In contrast to a very lonely looking Hariri building late December (see picture text from a friend below), the halls at McDonough School of Business are once again buzzing this week. The last few winter break travelers arrived this past weekend, returning from as far away as Malaysia, India, or Poland. And fittingly, our operations professor decided to spend a few minutes discussing the frustrations of air travel.
Quiet halls a few days after classes dispursed for the winter holidays
I do not typically speak about my classes at the McDonough School of Business in my blog posts, but I hope I have your permission to break my rule today. I want to express my excitement about the courses I am taking during the next 7 weeks. I promise I will include a few non-school notes in closing.
My course line-up is operations, management science, corporate finance, and applied marketing. While any non-MBA student or prospective student might think I’m a bit out of sorts to be excited for this, some of you will get it. Especially because this third wave of classes in the first year of the program begins true integration of all prior coursework.
One professor knocked it out of the park on the first class of the mod by demonstrating the goal of a holistic academic course design. He spent the first hour of class walking us through a business case he had on his first job immediately after finishing his MBA. This demonstration of an application of new skills we learned the six months prior was incredibly inspiring and vindicating to me that going to business school was the right decision.
Okay, enough of that. I promise I will stick to anecdotes and non-academic posts from here on out both for yours and my sake. Let me end this post by sharing a few highlights in my life these past few weeks.
Winter break highlights (in no particular order):
- Honeymoon with my wife in St. Lucia
- Chance to reflect on the whirlwind of the first semester of business school
- First time feeling well rested and new car excited again walking into the Hariri (main building on campus)
- Feeling on New Year’s Eve a bit sad to close the chapter on 2011 because of how great of a year it was for me and many of those with whom I am closest
Highlights from the first few days back:
- Reconnecting with new friends
- Club leadership transition is underway and there is a lot of buzz of new, exciting events in the pipeline
- Internship recruiting is in full swing