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This is my tri monthly blog! It has been a while. I just returned from Prague for a surprise Valentines Day trip for the misses. I had a bag packed and she didn’t know where we were going until we got there (Praha on the terminal might have gave it away).
So here we are. The first term well in the rear view mirror, and now just a long internship application process ahead. Actually, most already have that in the rear view. Not I.

Lets recap the past couple months.

DECEMBER

Finals End – Passed all my EXAMS!!!

Snowboarding in Val Thorens France – crazy time with 180 LBSers in the land of cheese and lait. *tip. if you get in trouble, just tell them you’re from LSE!

Christmas and New Years Back in Miami – ah sunshine and my husky puppy :)

JANUARY

Corporate partners week/eternity – I asked so many memorable questions, and shook so many hands, I’ve mastered the perfect pressure of a hand shake (22psi if you were wondering)

The misses stayed in Florida for this one – let me tell you, she wanted to stay. I had to force her to come back and console me on not getting my first interview.
You thought it was tough getting in to B-School?
Getting in is a bit like a college football player getting drafted. Yea you were faster than most people, good job!
Getting the internship is like making the pro bowl… 4 months after joining the league. We all can’t be Andrew Luck, I guess I’m just Brady Quinn.

Rugby is back! – I watched football and home at thought, “hey, Adrian Peterson would be a pretty good outside center!”

Tricked my girlfriend into coming back to London – :-D

FEBRUARY

I have the best schedule of all time – Even though I am taking 2 electives this term, I still have Thursday and Friday off. That means I get to explore this part of the world. UK is up first… where exactly is Kings Landing? and how do I get north of “The Wall”?

Rugby in Stevensage – They are well fed up there, and well angered.

Rugby in Oxford – To them, we seemed well fed and well angered. Aww to socialize with 19 year olds and their rock music, and their MTV, and this internet place they all hang out at.

Prague – I have no clue what I ate, but it was delicious. Mystery cheeses and random pickled meats. I already eat horse apparently, so what else do I have to lose.

That’s all I have for now. But I will be more frequent with this. And watch this awesome video!

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2:30 Saturday morning, there’s crazy fireworks and bonfires going on outside. I am in the library, alone, and the lights are off. 5 hours of sleep in the last 3 days, an exam tomorrow morning, and a rugby match immediately after. This is my MBA. And this is the moment I decide I need to update my blog.

I am bit delirious, no sleep, no food, and too much green tea (I must be the only person at LBS, – no – London, – no – EARTH that doesn’t drink coffee). That 4 day holiday to Edinburgh right before midterms may not have been THE best idea, but it definitely was MY best idea!

My point here is that, if you have it in your head that an MBA isn’t a lot of work, your wrong; but it’s fun work. Reading and solving problems isn’t exactly digging ditches. It’s moments like tonight that make appreciate LBS so much more, and realize I have so much more to learn.
Anyways, I am very sorry I haven’t been keeping up on this, I do promise I will come back very soon and have a few back dated entries. Until then, support Mo-vember and pledge £’s to Stream A LBS.Movember.com

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I know a lot of you are probably reading this to get a better idea of what LBS is about so you can decide if it’s for you or so you can figure out new insights while doing the application.  I did the same thing.  I would read through all these blogs last year looking for any little bit of info I hadn’t seen.  With my blog I’ll try to provide some of the info and stories that I was looking for.

For this blog I’ll give a little introduction and a couple silly issues I worried about.

I am from Florida, and was accepted round 1 for MBA2014 program.  I think that meant I found out about Christmas time 2011.  I was very excited and started immediately to figure out where I would live.  I had almost zero experience with London, so I played it like I would if I were moving in the States.  I researched for cool safe areas near the school, then looked up the cheapest places in those areas.  I must have spent 4-5 months doing this.  Showing things to my girlfriend (who was moving over with me) and debating at ends what was safe, good, clean, and cheap.

None of this mattered.  I learned that in London every street is different, and it’s a pretty darn safe place for a big city.  What worked best for us was to just show up and pound the pavement and see as many places as you can as fast as you can.  I will talk more specifically about the Flat Hunt in another post.

If you’re from the US the Visa is actually pretty easy.

The school provides a great step by step guide for filling out your visa form, however I had a girlfriend who was to come with me.  And she wanted to work too.  It seemed next to impossible to find info on how to get a non-married partner here on my visa.  I contacted consulates, embassies, I even got some angry phone calls back from someone saying that it was not an emergency.  In the end I provided EVERY bit of proof I could find that we had been together for as long as we have been together, organized and indexed it and sent it away.  In 6 days I had an email saying we were approved.

That’s all for now, but I will share much more over the next many months.

John

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