Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

I recently rode on an elevator that’s a metaphor for how I approached the MBA programme.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

It’s time for MBAT – the MBA athletic competition that brings together students from all of Europe’s business schools. 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

You don’t propose on the first date…

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

I always realise that what I value most from an experience is not what I had thought I’d value. Or to paraphrase advertising guru, Rory Sutherland, “All value is perceived value”.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

Who knew that the biggest obstacle to the start of a new term would be a spewing cloud of ash from a volcano with a name most people cannot pronounce? 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

I’m a writer not a graphic designer. This is the thought that crosses my mind every time I look at an empty PowerPoint slide that stares back at me mockingly with its blank slate.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

First rugby, now rowing – Cambridge cannot be beaten and victory tastes delicious! (Or more like several beers on a windy spring day.) 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

I don’t know if it’s a company’s dream or nightmare when a gaggle of over-eager MBAs barge through their doors, promising to fix their most pressing problems. 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

I’m facing a rock and a hard place this week.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

We started as a rag-tag bunch – crippled by illness, too many assignments, missed dates and lost time, but somehow my team “The 5 Arrows” beat the internal competition at Cambridge to attend the Venture Capital international competition at London Business School on Friday. 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

It’s my birthday today. I’m turning the corner on my twenties and thirty seems so, so, so, so old!

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

I made a bet with a fellow classmate at the start of the year that in our class of 164 students there would be three couples or less by June.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

Through sheer persistence and some luck I’ve managed to source my own global consulting project with the New York Times, now I just need to convince my classmates to work on it with me. 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

Lately I’ve been feeling like my world has two distinct realities. I’m either a kid in a candy shop with a hundred dollar bill and too excited to know what to choose or I’m a beggar on the street with a cardboard sign that says, “Have passion and brains. Want work I love…”

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

I’m sitting in JFK as I write this, with piles of paper and books scattered around me. Fellow passengers are giving me looks of death as I’ve taken up the two available electrical outlets and about six seats. But I don’t care, I’m fingering a rosary I picked up at an airport shop sincerely praying for some divine intervention. 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

So I’ve been told that readers want to know how an MBA actually gets a job. Since I haven’t begun my job search yet, I decided to interview a friend who’s landed two jobs offers. Below you’ll read her take on what it took to get a job – but if you’re afraid of hard work and making sacrifices I don’t suggest reading on.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

Yesterday in our study room, my group looked up and the clock on the wall appeared to be possessed. The hour and second hand were rapidly zooming around the surface, over and over again. We stared awestruck. Talk about a metaphor come to life.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. This is a phrase from my organisational behaviour professor about re-shaping organisations and it’s how I feel about the new streams (groups of students that you take classes with) that will be assembled for Lent term.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

There’s a common expression in the US about the people we care about – you can’t live with ‘em and you can’t live without ‘em. I think it applies best to family and in my case this term to my MBA family as well.

 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

What company started as a result of the marriage of two sisters – Elizabeth and Olivia?

Know the answer? You might just be enough of a know-it-all to win the Tata Crucible Campus Challenge. 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

Last Thursday I had a chance to attend a lecture with General Michael Hayden, the retired United States Air Force four star general, former director of the National Security Agency and former director of the CIA from 2006 to 2009. The lecture was followed by dinner with the General, his wife and other students. 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

In the middle of Cambridge is a large common called Parker’s Piece that’s intersected by two walking paths. Where these two paths cross there’s a large, towering lamppost. There’s a lot of graffiti on the post, but one carving in particular stands out. It says “reality checkpoint”. 

Aswini Anburajan, Judge Business School

What do I want to be when I grow up? The average of students on my MBA programme is 30, but most of are still asking that question.

This week at Judge we’re taking a break from classes to focus on personal and professional development with the theme being “Enquire Within.” To me the theme boils down to the same question I was asked when I was five in kindergarten. And the answer feels just as huge, distant, unfathomable and whimsical.