Thursday Odds and Ends: GMAT, Office Move and More

by - Thursday, June 27, 2013

1. So this week my office moved back to our headquarters building, and it's been quite a culture shock for all of us. Our office has implemented "hoteling." So basically no one has their own desk anymore. Instead you go into an online system each day and book the desk you will be sitting at.

North side, 18th st side

Since the desk isn't yours, you can't keep anything at it, so we all get a very small locker to stash our laptop overnight and any other important things we might need (notebooks, pens, etc.).

Locker wall
Lockers!

The inside of the building is gorgeous and completely remodeled. It looks great, it just hasn't been the most conducive to actually getting work done because it's really freakin' loud. Even with music blasting through my headphones, it's still really hard to focus. So...yay for new work adventures?

Remember the east courtyard?

Special thanks to my supervisor for the pictures.

2. I took the GMAT yesterday and sort of survived. I did disgustingly average, which obviously is not good enough for my perfectionist, type A self. The score I got is at the lower end of the average range that the school I'm looking at applying to accepts, so I think I should get in, but ugh I was annoyed that I didn't do better. It was the math section that did me in. I rocked the verbal, but I mean the last time I had a real math class I was a junior in high school. That was a lot of years ago. So I would see a problem, know that there was some rule or property that let me manipulate numbers and variables a certain way, but couldn't exactly remember what the rule or property said.

And since I've sort of been mum on the whole GMAT/grad school thing, I'm still not totally sure I'm going to do it. If I did, it would be a part-time program at night. There's not a shortage of MBA programs in DC, so I have a lot to choose from, but there's one that I'm eyeing specifically because they offer classes very close to my office building, which would make it super convenient. So yea, that's sort of happening behind the scenes right now.

3. I have a strange love of UMD-networking events. Last night, one of the local alumni chapters was having a happy hour so Emily and I went to catch up with some friends and of course make new friends. And make new friends we did. What we assumed would be an hour or two of catching up, turned into like four hours of hanging out with new friends. I ended up getting home way later than I expected and as a result was not able to wake up and do my run this morning. My alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. and I just laughed and set it to 6.

4. I have softball tonight. If it doesn't start thunderstorming. I am pumped. I love softball.

Softball game one

That's all I've got for today. I'm excited that it's almost the weekend. I have lots of fun stuff going on, so it needs to hurry up and get here.

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  1. oh my gosh, I can't imagine working in a space like that. I know these "open workspaces" are trendy right now, but I would not be able to deal!

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  2. Well, in this kind of space, you need to keep your things organized and secure. Good thing you guys have lockers.

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