Tuesday, April 16, 2013

big lights will inspire you

Thinking of Boston, and the bombing victims.

I went to New York for 4 days, just got back. It's been a whirlwind these past 2 weeks ... I got two invites to interview with two schools in New York, with very little time to prep and book. Exciting, always a pleasure to come to New York, even on short notice! Decided to drive down through Kingston this time, and what a good call - much faster and an overall easier drive. Stayed at a hotel in Hell's Kitchen.

Interviews went well. As part of my interview with the second school, I was invited to participate in what they called 'Assessment Day'. The school brought together 18 applicants total, giving us group activities and exercises to do. It was everything I expected - intense, challenging, nerve-wracking - and even some things I didn't expect - collaborative, fun. Meeting my fellow applicants was a great experience, and getting to work (briefly) with my team on a presentation was a great way to get a feel of what it might be to be in the program. And who would have guessed, we had some good Toronto representation. And I scored the 3rd highest quiz!

There was no planning for this trip, no idea of what I wanted to do outside of prepping for these interviews. So on the one free day I did have to walk around, I did the only thing I know how to do - find places to eat and drink. And that I did, if only to make myself happy, because it's about time I start acting a bit more selfishly. A successful trip, I would say. We got back after 10 hours on the road, arriving in Toronto just before 8pm on Sunday. And I can't wait to go back.


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