Monday, September 21, 2009

Campus is Crowded: "Week 1"

Today was the official first day of classes for the entire MBA program, so our once cozy community of first-year MBAs has now been invaded by our second-year counterparts. All of a sudden, it's not quite as easy to wander up to a group of students and start chatting with them because they might be--gasp--second years.

As I previously mention, last week ("Week 0") was entirely filled with an organization behavior module and an accounting module, plus a half a dozen info sessions/meetings. Now, we are getting down to business with the classes of the quarter:

Managerial Finance
Strategic Leadership and Leadership Labs
Organizational Behavior
Global Context of Management
Critical Analytical Thinking ("CAT")

All of our classes, except finance, are taken with the same section or sub-group from the section. Stanford divides finance into three levels--base, accelerated, and advanced--based on some kind of algorithm.

I don't know much about any of the classes, except CAT. CAT is a written and oral communication class that spans seven weeks of the quarter. Each week, we have to write a paper (different topics, different structures, different modes of argument) and then defend it in class. Paper is due Wednesday; discussion is Friday. That is what I will be working on for the next two days. See you on the flip side.


Anonymous said...


i am in the first year class as well. i got similar comments from my section mates, so do not worry. i think everyone is just working hard to impress, everyone on all levels. people will get tired of it and will level out over time. btw, they ripped my cat paper apart. i guess, after all, having a different opinion is not really rewarded here.

Anonymous said...

i have to respectfully disagree with both of you. I am also an MBA1 as well and did not get "too much talking" comments from anyone, in fact it was the opposite in some case--i chose to comment only when i had something insightful to add and stick my hand up every few minutes which I feel is a better strategy

Second, my cat paper and my recommendation was completely different from everyone else in my seminar and I was chosen to defend it as everyone else went after me. Even so, I feel it is very unfair to state that having a different opinion is not rewarded. I was successfully able to defend my argument, based on pure logic which i articulated very clearly to other people. I found the whole exercise extremely rewarding.

I would not have found it rewarding if I had argument that was logically flawed and i had to change my stance. In essence being different is rewarded if there is substance to it--which makes perfect sense to me.

Anonymous said...

You guys are so fricking lucky being at Stanford! You really have nothing to complain about - you are at the best business school in the world surrounded by the best students in the world. Go sit out in the sun if you get down on yourselves.

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