Before Moving Up To Cornell, A Farewell Dinner With Friends

So I had my farewell dinner before going to Cornell last night and it was perfect. It turned out exactly the way I envisioned it. We went to Agave down in the Village. Halfway through appetizers I told my friends that they were to think of a funny story about me and tell it to the table. It was good to rehash old stories as I go on to create new ones with a new group of friends.

Then I gave a “speech.” I started talking when I felt that I would be able to keep it together, but to no avail I was not able too. I just wanted to tell my friends how much they meant to me in general and especially throughout the application process which was the toughest time of my life. I would not have been able to get through it without their help and support so I wanted them to know that.

Now the next order of business is drinks with my ex-co-workers tonight, a couple of B-school friends, and my GMAT tutor. That should be a fun time! Then, it’s back home to pack for my trip to Michigan. I’m very much so looking forward to that as it’s going to consist of a lot of beverage consumption. This will be my “vacation” this year. Since I’m in no position to travel the world like some of my classmates are, this little getaway will hit the bank account slightly, but is a much needed getaway.

Now here is where the MBA stuff comes back in to play. So remember how I was nominated to be in MLT back in May. Well, I have an MLT assignment that I have to complete by the 25th (Monday). That means I have to do it while I’m in Michigan because I will be packing all day on the 25th and then going out to dinner with my parents.

Tuesday is the big moving day! I actually need to find out from my father if we can take his truck up there. That way I don’t have to pay $X to rent a U-Haul. I would not enjoy driving a U-Haul for five hours – or maybe I would! But it is another $300 that would have to come out of my pocket and I would rather buy my books with that $300. (There will be a post on the day that I move in with how much money I’ve spent going through this process) It’s uber important that people know what they are getting in to.

Hmm what else… Oh so I got my lease agreement today – FINALLY! Just gotta sign that thing and bring it with me on Tuesday. I’ll be renting furniture with my roommate so thankfully we don’t have to worry about beds and couches and all that nonsense. Just essentially have to bring my clothes…some linens…all my Cornell swag that I’ve received and ordered. Then once I move in I have to make sure that I get through all of the MBA Math material to prepare for Math Camp, which starts on the 2nd of August. I’ll make a separate post for folks with the agenda for Math Camp. I kind of had a little heart attack when I saw the agenda. But it should be a good time because a lot of my classmates will be in attendance.

This report is adapted from Richard Battle-Baxter’s blog posts at “Ellipsing My Way…To Business School.”

Previous posts by Richard at Poets&Quants:

Should You Hire an MBA Consultant?

Study for the GMAT or Polish Off an Essay?

Am I Really Cut Out For This?

My First Round Applications Are Looking Elusive

A Frustrating Day and Night on GMAT Prep

Having Trouble Hitting the Submit Button

It’s Nearly Midnight. Where Are All My Friends?

“Why An Admissions Consultant Objected To My Essay on Coming Out”

“Brain Racing at 4 a.m. Thinking About Business School”

“After Scoring a 620 on My GMAT, I Want To Die”

“Walk Me Through Your Resume” – My Interview at Dartmouth’s Tuck”

“My GMAT Students Are ‘Totally Obsessed Weirdoes With Unbelievable Work Ethics”

“With Apologies to Paul Simon, 50 Ways To Tell You’re Getting an MBA”

“My 30-Day Countdown to an MBA Acceptance”

“Tis’ The Season For Racing Hearts & Sweaty Palms”

“East Coast Blizzard Means More Time To Work on MBA Applications”

“Fear, Loathing & Panic In the Wee Small Hours of the Night”

“The Waiting Game Kicks In & It’s Brutal”

“If I Get Into a Top B-School, It Will Be the Happiest Day of My Life. If not….”

“25 Reasons I’m Over Obsessing About B-School.”

“An Invite to Interview from Cornell”

“Eight Things for New B-School Applicants”

“The Sheer Joy of an Acceptance”

“After Getting An Acceptance, I’m Thinking About…”

“A 20-Day Emotional Roller Coaster: One Acceptance, Five Rejections”

“How Will I Pay for My Cornell MBA? Good Question.”

“Preparing for Business School”

“Countdown to Cornell’s Johnson School of Business”

“An Open, Very Candid Letter to All New MBA Applicants”


Questions about this article? Email us or leave a comment below.