Tuesday, July 14, 2009

First day of graduate school

This was the first day of the financial analysis program at St. Mary's College of California. I guess that officially makes me a graduate student!

The program began with the FAIM 601 lecture. At first it was like being back in high school. However, each session is four hours long, and accounting isn't exactly the most exciting subject in the world. I'll have to try to not fall asleep. ^_^

Unlike other graduate programs, this one is geared towards professionals. Though most students are millennials, there are a few in their 40s and beyond. The classes aren't held on campus, but at the American Management Association conference center at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. I have to take the BART to San Francisco twice a week as we meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The commute arguably is my least favorite part.

I'm actually still finishing up my bachelor's degree and will be taking classes at both Berkeley and the AMA for the next five weeks. The overlap is going to be tough, but definitely nothing I can't handle. On the subject of which, I should probably get back to preparing for my Math 128A midterm. Peace.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

back from the graduate school orientation

I just got back from the orientation at St. Mary's College of California. Getting there took a while as the campus is 55 miles away in Moraga. Unlike my college orientation, this one was only a few hours long.

The event began with a networking session. I got to meet the other students and enjoy hors d'oeuvres. The faculty and administrators then went over things like class descriptions and graduation requirements. The day concluded with a delicious three-course dinner. This was definitely a warm welcome to the program. You can view my pictures here.

It's hard to believe I'll be starting graduate school in six days. Damn, I feel old. ^_^

Sunday, July 5, 2009

a brief 4th of July weekend report

The 4th of July weekend was rather uneventful as I'm incredibly busy this summer. I'm taking two classes at Berkeley and will be starting two others in San Francisco very soon. That means I've had to spend most of the time studying. Yeah, fun.

Other than that, I did go hiking with my parents a few times. We also saw a professional fireworks display from our house. So at least the long weekend wasn't that bad.

In other news...

Happy first anniversary to my cousin Anne and her husband Lawrence!

Currently listening to: "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga