On Sunday, August 12th Wharton Pre-Term began. Usually when I say that I get 2 questions, 1 – how can school start on a Sunday? And 2 – What is pre-term? So let me debrief.
First thing, I’m realizing that once you sign up for bschool, anywhere, you basically sign your life away. It’s not that they will take away alllll my weekends…but theres A LOT to do in SUCH little time. On the first day on Pre-term, a Sunday, we just spent it meeting people in our Cluster* and then off to a reception…and by reception that means food and alcohol..which was really fun. It was great meeting allll these new people from all over the world….I keep learning all these random new fun facts…like how weapons (outside of authorities) are NOT allowed in Singapore…or how I can get free dinner (and of course recruiting advice) from my peers at Wharton returning back to their consulting gigs.
|Breakfast on the plaza at Huntsman Hall|
|MBA Convocation...can you see me? I'm near the front :-P|
The last few days have been a whirlwind. You really can get caught up in FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). These last few days have been filled with a Calc Class (everyone at Wharton has a to take a math exam..something I'm just finding out), Cluster meetings for orientation information (like how to register for class), Community Building (planning for the Cluster Olympics) and I’m personally taking an “Intro to Accounting Class”…with a professor that is so hilarious. He actually has made accounting interesting...I’m still shocked. Overall it’s been really fun…and busy (in a good way) and even at this moment I’m sitting here FOMO’ing about what I’m missing out on as I write this blog. Finally, this upcoming weekend there is a leadership retreat (yes…we have mandatory events on a Saturday and Sunday)….so we can meet our learning team*. This is ALSO a surprise (that is all anyone knows…I don't even know where we are going)..and that's pretty much all I can say about that. After that…my obligations will be Mon-Fri until Pre-term is over…and then once class REALLY starts..Mon-Thurs…did I ever mention that Wharton doesn’t have class on Fridays? :-D
*Cluster - Wharton is basically 840 students...so there are 4 clusters of ~210 students. And then within Clusters you are split into Cohorts of about ~60-70 students.
*Learning Team - group you work with with through Core Classes