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Managing expenses of… time

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Before coming to London I’ve often heard how expensive the city is. I expected that I would have to be very careful about spending money so that this year wouldn’t turn into my personal financial disaster. The reality turned to be quite different. I ended up controlling the spending of TIME.

There are limitless possibilities for spending time in London Business School. Clubs, networking events, sport and lots of other stuff; and all that you try to squeeze between lectures, seminars, home assignments and job applications. Funny thing, lectures and seminars take up roughly 8% of the daytime and I still struggle for every free hour.

How come? Well, you start with personal development trainings. You want to gain skills like business writing and presentation. Then add Finance and/or Consulting clubs – a must. A couple of industry clubs – for some. Then comes Rugby, Football or Cycling club. Don’t forget Public Speaking club: I was known as “the guy who ran away” after my first speech, now I attend every meeting to turn that around. Plus time for home assignments, Sundowners every Thursday (free booze!) and job applications. And, of course, you want to be involved in some activity like building business connections for MiM class. Finally, you never miss any presentation or recruiting event of companies you target. Before you know it, you become swamped, not having time for a decent half-an-hour lunch.

For the first time in my life I so sharply saw how limited hours per day are. Now I plan time carefully. I have to make sacrifices to do what is really best. I even had to sacrifice planning my financial expenses.

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Bitter-sweet first week

Posted by: Danil

The impressions from the first week are kind of bitter-sweet. Mikhail has already described the sweet part lively and emotionally. In a few words — all MiM2011 students are smart, fun and communicative. Spending time with them is a pure pleasure. Never have I had more fun mixers than I did yesterday; and never have I met so many interesting people in such short time.

But there is more to it. Personally, I was impressed by the service London Business School provides to its students. Every step is thought through, well prepared and neat. Members of the administration are helpful and considerate; when they say we all have common goals I believe them. The first two days we spent on campus were comfortable as staying in a five-star hotel (although probably I won’t be comparing London Business School to a vacation when the course starts — studies are intense).

What about the bitter part then? Bitterness comes when you face the reality; after a chat with MiM2010 alumnae we discovered that finding a job is much tougher then the majority of us imagined, even having the London Business School brand on your CV. Don’t get me wrong, I still think that joining MiM2011 was a great decision; it’s just I had the impression that once I graduate — that’s it, I’m done and can choose any job I want. Apparently, that was a common opinion among us; so many got seriously disappointed when we found out the real situation.

Nevertheless, I still feel great. Even though finding job will not be easy, having London Business School education is a tremendous advantage; and I see a great year ahead of me, full of new knowledge, friends and emotions.

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Preparing for the start of the term

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Every day a couple more people say they have arrived in London on Facebook; my LBS account receives around 20 e-mails every day with invitations, introductions and clubs’ notifications; MiM2011 class is now meeting literally weekly, with the number of people attending rising with every event. The MiM2011 programme is about to start.

So what we imagine the start of the Programme will be like? We all managed to pass through rigorous selection process; many struggled through painful moving to London marked by luggage overweights, frantic search for accommodation and flatmates, and tearful parting with family and friends; some of us even had UK visa rejections (up to two in particular cases). Moreover, we all have been urging and wondering for a long time, teased by LBS marketing campaign, FT ratings and heated discussions on the Facebook page and the mailing list. With all this effort and worry and looking-for our expectations are high. We wait for deep insights, lots of business cases, top-quality career services and many, many different but equally special and talented people.

The programme starts in a couple of days. The dress code for the first day is business. So the suits are dry cleaned, the shirts are pressed, the boots are polished. We all can’t wait.

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