Category Archives: Learning

Second Year vs. First Year

 First year of business school is trial by fire. It is hard work and endurance. It is learning something new and potentially mind-blowing every day. It is drinking from a fire hydrant of information and figuring how much to take … Continue reading

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Strengths Finder test results: Doh!

At the urging of my summer internship manager, I took the Strengths Finder test yesterday. Some of you may already know about Strengths Finder, a self-help book that advocates discovering your talents and then doing everything you can to play … Continue reading

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What every new b-school student should know

It dawned on me today — in the 5 minutes I lifted my head out of my intern haze — that at this time last year, I was preparing to move to Charlottesville. Which means, right this moment, about 300 … Continue reading

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If it were easy, everyone would do it

Before I came to b-school, one of my work colleagues asked me why I wanted to go. Business, he said, seemed like common sense. The goal is to make money. If you have a good idea and used common sense, … Continue reading

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How b-school warped my brain

Here’s something they don’t tell you in the b-school literature: An MBA education warps your mind. Six months ago I thought like a journalist. I thought in terms of ledes and sources and motivations and background. I thought about column … Continue reading

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What I learned at b-school: Week 11 & 12

It seems the time delay in your free business education might be permanent – at least until I get through the hell that is cover letter writing and interview prepping season. But better late than never! Here’s a rundown of … Continue reading

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What I learned at b-school: Week 9 … and 10

I’m running a little behind on my weekly lessons. Blame Halloween. Blame an insanely hard finance case. Blame a networking/job hunting/interview prepping frenzy that is November. Just don’t blame me. I’m clearly having inventory management issues. Here you go, two … Continue reading

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Cannon ball!

It’s sad that my new idea of a vacation is exam week. But that’s a little what last week felt like. Just five hours a day of exam-taking followed by studying stuff I’d already learned. Compare that to a typical … Continue reading

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What I learned at b-school: Week 7

Week 7 was the last week of Quarter 1 so both you and me have gotten one-eighth of a business school education. Congratulations! Pat yourself on the back. Now, are you ready for exams? It won’t be too hard – … Continue reading

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Scare yourself silly

I’ve done a lot of scary things in my life. I’ve jumped out of a plane. I’ve roamed some of the most dangerous streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I’ve spent two months traveling alone in Australia. I’ve been inside a pen … Continue reading

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