I’ve been on campus quite a bit this week and have noticed something very, very disturbing … the first years seem, well, less stressed than we were last year. The sentiment comes through when you talk to them. ‘Hey how’s it going?’ isn’t met with a yawn, blank stare or drooling. In fact, they seem positively awake. Yes, busy but nothing more.
I’ve asked about this odd phenomenon a couple times and have received mixed responses. Actually, most of them get a look in their eye that says, ‘listen buddy, just because you were tired doesn’t mean I will be.’ They want to say it, they’re thinking it but either the fact they don’t know me too well or courtesy keeps them from replying.
But yesterday, I figured it out. The 2008s aren’t super-men, err people (5 extra Women In Business Points) the MBA programme office moved some of the classes around including moving the MOB project from term 1 (that’s autumn ya’ll) to term 2 (the spring term) so the work load is much less. Thinking back, it’s very possible that was the tipping point in regards to work load was the MOB project. While we’re trying to get through Finance, drinking, surgery (for some), Econ, Financial Accounting and all the other first term MBA fun we also had to do that project, too.
Now, I’d like to say that the 2008s will get theirs next term with Milkround but that’s changed too. Apparently, it’ll be a couple weeks at the start mostly removed from class time. On paper, this seems pretty reasonable and will give more time to classes, etc.
It’s a good change on the part of the MBA programme, but frankly a little part of me wants to see the 1000 yd stares, drooling and incoherent sentences and wonder if this will make them soft. Of course, they did have to tolerate 5 weeks of Ethics and should probably get war pay for the effort.
Guess the only drooling, staring and sleeping we’ll see is during the pub crawl or at the end of Sundowners.