Okay, I rarely link to other blogs because chances are the people reading one blog are reading them all but DMN’s tips for your first year is worth a second read. In fact, I shall add my own or add some thoughts of my own.
The Divine Miss N: Words from a wise old woman
Getting Involved (the take it easy stuff)
Careful on this one. There’s a ton of 2007s out there looking to talk 2008s into chair projects, helping with events or even running the 2007 Summer Ball but becareful. I’m a poster child for over committing in my first year and instead of a difficult year, it was nearly impossible in certain parts.
I agree with her that you should get involved but remember that pre-programme is not the real MBA. The real MBA starts when your chest tightens up because there’s 30 hrs of work and 24 hrs before the next class.
The books point
Yup, they also can be used to defend against intruders or threaten noisy neighbors. It’s not like undergrad.
I wasn’t as overwhelmed as DMN, but understand her point. UEM was pretty cool though.
They are loans and despite how big the number looks in October, it’ll need to last until at least June; at worst next October.
You’re rookies, it’s been years since you really hit the hooch, be careful.
Draw a light grey arrow to my previous point. This point can be applied to your personal, academic and business lives. You have one reputation, guard it like a hawk. The people you meet here should be contacts the rest of your life, they should respect you in the morning (in class of course, you cad!) and want to work with you later on.
Yes they are pretty, smart and successful. It’s okay to feel intimidated but feel refreshed that they all think the same thing about you.
Always look for the 8 people more lost than you when walking into a test. Those are the people you desperately need to beat for a decent grade. If after 5 minutes you can’t find all 8; you’re one of them.
Go to MBAT. Sign up early.
Stretch out before playing any major sports. Most of you will be near 30, which is for males the perfect age to rupture an Achilles’ tendon. If you don’t, go to UCL. They’re great.
Goes back to the reputation point. Use a 24hr or 5 minute rule before saying something mean or nasty. I’ve been happiest when I did, and often regretted it when I didn’t.
Your ID Picture
The darn thing is everywhere – ID, portal, class rosters – just think about it.
And finally go on a ton of trips early if they are available
It’s a great way to meet people and something I never got to do thanks to the ankle.
There there you go. My top tips for year 1. There are points I’ve left off, but those are best learned through experience.
See ya’ll on campus.