August 8 – September 4
I can’t believe another month has gone by!
My visit with Ryan was great (I miss that guy!) — and I don’t think I bombed out too hard on studying for finals (so far I did fairly well — three confirmed A’s out of five; unfortunately it was the last two classes I am most at risk for B’s, meh – grades don’t matter).
Right after Ryan left, all the regular MBAs came to campus. I have to admit, while I am excited to meet everyone else, it is a little sad that our MMM group will now be spread across everyone. I didn’t realize how much I appreciated having them and just them around. I’m sure our bonds will remain strong though (particularly given we’ll have classes together each quarter until graduation).
Now onto KWEST! I went to the Galapagos for my KWEST. And, I had a blast! Aside from a small battle with food-poisoning (man my stomach is weak), the trip was A+. I really enjoyed the people (more than I expected) and left with fond memories and new friends. We’ve actually continued to hang out with each other now that we’re back on campus! So great!
Unfortunately, right after KWEST, we jumped straight into CIM (regular MBA orientation). This non-stop activity has given my health a serious pause (so sick!). Other than this, there has also been some added stress from a bit of drama concerning how sections were formed.
Basically, the Academic team wanted to make their lives easier by putting everyone who waived finance into one of two sections (Poets or Turkeys). They didn’t seem to give much forethought to what this might mean for diversity in each of these sections (low number of women, very low number of underrepresented minorities, no veterans, high international). The administration clearly screwed up, but instead of just admitting this and acknowledging it is too late to fix, the Deans involved in the mishap have been defensive. While, I am not as angry / upset as a lot of people are about this section-forming snafu, I am disappointed in how the administration has dealt with it. Doesn’t give me a lot of faith in Dean Merrick or Dean Wynes (maybe they should audit a MORS class?).
Anyway, we have 2 weeks of MORS (think of this as leadership class) before the fall quarter starts. I am looking forward to a more regular schedule!