Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Celebrate Good Times

There have been a lot of celebratory MBA activities which will continue until today. On Thursday, we had a barbecue at school with the new cohort, where we danced and partied the night away. We also attended our prom on Sunday night. It was nice to see everybody so dressed up, signing each other's yearbooks, and once again dancing until dawn. Today will be the pièce de résistance:  our graduation ceremony. For anyone who is interested in watching it, the event will be live streamed and can be downloaded later (see this link).

After completing my MBA studies, it was time for me to navigate the Quebec loans and bursaries program (Aide financière aux études). Friday was the only day to pay back my loan with zero interest, so I was making phone calls all morning trying to figure out how to deal with it quickly. Through several phone calls, I learned that I would have to rush to my local BMO branch to deliver a cheque with the specific loan amount (the Aide financière aux études website combines the total for loans and bursaries). The cheque would then go through the internal BMO mail system and be accepted right away with no interest. Although the interest rate would remain quite low, I wanted to pay back my loan with no interest, taking advantage of that one day privilege. 

I also wanted to mention that one of my fellow classmates pointed out that I was eligible for a 15 percent reimbursement of my loan because I completed my degree on time. Information about this Loan Remission Program can be found here. I simply had to fill out the application and I will get it signed at the HEC Montreal registrar's office (and request a transcript) as soon as possible.

With school and my finances sorted, I was able to enjoy a day of wine tasting in Bromont yesterday (see photos below). The weather was perfect, the destination was picturesque, and the wines were delicious. I could not have asked for a better way to spend Labor Day and one of my first post-MBA days. 


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