We are into week 3 of the semester and things are rolling smoothly. The beginning of February is marked by the annual ski trip to Smuggler's Notch in Vermont - great skiing again this year but that's not what I want to talk about in this blog entry. Instead, I'm going to discuss my classes at SOM, a rare undertaking for me on the community blog (I've noticed all my entries seem to be labeled "Career" or "Student Life"... never "Academics"). However given the caliber of the classes in my final semester, I feel compelled to blog about class - So here goes.
We are back in school for Spring Semester, and I have had four days of classes. Day 1 was exciting - I could hardly sleep the night before. It was so great to see everyone and ask "how was your trip? where did you go?" and hear about who threw up on the bus (always the most fascinating gossip). Day 2 I had done some homework, and was starting to feel busy. Day 3 I realized that I had already whiffed on several obligations and was beginning to feel the crunch: I woke up early to do my homework for Operations Engine, and ended my day at 3am doing recruiting work.
Well, the final semester of SOM is here and the class of 2008 begins its march to graduation. It's come too quickly in my opinion, but what can you do but enjoy, have fun with friends, and soak it all in? For me, "having fun and soaking it all in" has been the motto to which I have aspired to during my time at SOM.
I can't believe that my time at SOM is almost up. I knew that the time would pass quickly, but it flew even faster than I imagined. My last semester is about to begin, and I am really excited about my classes. Here is a list of the courses that I'm taking:
The best part of a trip begins as soon as the first unexpected thing happens. For me, the fun began when the SkyEurope airline pilot came over the speakerphone and said he was diverting our flight into Bucharest's airport because of “weather reasons.” I was stunnned at the pilot’s ability (gall!) to land in the massive snowstorm. Visibility was less than 100 feet. The runway lights were covered under a foot-high blanket of snow. It took an hour to find a parking spot for our 737 and to get ladder trucks and buses to our location.
It's morning in Brooklyn, and I am keeping my boyfriend's cocker spaniel company while working on my second cup of coffee. Only a few days left in the old year. It amazes me how removed I feel from the lady who started SOM only four months ago. It feels like two years have passed.
It's 1:17am and I'm in the dungeon. Why am I here? I got here at 7:30pm, had dinner with friends shortly thereafter, killed about three hours talking, played Scrabulous on facebook, and had a deep philosophical discussion about racism and religion (as separate topics). And no... none of that had ANYTHING to do with class. But now that I've gotten that out of my system, I think I'll go ahead and redo my chunk of this Pricing Strategy assignment.
I meant to write sooner, but next year you will understand why I did not. :))) In the meantime, I attended 20+ investment banking presentations, survived one set of exams, played in a football MBA tournament that Yale hosts each year, made a healthy return (16%) in a simulated stock market game for all first-year students, visited London and went to parties from time to time. Banks have been coming to campus and we have been going to New York to meet them.
In less than a month I am traveling to India. It is very exciting. Many of us going have never been to India (including me).
Last Sunday, our India trip met for a marathon meeting, and as reward, our professor invited us to his home for an Indian dinner. In our meeting, we each presented a topic on India to educate each other (such as private equity, infrastructure, India-US relations, and retail). The meeting was long. But, a picture of India has begun to take shape in my mind.