Waiting to get to NYC
The rest of June was spent selling off all the furniture I'd accumulated over the last 5 years in the city I'd been working. Somehow managed to sell off all the big ticket items and sent off the remaining stuff (22 cartons!!) through the movers on the penultimate day. Closing bank accounts, phone connection, relieving formalities at work, farewell dinners - everything took time. Finally left the city for good on July 10. I'll be spending the last few days with my parents before leaving for NYC on Aug 7. I can hardly wait!
I also sent over the registration papers to Stern before the July 15 deadline. My 40k loan is also approved so no money to be sent for the time being. I'm planning to try and waive out of the core Statistics course. Will also keep waiving the Operations course as a stretch goal. Tests for waivers happen twice - in August and October - and I need to get rid of at least Stats in August.
But before I start preparing for the planned waivers, I want to complete the prework that Stern sent. There is study material and there are mandatory online tests in which I need to score at least 80%. I'm done with 4 of the 5 tests but the last one remains. The first test on quantative skills was the easy one; the rest are on accounting and need self-study of the material.
I sent in my deposit for a shared 2-bedroom at the Palladium (the on-campus housing option), but was placed #1 on the waitlist. July 15 was the last day of withdrawals, but noone had withdrawn till early afternoon on July 15. However, single studios were still available, and I decided to block one for myself. A single studio is for $1600/month but I'm excited about the collegial atmosphere and getting into the thick of things right away (no househunting and furniture-shopping etc). The cost is also pretty reasonable for the location and amenities. A bit of research into the Palladium showed that there are just 12 slots for shared 2-bedrooms compared to 102 single studios for Stern students. Studios include a twin bed, table, chair, desk, dresser, phone, cable tv connection, internet connection, microwave, cooktop, fridge, sink, bathroom. There also some common dining facility which I guess I can use when I'm not in a mood to cook or go out.
Yesterday I did a whole lot of shopping. Bought some woolens, toileteries, shirts, jeans. Also ordered for a suit to be stitched.
I'll be flying British Airways on Aug 7
Still need to get myself inoculated as per NYU guidelines...