Just finished the accounting mid term. I only know two things: 1. I did actually learn much more accounting than I had imagined possible and 2. I am really, really happy the exam is over.
I volunteered to help in the Columbia Investment Management Association conference, but it was not all born out of kindness.
After making some money in the markets this week (selling some corporate bonds in Argentina for clients, Irsa US dollar denominated bonds for those interested) I can happily say that I am planning a trip to Miami after the mid terms without regret.
I will have to pick a stock for next week for the Cima club, to be able to apply to value investing later.
It has been an intense week. From visiting a hedge fund manager on Friday morning to spending time with a friend who is staying with me.
Columbia is a full time job. I realise that there is just not enough time.
The Catcher in the Rye was the first book that I really enjoyed. With that book, at the age of 13, I realised that a good book is really good when you would rather keep reading than watch TV.
I read in the Financial Times the other day: “An increasing amount of money should be directed into emerging markets in the next 10 years as investors realise they can buy better value at a better price and lower risk than developed markets, says Mark Mobius, fund manager of Temit and executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management”.
Finally I have the time to write a few lines and it feels really good after a very intense weekend that finished just a couple of minutes ago.
YESS! I have a good (very good indeed) wi fi signal; I am writing the FT blog at a subway station. I am now about to return home from a cafe where I was finishing my accounting homework for tomorrow morning.
An exemption from stats = I don’t have classes on Friday = I can enjoy without regret the happy hours at Uris on the university campus every Thursday evening.
Finally, against my will, I went to Ikea. Julien (my friend from school who lives one block away from my home) needed almost everything while I only really needed a reasonable couch (at a low price).
I have just finished my exemption exam for statistics and I am now finishing something that must be delivered to the professor tomorrow.
I didn’t want to go to Ikea. I really didn’t, so I just did not go. I went to another store, a little bit more expensive, but nearer my home and much more accessible and less crowded.
As you all know, I don’t have much furniture yet. The reason? Orientation sessions.
I am finally settled. I moved into my new home on Monday at 10pm. My very favourite PA, Sujean (I will explain who the PAs are later on), got my keys while I was in class.
“Everybody ends up spending more than planned in Manhattan”. This is what Jason, an American friend that I met a few weeks ago in Argentina, told me yesterday.
These days have been crazy days for me. Too much I should say. I am really exhausted. Searching for a new home was extremely hard for me.
I was alone and without any kind of experience at all in this quest – finding an apartment in Manhattan. This was my own fault since I should have applied for Columbia Housing and I didn’t. The University Housing makes absolutely everything easier, much easier. Believe me.
I arrived on the morning of the 27th December at 6am.
At 7am I took a cab from JFK to the Pod Hotel at 51st and 3rd Avenue. I left all my stuff in the room, brushed my teeth, had a bath and went find an AT&T shop to buy my Blackberry (bb from now on).
Finally I am at the airport in Buenos Aires, leaving summer and getting into a cold NY winter. Me, my two bags and a big big big tube where my Marcos Lopez artwork is going to make its trip.
As the time approached for my trip I decided to work from home during my last week in Buenos Aires.
Only a few days to go and the clock is ticking. My mind is preparing itself for the shock that will mean changing my whole life in less than a week.
I have finished the last task that remained to be completed before finally getting into a plane for New York City!
I am still in Buenos Aires but will be in New York within two weeks. But, from the very beginning I would like to give you an insight into my Columbia MBA.