I am fascinated by air travel. In addtion to my little-kid-type awe of airplanes, I find commuter airline operations beyond impressive. Until something like the following happens:
- Board airplane #1
- Sit on airplane #1 thirty mintues past departure time
- Deplane airplane #1 due to maintenance issues
- Board airplane #2
- Sit on airplane #2 thirty minutes past delayed departure time
- Deplane airplane #2 due to maintenance issues
- Board airplane #3 and arrive at destination 3.5 hours late
Because, yep, that's exactly what transpired during my return trip from Seattle to LA. Now don't get me wrong, I'd much rather experience delays than be 30,000 feet in the air in a faulty aircraft. And any worries that I had about my future Anderson roommates, Mike and Reggie, were put to rest when those guys napped in a rental car in the airport garage waiting for me to arrive. Thanks, y'all.
By the next day, I had forgotten all about my travel drama because our housing search couldn't have gone more smoothly. We had identified a promising three-bedroom apartment near the intersection of Wilshire and Bundy via Westside Rentals. Upon visiting the property, we were excited to see that the unit was even nicer and more spacious than expected. We immediately submitted our applications for approval and signed the lease the following day.
Now that I've secured a roof over my head for the next year, I'm beginning to get really excited about my upcoming trip to Japan. In the meantime, Anderson is doing its best to keep me busy. I recently completed the Academic Readiness Quiz, which is designed to highlight the quantitative areas in which I should brush up my skills before class begins. Despite my limited quant experience since college (high school, really), I scored surprisingly well on the quiz. Except for that calculus section... that might as well have been an alien language. But I'll soon be starting my MBA Math lessons to ensure I'm better prepared.
Before I sign off, a couple miscellaneous items:
The UCLA athletics site has conveniently listed out all of the Bruin athletes participating in the London Olympics. Be sure to cheer them on.
UCLA Anderson's admissions team has gone paperless, thanks to the Matchbox iPad app. I love to see the school embrace technology while saving a few trees. This video summarizes the benefits and (shameless plug alert) includes some awesome clips of our amazing campus.
Thanks for reading!
- Gregory Paige
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