Gettin’ Scrappy in Motown

After I tweeted Thursday’s plea for help out to the Twitter-verse, I was pleasantly surprised to get a few responses back from people who knew their way around midtown Detroit pretty well. Ultimately, David Lingholm from the Detroit Regional News Hub was nice enough to meet on Friday morning and share a little bit about the history and current goings-on of midtown Detroit. (Before I forget let me extend a special thanks to David and the News Hub for helping to set all of this up). Read the rest of this entry →

18

12 2010

Four down, Two to go

Note: This is an entry I wrote for my Kellogg Student Diary, which was a student life blog I kept as a student at Northwestern. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m copying my entries to my personal blog to preserve my writings. You can read all of the entries by viewing the category Kellogg Student Diaries.

As I close out my 4th quarter at Kellogg, I’m sitting in a coffee shop in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan while most of my classmates are enjoying this year’s Kellogg ski trip to Snowmass, Colorado. I’m on my way from Evanston to the Washington DC suburbs (where I grew up) and I’m visiting a few friends in the city I called home for 4 years. Read the rest of this entry →

16

12 2010

Live from Detroit (a personal plea)

I’m spending a couple of days in Detroit on my way home to DC. (It’s a nice way to catch up with old friends while splitting up a mind-numbing 750 mile drive.)

One of my biggest regrets about my time in Detroit is that I didn’t get to learn the city very well until it was almost time to leave. I’m fairly certain that in my first year here, I made a grand total of 3 trips into the city. I caught up fairly quickly though, and by the end I honestly feel like I knew things about Detroit that friends who’d spent their lives here didn’t know. I learned my lesson from that, though, and I made it a point to embrace Chicago and city life (despite living in Evanston) when I moved last summer. Read the rest of this entry →

16

12 2010

NUvention Medical Innovations

Note: This is an entry I wrote for my Kellogg Student Diary, which was a student life blog I kept as a student at Northwestern. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m copying my entries to my personal blog to preserve my writings. You can read all of the entries by viewing the category Kellogg Student Diaries.

This quarter I’m enrolled in the NUventions Medical Innovations program at Kellogg, and it’s definitely been one of my most unique (and rewarding) experiences here. The program brings together groups of nine students – two MBA students, two law students, two engineering student and three medical students – to work together to develop a new product to address a real medical need. Read the rest of this entry →

24

10 2010

Realigning the Big Ten


Note: Someone just pointed out to me that my proposal actually violates NCAA rules.  The NCAA rule for holding a conference championship game is that the conference must be split into 2 divisions of at least 6 teams apiece where all teams will play each other within  each division.  This make my proposal a moot point, but I’m leaving it up as an interesting idea nonetheless.  Here is the actual NCAA rule:

Rule 17.9.5.2 Annual Exemptions. [FBS/FCS] The maximum number of football contests shall exclude the following:

(c) Twelve-Member Conference Championship Game. [FBS/FCS] A conference championship game between division champions of a member conference of 12 or more institutions that is divided into two divisions (of six or more institutions each), each of which conducts round-robin, regular-season competition among the members of that division;

With Nebraska moving to the Big Ten next year, there is a lot of talk about how to restructure the league to add a championship game. The controversy around all of this revolves around the Ohio State – Michigan rivalry. There are a lot of great rivalries in the Big Ten, but that one has pretty much defined its football history, and any sort of proposal will likely impair the historic importance of this regular season match-up. Read the rest of this entry →

01

09 2010

At the Turn

Note: This is an entry I wrote for my Kellogg Student Diary, which was a student life blog I kept as a student at Northwestern. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m copying my entries to my personal blog to preserve my writings. You can read all of the entries by viewing the category Kellogg Student Diaries.

The summer always seems to go by too quickly and as August comes to an end, I’m starting to see some of my Kellogg classmates back in Evanston, and it’s really exciting to start preparing for our second year while catching up on our summers. Read the rest of this entry →

29

08 2010

GIM Zambia

Note: This is an entry I wrote for my Kellogg Student Diary, which was a student life blog I kept as a student at Northwestern. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m copying my entries to my personal blog to preserve my writings. You can read all of the entries by viewing the category Kellogg Student Diaries.

Northwestern’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) is a multidisciplinary project created to design a point-of-care HIV test that can be administered sustainably in countries that are most ravaged by the AIDS crisis. One of the most popular winter courses at Kellogg is Global Immersion in Management (GIM), where teams of students are sent all over the world to study business practices in their respective countries. Read the rest of this entry →

31

03 2010

Where are you from?

“Where are you from?”

I was getting my hair cut at SuperCuts on Saturday when the nice Syrian lady cutting my hair innocuously asked me that question. It’s one I often hear, and yet it’s surprisingly difficult to answer.

If you don’t know what I mean, consider the context. I was born in Maryland, I’m most recently from Michigan and currently live in the Chicago suburbs. When, I’m traveling, I think that ‘Chicago’ is a sufficient answer to get to the meat of what the other person wants to know. When I’m not traveling, though, the question is a little bit different. I don’t think any of the three answers above are sufficient for what the other person wants to know. Now, throw in the fact that most white people getting a haircut don’t typically get asked where they are from (barring a thick accent), and I think you get the true gist why I’m being asked that question. Read the rest of this entry →

09

03 2010

Set For Life?

Note: This is an entry I wrote for my Kellogg Student Diary, which was a student life blog I kept as a student at Northwestern. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m copying my entries to my personal blog to preserve my writings. You can read all of the entries by viewing the category Kellogg Student Diaries.

Every now and then, I’ll catch up with a non-Kellogg friend and mention that I’m getting my MBA at Kellogg. Their response, “Oh, you’re set for life.” Read the rest of this entry →

09

03 2010

FOMO

Note: This is an entry I wrote for my Kellogg Student Diary, which was a student life blog I kept as a student at Northwestern. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m copying my entries to my personal blog to preserve my writings. You can read all of the entries by viewing the category Kellogg Student Diaries.

Among the many Kellogg-isms that become part of the student lingo, there is one that every first-year student can relate very well: FOMO – the fear of missing out. Read the rest of this entry →

15

12 2009