Thursday, February 17, 2011

February 17, 2011

I’m sprinting a marathon.






Countdown to Spring Break: 16 Days.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 5 - Favorite form of exercise

This is an easy one: tennis!

Even though I’ve grown to enjoy running, it still bores me. I can only run for about half an hour at a time before I get really bored of it and I have to move onto something else.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 4 - Favorite television program

I’m really upset this show is going to end very soon and it seems like we’ve already met the mother. But, I guess it’s better to end the show strong rather than let it go stale.

I started watching Mr. Sunshine last night too. I think that show has some potential to be pretty good. Especially since Matthew Perry’s character reminds me of myself.

And of course, there’s Outsourced. Thoroughly hilarious.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 3 - A picture of what you wore today

Hah. I’ll update this later with what I wore yesterday. I do have a picture! I just don’t have time to upload anything. Boo. And yes, I do know I skipped a day. Oh well.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 1 - Introduce yourself

Shall I do my typical “30-second pitch” when I network?

Hi, Vincent Chao; sophomore at Boston College Carroll School of Management studying finance and math. I’m an incredibly hard worker trying to find my way into the competitive industry of investment banking. Along with ambition and desire, I believe I possess the skills and stamina to succeed in such a tough position. I wake up every morning seeking new challenges, and it is these challenges that drives me to put forward nothing but my best effort.

…anyway. I don’t really say that to people. Just something along those lines.

What else is there to say about myself that people do not already know? I literally like to put myself in the  worst position possible and find a way to get out of it. You know that labyrinth story with the Greek god (or …man?) used string to help guide him out? I would probably have purposely not used string just to see if I can get out on my own. It digs me into holes every once in a while, but each failure is a learning experience for me.

Speaking of getting out on my own... I’m a fairly independent person. I never expect much out of other people, at least in terms of needing someone to bail me out. To me, asking for help is shameful and will only do so if absolutely necessary. As such, it annoys me a lot when people expect things of me. I expect that you have already tried everything in your power to figure a problem out before asking me, or anyone else for that matter, for help. Also, I am a very fair person. If I request something of you, I will absolutely without a doubt return a favor of equal value. The same holds true the other way around.

Being at college has helped me to discover my independence. When I got to college, I came to realize that almost everyone travel in packs. Want to eat? Must find eight other people to eat with. Going to class? Text to world to see who is traveling towards the same area. It goes on and on with the scenarios. I came to realize the absurdity of this and how time consuming being a part of a pack is. Not to mention, relying on others tends to lead to disappointment. I’d rather decide my own fate and make my own decisions. And thus my independence from society was born.

People can easily describe me as antisocial or a loner. I don’t blame them. I enjoy spending a lot of time alone and doing my own thing. It’s much more liberating and less restricting. But don’t get me wrong. I very much enjoy the company of those I care about. Being with people I care about is using my time with purpose. There are those with whom spending time feels simply like a waste of my time and there are those with whom time spent feels productive. That’s how I distinguish who I care about and who I don’t care about.

So what do I do with all this time I save by separating productive social encounters and wasteful ones? I’m a self-diagnosed workaholic. I love learning and the best way to learn is to dedicate time towards it. Also, my OCD-ness and perfectionism force me to get every detail as correct as possible, and thus taking quite a bit of time. I’m never satisfied with “just getting it done.” If it’s getting done, it’s getting done right.

One last comment. Even though I absolutely love playing tennis, baseball is probably my favorite sport. The reason for this is that I love the statistics involved with everything in the sport. Everything is based on numbers and while, as Sterling always says, “it’s impossible to predict baseball” (which is true in that you do not know when what event is going to happen), it is a game that can almost be modeled using these numbers. Tennis on the other hand is less entertaining to watch, but is definitely more fun (for me) to play as it involves finding a way to not only outplay your opponent physically, but to outthink your opponent strategically.

And with that, I shall conclude my “introduction” about myself.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Another Blog Challenge!

Day 1 - Introduce yourself

Day 2 - A picture of you

Day 3 - A picture of what you wore today

Day 4 - Favorite television program

Day 5 - Favorite form of exercise

Day 6 - A picture of your handwriting

Day 7 - A moment

Day 8 - What you wanted to be as a child

Day 9 - Something you hate to be asked about.

Day 10 - Favorite song of the week

Day 11 - The person you miss the most

Day 12 - Your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush

Day 13 - A photo of you taken recently

Day 14 - Your day in great detail

Day 15 - Another moment

Day 16 - Something that upsets you

Day 17 - Your favorite song of the week

Day 18 - Someone that’s not in your state/country

Day 19 - Another picture of you

Day 20 - Name of your elementary school

Day 21 - A picture of you throughout highschool/middleschool

Day 22 - Links to all the websites/online profiles you have

Day 23 - List of all the places you’ve lived

Day 24 - A drawing you drew

Day 25 - Something you’re thinking of changing

Day 26 - An embarrassing moment

Day 27 - Screenshot you took

Day 28 - The recent text message you receive says

Day 29 - What you are looking forward to in the next month

Day 30 - Last moment

Again, I’m trying to be a more active blogger; both here and on my other blog (which has yet to get started). So, these things are always a good way to get going.

February 3, 2011

I’ve been getting really bored of life lately; even more so than normal. Having the opportunity to learn from some really great professors is awesome, but I hate this routine and the rigidity of everything. Despite my lack of time, I’m trying to think of ways to challenge myself further and stimulate some kind of interest. For example, taking an hour off a night from work to go to the gym has helped me get more energized. Another is to set aside a couple of hours a week to play tennis, particularly with a group of people as a social event. And most recently, I’ve issued myself a challenge of creating a stock overview and analysis report once a month. There needs to be more to life than going to classes day in and day out, repeating the same routine over and over again, and I need to convince myself of it.


Taking four math classes and two finance courses in a semester is not really fun… I did not realize how much homework that would entail. I have really great professors though. I can say that 5 out of the 6 professors are very interesting and do not put me to sleep. At least that’s encouraging.


It is so hard to believe how much snow we got over the past month or so. There are fifteen feet mounds of snow outside of my building. I’m at the point where I just groan when I look outside and see it snowing. No more “oh look at the snow, it’s so pretty.” This weather is actually making the whole 2012 end of the world bullshit more and more believable. It was actually hailing chunks of ice yesterday; big enough chunks that I had to brush them out of my hair. But then I saw this video…

Chunks of ice falling out of the sky? That can’t be good. Hope people parked their cars in their garage.