Monthly Archives: September 2010

Alex Ferrari, University of Miami

Draining is the first word that comes to my mind right now. This third mini term has truly been tiring. Unlike past semesters at the University of Miami, this one has a few unique aspects to it. 

Federico Zaldua, Columbia Business School

Classes are pretty great so far; much better than the first year; the reason is the core is over and you can choose whatever you are taking. 

Chloe Weisberg, Stern School of Business, NYU

It’s hard to believe that I am already halfway through the MBA. After a summer filled with adventures around the world, both academically and professionally – as well as personally (with trips to China and Mexico organised by fellow classmates), it’s great to be back in New York City and reconnecting with friends.


Jonathan Kay, University of Southern California Marshall school

I wasn’t sure if I should be worried or proud. The week before my second year of business school began, I stood 12 rows back from my favourite musician, Bob Dylan. 

Pranay Harsh, Wharton School

Yes, I was one of the few naïve ones who thought that as I transitioned from consulting to student life, I was going to have a lot of time on my hands. Oh how wrong I was!

Things are busy! But in a good way. During undergrad, the majority of my time was probably taken up by classes and I certainly spent a ton of time in the computer lab – as a computer science major, the computer lab was, sadly, my second home.


Thomas Gatley, Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management

同学们好! (Fellow classmates hello!) Let’s begin with a photograph which illustrates one interesting difference between studying at a top Chinese university and studying in ‘the west’. 

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

I am moving to Oxford in exactly one week and everyone has been asking “Are you excited?”

Yes, I’d have to say I’m definitely excited, as well as nervous and awestruck at the fact that I’m going to Oxford to study for my MBA. 

Lidija Pehak Kolenko, Essec Business School

The school has begun…I’ve met my class and they are all amazing people from all over the world. We are a group of 45…just enough for the diversity and yet not to big. After the first two days, which were mainly based on getting to know each other and the school well, our classes started.


Seda Saracer, SDA Bocconi

As I have mentioned, I have done my three-month long MBA summer internship in the brand marketing department of KitchenAid Brand – the luxury brand of Whirlpool. I worked in Whirlpool’s European headquarters and had the chance to work with colleagues from all over the world. 

Seda Saracer, SDA Bocconi

Dear MBA blog readers, I am back after a three-month summer interval. When I say “summer”, I know that some of you start imagining yourself on a beach, relaxing and enjoying yourself with a book in hand. 

Beth Bremner, HKUST

Finally. Result! I have been extended an offer. Verbally and in writing. There was, of course, the usual incongruity between expectations and reality. My expectations were pretty much that I would get the same pay/leave/benefits as I had before. The reality is that I won’t. 

Federico Zaldua, Columbia Business School

It’s been almost a month since I was last in New York and I had almost forgotten how good it was. California is great as well – great in a different, more relaxed (or at least less intense) way, of course. We were pretty lucky to find a friend with a driver (who brought me home almost for free) when we landed at JFK after our Los Angeles flight. 

Anthemos Georgiades, Harvard Business School

The Harvard orientation week has been and gone in a flash. Boston’s inclement weather certainly did not help the move-in. Temperatures hit 93 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime, only to be followed by the prediction that Hurricane Earl would smash into the east coast last Thursday, an event which did not occur in its projected magnitude but which led to the orientation boat party – due to take in the Massachusetts sights – being held firmly at port. 

Michael Cooper, Strathclyde Business School

I’m in reflective mood for what will be my last blog as I’ve now finished my MBA at Strathclyde Business School. In what feels like the blink of an eye, a year has passed.

Over the summer I’ve been completing the last leg of the MBA: a project to develop a business model for a technology start-up. I’m now keeping my fingers crossed that the plan receives the approval of the board. 

Maxime Droubi, IMD

Life at IMD has changed for the past couple of weeks. No more lectures, case studies or assignments. There are also less people walking around and the restaurant feels empty. 

No need to worry. There are no strikes in Switzerland. It is just that many students are away in places such as Sao Paolo, Shanghai, Finland or India, for their international consulting projects. 

Ryan Conway, Thunderbird School of Global Management

As I prepare to return to classes I have been working to complete all the last minute details so that I am fresh and ready to go.  Since I have been fortunate to have the last month free in between my internship and the start of the new trimester I have been focusing on my job search, including which employers to target and which job fairs to attend in the fall. 

Miguel Suarez, IE Business School

The programme start is still almost two months away. I am still in my hometown city of Monterrey in Mexico.


Jorge Millan, Chinese University of Hong Kong

The MBA programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong has a pre-term course - Management Competencies and Current Prespectives – and as a prerequisite to this course students must go on an outward bound programme (OB).


Pranay Harsh, Wharton School

I have to be honest. Before the learning team retreat – a two day/ one night trip to the Pocono mountains, where I was going to get to know my learning team for the very first time – I felt quite sceptical of the whole idea. 

Beth Bremner, HKUST

Sunday night blues don’t hit when every day is a weekend. That was my finding this week.


Lidija Pehak Kolenko, Essec Business School

I arrived to Cergy, home of Essec, two days ago. It was pretty hectic before the trip…..checking the lists of things to take, doing the last errands etc.


Naveed Syed, London Business School

Orientation at LBS is in full swing and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision to come here.


Federico Zaldua, Columbia Business School

After an intense two week period of going out and meeting people (friends and a little bit of networking) in Buenos Aires, I took a plane 11 hours ago and got to Dallas.