Sunday, June 28, 2009

Big Weekend Move

Here I sit in Dulles airport, delayed. While this is not my ideal finish to a weekend before work Monday morning, I am thankful that this coming week is a short one. I flew into Dulles on Friday evening and drove the two hours to Charlottesville to spend one last night in my Ivy apartment. Moving is often bitter sweet. On one hand you have the opportunity to purge your excess belongings, but on the other hand, someone has to physically move the items you decide to keep.

There we were, 8 in the morning on Saturday, picking up the Uhaul truck that would be our best buddy for the next eight hours. I had made a deal with my roommate that due to her scheduling conflict, she could pack the weekend prior and send someone to help my boyfriend and I on moving day. That someone showed up and helped for 45 minutes until he was called away for a family emergency. I do feel bad about the circumstances though that left two of us to move out all my stuff, her stuff, and my boyfriend's belongings (we're storing his stuff at my new place until he gets his). We succeeded in our moving adventure. However that day was far too long! Although the items are moved, the new pad is a complete disaster and will be dealt with another day.

Before the cleaning frenzy that was Sunday, we met up with some classmates to see Transformers 2 on Saturday night. Afterwards, four of us ventured to a friend's for fresh strawberry daiquiris and beer. It was well deserved. The conversation turned towards internships and many people noted their disappointment with the level of challenge set forth. I've come to the conclusion that many large corporations either don't know what to do with interns or they don't realize the amount of horsepower an MBA brings to the table. Still trying to figure out which one is more true.

It was a great weekend, even with the endless hours of manual labor. I thoroughly enjoyed my classmates and forgot how much I missed cville.
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Julie said...

Funny... it's the purging of excess stuff that I hate about moving, but the physical labour part I don't mind so much since it's a bit more mindless. :-)

When I moved two months ago, I sent a whole truckload of stuff to Goodwill, though, and that felt good!

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that you drank to much "kool-aid" at b-school to expect to be doing much more than sorting spreadsheets and making decks during this summer? To ramp someone up for a 6-8 week internship wouldn't make much sense, since they are only going to roll-off in a few weeks. I think b-school is great for career mobility, but I do believe some schools set expectations to high, that they'll graduate and be titans of industry immediately.

JulyDream said...

@Anonymous: While I understand your concerns, I don't believe our expectations are too high. My hope was simply that my project would be something that I couldn't complete prior to business school, because afterall, what are you paying for if you're not learning anything? I understand the 6-8 week thing, but given my internship is 12... That's 3 mos to do something productive. Further, I also don't believe many of us think we'll be titans of industry, we expect simply that we will know more than when we started school and will hopefully be able to add value.

HairTwirler said...

That happens to a lot of people - I was certainly among them! Isn't it amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in a year? I only lived in my DC place for a little over a year and threw away a ridiculous amount of stuff before flying across the pond. Good luck in the rest of your internship!