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End of another quarter in the MBA program December 12, 2006

Posted by Laxmi Goutham Vulpala in Life in general, MBA.
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Finally the  fall quarter ended, this quarter it was quite hectic compared to the previous ones.

Financial Accounting was a tough one,  Learnt lots of stuff about financial statments and various financial metrics.  I thought it was the second best so far (after Economics for Managers). The exams both the midterm and the final especially the midterm were the toughest so far. I managed a ‘B’ and I am not sad, Professor doesnt give out A-‘s and B+’s so for me going into the final there was no chance for me to get an A so I took it easy.

Marketing was pretty cool, it was an easy ‘A’,  learnt a few interesting concepts like Consumer Behaviour, Social Influencing strategies. Had lots of case presentations in the course. Over all the learning in this course was not very high.

Next quarter starts on Jan 3, but before that I have to prepare for my PMP exam.

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Second car 1996-Dodge intrepid October 30, 2006

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Finally was able to finish up my used car purchase.  I think I got a good deal inspite of having to spend 400 bucks on the front bumper assembly.

 Lets see how this works out.

Officially 31 today October 2, 2006

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Cant believe I am 31 already. Life goes on so fast, Lately I don’t enjoy my birth day’s any more, Its depressing that I am already in my 30’s.

Vihaan’s zoo trip September 11, 2006

Posted by Laxmi Goutham Vulpala in Life in general.
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Finally took Vihaan to cincinnati zoo this sunday. He had a lot of fun, after we came back when I asked him about the trip, he repeated all names  almost all the animals he saw, I think he will remember it for a long time.

 Next week I will take him to the museum center  . Heard a ton of positive reviews about the chidrens area there. If he likes it I might take yearly membership

Disappointment with the DVD Recorder September 7, 2006

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Hooked up the  DVD recorder VCR combo. I wanted to record something onto a DVD, The first tape I wanted to copy over to a DVD for Vihaan was copy protected. Coudnt get to record it no matter how I tried to circumvent it.I will try to record it by connecting the output of another VCR today and see how it goes.

In desparation to record something I tried to connect the camcorder output to see if I could record that. I coudnt find the IEEE I.394 cable so had to abandon that.

I got an ‘A’ in the Managerial Economics Exams. Though the paper was unbelievably tough, I  guess I did relatively well compared to others in the final exam.  

This was the best course so far into the program. Learnt some really cool concepts and gained a lot of insights into the insurance industry, Pricing of goods, information economics,   I really like how Prof Slezak really tied every concept he explained with a practical examples.

End of another long weekend September 5, 2006

Posted by Laxmi Goutham Vulpala in Life in general.
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Didnt do anything worthwhile this long weekend, had planned to go over for apple picking at one of the farms and take vihaan over to zoo, but ended up spending time sleeping for most of the time on saturday, and  over at friends place just talking and chattin just about everything from career to investments to disaster planning and creating a will on sunday and monday.

Vihaan was having too much fun with the new toys so didnt bother to take him to the zoo. I will have to take care of that before my classes start again.

Also ordered this DVD recorder from bestbuy.com for $67.00. Although I have a VCR I ordered this combo unit. Not sure if I am going to use it as much but it will atleast be useful for recording the contents of our minidv onto DVD’s and some old vhs tapes can be converted to DVD’s.    

ECON grades are supposed to be posted today.

Economics Exam September 1, 2006

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Boy oh boy what an exam! Havent seen such a tough exam lately, Certainly ranks highly among the top toughest exams in my student life It looks like the Prof set the exam when he was in a really bad mood .

I thought I really liked the subject and understood it pretty well. The questions showed me how little I knew. Every one in the class were discussing how tough the exam was how the Prof royally screwed us with KY Jelley:-) .

Let see what I grade I get, With this exam I am now a 25% MBA and No classes for next 20 days hay!!!!!!

Grade for optimization models August 31, 2006

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Grade for optimization models was posted on blackboard today. I got a ‘B’, First B so far into the program. My grade on the final was 2 points below the average class score, Initially I was distrubed but I dont deserve a grade any better than that.

And so what if my CGPA goes down, Its not like anyone is going to judge me based on grades.

I am going to get reimbursed if I get ‘B’ or above so who cares.

On second thougts with all this in my head looks like I do care )-:

No Preparation Yet for ECON exam August 29, 2006

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I thought I would prepare for the ECON exam over the weekend but totally wasted my time on Sat. Sunday was vinayaka chaviti so had friends over at our place for lunch.

Just checked the grade for Financial analysis tools and Got an A-. Thats what I had been expecting, since I screwed up a calculation on the takehome exam. So far pretty satisfied.

First day of blogging August 17, 2006

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Never have maintained a diary in my life for longer period than a month,  So I will see how long this goes. Yesterday was krishna astami So Swapna dressed Vihaan in Krishna’s attire. He was so cute. We cliked a lot of photos of him along with Rishi.

 Here is a photo.

  Vihaan's Krishna Dress

He complained a lot about how the dress was suffocating him using  word’s  in telugu like “abbu” and “gatti”.  Picking up a lot of new words lately. Have the final exams comming up next week along with two home works to submit. Will have to spend the whole weekend on it and I’m not too excited. But 3 weeks of holidays after that do excite me I have never had more than a week without classes since i joined the program in March.

 I am not too worried about the Managerial Economics exam because I did well on the midterm, If I dont screw up the final too badly I will end up with an A.

 Optimization Model’s scares me a lot, had a tough time with the first three home works. I was hoping I could finish them in a couple of hours but took much longer than that that too with plenty of mistakes. Hoepfully the questions on the exam arent as tough.  Professor said that the grade would be curved that should help