Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty relaxing because I was just trying to catch up on sleep and homework. My sorority had our initiation, but that was the only big thing this weekend.
This past Thursday and Friday, I was in Los Angeles! I had to miss some school and I was pretty sick the entire time (thank goodness for DayQuil), but I had the most fun time. I was in LA because of a case challenge that was hosted by Deloitte. My team and I have been working on the case for a month and finally flew down to Deloitte’s office in southern LA to present it.
On Thursday morning, me and three other teammates drove down to the airport at 5am and got Qdoba’s breakfast burritos – it was my first time eating one and it’s actually life-changing. We hopped on our flight at 8am and got to LA at about 11am. Y’all, I love flying.
When we got there, it was around 75 degrees and sunny! I hopped off the plane at LAX with my dream and my cardigan; we checked into our hotel and y’all. The hotel booking was through Deloitte and I got my own room on the topmost floor. I was quite pleased!!
Then we all headed out to lunch at Little Sister, which I highly recommend. I got a rice paper wrap, but we all shared food among each other.
We had a few hours to kill before our networking dinner, so we walked around south LA. We stopped by The Last Bookstore (!!!!!), Gelateria Uli, the Grand Central Market and an ice-skating rink. Lots of good laughs and eats.
We got back to the hotel and all napped a little bit since we were all exhausted. Then, I got ready with the girls for our networking dinner at Perch, which is a rooftop bar and venue space. It was so cool getting to mingle with other Deloitte professionals and the students from other schools! After the event, we all headed up to the rooftop to enjoy the LA skyline.
The next day was competition day! We got up bright and early and ate breakfast and sat through a couple of presentations, and then we presented near 11am. We got an office tour and then found out that we made it to the final round! We presented again, this time with a much more challenging Q&A section. At 2:30pm, the two winners were announced – unfortunately, not my school – but honestly, we all let out a sigh of relief.
We gathered our belongings and drove to LAX immediately after the awards ceremony. Dinner was at LAX, and then after we found out our flight got delayed, we boarded, flew, and got home to SEA at about 11:30pm. Needless to say, I felt miserable and exhausted – I felt like I could sleep for days. I did get to watch Wonder Woman on the plane though, so I’m not complaining!
Overall, my experience in LA was incredibly memorable and fun; I feel so grateful to have had this opportunity and the people I got to meet and know are people that I’ll cherish forever. It’s going to be so weird to not meet three times a week to research or work on the Powerpoint slides. I learned a crazy amount in this month that I worked together with them though, and knowing that I’ll be going through recruiting with these crazy kids is so comforting. I couldn’t have asked for a better team!
Thanks for reading and have a great week!