My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Friday, December 04, 2009

Final Semester VI

I finally found some time to write a new post. I was up to many things recently and already had an exam in Food Biotechnology and a presentation in Food Chemistry. So I had to prepare that in the library and still, I have 4 exams before Christmas. Luckily, the semester ends pretty early as I have my last exam on 17th and then will go to the gym for the last time in the semester, listen to a presentation by Bain & Company, meet friends to bake some christmas cookies, and then will have party at Indochine in Zurich. However, I can't afford to be negligent, as I have another 5 exams in January. And at the moment I'm not yet quite sure when I will start my master thesis, but I guess I will have two weeks off in February. So I might go to Singapore with Sophie to visit a friend who is currently studying at the National University Of Singapore. And there is still plenty of time to go skiing on a weekend or two.
Besides, I have no plans for what to do on New Year's Eve. Kai will be in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and I kind of envy him. Talking of him, we went to have a drink at Güterhof two weeks ago and then went to the cinema in Singen/GER to watch "Law Abiding Citizen" with Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Besides, I once had lunch with Jonathan, went to Café Vordergässli with Ulli and Michael to have coffee and cake (the lemon cake is just perfect!) and met Lea for lunch at Tibits. That's what I love in Zurich, you got so many choices for lunch or dinner, you see people and feel alive!

Besides, I was accepted for two more consulting workshops. The first was with Monitor and took place at the Radisson Blu at Zurich Airport, which is, frankly, a perfect location to meet. The conference room was in the 8th floor, next to the Airport Lounge with it's large panorama windows! You could constantly see airplanes take off. After the final presentations we were invited to an apero in the hotel atrium with its famous wine tower. It was a great evening and I got to know some nice and smart people, some of them being MBA candidates for Stanford University. As I wanted to improve my english anyway, I downloaded the podcasts of a lecture at Stanford called: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, so I can listen to that in the train, just great!

The second workshop I had was with Booz&Company, that are located near Stadelhofen in Zurich. Here, in contrast to the workshops at Roland Berger and Monitor, we were only students from ETH, which was a little bit less challenging. However, it was still a great opportunity to get to know the company and the consulting business in general. The same day I also got a job offer at ETH Juniors, which is a consulting group built by students from ETH. But actually I don't think I can do it, because I would have to postpone my master thesis. However, it think about applying for an internship in the strategy consulting business after I'll have finished my studies.


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