May 17th, 2008
Hard to believe but it’s OVER. Today was the last day of classes and while we still have three finals next week, I’ll be doing them online in a warmer, better place (aka Israel).
I’m flying tomorrow with some mixed emotions – but mostly happy. It’s been a great year, I had lots of fun, but it wasn’t always the easiest. I’m looking forward to almost a month in Israel with my family, friends, and some HBS friends (more about that in the next post), and to the rest of my summer in Seattle.
But I want to dedicate this post to something else…
April 17th, 2008
After endlessly complaining in my last post about the foul weather here, we had a few amazing sunny days of more than 15 degrees and the forecast for the rest of the week is sunny, with temperatures well above 10 degrees. The trees finally start to go out of their naked cemetery mode and there are even birds here. And they’re chirping.
Conclusion? complaining works!
On the other hand, it’s Boston, so on the very same sunny day of >20 degrees, at around 4pm there was a crazy thunderstorm, complete with lightning, thunder and rain. However it was one of these lucky days when the storm started exactly 5 minutes after I returned home from walking around and taking photos:
April 9th, 2008
I’ve disappeared for a while, maybe it was Hibernation (“Shnat Horef” :)). I think it was also because of the job search process, which was frankly quite stressful and depressing at times.
March 31st, 2008
In the meanwhile, check out these photos from Spring Break in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, with 50 people from my HBS section.
Here’s a sample:
February 25th, 2008
The problem with Hell Week isn’t that it is hell (it wasn’t, except for the weather), but that it is not a week. I’m still in the midst of interviews – so I will update once the process is all over. Like I said, for some industries – like consulting or investment banking – the interviews process does last only a week and ends with offers (or not…), but for other industries, technology included, the process is a bit longer. Oh well.
And in the meanwhile, to compensate myself for the East Coast weather, I spent a weekend in California, with prime sun and prime company:
February 3rd, 2008
Formal Name: “Dedicated Interview Period”
Real Name: *** Hell Week! *** (muhaha)
What it is: a week and a bit in which we don’t study but instead wear suits and march on to interview for summer internships.
Hell Week got its lovely name because of the fact that for many people this week is indeed a stressful, tense and sometimes depressing experience. I think this is true mainly for people interviewing for consulting jobs – they might have 4 interviews in one day, in different locations in Boston, every day of the week. These interviews aren’t easy – in addition to ‘behavioral questions’ (“tell me about a time when you displayed leadership / teamwork / amazing sense of humor”) the interview also consists of a “Case”. The Case is a short business situation that the interviewee needs to analyze qualitatively and quantitatively, and suggest a possible course of action. My fellow classmates doing consulting interviews have been preparing for them for the past couple of weeks, so for them it’s more like “hell month” rather than just a week.
January 14th, 2008
So I’m back from my fun transatlantic tour of Israel, California and now Boston. I have a long backlog of posts I plan to write, but since tomorrow I’m starting my second term at HBS I thought it’d be a good idea to write about the courses I’ll be studying this term. Just a quick sentence about the most fascinating thing that I experienced during the 3-weeks break – it happened today, when I came back to Boston and discovered all snow has melted! Hooray!
Unfortunately, it seems like it’s going to be back this week… so long for walking around in flip-flops (kidding).
So, second term courses: