With the first year of his programme under his belt, Pranay looks back on the year and offers some advice to future MBAs.
Wharton’s Welcome Weekend includes a theatrical production that is enjoyed by all
Rather than spend his summer doing an internship, MBA student Pranay Harsh is going to dip his toe into entrepreneurial waters
Climbing to the summit of Mt Cotopaxi was one of the most challenging events MBA blogger Pranay has ever done in his life, but he believes the lessons learned will stay with him forever
February at Wharton includes two not-to-be-missed landmark events
Taking classes outside a student’s direct areas of interest can be extremely beneficial
The first semester at Wharton really flew by. It’s hard to imagine that I had arrived in Philly back in late July and that I’ve been there for more than five months now!
For past few months I have been trying to decide which area I’d like to focus on when it comes to choosing my major. As of now, the “official” majors that I am most interested in are entrepreneurship and marketing.
This quarter, I am taking a core class in “managing people at work” and the discussions in this class spurred my to think about all the teams with whom I have worked, and perhaps more importantly, what I have taken away from each of these experiences.
It has been almost four months since business school started and I can truly say that I had no idea that this much time had passed. Before I know it, I’ll be a quarter-way through my b-school career and with that in mind, I gave some thought to how I should continue to make the most out of this time.
I’ve been asking that question of myself as of late. What’s making me question the value of what I’m learning? Maybe it’s my professional training of “focusing on the relevant, not the interesting” or maybe it’s writing this blog that’s making me think more about my day-to-day life. Whatever it may be, I do think that it is valuable for me to answer this question and put things into perspective.
When I started business school I viewed it as an opportunity for self-improvement, not just in the classroom but also in other aspects of my life. A major goal within this self-improvement quest was to get back into shape.
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.
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.
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.
Now that I’ve been at school for about 3 weeks, I thought it would be a good time to share some first impressions regarding a variety of aspects of Wharton and beyond.
In one of my previous blogs, I briefly discussed how I was trying to balance waiving core courses and ensuring that I get a well-balanced business education.
The pre-term at Wharton started on August 3rd, a good month before most of the other business schools start their sessions. This meant getting to Philadelphia and enduring the humid, 90+ degree days…not very pleasant.
Surprisingly, the first textbook that I opened in my “MBA career” was not a finance textbook or a marketing textbook or anything of the sort.
Pre-term at Wharton is only a few days away and things are getting started pretty quickly.
It was only a few months ago that I was writing draft after draft of business school essays.