A Pile of Bricks
Unless you were an Investment Banking Analyst prior to joining business school, good luck on being prepared for the volume of information, work and general activities that you’ll have to inhale right at the start. I’m not even kidding–my first semester at Tuck brought new meaning to the phrase “hit the ground running”.
Now for all of you applying to Tuck and other top business schools I don’t want you to be scared by what you’ll never be prepared for in your first several classes. Most business schools do it on purpose. It’s merely a test of organization, commitment and multi-tasking. The point of Fall A at Tuck isn’t to break you. Not at all. Rather prepare you for just about any avalanche of work you could possibly encounter in the real world.
The nice thing about the pile of bricks that will come down on you is that when it’s over, you’re well equipped to handle recruiting and extra-curricular commitments without much drama–which KEEP IN MIND is the most important reason why you decided to go to business school in the first place. So what else are some key takeaways from my first month at Tuck?
- Your situation is not unique. Everyone is slammed and over committed–figure out your throttle capacity early so you don’t over rev your engine.
- Find an outlet. Mine was golf. It’s essential to hold onto something, if it’s working out, reading or taking walks, remember to keep one tradition alive.
- Get to know your professors. At a school like Tuck it’s pretty easy to interact with your teachers since we’re so close, but if you go to a school without residential life built-in make sure you develop those ties with educators.
- Don’t forget to enjoy it. This should be priority numero uno. As I’ve stated, getting a job is why you came to B-school but making sure you’re having fun while doing it is going to help develop the likability factor that will get you the summer internship.
My last thought about Fall A at Tuck (and I assume it’s synonymous at other B-schools) is to keep things in perspective. Getting an average grade on an exam means nothing in the grand scheme of things. Ask yourself this question: What’s more important? A 95% on your Stats final or an 80%, but gaining 10 lifelong friends instead.
Just keep that in mind when you hit your first semester in school and your classmates ask you to come and hangout but you can’t because you want those 3 extra points studying up on Beta coefficients–What’s really important?