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So I Got Into Grad School

15 Mar

A few weeks ago I found out, much to my surprise, that I got accepted into one of the top business schools in Canada to do my MBA. This was a bit of a shock for me as I had decided to apply just to see if I would have to write my GMAT again, totally thinking I wouldn’t get in. Clearly I was wrong…

Since being accepted I’ve had so much on my mind which has led me back to blogging as a way to unload. Here are some of my biggest worries:

Hitting the Books

It has been about two and a half years since I’ve been in school and the prospect of studying again is exciting but terrifying all at the same time! I’m starting off the program part-time which means that I will be taking about 6 hours of evening classes a week while maintaining my full time job. I always worked hard during my undergrad as a server but that was shift work and much more flexible than a 9-5 job. I know that by going into this program part-time I have some very late nights ahead of me.

The Finances

Getting an MBA is motherf***ing expensive! As I mentioned before, I have always been a hardworker and was fortunate enough to come out of my undergraduate and postgraduate education without any student debt. This time, however, I will not have a choice so will be forced to take out loans. I do plan on tapping into every resource possible to keep this debt as minimal as possible however being in my mid-twenties this still worries me. I know that in the future Roy and I will want to buy a house and travel and I’m terrified of my debt bringing us down and of this affecting his life too much.

Bye Bye Social Life

Being in an intense graduate program while working a full time job terrifies me! I truly hope that I will be able to find a good balance in my life and make the most of every minute of the day. I really don’t want to sacrifice quality time with Roy, dinners with my family, nights drinking wine with my gals and hitting the gym (something I need to do for myself) so I’m already trying to mentally prepare myself. I’ve always strongly believed in a work-life balance and although I know how hard I’m going to have to work and study, I do hope to find a way to maintain that.

Nonetheless, with all of those factors aside, I am so excited to have gotten into school. I’ve always feared not reaching my full potential but I feel that this is the perfect opportunity for me to challenge myself and see how hard I can push myself. And most of all, I know how much this program will help me to reach my career goals.

I’m definitely looking forward to this next chapter of my life and hopefully I’ll be able to record it all on this blog along the way!

 

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I’ve Got My Mind on My Money and My Money on My Mind

8 Sep

Lately I’ve had one big thing on my mind, the thing that makes the world go round. And that my friends, is moola, dolla dolla bills y’all, green, or as the general public calls it,  money.

In an ideal world, money WOULD grow on trees. But alas, for those of struggling through the beginning phases of our careers, this is nothing but a far away dream. Since I entered the workforce, I have to admit that I haven’t thought much about saving my money. My thought process was to enjoy the regular paycheck for the first little while and then think about saving later. Well, later has come and now I am kicking myself for putting saving my money off as long as I have. As I’m facing the second half of my twenties the realization has hit me that in the next few years, I’m going to want to live in a house and after that, start having a family. And in between ALL of those huge things, I want to enjoy the small things in life; dinner parties with friends, new clothes and a chance to go on vacation at least once a year.

In all honesty, my salary isn’t high and it most certainly isn’t enough to indulge my not so frugal tastes so I started thinking, how can I be proactive about saving? This is what I’ve come up with:

1. Bring my lunch to work and cook every day of the week, with the exception of 1-2 weekend meals. This means that after a long day of work, I will no longer pick up sushi but will suck it up and spend 20 minutes whipping up a basic meal. This plan also comes along with a lot of preparation but as long as I stay on top of my groceries, this is achievable.

2. Work part-time when I can. When I was in school I worked for catering companies, serving at events. This is a flexible job and I am going to have to suck it up and start picking up some shifts when I can. It will be exhausting but worth it in the long run.

3.  Do something part time that will help advance me in my career. This is something that I am starting up and which I can’t reveal too much about at this point in time but I’m very excited about it’s potential, both financially and professionally.

These are just the first three steps which will hopefully pay off soon! And if it does, who knows, maybe I’ll be looking like this soon…

Finding A Balance

14 Jun

Dear Loyal Readers (aka Mom and Dad), I apologize for my long absence. Once again life has gotten away from me.  And I am fully aware that I missed a BRW but don’t fear, there will be one coming tomorow (although don’t blame me if there isn’t, it’s the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow night gosh darnit!)

I think today was the first balanced day I’ve had in a really long time. I had a good productive day at work, then Roy came to meet me after work and we went out for ice cream and then I burned off that cookie dough ice cream hard with a really great spin class. It’s days like these that I feel the best. I’ve had a really difficult time accomodating working out into my schedule. Aside from a reduced heat yoga class I went to last week, my exercise level has been pretty much non-existent. Couple that with a lot of celebrations, which translates into a lot of cake, and it has been a fat few weeks. Now don’t get me wrong, I love celebrations and I definitely love cake but I don’t love how I feel after all of that. Therefore I am trying to resolve to keep up the momentum I built at spinning tonight and continue working out at least a few times a week. I know that this is key in feeling good about myself.

I also resolve to put more energy into this blog! I know, I know, I keep saying this but stay tuned because shit is about to get real. And on that note, I bid you adieu! Good night friends and let’s go Canucks!

Welcome to Aspiring Superwoman!

25 Mar

Hello and welcome to Aspiring Superwoman! As this is my first blog post and I probably no one is reading this so it feels a little bit awkward but everyone must start somewhere so here I go!

My name is Faren, I am in my mid-twenties and I live in Toronto, Canada. I’ve decided to start this blog for all of the people in their mid-twenties out there who feel like their life is supposed to end up a certain way but don’t know how they’re going to get there! As a young woman, I feel (and I know I’m not alone on this!) that in the next 5-10 years I’m somehow supposed to forge a career for myself, get married and have kids all at the same time! I’ve seen other amazing women do this before and to me they are superwomen. Therefore, the following reasons are why I feel that I am an Aspiring Super Woman:

1) I am currently studying for my GMAT so that I can go back to school to pursue my MBA. With an undergraduate degree in English, this is not something I ever foresaw myself doing but spending my last year in the working world has showed me that this is not only something that will make me more marketable but is also becoming a necessity.

2.) On top of studying for my GMAT and working, I am volunteering for my second year for a major event that helps raise money for cancer research.

3) I enjoy working out, especially spinning and yoga, but have a very difficult time balancing this into my lifestyle. Being healthy is extremely important to me though and also a necessity in becoming a Superwoman.

4)I love spending time with my family, friends and amazing boyfriend and always try to be conscious to keep my time with all of them as equal as possible.

So there you have it folks, my first entry into what I hope will become an enjoyable blog for people to follow for many years to come. If any one is reading this yet, what makes you an aspiring Superwoman/Superman? I would love to hear your feedback!