The winter quarter of the first year is the sum of a defining few weeks in the life of a GSB student. This is when we start realizing the potential of the customizable curriculum and this is when most of us get our internship offers. The quarter starts in anxiety and ends with jubilation and a mood of celebration! I am looking forward to the next 10 weeks.
I waited to post about my courses, because i wanted to sit through one class before commenting on them. I have signed up for three courses this quarter - Accounting & Financial Analysis I (also called footnote accounting), Accounting & Financial Analysis II (also called M&A accounting) and Investments. After a quarter of fighting through a particularly less exciting Microeconomics (the face-value excitement fizzed out) and a quantitatively dull Accounting course, I feel totally at home this quarter with the three math heavy courses i have signed up for. We're also applying a lot of what we learnt in accounting in the previous quarter, so that is kind of fun as well.
With these courses though, there is a key differences - the work load is heavy! I feel terribly bad about the this part because we have really good work to do but i don't see how we can humanly handle course work and recruitment. I really want to give these courses the time they deserve and i see that it is gonna be a huge case of time management, at least early on in this quarter. I am gonna give it a good shot though.
At the recruitment front, things have started happening again. Interviews are scheduled to begin on 22nd and we have a series of mock interviews starting this Saturday. I am smack in the middle of preparation, and so is everyone else. The mocks will be a great testing ground to foolproof answers and interview strategies before the real ones come home.
In a strange sense I am enjoying being in the midst of all the excitement, after the four week long break from business school. The break was good in a lot of other ways - self introspection and all that jazz. I found a few flaws in me as a person, decided to work on them and i guess i already see positive changes. Too soon to judge if they have changed me, but i intend to improve on what i am seeing. Let's see where this takes me!!!