As I mentioned yesterday, I got a chance to hang out with some of the class of 2009 yesterday. London put on one of it’s better shows with a gorgeous 75 degree, cool breezes and only a few clouds in the sky day.
My role was general gopher & tour guide with gopher taking around 95% of my time. London Business School does a pretty good admits weekend with plenty of food, drinks and opportunities for the potentials and admits to meet each other.
So, what’s my opinion of the newbies? From first conversations they seem cool. Each one of them had a wide-eyed excitement that I remember from two years ago.
They were far more eager to meet each other than to meet any of the current students (again, not surprising) and were asking similar questions to the class of 2007. When will we get involved? Do we get to travel? Are there good parties?
For me, the more interesting part was talking with some of the 2008s. Admits weekend is one of the first real signals that the first year is coming to a close. One starts realising that they’re no longer the youngest class (which is sort of a special place at the school because most first years look to second years as ‘they’re not us, can you believe they think this way, just because he ran it that way and it was successful, I have a better way, etc, etc’). Just read some of the ‘they said the first term was hard comments if you question the observation. And, our class felt the same way about the 2006s.
I didn’t make it to the party but that’s where the real observations begin. Is the class of 2009 a real party crowd (2007) or more of a tea and crumpets crowd
(2008),? From the questions and general feedback, the 09s will liven things up again. Excellent. We need more footprints on the ceiling in the dining hall.
Why? Because the ones we left during the 2006 Winter Ball are now gone.