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Current Rotman Student Blogs!!  [#permalink]

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Current Rotman Student Blogs


This discussion is a repository for all of the current student blogs. If you know any, or if you are a current student and would like your blog listed here, PM me.
Thanks!


Current Rotman Bloggers on GMAT Club


1. sheiquiroga https://wondersuite.blogspot.in/ - Wondersuite's Guide to MBA in Canada
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Before, During, and After I Land in Toronto  [#permalink]

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Before, During, and After I Land in Toronto
Today's topic is about my plans on what I'll do to get equipped with Toronto life.

Before I fly to Toronto, I have to make sure to do the following:

1. Print a detailed list of all the goods I'm bringing with me. We need to include the brand, item, qty and estimated price of each product. Tip: Use Excel for easier computation.

2. Prepare a hardcopy of contact list with Canadian address and other important info.

3. Bring a book or an e-reader, powerbank, and earphones to keep me sane during the flight. Don't forget to download series or movies beforehand! 

4. Be sure to check all the travel documents. Put all the important ones for the border security in a separate folder: proof of funds, proof of housing, proof of mandatory work for internship, proof of my study, admissions letter etc.

Arrival at the Pearson Airport


1. Be sure to not look nervous and suspicious in front of the officers. Act natural. 

2. Answer Customs Form, Declaration Card and E677. Be sure to declare money if traveling for more than $10,000 CAD. There will be no taxes unless you fail to declare them, in which they will seize ALL your money and you have to pay them to get it back. 
http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications ... html 

3. Don't exchange money at the airport. Some upper years warned us that the airport's exchange rate is around 5-10% higher than the actual market rate compared to banks' 2.5% exchange rate.

4. Get a student and work permit

5. Get SIN at the airport.

6. Travel via Uber using my home country's credit card. [Because I didn't change my money!]

Arrival in Downtown Toronto

1. Get keys from Campus Coop.

2. [UofT Students] Get documents from SGS office with letter of acceptance, student permit, and passport.

3. [UofT Students] Get T-Card from school at Koffler Centre (214 College St.) 1st Floor behind Second Cup.

4. Deposit money in bank. Apply for a credit card.

5. [UofT Students] Set-up Laptop with UofT's IT department.

6. [UofT Students] Purchase a meal plan.
https://ueat.utoronto.ca/meal-plans (You'll get useful vouchers too!)
https://www.theexchangecafe.ca/

7. Get an Ontario Photo Card, a useful government issued ID for official identification.
https://www.ontario.ca/serviceontario

8. Buy a TTC card.

9. Buy a phone plan at Fido.

10. Buy a Zero water filter jug. 

11. Buy home-related/everyday materials.

12. Buy books and a printer.

13. Buy groceries at No Frills -- one of the most affordable places to buy grocery items.

14. Register for Wushu (my personal sports) at Bamboo.

Places to Shop

A. Books

1. Campus Book Rental - Rent your textbooks! https://www.campusbookrentals.com

2. UofT Bookstore - http://uoftbookstore.com/textbooks/

B. Clothes:

1. Artizia

2. Wait for Cyber Monday in November for great discounts

3. Winners

C. Everyday materials: 

1. Amazon - They deliver the next day!

2. China Town Dollar Mart

3. Dollarama

4. Get an SPC card for discounts: https://www.spccard.ca/deals

5. Honest Ed's

6. Ikea

7. Metro - 10% student discounts during Tuesdays and Wednesdays

D. Gadgets

1. Wait for Black Friday! http://shopbot.blackfriday/when-is-blac ... 017-canada

Black Friday Upcoming Dates:

November 24, 2017

November 23, 2018

November 29, 2019

November 27, 2020

ImageStore Traffic During Black Friday
Photo from: http://shopbot.blackfriday/when-is-black-friday-2017-canada

Note: Many retailers start earlier!
Line up as early as 5AM!

E. Groceries:

1. Bulk Barn - 10% student discounts during Wednesdays

2. Chinatown - One of the Cheapest

3. Costco - You need a membership card and a car!

4. Gofresh - One of the  Cheapest

5. Kensington Market

6. Loblaws - For premium shoppers

7. Lucky Moose Food Mart - For low carb alternatives

8. NoFrills - One of the Cheapest

9. St. Lawrence Market - Fresh but expensive

Tips to Keep in Mind

1. Check out this site for free stuff!  http://www.freestufffinder.ca

2. Don't bother to bring any kind of food to be sure. But if you do, be sure to DECLARE EVERYTHING. If not, you will surely face charges if the officer find some! Don't bother bringing any kind of meat, milk, and plant-based food. They will just get thrown into the international garbage. :(
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/inform ... 9648516990

3. For restaurants, be sure to tip 15% before taxes and 13% tax. Again, the menu prices doesn't include taxes yet.

4. Grocery prices should be computed Price x 1.13, which means taxes are not yet included in tag prices.

5. No need to buy excessively thick comforters if your room has a heater.

6. Watch a lot of Border Security Videos so you know what to expect and you don't appear like a criminal bringing prohibited items with you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmR6Yxz9HB4
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My Rotman MBA Interview  [#permalink]

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: My Rotman MBA Interview
I should have done this a long time ago, but since it's MBA recruitment season, here's my experience with the Interview.


Timeline

October 10, 2016 Submitted my application

October 27, 2016 Ms. Tara Egan Wu invited me for an interview

November 10, 2016 (12:00 PM) Interview day

December 2, 2016 Tara internationally called me to let me know I got accepted with scholarship.

How I prepared for the interview

Clothes/Appearance
Have a go-to outfit for all your interviews, so you worry one less thing every time someone invites you for one.

1. A nice black dress

2. A blazer
I wore this even though it's very hot in the Philippines because I still need to project a professional impression.

3. 3-inch black satin high heels
I'm a very short person. I'm actually a bit scared of standing beside my North American classmates. Ha! Ha!

4. Light to moderate make-up

5. Tied my hair into a bun

6. Nice bag that could fit all my important documents

7. Silver watch

8. Silver Necklace

9. Extra flat shoes for change after my interview!

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My Go-to Outfit for All My Interviews

Interview Preparation
1. If you still have time, I suggest you create a set of MBA questions and answers to review. This really helped me because it made me confident that I could answer a lot of questions. I tried to memorize them, but I constantly reminded myself to not deliver the answers word per word during the interview to avoid the robotic presentation. Visit this article to prepare for the interview: 125 MBA Interview Questions

2. Know the school's website fourfold and read the student's blogs (Such as mine! Teehee!). You don't want the interviewer noticing that you never fully researched about the school.

3. Do a mock up interview with your friend. It's awkward, right? But it's going to feel a lot more awkward in the actual interview. So push yourself and overcome!

4. Prepare to bring your resume, ID, and other documents in a nice folder.

5. Enjoy the interview and SMILE!!! :D Remember that Tara won't invite you for an interview unless she sees that you are really great.

The Interview

Tara interviewed me in-person at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. We ended up conducting the interview at the lobby/cafe of the area because the conference rooms were being used by QS MBA for its preparation. I must say that Tara visiting me in my country made me 30% more nearly sure to choose Rotman.

We communicated via E-mail to meet up with each other, so prepare your mobile data!

When I met her, I gave her a firm handshake and thanked her for this opportunity. I asked her how is she and how she finds the Philippines so far. Moreover, I also suggested some places for her to visit the next time she comes back here.

She ordered a cup of tea, but I passed because my mind is so focused on the interview itself. There were a lot of questions, but what I remembered were the following:1. She let me introduce myself first.

2. What accomplishment on your resume are you most proud of?

3. In what extracurricular activities were you involved during college?

4. What do you do exactly in your position?

5. I told her I convinced my president to increase the marketing budget in the company, so she asked me how I did that and what specific things I did.

6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
7. What are your hobbies?

8. I think she also asked what my family does.

9. Why do you feel you need an MBA now?
10. Why do you want to study in Canada?

11. What specifically about our program attracted you to it?

12. What are your motivations and career goals?

13. What are your future plans immediately after MBA? Will you go back to your country or stay in Canada?

14. Will you continue to operate your business while having your MBA?
15. What schools did you applied to? (I enumerated them but said, "But my top choice is Rotman because _____."

