Abhishek Ramanathan, Australian School of Business Reflecting on the year gone by

I can’t believe it is 2012 already. The year 2011 flew by in the blink of an eye. Around the same time last year, I was getting ready to start my MBA and now I’m already entering the last semester. Session 3 (September – December 2011) was a challenging one, especially for those looking for jobs while trying to juggle academic commitments. We also welcomed exchange students from all over the world, which definitely enhanced the class experience.

For me, the academic highlight was our marketing and communications course, where I learnt a lot about brand management and how the new media is changing the world of business communication. Outside class, we had some great guest speakers from diverse backgrounds such as airlines, venture capital and private equity, consulting and risk management. We also had a couple of class trips, including ones to the Hunter Valley wine country and the Blue Mountains. A few classmates even managed to squeeze in a deep-sea fishing trip, which of course had to be followed by the customary Aussie barbeque.

All in all, it was a bittersweet end to the last semester knowing that I would be leaving, along with half the class, for an exchange semester in session 4. I am writing this post from London, where I’ve just about settled in for my final session at London Business School, it’s hard to imagine how the past year went by so quickly. I suppose that’s what one would come to expect from any intensive full-time MBA.

When I embarked on the MBA, I decided to make the most of the experience, which is why I came to LBS. I’m looking forward to meeting new people from LBS and from other business schools around the world.

I’m constantly reminded by my AGSM friends that I gave up a beautiful Sydney summer to be in London, but I’m sure this trip will be well worth the effort and sacrifice. Here’s to layered clothing, darkness at 4 pm and inclement London weather.