Ummmm…busy. Busy, busy, busy. I’m not really sure why, but the past month has been unbelievably busy.
We are four weeks into the first quarter. Plus Week 0 before that and move-in week before that. And two weeks of traveling with classmates before that. All together it’s been 8 weeks since I first met my classmates. And I love them.
I guess I should start by jumping back to the beginning of the first real week of classes. We are taking a lot of fuzzy classes, like Organizational Behavior, Leadership Labs, Strategic Leadership, Critical Analytical Thinking, and Managerial Skills. We also have one light quant class, Financial Accounting. The first quarter is a little confusing because classes are starting and ending all over the place. Some of them are only a week long while others last the entire 10-week quarter. We had a midterm in one class during week 3, and we have a final in another class a week from this coming Monday. But to get to the interesting stuff…
One of my favorite things so far is small group dinners. There is a website where you can sign up to host a dinner and everyone else can enter the lottery to attend your dinner. The winners of the lottery get an email notifying them that they’ve “won” a dinner, then the host cooks a fabulous dinner, and everyone has an amazing evening. The groups are small (5-10 people) and it’s a really nice atmosphere to get to know people better (and to get some solid recipes).
Another one of my favorite things is the constant discovery of all the ways the GSB supports students. (Warning: this might turn into a mini-advertisement for the GSB). For starters, each section has an academic advisor. The advisor meets with the whole class and with small groups to explain how course selection works. We can also schedule one-on-one meetings whenever we want to discuss the courses we want to take over the next two years. All of the joint & dual degrees have additional academic advisors to help students figure out if they belong in the program and how to fit in all of the classes. In addition we have communication tutors. We can go to them for help with writing assignments, presentations, and general communication skills (they’re great for improving in-class comments). And, I recently found out that we even have extracurricular advisors. Probably won’t be taking advantage of them since I already know which activities I want to join, but it is pretty impressive that they exist. The GSB takes everything seriously.
And my third favorite thing this week is the calendars. We all have google calendars and the school pushes our schedules onto our calendars, which is a life saver when we have new classes that suddenly start in the middle of the week without warning. But by far the best feature of the calendars is that they are all shared with all other students/faculty/staff, so I can go look at someone else’s calendar and schedule a meeting with them. This makes it really easy to organize group events without having to sort through a chain of a hundred emails to discern when everyone is free.
Also, for anyone out there who actually reads this blog, please let me know if there’s anything you want to know about…otherwise I’ll just keep rambling : )