16. Give me 3-5 words to describe yourself.

17. What is missing between who you are now and the CEO you want to be? How are you developing these traits?

18. Why is teamwork important?
19. How will you contribute to Rotman?

20. Anything you want to say to AdCom?

21. How are you going to finance your MBA? (I think she asked this because of the scholarship.)

22. Any questions? 
Prepare 3-5 questions because one question feels so awkward when you are in the interview itself.

Tara is very kind in my opinion, but you could really feel her professionalism, of course. I was so nervous the whole time because I don't really do great in interviews since I don't like talking about myself. Thankfully, I still got accepted!
Later that day in the afternoon, I joined QS MBA fair and talks. Tara conducted her talk too. Both Rotman and Schulich presented their MBA offerings, but, at that time, I was convinced that Rotman is the one that I want because of Tara's presentation.

During the fair itself, I intended to talk with her more, but she was so busy talking to other interested students that I just bid a sweet goodbye to her and told her again how thankful I am for the opportunity.

Thank You Letter

When I got home, I started creating my 'Thank you Letter'. Do reiterate the highlights of your interview and your magic points, so she could remember your more distinctly!

10 November 2016

Ms. Tara Egan Wu
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto

Dear Ms. Tara,

It was a great pleasure meeting you today. Again, thank you so much for inviting me for this interview and for giving me a vivid idea of how my life would look like at Rotman. Your personal advices about the jacket and the clubs that I could join and possibly set-up gave me a clearer path to take if given the opportunity to attend Rotman. Lastly, learning more about the school during your talk at the fair gave me further insights and better perspective about Rotman's culture. I am pretty convinced that Rotman is the best school that fits my needs to succeed.

As a whole, our conversation furthered my interest in joining this institution and I'm really excited to hopefully begin my journey in this innovative school, which would greatly hone my skills and confidence into designing a company that would solve our country's biggest problem. 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to meeting you again in Toronto!

Best Regards,

Sheila Quiroga
+639353018411

When Tara called me that I got accepted, I was speechless. I really did not expect it. I'm a very pessimistic person, and I was really panicking that I might not get into an MBA for 2017. I attended my church meetings more frequently after this to thank the Lord.

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Finally accepted! This treasure made me so happy.

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Two weeks later, as I opened our gate, I thought I saw another bill inserted. To my surprise, I received another sweet gesture from University of Toronto. Very touching move and much appreciated! Thank you! Happy holidays everyone!

So that's it! Good luck everyone and feel free to ask me questions. I'm not a professional MBA counselor, but I'll be more than willing to share my experience because I know how it feels to be so helpless! 

Love,

Wondersuite
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Rotman Pre-MBA Schedule  [#permalink]

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Rotman Pre-MBA Schedule
Time flies so fast, and I think someone put my July into Fast-forward mode just like that! It's only 10 days til I fly to Toronto!

In preparation, I started to do Rotman's online video courses. At first, we had some problems in buffering the videos because they were in Ultra HD quality! (Okay, maybe it's not really Ultra.) And say hello to the Philippines' fastest average internet speed of "UP TO" 1 to 2 MBPS. A lot of students reported it to Rotman's IT desk, and they were quick to change the server into Youtube, in which we can easily adjust the video into a lower quality version.

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This is Professor Mikhail Simutin teaching the basic of Finance.

My favorite courses in the pre-MBA were Finance Methods and Concepts in Finance. My background is purely marketing and I was really longing to understand more about Finance since I know it's extremely important even if I'm not going into that track. Back in college, we took some Finance courses, but I really did not get a full grasp of what the professors were teaching. However, in the Rotman videos, the professors explained the topics crystal clear! I just fell in love with Rotman more!

To those who are not a fan of online videos (those who will just fall asleep because of lack of human contact), Rotman still got your back! They prepared a wide range of in-class Pre-MBA courses including co-curricular activities, such as the Self-development Lab, Heavy Data Analysis using Excel, Resume Workshop, and Business Writing.

Note: You are discouraged from taking these courses if you did well in the Self-Assessment Test or if you finished the online courses. The courses are exactly the same with the online videos. However, I'll still join here because I'm so excited to meet and mingle with my classmates!

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This is my August Pre-MBA schedule! Take note that Bamboo Kungfu is not part of Rotman.
Click on the image for better quality!
It was a challenge to mix and match the sections in order to match my schedule while still joining all of the pre-MBA courses! If you have not enrolled yet here, here's my section schedule that would allow you to join every single course here:

Section 1

SDL: Voicing Yourself (10 AM)
Admin Session (Aug 8, 12:10 PM)
Finance Method (10 AM)
Industry Driven Seminar Business Writing (1 PM)

Section 2 

Business Math (1 PM)
SDL Self Management (3:30 PM)
Statistics (1PM)

Section 3

Foundations of Accounting (6:30 PM)
Concepts in Finance (10 AM)
DA & BM Level 1 (6:30 PM)
Business Writing (6:30 PM)

Section 4
DA & BM Level 2 (10 AM)

Resume Workshop (3:30 PM)

More on actual pre-MBA courses soon when I arrive there!

Love,

Wondersuite
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Actual Experience at the Port of Entry - Pearson Airport  [#permalink]

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Actual Experience at the Port of Entry - Pearson Airport
Hooray! I made it to my room in Toronto! I'm going to tell you about what happened when I landed at the Pearson Airport. I did not take pictures of the process because I'm not sure whether it's allowed.

First impression of Canada: EXTREMELY DIVERSE! In our line, there were Mexicans, Chinese, Indians, Koreans, Americans, and Filipinos. The scene was so beautiful!

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Right after we landed
The stewardess gave us a Declaration Card before we landed. I filled it up and ticked "NO" to all the questions. However, I ended up not using this card because the technology in that airport is so advanced that they have their own machine just for the declaration card. We had to fall in long lines along with different people from different countries. When a machine turns "Green" (meaning "Available"), we could proceed to use it. Please prepare your passport because you have to scan it on the machine. Then, the machine will automatically adjust to take your photo. Get the receipt and don't forget to claim your passport! Afterwards, you have to fall in line again and show the receipt to the officer who will ask you questions about what you are doing in Canada. I told him that I'm an MBA student at UofT. He, then, instructed me to proceed to the immigration first at the left side of the hallway.  Keep the receipt because you have to give it to the officer before you leave the premises.

There were two lines in the immigration. If you are on a student visa, proceed to the other side of the room and fall in line. The immigration officer would call you if it's your turn. Please prepare your important documents, such as passport, offer of admission, Canadian address, proof of school deposit, proof of financial capability. I heard in another counter that the officer is asking about the work plans of the student. "Do you plan to work for 10 hrs a week? 40 hrs a week?" Just prepare to answer these kinds of questions just in case. But try to relax!

On the rightmost side of the room, there lies Service Canada, where you could get your SIN number. A woman will give you a small form to fill up along with your number. Just wait for your number to be called and show your documents to the person.

Then, exit the room to claim your baggages. At the end of the exit, submit the declaration receipt to the officer.

I tried to use the airport's internet to book an Uber, but I could not connect properly. So, I ended up going to Exit F to grab a cab for $65 + $5 tip.

Exchange rate of USD to CAD is at 1.09 at the airport. Bank of Montreal's exchange rate is at 1.25.

What did not happen

-Officers did not manually check the contents of my bags.

-Officers did not request for the list of contents of my bags.

-Officers did not check whether I have money and funds with me.
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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: First Day of Rotman Pre-MBA
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August 8, 2017. Today is the day we've all been waiting for. After series of painful school admission process and nerve-wracking Visa waiting times, we've all made it to the No. 1 Business School in Canada, the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto!

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I. Welcome Breakfast

For the coming batches of 2020, and so on, arrive a little bit earlier if you want to eat more food! You won't have the time to actually eat because you will be so busy meeting everyone in person! And once the program starts, it would feel awkward to grab food into your mouth!

