Wednesday, August 31, 2005
The way the start of term works the second year is that you get to trial classes for the first two weeks and then try to add/drop into what you want, if you aren’t already in it. My fall schedule is pretty much set, but I have a few changes that I want to try and make to my spring schedule. Anyway, one of course packets I requested is for a course called The Coming of Managerial Capitalism, and it had an interesting first case comparing the class of 1949 (widely considered THE class of HBS) and the class of 2005. Here are some interesting tidbits:
- The Class of 1949 was 100% white and male, and of that only 6% were international.
- HBS peaked at over 10,000 applicants in 2002 or so, but had less than 6,000 as recently as the early 90’s. I imagine other schools display a similar trend, and thus it’s probably a tad early to declare the current application slump the death of the two year MBA.
- Manufacturing jobs dominated in 1949, with over 40% of the class going into the space straight out of school.
- The average starting salary of an HBS grad in ’49 was only 20% greater than the U.S. average salary. By comparison, recent HBS classes have roughly tripled the national average.
- There are about more MBA’s graduated each year than advanced degrees in law and medicine combined. And I thought there were too many lawyers in the world…
Monday, August 29, 2005
Why is this at all relevant to a b-school blog? Well, because some parents still haven’t let go, even at this level. I read somewhere at one point that the surest way to get dinged from a school was if your parents called to ask questions about the admissions process. I think it was in an interview with an admissions director, and he ranked heavy parental involvement in the admission process as a greater sin than leaving the wrong school’s name in one of your essays. Apparently a few sneak through the net, though, as a friend of mine overheard a parent inquire of the administration if there was a sheet changing service available for his son. Come on people, we’re all supposed to be adults here…
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Good luck to everyone in the path of Hurricane Katrina. We’ll definitely be watching the news and thinking about those caught in the region.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Watching football is really nice on our new HDTV with the HD/DVR service from Comcast. Last night we watched the Patriots game and during commercials I paused it and watched the Steelers game as well. In order to avoid getting hopelessly behind I just watched the actual plays in the Steelers game and fast-forwarded through everything else, but it was still nice to see substantially all of the action of both games. I really can’t wait for football season to get here.
I read on FMG’s blog today that she’s been working on only 3 hours of sleep recently, which she thought would be good prep for getting back into school. I honestly don’t know how anyone can do that. If I don’t get at least 6 hours then I’m pretty much useless, and I can’t go more than 2-3 days in a row without at least 7 hours/night. That’s one reason I’m really looking forward to this semester, no classes until 10am.
Friday, August 26, 2005
My advice to them, and to students starting b-school everywhere, is to relax. A lot of people seem pretty uptight and tense about getting the most out of school, and that’s completely unnecessary. There is plenty to stress about when starting a new program in a new place and there’s no reason to contribute to your own stress level by trying to do too much, too soon. So get out there and enjoy the beautiful summer weather and relax and enjoy starting a new adventure.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
I’ve spent the week thus far working down my sizable to-do list. I’ve managed to complete about 2/3rds of it, which is pretty good for me. With my work habits, though, it will be December before I finish everything on there.
One of the things I’m trying to do this semester is to finally lose some weight. Over the last 3-4 years I’ve fluctuated between 185-195 pounds when I should really be down around 165-175. So, my goal is to get down to 170 between now and Thanksgiving, which means losing 20 pounds. I think this is doable with some modest changes in lifestyle:
- No cokes – during the summer I was drinking way too many cokes, which translated to lots of empty calories. I’m currently trying to kick the habit.
- Working out – I’m terrible about working out, and I need to be more consistent if I’m going to shed the weight.
- No fast food – See comments about cokes, this is easier to accomplish in Boston because we aren’t near any fast food restaurants
- Cut down on beer – This is the hardest one, though I’ve done it before. I’m trying not to drink on weekdays and to limit myself to about a 6-pack on weekends. (Thanks to Dave, I’m already behind on this one… ;)
By the way, I wrote and posted this via MS Word, which is pretty convenient relative to logging into blogger. Also, FireFox never played nicely with blogger, so I think this will work for me.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Saturday, August 13, 2005
The route I've chosen this time is via Atlanta and North Carolina, and I think it'll be pretty cool. Everyone makes fun of me for driving a different route each time, but since it makes a neglible difference in driving time I can't see a reason why I wouldn't want to do it. My brother will be driving with me, so it should be a fun bonding experience.
We had a career teams conference call yesterday to get back in the mindsight of school. We are kicking the program off really early this year so it's vital that we can hit the ground running as soon as classes start. If there are any readers out there who are second years at HBS, please e-mail me if you want to participate. We're still looking for 10-15 leaders for a great program, so please help!
I also found out that HBS is implementing a new program called Learning Teams for the Class of 2007. They will be assigned a group to do a couple of different projects during the fall semester. I have very few details, but I do know that this team isn't supposed to supplant study groups, instead it is supposed to provide a way for us arrogant HBS Type A people to learn to work better with others.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Managing Service Operations
Coordinating and Managing Supply Chains
International Financial Management
Strategy and Technology
Entrepreneurial Management in a Turnaround Environment
Half Course in Behavioral Corporate Finance
Business Analysis and Valuation
Coming of Managerial Capitalism
I didn't get Corporate Strategy because it was full long before my #3 ranking, and a Half Course in Energy that I couldn't get because of a time conflict, and thus I got Coming of Mgrl Cpt instead. I'm going to go to both, I think, and then decide whether I want to try to shift my schedule around in order to get Energy instead, and also be a half-course lighter.
The best part is that my half course in Beh Fin is the only one before 10am, so I won't be in class until 10 for 3/4 of the year. Also, my Thu-Fri will always get out at 1pm, so I'll have long weekends. In fact, I'll be on weekend from 1pm Friday until 10am Monday all year. That's almost as good as freshman year of college when I skipped all my Friday classes and so I was on the weekend from Thursday afternoon until Monday afternoon every week.
So, the scheduling process was a bit of a headache and it could probably be made more user friendly, but it worked out so I'm cool with it. Any comments on my schedule? I wish I could have gotten a marketing class, but the only one I thought about taking is in the fall, and I really wanted the five classes I already have.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Two funny things happened to Jie and I recently, and in both cases the companies seem to be doing the right things:
Cingular - Our LG LC1300 phones from Cingular have been giving us problems for ages. So, Jie finally got fed up and called in about it and after talking to the lady for a while she admitted they had a lot of complaints about the phones and offered to replace them. She made it sound like we would get new versions of the same phone. Well, the box arrived and not only was there not one for me (we have a family plan), but the phone that arrived was refurbished, and it still had a picture of a half-naked woman as the background and all the menus were in Spanish. Well, that wasn't what we wanted when we asked for new phones. Jie called back and expressed her indignation and this time they eventually offered to send us two brand new Motorola V180 phones. Much better, at least until I get mine and it's a refurbished model with no battery or power cord (Jie got a brand new one in a real box and everything). So, after calling Cingular again a new phone is supposed to be making it's way to me now. We'll see once I get it...
Chase - Someone apparently has my mastercard information because they charged $2900 in wildfire fighting products to it. Well, the jokes on them because I shortly thereafter (and unknowingly) maxed out the card and then Jie caught the charge. After a brief call with Chase the account has been closed (before I could download my statements to Quicken, damn they're quick!), and we'll get the necessary paperwork and new cards in 3-5 days.