I’ve been warned that November is one of the rainiest months of the year. The days are getting shorter and the periods of sunlight are few and far between. On top of everything, we have finals in slightly over 2 weeks along with multiple group projects due. Surrounded by stress and dreary weather, it is easy to get lost and lose track of why we are here. Luckily, there are always rays of sunshine that sneak through.
This weekend I had a friend visit from out of town and finally got to be a ‘tourist’ in my new home city. Seeing London through a visitor’s eyes snapped me out of my November fog and reminded me of what a great city this is. The history, culture, and beauty of the city are like no other. It’s important that we remember to leave the LBS bubble here on Baker Street and go out exploring once in a while.
Unfortunately, my friend had to leave and it’s time to hit the books once again. Finals are right around the corner and I have many long nights of studying ahead of me!
First of all, I have to note that they do call us “Miffs” – not M-I-F (personally I think that miff sounds a tad strange). This is just one of the many things I have discovered since stepping off the plane in August. I am originally from Philadelphia and spent my entire life in 1 city, which is precisely why I chose to pursue a global post-graduate degree and LBS has not disappointed.
Life has been a roller coaster since I arrived. Given that the MiF programme is only one year long, we were immediately thrown into classes/career services events. We’ve already completed one course and it’s not even November. Orientation was held at the beautiful Mansion House. It was here that the MiFFT 2013 class was together for the first time. There are 118 of us from 33 different countries. Meeting everyone has been exciting and learning everyone’s names has been a challenge!
My first 2 months were unbelievably busy and, like the weather in London, unpredictable. They’ve been filled with classes, late nights in the library studying for the investments final, meeting amazing people from all over the world, the stock pitch competition, and spending far too much money at the Windsor (or The Max as I like to call it for all you Saved by the Bell Fans out there). I’ve discovered a lot about myself, and even found that I might actually like accounting (thanks to our amazing professors Scott and Achmed!). I’ve also adjusted to the British culture, from figuring out where the keys are on the British keyboard to learning which way to look when I cross the street. I cannot believe that it’s almost November (but I am looking forward to Halloween!). The first 2 months have been amazing and I can’t wait to find out what the rest of the year has in store for us!