Quick recap:
What happened in this program was that those Kira video questions that we were asked for the admission were asked towards the AdCom. Then, we answered the same questions in our table.
We finally met the 6 Squad in person as well, and they gave us tips and more information on the upcoming battle that we're about to face.

II. Quick Recap and Outline (August 8, 2017)
1. Self-Development Lab: Voicing Yourself

MAIN POINT: Your thinking, breathing, speaking and body must all be connected.

Many intelligent people are disconnected from their bodies, but the body should not be disconnected.
We became silenced by technology thru text, headphones and always sitting on chairs in front of the computer.

Speaking is based on breath. You hold your breath to protect, in which your muscles become tight.

To communicate well, your whole body including your spine and other bones must be a part of you.

Bodies know how to read bodies. They know what you are feeling. They know when you are lying. Sensation travels body to body.

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Yup, that's right, we don't have our shoes on.
We are not even supposed to wear skirts and belts.
Speech can override the body. We can lie and articulate something else that brings about more separation between thinking and body.

In your body, there is your experience.

Stand in front of people and truly explain yourself. Let fear go away.

Be effective and creative.

There will be fear in job interviews. However, there are tools you can use without being corroded by the nervous system.

We all learn from each other. Actors need this training (SDL). We (Rotman students) also need this because we are all human beings.

There's no sound in outer space. There's only sound in the Earth.
There's no same voice.
Something is lost if you don't voice yourself.

You need a good kind of training (like this session). You don't want to be like a monkey training in a circus.

Thoughts are in the spine, arms and legs.

THINKING
EMOTIONAL
BODY, ACTION, WILL

Speaking - we could put them into one.
When you speak, you feel fulfillment.

To create a good argument, you have to have all three of these.

She asked us to answer the following questions:
1. What's the difference when I speak when I mean what I say versus when I don't mean what I say?
2. When I lie and don't speak my experience, what does it feels like versus when I speak my experience?
3. There are ideas about thinking and body. Are they connected or not? If yes, how are they connected?
4. When were all still children, we could voice out and express our feelings freely. As we went on with our lives, there were "Shut up Judges" that we've encountered. They could be your parents, family, society, and culture. Who are they in your lives? List their names down.
5. Who does my voice copy? What do I want my voice to sound like?
6. What is presence? What is charisma?

TIP: For women, don't use high heels for presentation. Use flat shoes, so you will be more connected to the ground and be solid with the ground.

The instructor let us feel our breath in all parts of the body. (She let us imagine that our feet are also breathing.) She also instructed us to feel the vibration of our voice in all parts of the body. We stood on chairs for different kinds of exercises.

We also practiced speaking by humming a lot of times. "Hummm, hummm, hummm, humm maaa, humm meei, humm miii, humm mou, humm mu, humm ma, humma one, humma two, humma three, humma red, humma blue, humma green, I am here." We pushed our cheekbones, then released it. And pushed it again, now more towards the ears, then released it again.

We read two passages and the take away is that you have to be relaxed and kind of sleepy. Open your mouth, don't let your jaw locked when you speak, soften your knees when speaking, and don't stand with your shoulders all arch backward because people won't listen to you when you look so proud.

2. Business Math
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Me with Andrew and Rene! <3 (Photo by Ronald Replan) 
If you are a little rusty in math, it might be a good idea to get this course because the professor tackled other parts of the subject that weren't discussed in the online video session.

We discussed about Linear, Quadratic, Exponential and Logarithmic functions.

All of the notes were printed in the handout that they gave us.

3. Self-Development Lab: Self-Management

i. Who decides?

With regards to position of power?
-Authority given by those for whom you work.

With regards to personality/character?
-Authority given by those who work for you.

ii. Executives as leaders

Alexander the Great was followed by soldiers for 10 years. (Had character and power)

iii. Personality Characteristics

You develop the ff. characteristics; they are not an inborn attribute. However, there can be unstable moments of leadership. For instance, Alexander was not followed after 10 years because he changed.

Instinct - Personal Mastery / Self-Management
Charisma - Personal Mastery / Self-Management
Courage - Choice Architecture
Integrity - Choice Architecture
Vision - Choice Architecture

These characteristics are not stable. They change.

iv. Mind, emotion and will

a. Models of Mind
-The trouble with mind: Garbage in, garbage out.

b. Mind: Experiential Model

Random thoughts that occupy a person that makes him not use his 100% brain capacity:
1. Performance anxiety
2. Debt
3. Worries about health
4. Spat with your partner
5. A new career move
6. Your past

Because of these things, there is less space for the important things. You have to work with more of your mind.

c. Structural Model
We have multiple minds. The main three kinds are the conscious, unconscious and the meta-mind.

1. Conscious Mind

The magic number is 7 +/- 2 (Read as seven plus or minus two). This is the capacity of your short term memory. A person cannot process more than 7 things at the same time. You can memorize cellphone numbers that are more than 7 if you group them into chunks 416 555 5555 (There are three chunks, so they are not 10 things. You consider "416" as one unit.)

7 +/- 2
- Chunking
- Limited capacity - 40 bit of info
- Not for survival
- Only for solving
- Great with numbers
- Effortful - takes a lot of energy
- Linear Processing - You are just moving at a faster rate

7 +/- 2 (things that may occupy)
-Regrets
-Worries
-Perception
-Motivation
-Goals
-Plans
-Skills

2. Unconscious Mind
- Collecting info with focus of conscious mind without any effort.
- We can't find the capacity. There's a potentially infinite capacity. - 11, 200, 000 bits / s-40
- Effortless
- Parallel Processing
- Inaccessible
- Atemporal - One thought will repeat many many times. If you have a To-do list, it will keep messaging you because we don't do it. If we know that our mind will remind us just once, we'll probably to it immediately. We feel like we are doing something when the mind reminds us; thus, relieving our anxiety.
Relieves anxiety
- Does not understand numbers except for this "instinct of numbers" from traders/ investors who have a lot of experiences.

Unconscious Mind (things that may occupy)
-Preoccupation
-Goal
-Motivation

3. Meta-mind - in between the conscious and unconscious mind. It's partially conscious and partially unconscious. It acts when there is some kind of trouble. For instance, when you are dancing or having an interview, there's this little voice that says in your head, "Oh, no! OMG! Why am I here? What did that facial expression mean??"
-Automaticity
-High cost of cognitive control
-Leakage when stressed, tired, or intoxicated
-"I didn't mean to say that." (You actually meant what you said, but you try to keep it down.)

d. When is the conscious choice better?
- Unusual condition
- New situation / new data
- More time
- Doesn't matter
- Other people
- Being in the moment
- Emotional
- Overwhelming
- Priorities/values
- Distortion/biases
- Value (Can be both conscious and unconscious)

e. Is the unconscious always better? No
Boundary conditions:
1. Limited vs. self-paced time - Unconscious is better for little time.
2. Magnitude vs a number of binary attributes
3. No data
4. A distorted unconscious

f. Emotion - signalling to ourselves
We have very few positive emotions because when we are a very happy person about everything whether we had a good or bad decision, we tend to not reach our goals because we don't care. This is bad for you.

Negative emotions will tell you that you are not going to your goal, but you have to go to the root of your emotion. You should either ignore or suppress emotion.

Function of emotion is that it provides incentive and energy for action.

g. Aspects of Emotion
1. Perception
2. Appraisal
(You have to pause after appraisal.)
3. Action tendency - might misinterpret 1 and 2 and lead to bad consequence.

h. Mystery mood - When emotions are prompted by unconscious motivations and goals, we tend to come up with reasons for the emotions.

i. Others
When you list pros and cons, you already know the answer that you want to choose before you list them down. You just want your choices to make sense and provide reasons.

Thought is different from thinking.

4. Data Analysis and Business Modelling - Level 1 (Excel course)

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You have to download the files from RWorld. It's hard to describe the lessons in this article because you really want to put it into practice, but the professor gave us a lot of cool tricks in Excel.

