…and I’m in the library, pondering upon the challenges and benefits of a theoretical IPO, for the Chicago Booth IPO Challenge, a 24 hour competition to test one’s nerves and corporate finance knowledge, all in one go.
Tonight seems to be the epitome of my past two months in school – opportunity, competition, utter lack of time, urgency and lots of adrenaline. Looking at the state of things right now for our team, we’re feeling rather hopeless (and sleepy) but the gem is in the learning involved, I reckon. Our CorpFin professor would be so proud of the lengths we go to test our knowledge
As I embark upon my MBA journey, I look around at my classmates who’ve had to travel long distances to get to London, hunt for flats, open bank accounts and get mobile phone lines before starting on their programme, and I count myself lucky for having already been based in the city for a few years now. That said, the transition to my MBA life was not quite as seamless as I had imagined it to be.
I had been away for two months, planning and plotting towards a very complicated and elaborate wedding across three cities in India – my own. In the midst of the inevitable bridal meltdowns, I somehow managed to keep on top of the course waiver emails, 360 degree feedback survey requests to ex-managers, personality assessment tests and what not. I even managed to pick up some MBA reading list books during the run up to the wedding. And when I landed back in London just a couple of days after the wedding event(s), I felt rather worn out and a tad out of sync with the city; I went for the Flathunter’s Pub Crawl event the Friday before Orientation started, with some degree of jetlag and apprehension in equal measure. I met my dynamic and diverse classmates, newly landed in London but quite well settled into town. I was relieved to find that I still had useful nuggets of wisdom to offer to my classmates, despite the summer away; good thing local knowledge doesn’t go rusty quite so quickly.
The final weekend before Orientation involved frantic shopping for the new chapter of life – more casual outfits for student life, sharp formals for all those networking events, an ultra mobile laptop; the anticipation is clearly building up for a grand journey over the next two years. Let’s see what we, the batch of MBA2013, have in store – all the best!