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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Is it time to go home yet? I need some advice please!

There's nothing better than knowing that you passed all the milestones and are bored out of your mind because you have nothing else to do for the time being.

So I'm just chilling in my pod right now, trying REALLY hard to seem productive but just updating my blog... Yeah, I just hope that they don't check my browser history. *fired*

As we are moving toward with the program, we are facing being placed in various parts of the country. We are going to have the placement talk with our manager to see where we want to go and where we will be better fitted.

Here are my top 3 choices:

1. Seattle, WA <--I LOVE rain; I don't have to pay state tax/can drive to Oregon where there's no sales tax; I can make a short trip to Canada; my mom and I have always talked about being there. It's also a great market.

2. Denver, CO <--Nathan. We have been talking a lot about how our future, and me moving back to Denver for the rest of the 2 years of his PhD will definitely strengthen our relationship. Even though he said he wants me to go where I want to go, but I know he secretly wants me to go back. It's also a great market, but

3. Austin, TX <--I've never been there, but I heard it's like Boulder but more hip. Apparently businesses are booming there.

Anyone has lived/been to those places? Any advice/recommendations are more than welcome!

Thanks everyone!

<3

Tao

Monday, April 23, 2012

I'm not dead; I'm just overworked.

Hey is this thing on? *tabs microphone*

I know, I know, I've been neglecting my blog for WAY too long. Work has been kicking my butt and, let's just be honest, presseing "record" on my camera is a lot easier than sitting here and type for an hour. Thank you to all of you who had stuck with me during this turbulent period.

We have our Panel at work right now. This is basically the final exams for us to see if we are ready to face the "real world" and get placed. The panel is made up of 5 parts and I've passed 3 last week, 2 more to go this week. However, there's nothing else for me study anymore. At this point it's pretty much either you know it or you don't. I have a presentation to give the panel judges tomorrow at 8am but I won't be able to recieve the case until tonight (so yes, I only have an evening to prepare it).

What's better to do than freaking out? Posting a blogpost during work hours of course. Since we are in the final stage of the program, our managers kind of turn a blind eye to what we do during our "study hours".

I gotta say though, never have I felt so close to a group of people, yet so helplessly alone. At the begining of the program, everyone had the same goal: Get through the program. Everyone worked together and leveraged eachother. We were all new to this huge city with no one but ourselves. Corporate America was scary, the hours were long, and the workload was intense, but we had eachother, and all was fine.

As we are coming to the end and facing the decisions of being placed, people changed. Their real color showed and the claws came out. Some people became moochers and our group dynamic changed.  People who used to not care about where they are going all of a sudden care A LOT now. Now only do we have to managed the pile of work, I leave the office exhausted everyday from dealing with people. I miss my family; I miss my cats; and I miss Nathan (Let's not even get started talking about how many conversations Nathan and I had over my placement options. That's for another day).

If this is what being an adult entails, then I don't like being an adult.

When I'm stressed out from being with people and need a quick getaway, which seems to happen on a weekly basis, I take my butt over to the Georgia Aquarium. When my mom came to visit me a couple months ago, I took her to the aquarium. 

It was in February...it was FREEZING that day!


 It was breathtaking inside. I instantly feel calm the second I see the fish tanks.







 This is my favorite place to be in the aquarium. I often forget about all my problems and just take a a moment to appreciate the manmade nature.

We also saw penguins! Those mofos are so cute!!

Anyway, I have a training I have to go to. More updates to come. :)

<3

Tao