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Dragon Boat Racing

Posted by: Nayan

London Regatta Centre – across the docks from London City airport was the location for 2010 National Dragon Boat racing Cup. On race day I found myself in the London Business School ‘A’ boat with an oar and 20 other folks. FOMO – fear of missing out (for more on FOMO read Allen’s post http://blog.students.london.edu/2010/09/fomo/), this is probably what led me to sign up for Dragon Boat racing. I had never heard about Dragon Boat racing but it sounded exciting. Before this the only boat I had been on is the one where the engine did all the work and now I was paddling in a race.

Fernando Diez and Rossana Lau assembled this motley crew from the various streams, alumni and friends. Most of us had just practised paddling in the practise sessions over last week and we were going head to head against teams who were clearly well trained. Lien was the captain of my boat, Boat ‘A’. Incidentally Lien spent his holidays climbing Mt. Everest; he seems to be on a quest to conquer the elements, kudos to him! He made us go through series of exercises to get us to paddle as a team. In his words it is not the strongest team that wins but the team that paddles together that wins.

The time to beat from last year was 58.62” over 200mts and 2’41.20” over 500mts. The first race was over 200mts and the time was just above 1’. Like good managers we had a lessons learnt session after each race and our time in the second race improved to 57.13”.  Between the races, true to the school traditions,  we networked, loaded up on energy and soaked up the great weather. Our last race was the best of the day and we clocked 2’31.37” over 500mts. We will be back next year to beat the time again!

Watch Joe’s video “What is Teamwork?” about our day at the Dragon Boat racing here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6p_d-Bm0q4).

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FOMO

Posted by: Allen

During the summer I came across an interesting acronym from an alumnus of the school – ‘FOMO’. Apparently, most London Business School MBAs regularly suffer from attacks of ‘FOMO’ during their time here. In fact FOMO, I was told, is a phenomenon that you may experience more of during your time at business school than at any other point in your life… At the time I didn’t really believe them, but 4 weeks in and I’m starting to understand exactly what they meant!

What does this mysterious acronym stand for? ‘Fear Of Missing Out.’

Perhaps the best way to give you a flavour of what FOMO feels like is to give you a quick run through of September (so far) for the Class of 2012. On the voluntary competitions front there has been the PE Competition, the Stock Pitch Competition, the Case Competition, the Business Plan Competition, the Good Idea Competition…. the list goes on. On the clubs front there has been a club kick-off event, social events/speaker events for those that have already started or training for the sporting clubs almost every day. And on the social front the Class of 2012 has been doing itself proud with regular nights out across London (with Stream D leading the way with an excellent pub crawl across Islington last Monday!). In among all this we’ve needed to fit in our group work, case preparation, (extensive) reading and MBA classes as well. And somewhere in there we’ve also squeezed in some eating and sleeping too!

So, unfortunately, I’m learning that FOMO is very real! It’s just not possible to be in every club, attend every speaker event and enter every competition that takes my interest. But having too much choice isn’t the worst problem to have in the world, and I expect I’ll come to find that regular outbreaks of FOMO will simply remind me how lucky anyone going to London Business School actually is.

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