Second Semester in Full Swing and I'm Feeling Fine

It's amazing how much more relaxed I am this semester. And I think my good attitude and the fact that I keep repeating this mantra to everyone who asks is helping perpetuate it. I could very easily stress out this semester what with six intense courses, an internship search in progress...okay, I'm stopping here because I am feeling my heart race and this goes against my relaxed state so it's time for a subject change.

Classes are so good so far. I do definitely miss certain professors and aspects of last semester, but I also feel really stimulated by these new courses. Right now we have Business, Government and the International Economy (aka BGIE -- pronounced Big E); Leadership and Corporate Accountability; Finance 2; and Strategy. I absolutely L-O-V-E strategy. It's like marketing on steroids. Seriously though, we talk about all aspects of a company's strategic moves and how they impact production, marketing, operations, finance, etc. BGIE is also really interesting (plus we have a great professor who is the course head for the subject -- he seems so incredibly smart!) although the 20+ page cases are killing me. Finance is hard (as usual) and LCA is pretty good so far, although we haven't had too many classes yet so it's hard to tell where we will go in that course. In two weeks we pick up a fifth class, The Entrepreneurial Manager and then later in the semester we get Negotiation.

Outside of classes, I am busy as ever. I'm auditioning for the HBS Show (a student written and run musical comedy) on Thursday and I'm also in the process of planning the Entertainment & Media Club Conference, which is March 19 (and to any Bostonians reading this, the conference is open to the public, so message me for more information!). I'm also trying to squeeze in extra personal training sessions, physical therapy and chiropractics for my neck, my remaining anti-stress massage therapy appointments, traveling here, there and everywhere...

Speaking of traveling, I am leaving this Friday to spend a week and a day in sunny south Florida with my family. Next week is what RCs call Hell Week, aka on-campus internship recruiting dedicated week. We are off from classes the whole week to accommodate interview scheduling. Since I am doing a completely networked search, I am not interviewing on campus at all (a little risky, I must say, but life wouldn't be fun without risk, right?) and I thought rather than lay around all day feeling stressed out by a million suits walking around, I should spend it in the warm Florida sun with my puppies and loved ones. I'm so excited because I plan to totally relax -- something I didn't actually get to do much of during winter break.

I'll try to blog some more while I'm home, since there is so much exciting news to share, but for now I need to read tomorrow's finance case -- something about the WACC of Marriott hotels...blech!

3 Responses to "Second Semester in Full Swing and I'm Feeling Fine"

cs@hbs responded on January 28, 2009 at 12:02 AM #

good luck with FIN2... I wish I could tell you it gets worse before it gets better, but it actually never got better for me :)
Great blog. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous responded on January 28, 2009 at 7:46 AM #

hi there, i am a current hbs applicant (wish me luck!) and i just sumbled on your blog...just wanted to say i have thoroughly enjoyed it! you seem like a really nice, down to earth person and i love your lengthy posts. keep up the good work! cheers, hbs hopeful

uma responded on May 26, 2009 at 5:24 AM #


Great blog!

Is there any way I can get in touch with you?

Keep blogging,

Uma Abraham