Monthly Archives: September 2010

Vera Guerreiro, Tuck School of Business

Here at Tuck, one of our first year requirements is to work on a project for an external client. Some projects come in through clients who have business problems they need help with and others come from students who have ideas of projects and companies they would like to work for and so they go ahead and pitch their work. Read more

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Many full-time MBA programmes kick off the academic year with fun, outdoor team-building exercises. The Saïd Business School MBA programme is no exception. Our entire class of 250 MBA students just took part in The Oxford Pursuit and the experience was amazing. Read more

Barbara O'Beirne, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

“Don’t be afraid to look silly”… and so began our third day of the full time UCD Smurfit School MBA. Week one is a foundation week and focuses on team building, getting to know each other and also getting to know ourselves and how we function in teams. Read more

Seda Saracer, SDA Bocconi

Regatta is the biggest social event of SDA Bocconi’s MBA programme. It is a four-day event made up of sailing races, parties, business conferences and social events. Read more

Maxime Droubi, IMD

The last two weeks have been a real job-search marathon. A marathon that took place at IMD with the annual career fair and on-campus interviews. Companies set up stands to meet students and discuss potential opportunities. If there is fit, then they interview in the afternoon. Other companies had already been on-campus for presentations and only scheduled their first or second round interviews during the fair.

Needless to say that it was quite stressful for everyone, depending on the news received after the interviews, good or bad. Like training for a marathon, the job search requires mental strength, determination, dedication and focus. Read more

Naveed Syed, London Business School

Yesterday, was my last class of Glam. Glam is a core course at London Business School, the acronym standing for Global Leadership Assessment for Managers. The purpose of the course is to teach students about the core attributes of finding the gaps in where you are and what you want to achieve.

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Alex Ferrari, University of Miami

Today’s entry is a speech that I had to prepare for a class. We were asked to identify an area of business that interest us and talk about it. I chose online marketing and why every company should adopt an online marketing strategy that includes a website, SEO/SEM and Social Media. Read more

Wendi Li, Insead Singapore

When one thinks of business school, one imagines classes like finance, accounting, marketing, etc, but rarely do people pay any attention to organisational behaviour (OB). Read more

Pranay Harsh, Wharton School

I never thought I would find myself in this position. That is, I never thought that I would be trying to decide between going on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Antarctica or undertaking an intense climb to one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Read more

Vera Guerreiro, Tuck School of Business

I can’t believe classes only started a week ago! It is definitely nice being back, but it got busy really quickly. I’m taking 4.5 classes this term, that’s 4 full courses plus one mini course that runs for half the term. Read more

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Since I arrived in Oxford on Monday, I can’t stop smiling. My heart is feeling all a-flutter. Frank Sinatra’s version of the song It’s Almost Like Being In Love keeps playing over and over in my head. Read more

Thomas Gatley, Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management

中秋节快乐! Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

We may only be at the start of our first semester here at Tsinghua, but we are already in mid-autumn. The weather certainly testifies to the seasonal shift – just a couple of weeks ago temperatures were regularly in the mid-30s, but this week I’ve cycled to school most days in a chilly drizzle. Read more

Vera Guerreiro, Tuck School of Business

Hello world. My name is Vera and I am a Tuckie, our nickname for students at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, in Hanover, New Hampshire. The choice of where to go to business school is obviously a big step, so I wanted to take this first post to tell you a little bit about how I made my decision. Read more

Chloe Weisberg, Stern School of Business, NYU

Since our return to school as second-year MBA students, my classmates and I have a new identity: we are the big kids on campus. As most of the first-year MBAs find their way through the chaos and confusion of the first weeks, many have started contacting some of us for guidance – and, believe it or not, you will learn more than you can imagine after your first year and your summer internship.

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Wendi Li, Insead Singapore

In the last six weeks, I have taken a road trip through Scandinavia, said goodbye to Frankfurt, travelled through Borneo and finally settled into my new apartment with two wonderful roommates in Singapore, to begin my 10-month journey through Insead.

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Miguel Suarez, IE Business School

Finding funding for your graduate degree is a time consuming task that requires a very specific plan, specially when most of your colleagues want the same scholarships you are after. Rather than telling you what to do to get one, I will tell you what worked for me and my wife during the process. Read more

Ryan Conway, Thunderbird School of Global Management

The trimester is in full gear and that means the library is now my official second place of residence. As I sit here on this lovely Sunday you would think they were giving away something judging by the attendance. Read more

Tyler Marcus, Fuqua School of Business

As students we have packed Outlook calendars and frantic schedules. Immediate access to the world and perhaps more importantly, the constant ability to plan schedules has made us all merely our own personal assistants.

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Anthemos Georgiades, Harvard Business School

Our first full week of class has come to an end. It’s been a quick ramp-up: thirteen 80 minute case-based classes across the four subjects of technology & operations, financial accounting, marketing and leadership. Read more

Stuart Leaver, University of Western Australia

Welcome. Like any other blog, I intent to provide some insight into my current MBA activities at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and will also provide some commentary on topics of interest. So if you are a past, current or prospective MBA student hopefully this blog will give you the perspective from a student who is working full time, but always giving priority to a young family. Read more

Seda Saracer, SDA Bocconi

The fourth and final term of SDA Bocconi’s MBA programme started at the beginning of September. Read more

Jorge Millan, Chinese University of Hong Kong

MBA classes started two weeks ago, I am taking five classes, four core courses and one elective course eligible for the China business concentration option. The first week was very interesting as we began adapting to this new life; the professors gave us an introduction to their courses and told us how they are going to evaluate the courses.

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Jonathan Kay, University of Southern California Marshall school

There I was, dishing out advice like it was free pizza: “Don’t worry about those accounting quizzes; it’s the final when he’ll hit you hard.” Read more