Samples of what Conditional Formatting can do for you:

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MAIN POINT: The important thing as MBA students is that we know how to analyze data instantly for our clients. Other people from different functions will be the one to gather the data and even create algorithms. However, what we are paid for to do is to get meaningful insights out of these data!

Disclaimer: Main contents of this article were all from Rotman professors. Sorry in advanced if you find that the lessons are not that clear in here.

III. Admin Session

Like what another alumnus blogger said, these are the most expensive tumbler and bag I'll ever purchase. Costs me a hundred dollar grand.

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These are what the inside of the bag looks like. It can hold your tablet and another 15-inch laptop. (Perfect for mine!)

What I've noticed about the building is the tremendous number of lockers! As an MBA student, we are all eligible for "free" lockers to use. They are quite spacious and height is good. You can even hang your formal business suits. However, the lock was a pain to figure out. Dan Ger, my classmate, said, "This is even harder than the GMAT itself." Ha! Ha!

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IV. Welcome Rendezvous!

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At 5:30 PM, we had this event, in which we were offered with a lot of food. I was sooo hungry because I wasn't able to take my lunch and I had a half-eaten breakfast early in the morning. The upper batch was really sweet because most of them asked their employers to let them leave their office a bit earlier just to chat and mingle with our batch. They offered us a lot of great insights and tips.

So that concludes our first day at Rotman! Hope you enjoyed reading this!

Love,

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Entering Through Another Province of Canada (Sasketchewan)  [#permalink]

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Entering Through Another Province of Canada (Sasketchewan)
by our Filipino guest writer from Rotman 2019, Ronald Replan

Congratulations, you have received your student visa from CIC! The next step is planning how you will get to Canada.

Normally, your point of entry is the city where the business school is located. However, in some cases, you might enter through a different province because of the following reasons:

1. You will visit friends and family or to go on vacation.
2. The cheapest flight you found has a layover in a different airport first.

In my case, I wanted to visit friends in Saskatchewan before heading to Toronto so my point of entry was Saskatoon.

Your point of entry is important because this is where you'll deal with the immigration officer, the authority in-charge of deciding whether you are clear to enter the country.

DOCUMENTS
Besides your student visa, you will be asked for additional documents at the Immigration so have the following ready:

1. Acceptance letter
2. Proof of funding
3. CIC's letter of student permit approval
4. Immunization certificate (if applicable)
5. If you don't have a connecting flight to your final destination yet, tell your story and what you will do there in the meantime. Show the officer where you will live and when you plan to fly out.
6. Printout of important e-mail related to your schooling

These are pretty much every file you submitted for your visa application.

CUSTOMS
TIP: If you want to simplify your entry, do not bring items that you will have to declare to customs (see below).  These items are:

a. Firearms or other weapons (e.g. switchblades, Mace or pepper spray)
b. Commercial goods, whether or not for resale (e.g. samples, tools, equipment).
c. Meat, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, plants, flowers, wood, animals, birds, insects, and any parts, products or by-products of any of the foregoing.
d. Currency and/or monetary instruments totaling CAN$10,000 or more

* One person had to give up flower bulbs (so yes, take these things seriously!) 

STEPS
Here is the blow-by-blow of my experience at the Saskatoon Immigration:
1. After the plane landed, I walked to the Immigration booth and I immediately said "Here on a student visa. I will take up my MBA at the U of T but I am here to visit xxx for a few weeks"
2. Immediately, the officer asked me to move to the side (I expected this because student visas are processed differently and the process takes much longer than a tourist entry). On my way to her office, I picked up my luggage from the carousel.
3.  She asked me for my passport and supporting documents. It will be beneficial to you to have as many supporting documents in your carry-on as possible. I prepared everything even those they may not ask for.
4. The waiting time was about 45 minutes after which the officer came back with two pieces of paper- my student permit and my co-op work permit. These two sheets of paper are as important as the visa on your passport. You will need them to get your Social Insurance Number and when you re-enter Canada.
5. She asked what's in my luggage and I told her they were just books - then I was good to go!

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: First Survival Month with Rotman Pre-MBA Courses
Pre-MBA courses looks chill, right?

Nope. 

I took all the courses offered for Pre-MBA because of the following reasons: I wanted to maximize my $5,000 deposit, I was so excited to meet my classmates, and I need a refresher in all of these subjects.  However, I found myself extremely exhausted this month. I had classes until 8:30 PM. I had one 6-hour Excel class during a Sunday, and I constantly found myself in social/networking events in the morning and at night. Honestly, I have no idea how we all survived up to this date. 

For future Rotman students, if you do not have anything to do while waiting for the pre-MBA courses, start improving your Excel capabilities and start reading books! (Books to Read Before Your MBA) If you are targeting consulting and has a GMAT score of lower than 700, it might be a good idea to start reviewing for a retake. (Yeah, I'm so sorry to be the one to deliver this bad news.) Also, be prepared to do a lot of networking events. You'll eventually find yourself becoming more of an extrovert as time passes by.

I. Self-development

A. Self-development Lab: Voicing Yourself

If you want to have fun while improving your presentation skills, I recommend that you take this class. 

1. Various Exercises on the Floor
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Can you find the girl in navy blue checkered shirt?
That's me lying down on Rotman's floor.
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a. Lie down. Lift up one leg towards your chest. Then, move your leg sidewards. Bring it back to the center; then, throw it away as you bring it back to the floor. 

b. Lie down. Lift up two legs towards your chest. Move your legs sidewards. Then, stretch your hand above your head on the floor. And rotate your hand like a helicopter's rotor blade.

2. Sound Exercises
Imagine a/an a. jewel on your b. body part and try to emit the c. sound using that body part as a resonator. Focus the vibration on that body part.

1. a. Ruby                       b. Belly Resonator                   c. Uuuuu
2. a. Gold                        b. Solar Plex Resonator           c. Oooooo
3. a. Emerald                  b. Chest Resonator                  c. Aaaaaa
4. a. Purple crystal          b. Head Resonator                   c. Iiiiii

Now, imagine a hot potato inside your mouth. Raise the root of the mouth. This is how you produce a loud voice. 

3. Things You Should Pay More Attention to
a. Feet
b. Hand
c. Back Rib
d. Rotating your hand
e. Rib Massage
f. Reaching up the pipe
g. Breathe easier

h. Soft knees
i. Eye Contact
j. Jaw release
k. Pelvic tilt
l. Root of the mouth = more volume, more sound

4. Rhythm and Vocalization
We also did this crazy rhythm marching that we enjoyed. We were assigned specific numbers: 4, 3, and 5. Let's say I was assigned 4. On the first count, 1, step your right foot forward, let your left foot stomp on its current place, bring your right foot back, and stomp your left foot again. Repeat the cycle. 

At first, we all cannot do it properly because it was too funny when you try to do it, especially together with your classmates. We had a series of practice, and everyone improved so fast. When we were able to do it properly, you could just see the joy in every person's face. It was one of our unforgettable experience as a class team. 

Afterwards, we had another voicing activity using the following chants:

Va Room Ba 

Va Room Ba Ley 

Va Room Ba Ley Tush 

Va Room Ba Ley Tush Ka 

Va Room Ba Ley Tush Ka Pu No Sey

*Bring your hand up and slowly throw it down while speaking the last part of each line.

No Sey Rebeley Tush

No Sey Rebeley Ka

No Sey Ra

5. Literature and Presentation
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Jason Chin speaking one line from Hamlet 

The latter parts of the class were always dedicated to some literature. We read aloud parts of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Hamlet and whispered them to people with their eyes closed. We also tried to become lawyers defending why or why should not Hamlet kill himself. 

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Our professor also told us an extremely tragic myth that she divided into multiple parts. We were supposed to print our own image in our mind as she told the story.  She said that it was a very important training to make picturing as a skill and that education tends to wipe it up, but it is like a plant that needs a little bit of watering to bring it back. She asked us to retell the story to our partner and try to recall a time when we experienced the same situation/tragedy in our lives. The conversations between each partners became so intense and people got caught up. Some were still staying at their place to continue to hear about his/her partner's story even though the professor was already calling us to gather again to listen to the next part of the tragic story.

