Thursday, August 23, 2012

Big Announcement: Hittin' The Books

I have a big announcement!  Last Thursday...

I WAS ACCEPTED INTO GRADUATE SCHOOL!

You may recall that it was only one month ago that I shared my goal to get into grad school, but I had been working on this goal since the end of last year.  

As of September 17, 
I will be an MBA student with a concentration in Healthcare Management.

This announcement is testing my ability to restrain from filling this entire post with all capital letters and an abundance of exclamation points, although the latter will probably happen.  I am so excited!  Since I will continue working full-time, I am starting with one class this term, and I'll increase the work load starting in January.  I'm eager to get going, but I need to pace myself.  I kind of feel like a bat of out Hell with all this excitement!

Within a few hours of finding out about my acceptance, I was registered for my first class, and then I looked up the book I needed.  Renting books wasn't popular at my school during undergrad, despite the universal loathing of selling books back at the end of the semester for the going price of three fancy Starbucks coffees.  However, my little brother rents his textbooks and swears by it.

I marched myself straight to CampusBookRentals.com and nearly peed in my pants when I saw that I could rent my book for $46 versus $125 through my school's rental program.  Let me help you with the math.  I saved $79.  Gods knows I need that money for tuition.

I received the book in two business days.  Not only do they provide free shipping, but they also include a pre-paid bubble return envelope to use at the end of your rental period.  People, how did I not know about this in college?!  

I was happy to get my first tangible piece of grad school.





Dear CampusBookRentals.com,
You made a fan out of me.  You just hooked another student for the next 2+ years.  
Well done, old chap.  Well done.

Dear friends, 
Wish me luck as I start my journey as an MBA student!  

Dear school,
I'm about to ROCK YOU.

49 comments:

jami lynn said...

Congratulations Lindsay, that's awesome news! Setting out goals for ourselves and meeting them is a great feeling. Good luck with Grad School, like you already said, you're going to rock it!

Rhiannon said...

Congratulations, fantastic news!

All the best with your studies!

Cait Emma said...

omgosh congrats! aw hon i'm so happy for you!!! if you need any shoulder to cry on/ giddy talk/ or advice i'm your girl! my first year was out of the water stressful, so i'm sending all my good vibes to you!

ps. thats a dang good looking text book ha wasn't expecting that

Katie Price said...

woohoo! Congrats Lindsay! I have never heard of book rentals.. that is SO smart. I wish I'd known!

Tyler said...

Congrats Lindsay! That's so exciting! :) And such a good idea to pace yourself, it's so much better to enjoy it than to overwhelm yourself. Good luck! :)

Kay said...

Congrats!!!! I completely understand being so crazy excited about going back to school - apparently we are both nerds?! So happy for you!!

Empirically Erin said...

That is so exciting!!! Congratulations!! So now it's a good thing you weren't pregnant...or else this would be insane! lol

Sarah said...

Congrats! I'm just starting grad school for social work and I've been so excited. We can do it! :)

Katie said...

Yay! Congrats girl! So excited for you and happy that you are really going after your goals :)

Allie Todd said...

WHOA! That's so wicked! CONGRATULATIONS!

Sending you virtual hugs, fist bumps, high fives, and chocolate right now :)

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

yay!!! This IS so awesome! I'm thrilled for you; congratulations! Where are you attending?

Brianna Tucker said...

congrats!!! I used campus book rentals and chegg throughout college. I always compared and different books were cheaper on each site

Leanne @ Simply Beautiful said...

Ahh!! I want to jump up and down out of excitement for you! This is so amazing! What a fantastic new journey to begin :)

And guess what?! We, your readers, get to follow along with you! I'm pumped! Congrats, Lindsay!

Gesci said...

UMMMM, thank you! I will be using that!

Also... YAYAYAYAYAYAY- and eeeeeek!

We can do it- we can do it- we can do it- we can do it

Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

Congrats lovely lady! My school(s) have started offering the option to rent e-textbooks, which I LOVE. So much easier than hauling around hard copies!

HS @ Our Debt Blog said...

Very happy for your BUT please avoid studen loans! You will regret it later on when you have to pay back.

HS

Alana Christine said...

Yay, congrats!! I'm so excited for you!

Whitney H said...

Yaaay! I'm so excited for you!! I know you will do awesomely!

Emily said...

yay congrats! Good luck as well!

Betsy said...

