Summer School

Well…. it’s been quite a while since I last posted. Two months be exact, but I have a legitimate excuse for once. I was studying like crazy for the GMAT while also rehabbing my ankle and trying to stay in shape.

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Aren’t I purty?

While recovering from my ankle surgery, I also had the joy of getting my wisdom teeth removed. I wasn’t in too much pain, but I lost a good bit of weight due to a lack of proper eating. Apparently two weeks of liquid food and Chick-Fil-A milkshakes isn’t an adequate diet.

I’m probably opening myself up to all sorts of blackmail by sharing this pic, but here’s my post-op photo. Future model? I think so.

I have been considering getting an MBA , so I used this period of down time to knock out the entrance exam. Like all standardized tests, the GMAT is full of tricks and trap answers. The material itself isn’t necessarily difficult, but some of the questions will leave your head spinning.

For the past couple months I had my head buried in prep books, online forums, workshops, tutoring sessions, and practice exams. To be completely honest, I never felt 100% confident about the exam before taking it. My scores on the practice exams were fluctuating and day to day, but I decided to go for it. You can only study so much.

I officially took the GMAT on July 23 and knocked it out. I got the score I was hoping for, so next up is deciding if and where and when to apply. There’s also the minor matter of financing. If anyone sees some money trees sprout up let me know.

Luckily the score is valid for five years so I have some flexibility moving forward.

In an odd way it was nice to study for something again. I don’t know if I would say I miss school, but part of me misses the structure and rigorous schedule.

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The Stud! And no that’s not me. Seb’s college nickname

Following the GMAT, I ventured across the pond again, though this time not for tennis. One of my close friends from college, Sebastian Stiefelmeyer, was marrying his long time girlfriend, Iris. Originally I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it, but the timing worked out and I booked a last minute flight to Vienna, Austria.

It was a mini college reunion of sorts. My former teammates Chris Simich and Albert Wagner also attended, as did one of the women’s players Manuela Velazquez. After years together in college I don’t think any of us could have predicted that the next time we would all be together would be in Vienna.

 

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Chris and Sarah Simich, Manu, and myself

Along with them, my little brother Ben also made his way to Vienna. Ben has essentially been a European nomad this summer, traveling all across the continent under the guise of study abroad. I hadn’t seen him in two and a half months, so a little dose of his buffoonery was much welcomed.

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Taking in the sunset from a rooftop bar in Vienna

 

 

haseSeb and Iris (his lovely bride to be) were nice enough to play tour guides for us during the hectic wedding weekend. They took us around the city center, showing us all the famous monuments and historical sites. We got some fresh air and took in some scenic views as we biked along the Danube River.

Of course the highlight of our trip was the actual wedding day. Due to studying and ankle rehab I’ve been a complete grandpa lately, so the wedding was a nice change of pace. Two nights of staying up until sunrise killed my body, but I think it’s safe to say we all had an amazing time celebrating with them on their special day.

Before you judge the bunny ears and call us immature, listen to the story behind this picture. Seb’s nickname for Iris is hase (pronounced hah-suh) but I always said it differently (hace with a hard a sound like lace). The first time I pronounced it this way it stuck and it became Iris’ go to nickname. Along with this, hase means rabbit in German, hence the bunny ears.

One of my favorite sites in Vienna was the historic Schonbrunn Palace, home to the former emperors. Normally I’m not a history buff, but the tour had all sorts of fun facts. There were also never ending gardens and fountains with hidden grottoes.

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I promise the palace is bigger than us.
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Beautiful fountain at the palace
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Scenic view from the grotto

As of now, I’m in tennis purgatory. I’m building my stamina back up as I prepare my body for tournament play. My cardio and lower body strength are a bit lacking after the month of lounging around.

I also lost my national ranking over the past few months, so getting into tournaments will be difficult. In order to get into Futures, I’ll probably need to play some smaller prize money tournaments first to reclaim my national ranking.

Over the next week, I’ll make a tentative schedule for the rest of the year as well as look into some MBA programs and potential job opportunities down the road.

Thanks to everyone for the thoughts and well wishes following ankle surgery! I’m always thankful to have the support of family, friends, and fans.

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