Category Archives: Fear

It’s OK to suck at stuff

Nick and I stood in front of the chairlift, fully kitted out in our rented skis and brand new snow pants. All around us, Swiss skiers and snowboarders queued up to sail into the clouds without a care in the … Continue reading

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When I’m stooped and gray, I won’t remember my clothes dryer

That. That photo right there. That’s exactly what I imagined when my husband came home in October and told me we were moving to Switzerland. As I squealed with joy, I pictured snow capped Alps framing a pristine lake with … Continue reading

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I am Liz Lemon

My husband often compares me to Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. I think it’s partly because I tend to spill food on myself and partly because I don’t pay careful attention to those little personal details, like whether I’ve fully … Continue reading

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Get some sleep!

  Arianna Huffington came to speak at work a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure what I’d think of the writer turned politician turned online journalism pioneer. I expected arrogant and out of touch and instead found her funny, down-to-earth … Continue reading

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10 years later

I’ d forgotten it was the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 until  I got this week’s New York magazine and began reading their excellent “Encyclopedia of 9/11.” It reminded me of what happened 10 years ago and it revealed to … Continue reading

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An MBA’s Prayer for Her Future Self

I’ve had a lot of guest speakers in class this quarter, most of them alums ranging from five to 45 years out of Darden. Most of the time, they inspire awe and I leave the class thinking, “I hope I … Continue reading

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The management decision I hope I never have to make

“I think this may get emotional,” my professor said at the start of class. Not what you’d expect to hear before a business school class, especially one like ours, which is built around bringing back alumni as guest speakers. They … Continue reading

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Ladies, look out for each other. Please.

Almost every day, I pass by a dead girl. Morgan Harrington’s smiling face stares right at me whenever I drive, walk or run by it. Her memorial, on a bridge less than a quarter mile from my house, is a … Continue reading

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What happens when you don’t win the gold star?

It’s award time. At business school, it’s the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys all rolled together: scholarships, student awards and job offers are all hitting the table now for second-year MBAs. It’s an awesome time to celebrate all the good things … Continue reading

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What every new b-school student should know

It dawned on me today — in the 5 minutes I lifted my head out of my intern haze — that at this time last year, I was preparing to move to Charlottesville. Which means, right this moment, about 300 … Continue reading

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