helmet, fly off of his bicycle.  He literally flew over the handlebars and fell on his back.  At first, I couldn’t process what had happened.  I thought he hit a curb and ate it after the mishap.  But a car had hit him.  I am glad that he was okay. He was limping a bit, but no blood or anything.  And then I encountered the awkward aftermath.  The woman who hit him was older and was saying, she hadn’t seen him and she was sorry. And there was the typical third party person, who was obviously concerned, but also overstepping his role in the incident – shoving the woman away from the injured man and yelling at her.  It was just really uncomfortable. 

Initially, I was thinking I needed a bicycle for when I got into school, because I would be walking from work, which is 0.8 miles, and then to the university, which is another 1.2 miles.  It’s just a long walk and it really is a time killer.  But I would be riding a bike around 5PM, in the craziness of rush hour… I don’t know that I am a confident enough biker, to do that.  It’ll definitely be something I will mull around with it a bit.

Ultimately, I just might not need the bicycle.  I might have this other option, which would be awesome!

Learning Something New Everyday Also Not Prioritized

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Unfortunately, I have not been doing a stellar job with learning something new every day either.  The hours I have been putting in, at the office, have been longer than normal and my brain in mush when I finally get home.  I think because February is a short month and we are prepping for our audit, work has just been a bit crazier than normal.

I did learn one thing this month… Such a fail. Gosh, I hate seeing that in writing.  But the one thing I learned is that cats do recognize their name and their owner’s voice.  When they don’t respond to their owner’s calls, it’s because they are choosing not to.  This information totally solidifies that cats are jerks. 

Cats are Jerks

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I’m going to try to get back on learning something new every day this week. I actually really liked learning the unique, odd-end, random facts. It was fun. And the people in my department liked hearing them.  And I would text or chat my friends the facts.  I don’t know. It seems silly, but it’s really fun.  I want to make sure I get back on this resolution, less so because it’s a resolution, but more so because it’s enjoyable.

Apparently, Running is a Lower Priority This Month

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Running this month has NOT been going well at all. Between the crazy weather and this MBA application process, it just hasn’t been falling high in my priority totem pole.  As of last week, I have clocked 50 hours this year.  Realistically, it should be at 85 miles or so. It may not seem like a huge difference, but those 35 miles are not going to happen overnight.  That’s for sure.

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I will NOT click that ‘”edit goal” button, I will not…

I realize that I need to make more of an effort to actually run 5 times a week (minimum).  And I want to be. I felt so much better in January than I have in February.  I felt more energetic, I felt thinner, and I felt like my sleep patterns (and, gross, but my bowel movements) were more regulated and predictable. I’ve been waking up a 230 in the morning almost every day and not being able to sleep for hours.  It’s so frustrating, but it doesn’t happen, when I run.

My roommate actually had a great idea for motivation.  She bought two bathing suits for the summer.  She said, she was hoping that would motivate her to work out and tone up.  I went ahead and did the same. I thought it was a great idea!  I bought two bathing suits on Amazon, on Saturday.

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I’m not trying to make my body look like that – I enjoy food on the weekends a little bit too much.  But, HEY, the photos might serve as much motivation as the actual bathing suits! Winking smile

UT Interview

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Look what showed up in my inbox last week!

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I was thrilled! I forwarded the email to everyone who has been supporting me.  I set up an interview for this Friday. I took the day off to clear my head and focus on the major goal of the day – rockin’ that interview. 

In order to prep, I reached out to two of my coworkers that were accepted into the university in the fall.  I asked if they would mind me picking their brain a bit about the interview and getting their perspective on it.  Both gentlemen were very gracious and agreed meet (enticing them with free coffee / lunch Winking smile).

In addition, my friend Jeremy said he would gladly do a mock interview, to help me prep, which everyone has recommended me do.  I think that’ll be a great way to practice my answers and create a solid image of who I am, during this hour long interview.  I’ve also been sent a bunch of typical interview questions asked by b-schools.  Reviewing these and thinking about answers, again, will be a great way to create my image.

Super excited, guys! Sitting here typing this, I have a huge smile plastered across my face.  It’s just so exciting to think this is all hopefully getting ready to fall into place. =)

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