Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I am so full of turkey I think it is blocking the flow of creative juices to my brain. I have a bit of writers block. Suffice to say, after a finance case, a marketing case, a quant exam, a management communication speech and analysis all due in three days, I am pleased to have a long weekend. Tomorrow I will be hanging out with old friends from high school at an old favorite restaurant. One of our professors this week did leave us with some excellent advice. He said that sometime during the weekend we should take the time to sleep, eat and relax. I was planning to do so anyways, but a semi-official stamp of approval was nice.

Friday, November 16, 2007

But what do you actually do?

I think many of my fellow bloggers and I fall into the trap of assuming everyone else's school functions the same as far as clubs, academics, bidding, etc. Sometimes what we actually do gets lost between the lines. Georgetown, as a general management program, has a very extensive core curriculum during the first year. You only take two module electives during the year, or one semester long class. This cuts down on the amount of bidding. Due partially to Georgetown University's administrative set-up, something the business school has been slowly but surely extracting itself from, we do not have our own registration system. So we therefore do not have a bidding system for courses like many MBA programs. We also have a smaller program, so you pretty much eventually get to take what you want, even if you have to wait a module or two. Next semester my top choices are Social Enterprise and Negotiations. The second years usually take over the Negotiations classes, so I doubt I will get into that, but it will be fun trying. Perhaps I should negotiate with the professor to prove what a fantastic asset to the class I would be?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Booze and Buddies: What B school is all about

There are stereotypes aplenty flying around regarding business school. All you do is drink… you’ll make the best friends of your life… finance is a killer.
I’m here to tell you they are all true.
Last weekend I attended the NAWMBA conference hosted by the University of Maryland. A friend and I decided to watch the entire competition (the Georgetown team presented last) and we were incredibly impressed by our polished women! After the competition we attended a delicious reception where I enjoyed a few glasses of wine with MBASalsera and many of the other Georgetown ladies. We then moved onto the dinner, where it turned out we weren’t just biased- Georgetown won 1st place: $5000.

In the academic arena, this week we studied segmentation in marketing. The case accompanying the lesson was written by a few Georgetown MBAs who now work at Miller. The case was on the challenges in the domestic beer industry, and the questions centered around examining shifts in demographics and tastes, identifying appropriate marketing responses to these changes and arguing for a strategy. The Georgetown grads came in to present, along with top brand managers. And of course, they brought the new product (their solution to the case questions) with them. That was how I came to be drinking Miller Chill at 9:30 am.

Back to buddies… I was studying in the fishbowl with a mostly empty table. This only lasted for about ten minutes when one of my cohortmates joined me and chatted a bit. Then a friend from a different cohort sat down. Cohortmate turned to friend: “Hi, I’ve seen you at a bunch of marketing events, right? Would you mind looking at my resume?” After ten minutes of review and chatting they both stop and extend hands saying, “oh right, my name’s…” Collaboration is the name of the game this mod because…

FINANCE IS KICKING MY BUTT. I know I am not alone in this feeling, but happily our class is really pulling together, truly collaborating within study teams, within cohorts, and frankly with whomever happens to be sitting nearest at the time. I'll conclude with some words of wisdom from Sandeep, my wise finance professor: "No one force feeds you broccoli and loans." Something to keep in mind folks. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go drink a Miller Chill.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

So busted.

Today my mind was running about an hour late for life. I got to school at 9:30 and met with my study group to work on a case for Miller that is due tomorrow. In case I have not mentioned this before "get it done" is our motto. We even had our Korean group member translate it for us so we can speak the group motto in several languages. We had a productive group meeting but at 11 am I still needed to further review finance. I am unnecessarily unnerved by this class. I usually know what I'm talking about but am unmotivated to participate because I know I am surrounded by future bankers who NEED that class to go well in order to propel them into future financial greatness. Or at least a decent internship. I decided today was participation day. I had my hand raising strategy down, but I wanted to re-read the material that went with the homework to confirm my thoughts. I also decided to cram a bit more study time for our quant. methods test in. These two items came at the expense of accounting. Now, as previously mentioned, I am a cohort rep. Our accounting professor, bless his heart, is the nicest man alive. However, he utilizes the cohort reps quite a bit more than any of the other professors. Before I didn't go to class today I said to my group, I just know something is going to come up and he will look around the room and I will just not be there. And so it was. The social rep emailed me during class to relay the information. Sigh. My group members justifiably gave me quite a hard time about that one. Apparently he was looking around the room repeating my name and I... was just not there. I suppose I do not have a bright future in accounting anyways!