OH MY GOODNESS congratulations! so exciting :)

Joanna said...

congratulations!

Michelle said...

YAYYYYY! I'm still so excited for you! You're gonna rock the house down! :)

LOVE YOU SMARTYPANTS!

Kristen @ KV's Confessions said...

Woooooo!!! Yay Lindsey!!! Congratulations you are going to rock that shiz!!

Breonna said...

Woo! That is awesome. Best of luck with it. And renting text books?! I didn't know that was a thing!

5ohWifey said...

Oh Lindz!! I am so proud o you for following your dream and taking this on. I know you must be so thrilled!! Good luck girl!

Amira said...

Congratulations girly! That is such great news :-)

Jenn said...

Congrats - you are going to do fantastic!!

Elizabette Ed said...

I wont wish you any luck because I KNOW you will do amazing, instead I wish you a happy journey throughout your adventure!!

Love and miss you!

Xo
Elizabette

Steph said...

Congrats, girl! What a great accomplishment! Good luck on your courses, I'm sure you'll do great though :)

Mae said...

Wooohoooooo!!!!! I was hoping this was the big announcement!!! So exciting!!! You ARE going to rock it!!!

Crystal said...

Awesome news! Congrats for taking steps to meet goals!

Kayla C said...

Congratulations and Good Luck! Woo! Way to make it happen, and go after your goals!

xo

Heather Mora said...

congrats! so awesome! and I had no idea that book rental even existed. so cool!!

Holly said...

Congratulations! Way to go :)

Brittany said...

Congrats!! I do the same thing with my gen ed classes. I usually buy the ones for my major used on half.com or amazon, pretty good if you decide you may want to keep a book or two. Good luck!!

Bree said...

Yahoo!!! Congratulations girl!! So excited for you. :D

Meg O. said...

LINDSAY!

Hold the phone.

Seriously.

Okay, well first of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How exciting.

ALSO.

Greg just got into an MBA/MHA program and is starting next week! What school!?! Okay, seriously y'all need to talk!!!!!

Taylor said...

Congratulations Lindsay!!

tara said...

congrats, love!!!

Megan G. said...

HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME TONS OF CONGRATULATIONS AND I'LL WRITE IN ALL CAPS FOR YOU!!!!!!

PS: cheap textbooks are like the best thing ever. That rental website is so legit!

Megan G. said...

HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME TONS OF CONGRATULATIONS AND I'LL WRITE IN ALL CAPS FOR YOU!!!!!!

PS: cheap textbooks are like the best thing ever. That rental website is so legit!

Meg Cady said...

YAYYYYYY SUPER BIG CONGRATSSSS
SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOU
(IM GOING TO USE CAPITALS... ONLY BECAUSE YOU REFRAINED)

YYAAAYYYY FOLLWING DREAMS AND REACHING GOALS!

I ALSO SENT YOU A TEXT... KINDA LATE BECAUSE THE WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL SUCKS. LOVE YOU.

Gaby said...

yay you! that's awesomely awesome :)

Emily Finta said...

Congrats! That is so exciting! <3
Renting books is so much easier and better than buying them.

Shari Ammon Mills said...

You are a rock star! And what a smart MBA choice! Congratulations!

Beverly said...

CONGRATULATIONS MY LOVE!!! I knew you'd get in.. it was a matter of congratulating your future job for investing in a one of a kind educated and smart gal ;)

I remember when I received my acceptance letter.. happiest day of my life! It's one thing to decide on going to grad school, but it's a whole other game to wait to see if you're accepted, or not?

I think that's quite a significant amount you saved renting your book vs. buying. I thought about that route, but from day 1, I knew I wanted to keep all my text books.. and thank GOODNESS I did b/c working on my dissertation, I utilized books from my freshman year of grad school! You should maybe consider buying the ones you may think you can use in your future.. then again, I know what it's like to crunch your pennies as a student :/

Proud of you!! Celebrate this weekend with a bang!

xoxo, Bev

Devon @ TheMermaidChronicles said...

Congratulations Lindsey! What a great feeling to achieve a goal you set for yourself. Good for you! It's going to be such a great new adventure.

That's awesome you saved so much money on the book. Go you!

Lori said...

Congrats Lindsay! Can't wait to see what this new chapter brings you!!

Annelise @ Aunie Sauce said...

congrats! how did i miss this! what an exciting new chapter :)