Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Hello, and welcome back to Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz—our regular examination of life in the MBA applicant and student trenches. This past week, our featured contributors have kept busy conducting social experiments; making peace with life events occurring outside the b-school bubble; and getting their student loan situations sorted out.

Be brave and…socialize!—After an eye-opening cultural experience during his recent study abroad trip trip in France, Part-Timer decided to recreate the European tendency to socialize for no apparent reason now that he’s back Stateside. Despite a mass e-mail invite, it seems many of his classmates continue to cling firmly to their “cultural predisposition to individualism.”

Life outside the bubble—The somber note that characterized a few of Ellipser‘s (Johnson MBA ’13) recent posts brings to light one very important aspect of the b-school experience: life outside does indeed carry on. Whether it’s becoming oblivious to the headlines that are griping the nation, or issues of a more personal nature, many MBAs find themselves so enmeshed in the day-to-day whirlwind that it comes as a shock when “real” life intrudes.

Financial drudgery—Figuring out how to pay for your MBA usually involves some degree of stress as you try to get all your ducks in a row. CCatcher has been researching loan options out of India but finds herself incredibly put off by the loan officer’s query about her family’s “net worth.”

No escaping April Fool’sLori of HEC Montreal and several others fell “victim” to two of her classmates, who pulled a prank involving the grades for the only P4 class from which they have not yet received feedback. She’s mum on any additional details but concedes the joke was a lot better than another prank she once fell for, “Where I was told that I incorrectly filled out my Birthright Israel forms and was thus being cross-examined.”

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