April 4th, 2009
After my last post created some interesting controversy, this time I want to share with you the other side of the coin. It’s not just fun and games (and travel) that we do here at HBS. In short, it’s also a lot of hard work and and doing good.
Here’s what I mean:
- Recruiting: in this economy, it is very hard to find jobs. Many first- and second- year students at HBS are still struggling to find a summer internship or a full-time position. Some have accepted offers that are far from their ideal position. Some have put their search on hold, waiting for better times. And some are scrambling hard to fit in school work, job search and social activities. You may be surprised, but yes, HBS is suffering hard in this economic environment. I’m not sure how we compare to other schools, but compared to previous years the situation is much, much worse. Check out this article at the Harbus for an insider view of recruiting at HBS this year.
- Weather: by now I can’t complain (for a change) – Spring has definitely arrived, earlier than last year I believe. However, winter this year has been tough, much worse than last year’s. The Charles River was frozen for most of winter and we had quite a few snow storms.
- Conferences: I have shared with you my experiences in helping organizing the TechMedia Conference last year and the Marketing Conference this year. I also attended many other conference, including the Entrepreneurship Conference, the Luxury Goods Conference and the India Conference. They draw amazing speakers and discussions are fascinating. This year, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, taking place at HBS and drawing more than 1000 participants, was named “One of the top 12 conferences of the world” by Forbes, along the World Economic Forum and TED.
- Charity and non-profit involvement: this topic deserves a separate post, but let me say that the quality and quantity of non-profit involvement of the HBS community – students, faculty and staff – is amazing. You can read about school-led initiatives here, but there are so many more student initiatives. As I said, a special post to follow.
Hope this helped presenting the “other side” of HBS. We do, however, still like to party and travel. :)
Congratulations to all Round 2 admits to HBS! You’re in for two amazing years. Feel free to shoot me an email and introduce yourselves – this year I had a blast walking around school and seeing people whom I got to know as readers of the blog. Can’t believe the class of 2011 is already being formed… and that the class of 2009 (mine) has less than a month of courses left.
If you’re looking for some other high-quality HBS student reading material, I recommend these HBS blogs. They don’t have cute sheep icons but are still decent reads:
On a last note, I was recently included in this list of “100 Best Blogs for MBA Students”, which is kind of a cute marketing thing for their website since 100 MBA blogs practically include all MBA blogs out there. I was somewhat amused by the way my blog was described: “This blog offers entertainment and insight into being a student at Harvard Business School”. Ha! Once I used to be a highbrow, reputable publication. Now I’m a tabloid! But at least a good one. :)
And since you know I like pictures, here are a couple of recent ones:
My ugly building with melting Charles
Today’s economy? In Harvard Square.