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My first impressions

Posted by: Sarthak
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The first thing that struck me about London Business School is the diversity of the student body.  For instance, in my study group, we have an Australian and a Thai management consultant, a Greek entrepreneur, a Brazilian banker, a Canadian marketing manager, and me, an Indian/British doctor. Imagine this group brainstorming and trying to figure out the weighted average cost of capital of an airline company and then later heading off to the pub to chill out – a truly extraordinary experience!

London is not new to me. I have been here for a few years but experiencing it all over again as a student is different and great fun. One of the events that I really enjoyed was the Santa Pub Crawl – 400+ LBS students walking on the streets of London dressed as Santas, Elves, and Reindeers!

There is an interesting story about how I first came to know about Santa Pub Crawl. Four years ago, I was having dinner with my wife in London and we saw hundreds of Santas doing a pub crawl. I asked one of the Santas and found out that it was an LBS event. I had no plans to go to business school at that time. Little did I know that I would be doing the same four years later!

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Hearing how tough the first term of an MBA is is entirely different from actually living through it. I feel fairly safe in saying everyone in the MBA class of 2012 has felt challenged at some point during the term, whether on a particular assignment, getting their head around a specific concept, or simply adjusting to the volume of things to deal with day-to-day. However, with just a couple of weeks to go before the end of term we’re looking forward to a well-earned rest.

But before we disappear for xmas there’s the important matter of end-of-term partying. Last Saturday, for example, hosted the annual London Business School Santa Pub Crawl. Armed with the words to several well-known carols, and (more importantly) some half-price drinks vouchers, 400 student santas (plus a handful of reindeer) headed off for the streets of London – a quick search on Youtube will give you an idea of what this actually looks like…!

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