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 : )


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Stanford GSB class of 2015
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8 Responses to Friday!

  1. Jose Escalante says:

    Hi man… I have read all your blog and I need to thank you. It’s very helpfull regarding the admissions process… I like your newest posts too, they are confirming that GSB is the program I want. I have a couple of questions: 1. Do you have any scholarship? What was the process?? 2. Are there any Latinamericans… I’m from Peru and want to sort out my probabilities of getting admited. Thanks!!

    • Hi Jose,
      Glad you’re finding the blog helpful.
      1. The GSB gives out need-based scholarships. They’re called “fellowships.” The majority of students (including me) are awarded one of these fellowships. I think I remember hearing that the average is over $20,000 a year, although I’m not sure (I’d guess the admissions website has some more info on that). There are also lots of special scholarships (for example, there are a couple full-ride scholarships for students from Africa who promise to work there for a while after graduation) and tons of outside scholarships related to ethnicity, religion, or career/extracurricular interests.
      2. The class is incredibly diverse. I’ve met at least one classmate from Peru, as well as a bunch from Mexico, Brazil and almost every country in between those two.
      Good luck!

  2. Ankur says:

    Good to read a post from you after long 🙂

  3. Andrea says:

    how much business attire does one require while in school? does everyone attend lectures decked out in name brand clothing?

    • Hi Andrea,
      Great question – I actually spent a good chunk of my summer trying to find an answer to this one. I’m sure every bschool is different, but at the GSB students tend to dress very casually; if you’d wear it on a normal weeekend, then it’s probably appropriate for the GSB. The only suits I’ve seen are on one professor and on a prospective student who sat in on a class.
      Generally, the men tend to wear jeans with a button down. Those who like to dress nicer might wear slightly nicer pants or a cardigan, while others wear shorts, t-shirts, and hoodies. Nothing looks out-of-place.
      For women, it’s a lot more variable. Again, the basic uniform seems to be jeans and a nice top, but there’s also a whole variety of dresses, from sun dresses to nicer work dresses, and some fancier business casual outfits.
      As for brands…I’m not the most brand-sensitive person in the world, but I think there’s a lot of variety, especially with the large international population that holds different brand preferences. From my point of view people seemed to be more focused on looking clean and put-together than on the actual brand. People here care a lot more about what others do and say than about what they wear.

  4. Andrea says:

    thanks for this blog by the way!

  5. ZiQin says:

    thanks for updating your gsb life, you really shade some light on what it’s like to be studying there. i’m applying for 2016 class in round 2 and i have some concerns. i just graduated last week and haven’t had any working experience yet. you mentioned there is a 21 year old, so what’s he or she like? or students with no or less than a year working experience that gsb wants?

    and can you write about your classes such as CAT in a detail? maybe in a future post?
    ps: i follow your blog religiously, hope you don’t mind (=

  6. john says:

    great blog! very useful perspective on the gsb and mba apps.

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