Hello, and welcome back to our weekly foray into the b-school blogosphere for a candid look at what’s keeping MBA applicants and students buzzing. Whether its a virtual postcard from a study abroad trip, a breakdown of networking opportunities, or plain ol’ relief at having core courses in the rear-view mirror, our bloggers offer their personal insights into the MBA process.
International exchange recap—The copious amounts of graffiti were just one of the cultural elements that made an impression on Part-Timer as he traveled across France to his GW MBA study abroad destination in Nantes. After cruising the streets on foot like a Google mobile, taking in every last street view detail, he dove into the awaiting welcome package from the Audencia Nantes School of Management.
Vacation buzz lingers—Has it already been a week since Lori of HEC Montreal headed down for a week’s respite in Turks and Caicos? Thankfully, the good vibes continue now that the new semester has begun and the stark difference between core classes and electives becomes apparent. In addition to feeling more engaged herself, she notes that even the professors appear to be more excited about teaching the specialized courses.
The 200+ network—One of–if not the most–valuable aspects of an MBA education is the amazing network it provides. We couldn’t agree more with Abhishek‘s post regarding networking opportunities at Kellogg. He estimates anyone doing a Kellogg MBA will graduate knowing at least 200 students. If you’re curious to see how that number came about, well, follow the link!
Making a difference isn’t easy—From time to time, we like to check in with former MBA aspirant Mukaam, who has put her business school dreams on hold this year to work as a Teach for India fellow. In her latest post, she shares her frustrations over a broken education system and an upcoming gear shift: Mukaam is leaving the post of second-grade teacher to take on 30 teenage boys who have been picked from the streets. We wish you good luck and mental fortitude as you tackle this upcoming challenge.
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