The 20 day long orientation at the Chicago GSB ended today evening with a "Coffee with the dean" session at Winter Garden in the Charles M. Harper Center of GSB. In the words of Stacey, this event "signals a transition into life as a first-year". For me though, it is a welcome relief from the mad rush of CORE. It has really been a few weeks of crammed up activities, and I haven't found anyone who hasn't found the going tough.
This week saw the class getting busy with a bunch of cases for LEAD. The sight of ppl grouping around in different corners of the winter garden and discussing the pros and cons of the case - it was quite exciting. People had different opinions about how their case sessions went - mainly because their experiences were different. I have some very good/important take-aways from these sessions, so i feel pretty positive about them.
Tuesday was Career Immersion day - our first interaction with the corporate world as students. The day had presentations and panel discussions by members of different industries. I attended the Investment banking panel/presentation and Entrepreneurship+PE/VC panel/presentation. It was a neutral day with a both positive and boring moments. Career services plans to attend many more sessions, which will go much deeper, during the course of the year and I am looking forward to them.
Classes start tomorrow. I have no class till Monday. All my profs have a ton of pre-work listed out already, so i guess my weekend (i mean, Fri-Sat-Sun) is gonna be busy. Still, i am excited about getting back to student life after so many years. Classes should be fun...