Friday, October 8, 2010


1. I'm not going to talk about MBA applications right now. I haven't done it so much here, but I'm just exhausted by it. It's so much work, when all the while you are essentially presenting your life for inspection. Do they like you? After days and days of work, do you get a rejection anyway?*

Despite politics and Christianity being important parts of my life (and the former a huge part of my leadership experiences), I largely left them out of my application. I know for sure I have been discriminated against in similar circumstances previously. I won't make the same mistake again.

2. I have to go give presentations in English tomorrow. I'm pretty sure they won't even pay me half of my hourly dollar rate in pesos. In other words, they'll pay me about 10% of what I'd normally accept to wake up on a Saturday morning. When we're talking 10%, I'd generally rather that they not pay me at all, but I think I will have no choice.

Surprisingly, now that I speak Spanish reasonably well, some of my most awkward moments are when respected people want to speak English with me, because I feel pressured to understand. Tomorrow I have to understand the director when she speaks English. It might be might not be, and I'm sympathetic to her feelings if I don't understand her.

3. I am finishing a fantastic champagne as I write this. This is my favorite champagne in the world -- Argentine, of course. Por supuesto, che.

* Given that my GMAT score is above the median for every school, this is arguably worse when I get rejected.

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