Life changed gears quickly. I was in my office at work when I got a call from Wharton Admissions asking if I still wanted to attend. I’m not sure, but I got the impression there was an international student from China who couldn’t attend this year because they were in legal trouble from the Tiananmen Square incident. I wonder if I wasn’t right there at my desk to get the phone call at that moment if they would have moved on to the next person on the waiting list. There were only three weeks before school started, so I had to give my “yes” answer right then on the phone. I was floating on air for those three weeks. The reality of losing my income and insurance benefits on top of paying for school didn’t set in for a while. Louie is really excited for me too, though, and we will get by just fine. He has steady consulting work, and I can get insurance through COBRA, and a student loan to pay for school.
Lou joined me to meet with someone in the financial aid office, but there really isn’t any merit based financial aid available; he got into a heated discussion about how unfair and discriminatory it is that it seems only minority groups have financial aid available. He went on to complain that he never got aid either because he was a white male. I understand his point, although I could have done without him getting on the reverse discrimination soapbox at my new school.
They gave me a party at work, and an HP 12-C calculator as a going away present. I am really going to miss everyone at Playtex. My major concentration is going to be in Finance. Wharton is just about always the top ranked Finance MBA program. So far, the classes are pretty straightforward, and I expect to do well. I’m not the least bit nervous about the course work. I went through the face book with the pictures and little biography of the 750 or so students in my class. I could count on my two hands the number of students that went to undergraduate state schools. The majority of students had bachelor’s degrees from top private and Ivy League level schools. When people describe what their pre-Wharton jobs were, it seems like everyone has already been super successful in business, including several Wall Street investment bankers. Hopefully this is a good sign that I am destined for a great job after graduation. It is a little intimidating though, and my GED, AAS, BS from SUNY, and my job as Playtex Help Desk Manager doesn’t seem to stack up in comparison. At least my grades will be competitive; I have absolutely no doubt about that.