Monday, May 31, 2004

Super-nerd

I've been studying like mad these past few days. Supposedly I've been on half-day study leave this entire past week, but I realized the other day a "half day" means a 7-hour work day, followed by hours on continous studying.

I never realized how long my working hours were until I was startled by my roommate's return the other day as I was studying at home. She was just in to drop off her things before heading right out to see a movie with her fiance. I was stupefied - off of work before 6pm with plenty of time to see a movie on a weeknight? Practically unfathomable! That, and also that I start work before she gets up in the morning.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey i stumble across your site... its a real cool one!
just curious... what are you studying for?

Berta said...

Thanks for commenting! I'm studying for Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam.

Anonymous said...

what do you do that you have to work such LONG hours? what does your roommate do that she DOESN'T have to work such long hours? Thanks!

Berta said...

I work in equities research for a financial services company - we research publicly-listed companies and make stock recommendations. My roommate is in venture capital, I think.

Anonymous said...

thanks Berta for sharing. So how come she works much shorter hours than you? Also, as a 20-something planning to live in Taipei, is it true that pay is much lower in Taiwan than in the US? thanks for any helpful advice.

Berta said...

I think most people work shorter hours than me! Sixteen hour days are not uncommon for me.

Yes, the pay scale is lower in Taiwan than in the U.S., but on the whole, the cost of living is a lot cheaper, too - depends on your lifestyle.