6. Other Key Takeaways:
  • Do not make the chest so tight. Do not stand like wearing a plate of armor. 
  • Never do interview with cross legs.
  • Bring your heels on the floor even when listening to others.
  • Warm up quickly before presentation by flapping your hands around your body, swinging your hand sidewards, and swinging your hand in front of your body. 



B. Self-development Lab: Self-management

As a first year MBA student, have you noticed that the school hardly gave us personality tests to answer? The professor here explained that doing these tests will easily put you into a box, such as introvert or extrovert. She said that if you're in a box, it would be hard to get you out of the box. Rotman wants you to change and improve for the better, and putting yourself in a box would make it harder for everyone else. 

In this SDL session, the professor gave us a lot of psychological insights that allow us to learn more about how our mind works and how to release the inner leader in us. For future students, I highly recommend you to take this class. It will surely be your lost if you don't attend this class, unless you came from a psychology background. 

The professor taught as a lot of techniques for change. One example is writing about incidents that you constantly remember in your mind. You can write about any unresolved issue, trauma, situations that you were bullied, and even times when you were at fault. You have to do it for 15 minutes a day for four consecutive days. However, you need a new way of looking at it for you to make this exercise work. Also, this thing works because there is always a child inside our mind who still view things in a child's perspective. Henceforth, you need to act as an adult who tells your child/sibling the right way of looking at/handling a certain situation. Next, another example is the deathbed exercise, in which you just lie down like a dead person. Imagine that you lived a long life and things ended up just as planned. Then, write any regrets, and list "I wish I had" as many as you can. 

Other key takeaways:
  • Best time for a personality/behavioral change: When you break up with someone. 
  • Worrying is not love.
  • Anything that has a pain-killing ability can make you addicted.
  • Unconscious mind does not understand numbers.
  • All we see is what we want.
  • Meditation will increase your focusing period in doing your job.
  • If you want to be charismatic, do not think about what others are thinking about you. Do not think "I'm so special" by any means. Just don't care. Focus on your vision/what you see, not on self. 
  • Institutions (including your work place) attempt to change your personality by breaking you down for you to do what they want. Then, you feel pressured to do it. But they should not do this, because they do not know you and they do not know your potential for development.


C. Resume Workshop
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Vmock Example

Before you meet your career coach, you are expected to edit your resume into the Rotman template. You have to register in this website: https://www.vmock.com and get a grade of at least 70% before you meet your coach. You only have a maximum of 10 attempts to do it, and it made me a bit nervous  while doing it. This website will teach the important things that you need to observe in order to improve your resume, such as the quantification of your impacts in your workplace. 

In the first half of the Resume Workshop, the professor discussed the important things that one should put in the resume, such as using good action verbs. The career director also joined us and provided some insight on how Rotman's resume bank works. For the other half of the session, we just reviewed the resume of one another. 

D. Business Writing
a. Business Writing for Non-native English Speakers
b. Business Writing for Native English Speakers

If you do not want to die out of boredom, please just attend one business writing class. I've attended both and they had the same points. The native one used deeper and technical words while the non-native one is much easier to understand for my background as an international student.

Please do not be misled by the title, "Business Writing", since they mostly talked about proper e-mail etiquette and how to make effective e-mails, and not whatever it is that you are imagining.

Key takeaways 
  • People read an average of 100 messages a day from all social media.
  • People interpret messages differently.
  • Your emails show how much you care (respect) about the message and the recipient.
  • Plan your message and spend a little extra time rather than ending up sending multiple messages that are so hard to read.
  • Choose your audience wisely. Do not use BCC.
  • Always think what are the interests of your audience for you to get what you want.
  • Be sensitive.
  • Get to the point.
  • Short is always best.
  • Avoid web-jargon. Don't use smileys and capital words.
  • Be mindful of your closing statements.
  • Re-read before pressing send. 
  • Position yourself into the recipient's place, think how will he/she going to read my message.
  • Don't talk about yourself too much in the email. People want to know about you but not from you. 


E. Rotman Write Now

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Speaker: Christopher Buccella

Thanks to Christopher Buccella, a freelancer, who helps MBA students plan and edit their resume, cover letters, and even their papers. According to him, he is just an additional eye to your paperworks and is not affiliated with PSO/Rotman. However, you have to book a schedule with him 24 hrs before the date at rotmanwritenow.setmore.com. 

Email: buccellachristopher@gmail.com









F. Academic Integrity

This will be uploaded in the edX video site that we all visited before coming to Rotman. You have to spend 2-3 hours to listen to the videos. In each section, there are short essays, quizzes, and additional information that you need to ensure you won't commit offenses, such as plagiarism. There is also a final quiz at the end of the program, in which you need to get a score of 8 out of 10! I'm not sure what will happen if you fail, so pay attention to those videos!

G. COMPASS McKinsey Consulting Workshop

What better way to spend your time than starting your Foundations Term with a McKinsey Case Workshop?

Yes! That's right. McKinsey consultants visited us to help us prepare our analysis and recommendations for Non-Profit Organizations, namely, Evergreen, Stopgap Foundation, and Right to Play.

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The consultants taught us how they handle a certain case and what techniques they usually use. We had less than a day to come up with good and useful recommendations while applying all of their consulting techniques. We then presented in front of our classmates and McKinsey consultants, in which we voted for the top two groups to present to everyone at the Fleck Atrium.

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Our representatives from Evergreen!

After two days, we all received the comments/feedbacks of different groups regarding our presentation. All the comments were honest and helpful in improving our presentations! 

II. Subjects

I've taken both the online courses and the actual courses in order to give you a holistic review and finally answer the question: What is the difference between the online and the actual!?
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My answer is that there are a lot of similarities in their presentations and topics covered. However, it was much more engaging to study them in class setting. The professors were able to explain certain topics deeper versus somewhat having a script for a video. Naturally, the professors delivered the topics livelier. In addition, you can ask a lot of questions from them and even learn from the questions of your classmates. 



A. Business Math
We tackled exactly the same topics in both online and actual class. The difference between the classes was that there were more practice questions during the class. The advantage of the online course here is that you can increase the speed of the video. The professor purposely covered the lesson in a slow pace for all the beginners to catch up; thus, math geeks will tend to get bored in this class. 

WINNER: Actual Class

B. Finance Methods
In this subject, the professor covered more in the online videos. He was able to discuss more about coupons, which he did not in the actual classes because he only had 3 days to cover this Finance class. 

WINNER: Online Class

C. Concepts in Finance

If you have no idea what bonds, coupon bonds, and stocks are and how they work, take this class because the professor here makes complex concepts look so easy. 

WINNER: Actual Class

D. Statistics
If you've taken statistics courses and still remember them, I don't recommend you to attend the first 2 days of this course because the topics covered here were extremely basic, such as relative frequency, histogram, and descriptive statistics. The online courses also covered extremely basic statistics.

So the difference lies on the third day of class, the professor covered different kinds of distributions, such as Poisson, Binomial, and Normal Distributions that were not explained in the online courses. He covered these confidence interval, z-values, and probabilities that you might have heard before in your previous Statistics classes. Also, the slides were all provided in Rworld. 

WINNER: Actual Class

E. Foundations of Accounting

The professor here was way much more engaging in the actual class. The online course covered basic accounting and fewer in analyzing. However, in the actual class, there was much more analysis of the cases. The professor was able to explain to us the reasoning behind the accounting formats and equations. I believe a lot of our classmates really enjoyed his sessions and learned a lot even though some knew accounting before. I even had classmates who were unhappy that they will not have this professor to teach their sections.

WINNER: Actual Class

F. Data Analysis & Business Model (Excel Course)

If you think you are extremely proficient in Excel, please try to lower your pride and come to this class. The professor is extremely good! I would describe him as someone who can teach like there's always a camera recording him. He rarely stutters and commits mistakes when speaking. When I was listening to him, I was thinking that I was watching a post-edited educational Excel video.

