I’ve been terribly remiss on the blogosphere lately, and that needs to stop! Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to:

Last quarter (Q2) was dominated by recruiting. Between employer information sessions, coffee chats, informational interviews and writing cover letters, I had little time for much else. I applied to more firms than most people because I knew the internship process would be competitive (it was) and I wanted to give myself options. I have no regrets, but it was truly a time suck!

To recharge, I spent December break in Colombia and Peru. This was my first foray into South America, and it did not disappoint. The architecture and plazas had a European feel and reminded me of Spain more than I had expected. In Colombia, I met up with my friend Lucas, a Wharton student originally from Bogota. He drove me all around the city, pointed out the hot spots of his childhood and took me to what turned out to be my favorite Colombian restaurant. In Peru, the food was even better. For approximately $3, I ate an elaborate three-course lunch every day. What more could a girl want?

I returned to school with that special relaxed feeling that only a vacation will induce and decided to keep that feeling with me for as long as possible by sleeping more, eating healthier and exercising more often. I’ve done a pretty decent job at keeping these New Year’s resolutions so far, even in the midst of DIP (Dedicated Interview Period). I will tell you more about DIP some other time—that topic deserves a whole new blog post!

(Spoiler alert: It wasn’t that bad.)

Now that DIP is over, I’m looking forward to refocusing on academics and getting involved in more clubs—maybe the yoga club, maybe the culinary club, who knows? I’m also starting to think about my next big trip, which might be in May. Stay tuned.

Editor’s note: This post first appeared on the Wharton MBA Program’s Student Diarist blog on Feb. 7, 2013.