I am not panicking. Nope, Not at all.
But I am beginning to wonder what I was thinking when I decided to work full-time and plan my cross-continent relocation at the same time. There is a lot to do and I am honestly very tired – most (if not all) of the time!
On the work front, I’m working on a new technical project, probably the most technical project of my career and I don’t like technical projects. I am aware of the need to push my boundaries (once in a while) and I love delivering value so I’m going to give it my best. (My boss thinks it’s just early-days-blues which I typically always have, he may be right but he may also be wrong).
Before I get into the school bit, I’ve had the discussion with my boss today (between last paragraph and this – to be precise because I’m a master of procrastination when it has to do with things I really don’t wanna talk about). I decided to go with Booth. The offer was great in a lot of ways but I think I will regret not going to school more than I will regret leaving my career behind. Also I think the exposure from school will be great for me regardless of the career path that I chose and even greater for me as a consultant. But, I am not the annoyingly single-minded child I once was, I did leave the door open to come back after school which was accepted.
I have not finalized my apartment, in fact I have not even gotten off the wait-list. I’ve seen two apartments that were almost perfect but the leases begin wayy earlier than I plan to be in Chicago. So, I’m still waiting. I have no furniture for my apartment, no clothes for school (trust me on this, my current clothes are not gonna cut it in Chicago – weather & image issues), no I-20 (have not even filled the financial aid submission thingy) and no idea when I’m going to get them.
I also may not be going for random walk, not because I did not get placed on a trip but because I cannot get a CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason) insurance simply because I am not resident in the US at this point. I need the insurance because I’m going to be putting about $3K down for the trip before I even have a chance to apply for the visa. While I am 75% certain I will get it, there is still a 25% chance I will not which will mean my money goes down the drain in the event that I do not get the visa. I’ve been informed of countries that have no visa requirement for US study visa holders but the countries are not even in my top ten choices for random walk. I guess I’m going to meet my classmates in Chicago 🙂
But I’m not bothered or panicked because everything will work itself out as it usually does. I do, however, have a LOT to do and very little time to do it. I have to prepare for the project, performance reviews are coming up. I have to start processing my visa and do a bit of shopping. Most importantly, I need to spend time with my folks before I leave. There are roughly 100 days to resumption and even less to leave my homeland. I hope it will be enough.
I’ll have a post about financing my MBA soon, I started it about a week ago, I’ll finish it one day 🙂