And true enough, Rotman was recording his class through a motion-sensitive camera built-in our classrooms (Yeah, that's how cool Rotman is. And you might want to be more careful in your actions in class since it might be always recording us!). I also watched this Excel online class even after the actual class just to compare. As a review, it was harder to follow the course online. The Excel view lags and skips certain portions. For instance, the professor might be clicking in one sheet and then decided to make some change in another sheet. I noticed that the mouse pointer would remain in one place in the first sheet, so you won't be able to know how he did certain steps. 

For the content, he will teach you useful shortcuts that will make your life way, way easier. He will also teach you how to present data in way that will be easy to look at. He will also teach you how to be a good data analyzer. 

WINNER: Actual Class

III. Social/Networking Events Highlight Photos

A. August 12, 2017
1. Color Run Toronto
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2. Evergreen Brick Works 

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We visited this site for McKinsey workshop.

3. Taste of Danforth 
4. Rivals Sports Pub
Sorry, I forgot to take pictures for Danforth and Rivals because I was enjoying them so much. I mostly met and talked with my classmates during this event! 

B. August 15, 2017
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Tipsy Tuesdays at the Pilot

C. August 19, 2017
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McKinsey Post-workshop Event

D. August 20, 2017
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Rotman Pinoy (from the Philippines)

E. August 22, 2017
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Asian Welcome Reception

IV. Others


A. Master's Student Lounge

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It was on my 4th day of classes that a classmate told me about this amazing place to relax. This place has a TV, Wii, Foosball, guitar and a massage chair! This place makes me forget that I'm still in school! 

Toronto's food prices are really steep, so many students cook/bring their own food. Luckily, we also have a refrigerator, a microwave, kettle, and a sink in this very comfortable room.

B. Exchange Cafe
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You might have heard of this famous Exchange Cafe; however, the prices here are a bit expensive given the quantity/amount of the food itself. Also, this is where most people gather and eat their food together. Since a lot of us are in a budget, we just bring our lunch or buy our food outside. I've recently discovered this Chinese food truck near Hoskin Ave. that sells Chinese food for $8 in huge amount of serving that lasts for the whole day or even two days! The taste is great, and it has a lot of vegetables that are healthy for students like us!

V. Bonus


My First Toronto Visitor! 

I want to mention that my high school classmate/good friend visited his brother and I in Toronto! I was so happy to see him again, and I showed him around our awesome building! 
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Left to Right: Brian, Sheila, and Justin

That's all! I'm not sure when will I post again. I really hope I could find time! 

Thank you to all people who read this blog. I've received so many compliments, and they really made my heart feel warm and happy! 

Love, 

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6-Day Rotman Mandatory Orientation  [#permalink]

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: 6-Day Rotman Mandatory Orientation
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"Look at the mirror everyday and tell to yourself that that person is your competition. If you compete with everyone, no one will want to help you. If you compete with yourself, everyone will help you."
-Niki da Silva
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This article is for everyone who is wondering why the Mandatory Orientation is usually held for 6 days. Our batch had been thinking about it, so I'm here to give you a glimpse on what's going to happen in your own orientation. 

Please see this link for our schedule: http://rotmankickoff.com/#home

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Before coming to Rotman, we met up in our own countries to shoot our Diversity Video that was initiated by my good friend, Andrew Seepersad. We started this orientation by playing this video: https://youtu.be/bRCt_EpvTpc

Hope you enjoy my classmates' awesome moves!
(So you see, you have to be an amazing dancer to be accepted into Rotman!)

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This is the back of our name tag. It would be helpful to take a photo of this tag when you receive it, so you'll still know your room assignments even if you forget to bring it.


Business Ethics
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Our batch were all expecting for the courses to start on September 5 (Foundations Term). In the previous years, they combined Business Ethics, Model-based Decision Making, Integrating Models and Data and Managerial Economics in one month. I've heard from upper year students that they complained a lot because it was extremely hard to manage these subjects along with the club events, networking events, coffee chats, workshops, etc. In this year, we all took our classes during the 6-day orientation to lighten up the load in September. 

Our Ethics professor, Richard Powers, a lawyer, is a really great professor. He delivered his lectures exactly as it was on his schedule. He talks a little bit fast but that kept us awake and engaged with the ethical cases. Moreover, he even invited Walter Pavlo, a convicted felon, to deliver a presentation about his own ethical experience! It was really interesting to learn about the perspective of someone who was convicted and changed his way of thinking that gave us a warning on our future decisions. Back in undergrad, I did not find Ethics courses that interesting, but this course really kept me engaged and challenged and made me aware that I have to always think of the long-term consequences of my actions.  Requirements: We were required to deliver a case presentation, case written report by group, and an individual reflection paper. 

Speakers

In this orientation, Rotman invited a number of speakers to motivate and to give us advice on how to tackle and handle this two-year MBA program. I'll be sharing below some of my takeaways and important notes:

Leadership, Change and Innovation - Michael Hyatt
  • For teachers: Students don't care how smart you are until they feel that you care.
  • Participate in as much as you can in a measured way. Remember why you are here.
  • Be ambitious in your goals. Take chances. 
  • The secret to sucess doesn't take brilliance. Just show up and keep showing up. Don't avoid the negative.
  • The search for happiness is a very unhappy journey.
  • When faced with a difficult situation, your attitude should be: This is a bad thing, but I'm gonna make it through.
  • How do we get better: Be consistently 1% better in everything. 1% improvement. Take it easy. Nothing good happens at once.
  • Having a business at 38 years old is still young. Take risk. Do crazy stuff NOW.
  • Do one thing well.
  • Turn down other opportunities even if it will help make you more money.
  • Make friends with people who fill you in, where you are weak at. Go find people who complement you.
  • Leaders bring armies.
  • Network when employed, not when unemployed. Tell them: "I'm looking to understand this." Ask about their journey. Do your homework. They want to tell you about their thing. Be an open book.
  • Feel fortunate. You are 1% of the 1% just by being here in Canada. Consider the real first world problem. Know who you are.
  • Trend is your friend.
  • Most of the companies will be technological companies. You are becoming a robot, integrated with technology. Knowledge is doubling quickly.
  • These are business opportunities:
    • Overpopulation is not really a problem. It actually solves problems.
    • Dropping in population will become a massive problem in the future. 
  • Be Canadian but think American. Americans have the best sales and marketing people. They buy things quicker. They push harder, a little tougher. Government is never good at seeing things coming. 
  • The American dream is in Canada. 
Follow Michael Hyatt on Twitter: @mhyattspeaker

Reciprocity Rings - Bill McElvy
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We practiced the concept of Reciprocity Ring
by filling out papers of our requests and telling
them to our group. Then, people would answer
another paper and write down the things that
they could help with or volunteer to do.
  • Pick up your teammate when he/she is down.
  • Managing wins/losses: Things are gonna go up and down. You will get good interviews and bad interviews. In the next game, show up again. Next challenge. Practice. Learn from mistakes. Learn to be killed.
  • Don't make assumptions based on background. Everybody has a value. Learn what are each person's skillset; don't assume what is happening in their lives and what they are struggling with.
  • Everyone has his/her own communication style.
  • You are not gonna learn unless you ask people, "How did you do that?"
  • Share your learnings to those who can't make it to Rotman because of their own personal circumstances.
  • I learned how to do it by doing it.
  • You can learn whatever you need to learn.
  • Make sure you are good to go before you go to your team. Get some sleep and eat right. Do the things that you enjoy. This will make you more effective. Talk to your team about your non-negotiables. Know your priorities and work your ass off.
  • Going to an MBA is a big step because people don't like to change, to advance their career or to do personal development. 
  • Be nice to everybody. People would move mountains for you.
  • Create value by contributing to others.
  • Be useful to everyone without expecting anything in return.
  • The improbable becomes possible through reciprocity.
We are continuing to practice this concept by using this website: https://rotman2019.giveandgetapp.com/requests/my

