MBA Peregrinations

Charting the course of my travels through the MBA experience.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Um, so are you ever going to blog again?

I've gotten this question numerous times in the past several months. Yes, yes, I realize that it's been entirely too long since my last post. You see, dear friends, I've been through a hell of a quarter. I didn't realize how much rougher it would get during recruitment season. And genius that I am, I decided that after taking 3 courses last quarter, with a bit of hard work and sacrifice, recruitment + 4 courses was doable. Be ye not so stupid.

It has been a roller-coaster ride, and it was often hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when the dings were flowing so freely. They do help one to grow a thicker skin, but the search for a summer offer is exhausting because the whole process drives you to cast a wider net than you normally would. Many firms recruit in much smaller numbers for interns, so getting an offer with the coveted firms is rather competitive. Given this, people tend to interview with more firms, which makes for a grueling several weeks. To sum it up, on-campus recruitment is NUTS. Last week I told a prospective student that the Winter Garden acts as a barometer for the mood on campus. During recruiting, it was intense. First years in suits exhibiting every emotion under the sun - anxiety, confidence, frustration, depression, elation... Walking in the Winter Garden now is a different experience altogether. People have reverted to wearing jeans and smiles.

Not all students have offers, only about half get their summer internships through on-campus recruiting. The rest search off-campus, and I've heard that many get some pretty cool and less obvious gigs this way. Luckily, I have a few offers on my plate, and a few more options to explore before making my decision.

So my courses fell by the wayside during the chaos, and its now time to atone for my sins. The next couple of weeks will be filled with classwork and studying, in what will likely be a vain attempt to make up for the last month of interviews. In other news, Admit Weekend I is this weekend, and I'm looking forward to getting a glimpse of the candidate pool for next year's class!!