As usual, a lot of things have been happening the past couple of weeks making it really hard to sit down and write anything. Weekdays have been as busy as I expected with work and travel, but I am surprised at how busy my weekends have also been, making it really difficult to keep up with everything.  Fortunately, this weekend was a little bit slower, so I was able to sit down and get through some items on my to-do list, but I already know that next weekend is shot (for good reasons). 

At work, I had my mid-summer review a few weeks back, and I think that it went pretty well. I was a little frustrated at myself after hearing some of the things that I need to improve on, mainly because they were things that I was completely expecting and should have been able to avoid.  Nonetheless, it was good to hear that feedback because it reminded me to focus on those items.  That coupled with some really dumb mistakes I made last week made me feel like I was going into the second half of the internship with some negative momentum, which led me to start putting in more hours to to try and reverse the trend. For all I know, I may still be doing really well, but it doesn’t matter, because I’m not meeting my own expectations (darn my personality).

It hasn’t all been doom and gloom though. The work has been a little different than I expected, but I am having a good time.  I recently learned about the things the other interns are working on, and it sounds like there is a lot of interesting stuff happening at the office.  I can definitely see how a few years at a consulting firm could make for some amazing personal development. Traveling is pretty fun, and I’ve learned how to pack extremely efficiently for 3-4 day trips with my half-sized carry-on and laptop case. I think that I’ve also leveled up in Excel thanks to the amount of time I’ve been working with it.  I wholeheartedly believe that Excel is one of the greatest programs ever created. Finally, I started taking more video and pictures while on travel last week, and that will hopefully lead to a sweet montage at the end of the summer (I wish I had started sooner). 

The weekend after the midsummer review, I went with some of the other interns to play a round of golf.  Although I had been to the driving range a few times (less than 4) in the past, it was my first time playing on a golf course.  I would like to say that I did as well at golf as I did at sporting clays, but that wasn’t the case.  Simply put, I am terrible.  At first, I thought that I might have beginner’s luck on my side because I had a pretty amazing first hole (sunk a long putt), but it turns out that was an isolated incident.


I don’t think that I’ll be picking up golf anytime soon, but it was great to get out there and enjoy the Texas heat for a little while. If I do pick it up and you happen to be on the same course as me, then be on the lookout for stray balls.

On the school front, the second round of course bidding was a lot more forgiving than the Texas heat. I got into two classes for two points and then snuck into FinD via the waitlist.  Although I am still on the wait list for another class that I’d really like to get into, it is very possible that this will be my final course list for next quarter.
<ul><li>ACCT-451 - Financial Reporting and Analysis</li><li>FINC-442 - Financial Decisions</li><li>MECN-446 - Pricing Strategies</li><li>MORS-468 - Managerial Leadership</li></ul>All in all, I am very happy with the classes. I’ve wanted to take 3 of the 4 classes for a while, and the last one, ACCT-451, looks like it could be quite the gem.

Finally, it’s time for another round of the Summer of Gratitude.  I spent the day yesterday out on the lake with my good friend Quinn and the Dallas Texas Exes, and it was a great reminder of just how critical my time at the University of Texas was from both a professional and personal standpoint. I’d love to get involved with my local chapter in some way after grad school, but we’ll see what happens.  For now though, I’ll be directing some gratitude to the university via donations! <p>