Living the MBA dream!

Guys, I know it has been a long time since my last post! I thought of giving an update when I landed in the U.S. but then thought I was busy setting up the apartment and accounts. Then I was about to write again but thought I was busy with the school orientation. Gosh! Now I am really busy with events, cases and class preparations and yet scribbling this entry…(life is weird, ain’t it!)

Time to get going! Let me give some updates about how I feel in the U.S., the much awaited transitioning to ‘B-School Student’ and about my impression about W. P. Carey School of Business.  

I am getting used to the life in the U.S. here in Tempe (the university town near Phoenix). First thing that I miss here is “people” (and why not when you don’t have a car with GPS and you need to figure out the way to some place when you are new in the town :)) . The infrastructure is simply awesome and things are very systematic (like you have to cross the road only on the zebra crossing only when you get a signal, the buses coming right on time, etc.).  In short, if you follow the rules, you are most likely to make it hassle-free.

Transitioning to B-School life is “tough”. It gets tough because you have to balance the cooking, cleaning and laundry along with tons of reading involving class preparation, assignments and case studies. Oh, and you have to squeeze in some time for social networking events and partying! To my agony (delight), I have never been involved into so many activities at the same time till date! No worries. It is worth it. It is good to know your true potential when things get tough (and multiply) and you have to push yourself to the limit (and sometimes beyond!) . So it has been two weeks and here I am (still) in one piece – surviving the change!

About W. P. Carey, it has exceeded my expectations as a B-School and so I am very glad that I made it here. The thing I love the most is the small class size (around 90) so that eventually you know everyone personally and you become one big family. The incoming class is smart, polite and have a diverse experience (well there are a dominant IIM profiles, but then that still adds diversity to the entire class :)) in various industries – military, sports, real estate, health sector, engineering, literature to name a few. In one of the orientation events, we were asked if we had ever flew a plane (flew and not taken a ride) and I was surprised to see a guy raising his hand – he was a pilot! The orientation had quite a few interesting events to break the ice between the students and welcome the cohort to the Class of 2011. So think of the class size and profile before you decide to shortlist a school; these are the people with whom you are going to spend your next two years.

I will try my best to keep my friends updated with the happenings here. Right now, it is time to go back in the fast lane…adios!