Sunday, August 09, 2009

Goodbye Atlanta... Hello...

Two days ago I wrapped up my internship in Atlanta. My team went to lunch at a swanky country club called East Lake. Though the menu was similar to a traditional country club anywhere else in the country, I must admit, I was impressed with my Asian Caesar Salad. YUMMY!! I ended up with more swag - another t-shirt to add to my growing collection from the company. I think I now have 5 new shirts from the last 12 weeks. I also got a new sweatshirt, a water bottle for my gym workouts and a sweet pen. My team and I exchange some small talk and then some pleasantries regarding the summer. I can't believe the 12 weeks flew as fast as they did. I left East Lake and headed due north towards Charlottesville arriving shortly before 11p. It felt good to be back in Cville as I never realized how much I missed it, especially Arch's Frozen Yogurt. Incredibly delicious and a Cville staple!!

I spent the weekend moving the boyfriend's stuff out of my townhouse and into his. I organized my closet just enough to repack for the next adventure. Last night, some second years caught up with drinks at CD's house. I still remember the first Camp Darden party at his place on Aug. 1, 2008, it was insane! I'm a little bummed that due to not having a free summer, most people are traveling up until the wire, myself included, so there is less gathering prior to school. I guess we'll have to make the most of our time together during second year.

Speaking of adventures, I'm off to CA tomorrow! When we planned this trip, it was supposed to be relaxing and reviving, instead, I think I'm going to need a vacation from my vacation, but isn't that always the case? I'll be in SF for 3 days and they're all filled. I've invited a small group of friends, about 30, over for a BBQ on Wednesday before I take off to Vegas on Thursday morning. It's a 9 hour drive from my house in CA and I need to be as prepared as possible for the ad-hoc bachelorette party on Thursday night. My good friend from college gets married on Saturday and Sunday we drive to SoCal to see the boyfriend's family. After three days there, we'll drive north again, stopping in Morro Bay for a night to ourselves before one last night in SF and a flight back to DC. It's going to be a whirlwind, but it's always good to see friends and family.


Metal said...

Congrats on getting done!

IvoBligh said...

Hi July,
I've been reading your blog quite frequently over the last few weeks and days. Anyway, would you mind sharing your thoughts on re-applying? I was waitlisted last year and was eventually dropped off the waitlist without being admitted.


Illuminati said...

Hi Paige,

is the internship period 12 weeks long in every US b-school or does it vary from school to school? And how effective is the Darden's career office in arranging internship for its students?


JulyDream said...

@IvoBligh - I'm a big proponent that if you know what you want, you should go for it. If you truly believe in your fit with Darden, reapply. I've had an incredible experience here and would do it again. Also, you can ask for feedback regarding your candidacy. Schools are not required to give it to you, but it doesn't hurt to ask. If you have more specific questions, email me through my "about me" section.

@Illuminati - The internship period varies by company. Most internships are as short as 8 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. About 50% of students find their internship on campus. The other 50% are off-campus. That said, I do think Darden's Career Development Center (CDC) works hard to find opportunities, but in the end, it's the student who lands the offer.