Energizing You and Your Team for Success - Edy Greenblatt
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Section 5: We submitted our top 3 section description to this website, and Creative was the top result.
  • Everything is gonna be challenging.
  • Don't be an arrogant jerk. Don't monopolize the team. 
  • Why teams are so challenging
    • Humans are messy, complicated and wonderful. 
    • Working in teams is at minimum, a challenge.
    • You're likely to prefer to work alone and just get it done.
  • Individual skills you need to bring to the team: team effectiveness, resilience, communication, team launch assistance, self-knowledge, interpersonal impact, leadership, kindness, generosity, trust, gratitude, a greater good importance
  • Three Criteria for Effectiveness
    • Productive output meets standard of quantity, quality, and timeliness of team's clients (aka professors as your customers).
    • Social processes need to enhance members' capability to work together interdependently in the future. You, as a team, need to get better and better working together.
    • The group experience contributes positively to learning and personal well-being of individual team members. You should benefit something out of it.
  • Don't avoid where you are not good at.
  • Be aware of what you need and manage it.
  • Manage work, school and life to maximize energy.
  • Don't compete with people who only need 4 hrs of sleep. Learn how to dance with your body. Don't mess with your sleep. Don't rob sleep time.
  • The less you like to be tracked, the more you need a calendar.
  • Feedback
    • Ask for specific types of feedback and mention what works best for you.
    • Say thank you and mean it.
    • Avoid taking it "personally". Breathe. Just listen. Don't evaluate.
    • Listening and considering is NOT agreeing or accepting.
    • Don't defend. If you need to explain/apologize, wait for an appropriate time.
  • Talk to your team and create your team norms (Basic must-have). Talk about your expectations, personal goals, constraints, and strengths. Set boundaries. 
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We did the following activities to help us discover the things that help us relieve our stress:

Purple - Solo Silent Meditation and Reflection
Green - Soothing color, pictures and puzzles
Pink - Chat with new/old friends
Orange - Group games and puzzles
Yellow - Busy hands - Bubblewrap and Play-Doh
Blue - Gotta move - solo and group stretching

Learning and Suceeding in a Multicultural Environment - Lionel Laroche
  • Cultural differences are not excuses for poor performances.
  • Work continuously on your communication skills.
  • Ask to rephrase. 
  • Listen to radio (CBC).
  • State what you understood and what you did not.
  • Take accent management courses. 
  • Patterns of negative feedback in the US/Canada
    • (+) (-) (+)
    • (+) (-) or (-) (+)
    • (-)
    • (-) (-)
  • Choice of words - Different people put gravity on words differently.
2-Hour Job Search - Steve Dalton

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  • People don't like sales pitch. Don't sell yourself.
  • Referrals seem inefficient but offer for greater profit.
  • Types of People
    • Cumudgeons - Worst kind
    • Obligates - Appears to be helpful - will make your hopes up and then disappoint you
    • Boosters -  Will genuinely try to help you
  • Don't dwell on rejections. Your contacts are not people until they respond. Kiss frogs before you find prince.
  • You don't need to pay for advice. [Market Norms] If you get advice, do it and follow up. [Social Norms]
  • You're fishing for lobster, not fish.
  • People tend to hire people who are like themselves.
  • For coffee chats, interview, etc, try to pay. If they offer, let them win.
  • The speaker also taught us about small talks. I'll try to make an article about this when I figure it all out because I've found myself struggling on doing this. [Not only me, a bunch of my classmates do.]
Read his book, "The 2-Hour Job Search"

The Journey Map

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"Your best resources are each other. Have each other's back." 

- Neel Joshi
Section Dinners

These events were held at the Scadding Court Community Centre, which offers a lot of community programs for newcomers, low-income, seniors, un/underemployed, etc. One of its projects include Community Kitchen, in which you can shop, cook and share food together for almost 50-70% off than in other similar places in Toronto. It also has this Urban Agriculture Program that allows its members to contribute to community greenhouse and garden plots. Additionally, it has also converted container vans into business area for its community that the members painted artistically to appeal to its customers.

I highly suggest that you visit this place once you arrive in Toronto! Learn more about them here: http://www.scaddingcourt.org

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Each section had their own night for the section dinner. 
We were divided according to our teams to cook different dishes, such as Bruschetta and Kebab. 

Scavenger Hunt

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Photos from Twitter: @rotmangbc

Find more of our pictures on Twitter by searching for @rotmangbc

Boat Cruise
We had two and a half hours to complete the scavenger hunt around Toronto. We were given $5 and a TTC token each to spend around UofT, Chinatown, and wherever as we took pictures of our missions, such as #TTCLife, #DiverCity, #Needle, and #Sketchy6ix. We were supposed to finish them and arrive at 6PM at River Gambler, or else, the boat will leave us! Fortunately, I think everyone was able to make it on time!
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Full Archive of Our Photos from Boat Cruise Experience: http://www.nickfang.ca/Private/RotmanBoatCruise/n-dkHz8b/

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: What We Did Last O-Camp - Rotman Orientation Camp 2017
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I. Before the Camp at 7:00 AM
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II. Arrival
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III. Cabin
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There are bunk beds inside. No pillows. Cold. 
The inside of the cabin is extremely vandalized.
It has two toilets and no bathroom. You have to go all the way to the basketball court area to shower. 

Pro (for the shower): It's deliciously hot! (Since we kind of froze in the first night)

IV. Camp Area
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V. Dining Hall

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VI. Program Schedule
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Other than the essentials, here are the important things that you should bring:
1. Duvet or sleeping bag that is good for 0 degrees. The temperature suddenly dropped in our first night. We were all freezing in the first night because we did not expect this.
2. Bring thick jackets, scarves, and gloves. (Or anything that will help you survive 0 degrees) 
And more warning: Girls, it would be a good to walk with your girl friends at night. Best to not walk alone. There are areas that are pitch-black outside the camp at night. Be safe. 
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Woooohoo! Let's get started! 
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VII. Things to do in O-Camp - There's so many that you won't be able to participate in all.
A. Kick the ball backward-style 
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B. Kick the ball with the latest fashion
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C. Basketball 
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D. Volleyball
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E. Tennis
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F. Frisbee
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G. Spray Water for Unknown Reasons
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H. Paddle board - Just take it slow
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I. Paddle board - Upside-down Style
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J. Hand Stand
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K. Be brave and dive!
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L. Make a Boat
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M. Boat Race
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N. Canoe
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O. Kayak 
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P. Defying Gravity v.1
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Q. Defying Gravity v.2
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R. Hug your groupmates because you love them so much!
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S. Be mean to your batch 
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T. Play the Resistance and completely lose the trust of your mates for 2 years. 
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U. Relieve Your Stress with Adult Coloring
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V. Camp-Wide Game 

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W. Relax and sunbathe with friends
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X. Chill with the Celebrity Swan

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Y. Discover that archery is actually hard

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Z. Orrrr just chill like Aamer:

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VIII. General Costume Party
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X. Party's too loud for you? Go to the bonfire instead, and just sing, story tell and chill. 

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XI. And if you got injured, just smile cuz it's totally worth it! 

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XII. Photographer

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Thank you to this awesome guy, Nick Fang, who took most of these amazing photos in my blog.

Here's a link of our pictures in Rotman by Nick Fang!
http://www.nickfang.ca/Private/OCamp2017/n-XPG5Q4
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Post today is short and sweet for my MBA batchmates! We survived Foundations term, and tomorrow's the start of our Term 1! I'm sharing my pre-MBA notes in preparation for tomorrow's Finance class. I was so lost in Finance before and decided to rewrite it, so I can see the formulas in a clearer way! 

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Rotman Foundations Term
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I. Courses
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Business Ethics - Richard Powers
I already talked about how awesome this class was. Now, let's come to the beneficial things for the students. Nobody gets A+ on this subject. There were papers submitted and be sure to really do well on these papers. They tend to give you really low scores on these papers, so work hard on them. Spend more time on doing the models and the reflection part of the paper rather than the case part. 
We also had to do a presentation for a case and we completely forgot that we were being captured on video. Most of the rooms have built-in motion sensor cams that (guess what) detects the motion of the speaker and follows it to capture the camera. We were able to see how we performed in this presentation and the Maja from SDL helped us improve ourselves by giving valuable tips.
One quick tip is that if one is presenting and you four people are standing at the back, don't move too much, or else, the camera will capture you instead of the person speaking. 

