Monday, August 11, 2008

Heading Toward September

This morning I got up with Nate, and I walked him to his new office for the first day of his new job. He was a little nervous (who wouldn't be?) but still excited about this new opportunity, and finally getting to work in transportation planning. Nate has been interested in transportation and urban planning since he could first pick up a train and say "Choo-choo."

As the summer winds down (and here in Boston, it has already sunk into a decidedly autumnal pattern of gloomy grey clouds, cooler temperatures, and near incessant rain), I feel a certain wistfulness about my situation. I admit I'm a little envious of Nate, going off to the next stage of his career. I'm proud of him; he's worked long and hard and paid his dues to get there. But the fact that he's moving on and I am in limbo is a little frustrating.

My Simmons application is just down to my GMAT (to be taken on Saturday), but still, there's no guarantee that I'll get in. I am prepared for it to go either way on the admissions decision. If I get in, that's fantastic. If I don't get in, I'm still working on job applications and with recruiters to find full time employment. There is no sense in abandoning the job search until I am certain that I'll be going to school.

That said, my hopes are that I will be accepted, because the more I read/learn/think about the Simmons MBA program, the more I want to be a part of it. Last week, I attended a reception to celebrate the graduating class of August, and I met four incoming students. Each was a terrifically smart, intelligent woman--every woman I meet in connection with the program is a truly intelligent and confident woman. And I want to be one of them.

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