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Welcome to Wharton
Philippa Rock, The Wharton School, Oct 2014

My first quarter at Wharton has exceeded all expectations! . . . Fomo (fear of missing out) was one of the first acronyms we were introduced to because every night offered at least one source of entertainment.

After 13 evenings socialising, I finally overcame Fomo and spent an evening alone.

This contributed to one of the key realisations that my classmates and I have made over the past two months, which is that being able to choose carefully how we spend our time is probably the most important lesson we will learn during business school . . . 

So the challenge I am facing at present is Fofo (fear of failing out!) because our midterm and final exams take place during the next two weeks . . . 

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A fresh look at the career road map
Merih Ocbazghi, Kellogg School of Management, Dec 2014 

The “atrium effect” comes into play. At the Jacobs Center, there is a large atrium where many students grab lunch, meet their study groups and chat to friends. This is where you can overhear the many recruiting war stories being swapped.

The atrium effect is how we explain a student’s newfound uneasiness about their career road map, because of the sheer number of people who are seemingly doing something different from them . . . 

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To Shanghai and back
Omar Khan, University of Sydney Business School, Oct 2014

I have been back for a few weeks now from Shanghai — where I travelled as part of the Sydney MBA’s International Business Project — but the experience has been forever etched in my memory.

From centuries-old tai chi at sunrise, to global business during the day and all-night parties, there are just so many sides to Shanghai.

The module is a pretty amazing experience. Each year, it allows 24 MBA students to travel to Shanghai and work with local businesses, advising them on a current strategic problem. While doing this, we also get to immerse ourselves in Shanghai’s culture, food, people and sounds.

I observed a China that is inventing its own modernity and focusing on re-establishing its mark on the world.

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The halfway mark: pondering the future
Owen Woolcock, London Business School, Oct 2014 

Ask 100 former MBAs what they took from the experience and there will be as many answers. The halfway point is no different: within a class, there are all types. I have friends who have interned, been made offers and landed their dream position at an investment bank or management consulting firm already. Now, they ponder if they needed to spend £60,000+ to make that transition.

Other friends are certain they would not have had the courage or competency to take the leap into a new career or better-paid position without the MBA.

And then there are the rest of us, who are still thinking and are just grateful for the chance to sit out two years of our careers to learn, take stock and consider the vast possibilities of the future.

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My MBA year at Judge
Abhinav Charan, Cambridge Judge, Sep 2014

Did the MBA convert me into a business expert? I wouldn’t go that far. It did, however, give me fundamentals to comprehend and tackle problems . . . It did inculcate a degree of fluency to speak the language of business using accounting, finance, strategy, operations, marketing . . . It gave me the confidence to do things as diverse as executing a consulting engagement for Deustche Asset Management and pitching an entrepreneurial vision for renewable energy in Africa to investors.

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