Archive for June, 2011


Pick a good…no…pick a GREAT ED REP

You’ll pick your section officers during the first month at HBS.  I’ll comment on the utility of some positions later (Career reps are useless in my opinion) but I will say that one of the MOST IMPORTANT ones is that of “Ed Rep” – this person will be the main liason between you, HBS professors, teaching assistants, exam proctors – everything related to academics, basically.

Your ed rep will update you on when study sessions are, what to bring for certain cases/simulations, the feedback that professors may have on the class performance, and countless other things.  I was blessed to have an amazing Ed Rep my first  year at HBS.  It greatly eased the section’s transition into the case method (which can be rough for many) and definitely made reviewing for finals a lot easier.  So pick your ed rep with caution, and have high expectations for him/her during the ENTIRE YEAR – some sections have had issues with their ed reps and have replaced them in years past.


You CAN do it all at HBS

You’ll hear this at a lot of business schools.  You can do either 2 out of these 3 things when pursuing your MBA.

1.  Sleep

2.  Study

3.  Party

The reality?  NOT TRUE.  If you are good at time management, you can schedule everything into your week.

Of course this won’t be like undergrad where you can go out Wednesday through Sunday of every week (there are people who do that, but their grades suck and they become in danger of getting kicked out by the end of their first year).  Target going out twice a week, pick your days out in advance if you can, and then GO OUT – let loose, have fun.  For the sake of your fellow classmates:  don’t talk about cases and simulations and all the stuff from the classroom when having beers – it’s annoying and no one will give you credit or think you’re smarter for it.  Relax and leave the classroom behind – really get to know your peers !


First Post

This blog is written by a current HBS student. It will feature a lot of content that is HBS-related, including:

1. Admissions advice (when I feel like recounting the good old application process days) – interviews, essays, reccs, etc.
2. Tips on life once you get to HBS – gleaned from my experiences, my friends during this experience, and many graduates of HBS that I keep in touch with from many different fields.
3. General thoughts on HBS alums doing different things in the world
4. Stories / occasional videos / pics from HBS events and from around campus here in Cambridge
5. Answers to your questions. Feel free to email me at if you have any personal questions relating to HBS. If you grant me permission I may elect to publish an answer to your question, if I feel it is relevant to the reader base.

Generally, I am writing this because I feel that HBS is a place that is really dynamic, awesome, intellectual etc – but without proper guidance, it’s easy to get lost and confused about what the experience is meant to be – which is really a journey of self-exporation and identification. Too many people get caught up in the herd mentality here at HBS (something to definitely avoid) and the two years fly by without much personal growth and progress. The purpose of these writings and posts is to just “keep it real” for everyone attending or considering Harvard Business School.

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June 2011