Model-based Decision Making - Professor Matt Mitchell
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Yep, that's our professor for model-based (who gave us lots of difficult problems to work on), 
standing on the table; he's like a rockstar! ?#section5

This subject drove us crazy. If you are from engineering, or any other math-related background, you'll find this manageable.  We learned about game theory, Nash equilibrium, option values, decision trees, and Monty Hall problem. The homeworks in this course were insane if you haven't encountered them.   No class participation points required. As for the grades, I was really shocked to have this subject as my highest grade in the grade report even though I was so sure that it's my weakness. Perhaps, I was so scared of this course that I took more time in studying for the finals.
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These are some types of problems that we tackled. In our group meetings, I was really amazed at my groupmates who knew how to tackle them immediately. 

MBA Tip: The classes were recorded and posted on RWorld, so you can always review them if you don't understand some sessions especially because Professor Matt talked really, really fast.

Pre-MBA Tip: Master probabilities! Make sure to know how to do probability tables and master independent and mutually exclusive events.

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MBA Tip: Scholar sessions were really beneficial for this course if you start to become lost in the subject matter. They usually conduct one lesson twice. I attended both sessions for the probability lessons because I was so confused at that time. In the first session, it was really confusing, the scholars were slightly contradicting each other. Everyone went home confused. Thus, I attended the next morning, and the scholars presented them crystal clear. All the "fresh" students in that session did not complain at all.

And a big "Thank you!" to Pravin as well who helped me in the three subjects while I was reviewing for the exams. Pravin is an accounting and economics scholar, who almost accepted being a Finance scholar as well. Very intelligent guy!

Integrating Models and Data - Professor Bernardo Blum
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Scholar Sessions for Integrating
This subject involved 2 group homeworks that involved data analysis. No book was required and the professor just gave us up-to-date readings. We learned things about data variation, regression, experiments, correlation and causation, which will all be useful in the upcoming subjects. I think this course was the most manageable compared to the other two subjects. No class participation points required.
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In the last few days of the term, we had this Models Day, in which we merged our learnings from Integrating and Model-based. They presented the problem of Ebay regarding the very few negative comments that appear on the seller's pages. That day was divided into two deliverables. First, we dissected the problem thru the use of decision trees. Both professors came to check in whether we're doing fine. In the latter part of the day, they gave us an Excel Data, in which we can start finding more insights that we can use to prove our reasoning. 

Managerial Economics - Professor Heski Bar-Isaac
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I'll start with the Pre-MBA Tip here: Read Managerial Economics by Baye while waiting for the approval of your visa and flight! MASTER the concepts. The exam and quiz were extremely tricky. Reading the book beforehand will give you time to be alive during the Foundations Term while you are doing all the adjustments. I had a lot of days, in which I only spent 4 - 6 hours of sleep, due to the number of homeworks, readings, socialization, events, kick-offs, and career events all in one month! Hence, getting this out of the way will really help you stay sane.

Professor Heski Bar-Isaac gave a lot of practice questions. We had one quiz and one final exams. Our quiz was really tricky, but I heard from other sections that their professor gave them a relatively easy quiz but gave them an insane final exam. Our section ended up becoming grateful to have a hard quiz that motivated us to prepare really hard for the final exam. No class participation points required. The scholar sessions mostly covered basic economics and practice problems, but the scholars were really approachable when you don't understand some concepts and problems.
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AFTER THE EXAM!!!
3 sections conducted their exams in the Desautel Hall. As I was going out, everyone was smiling happily even though some exams were hard. Most of the people don't discuss their answers because, YEAH, don't stress yourself too much and you can't change anything at that point.

THE NIGHTMARE IS FINALLY OVER.

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II. Extracurricular Activities
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There are a lot of clubs that you can choose from, but you have to pay additional bucks to join each of them. The major ones, including MCA, RFA, RMA, and BDC, cost 100-125 bucks for two years. Others costs around $70, while the social clubs typically cost $25.  
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MCA Networking Event was really efficient. We sat in groups and the key people just rotate around. It was really organized and I really liked the efficiency compared to the typical networking event set-ups.

Clubs I joined to and reasons behind them
Management Consulting Association - I think it's a must to join this organization. So far, based on the events I attended, they have the most efficient and most effective programs. They also help you in the case prep/case interview that are usually encountered by those pursuing consulting. However, this kind of interview is growing and growing among companies, so it would be really beneficial for you to be ready in facing this kind of interview. 
Business Design Club - Most of the people I know are joining this exciting club as well. I really want to specialize in business design thinking for MBA and so far, I love the events I've attended to. (More about this in the upcoming Term 1 post)
Rotman Business Analytics Club - Can't deny that analytics is extremely important in the business world. Some people thought that you have to do heavy data coding if you want to join this, so I asked the representative about this and she gave the opposite answer. So definitely join and don't hinder your lack and fear of coding. 
Rotman Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Association - My long-term goal has always been building my own start-up and turn it into a multinational corporation. 
Rotman Operations Management Association - Since I want a corporation, we can't deny that a good understanding of how operations work is a must. In this club, I heard they also offer you great discount for getting a Six Sigma certificate after you complete certain requirements. I'm not sure on the details, but I will definitely write about this once I learn more. 
Women in Management Association - We can't deny that gender biases are still happening in a lot of companies. To counter this, this organization really helps women find better job opportunities and helps equip them to be ready for action. One example I heard before is that they taught women how to play golf! I really appreciate the value of learning this as a woman because I had some boss before who plays it with his co-CEOs. 
and lastly.....
Rotman Marketing Association - Okay, I didn't exactly join this during the club deadline. I came from a marketing background and I don't have much more budget for all these clubs, though they are all really good. However, my friend and I really wanted to join the Kraft case competition, and guess what?? They don't allow people to join it if they are not a member! Sneaky marketers! (And it worked on us. haha) However, other case competitions would allow non-member as long as they pay $5-20. 
So yeah, I'm back here and thinking of my marketing profession possibilities again. 
Overall, I spent around $500 just for 7 clubs while others joined 10-13 clubs. 

Company Office Visits
In the Foundations Term, we were able to visit the office of BCG (Boston Consulting Group) and McKinsey. It was thru the effort of both WIMA and MCA that we got to socialize and visit McKinsey. Its office is really great as you can see in the picture!
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Case competitions started the week before our final exams. Everyone was extremely busy managing all these things, in addition to the extremely hard final exams that we had. It was also the time to find a good mix of people for your case competition. I would recommend you guys to ask about the upper years about their experience in these competitions, so you would have an idea on how to manage your schedule and what case competitions are relevant to you. Also, pick your battle. Don't join all of the case competition if you can't perform at your best. You're probably wasting your precious time that you can use to study and increase your GPA. And think about your groupmates' sake, these people really want to win this, so it would be unfair if you don't give out your best.

Section Reps
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We have 5 available positions per section: 1 Academic Rep, 2 Social Reps, 1 Career Rep and 1 Outreach Rep. You have to make a one-minute speech to convince people to vote for you! Some people chose to just speak while others created their rap for this! Show your creativity!

Club Reps
In addition, you get to run as a club rep for the clubs you joined to (obviously). Only those people in your section who joined these clubs get to vote for you. You don't need to do any speech but you have to make a short "essay" or blurb. Join as many as you want to.

Kickoffs
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Pros: You get to socialize and know your club executives. This is good to know more about them and the club. If you plan to run for exec, definitely join this. This is also where you learn who else in the batch is joining this.
Cons: But if you have no time for everything, I really think you could skip attending them, especially if you attended the club fair, in which they give you almost the same information. (Let's see what will happen in the coming years.)

III. My Social Life
Core Friends
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In my first month, I found myself lonely because I was still adjusting and I started to become homesick and missed everyone from my country. However, last term, I finally made my core friends, who are also my study buddies. It was really helpful to have a core study team because you really can't know everything. Sometimes I help them in some things I know, but they mostly help me in a lot of concepts and problems I don't understand easily. So thank you everyone.

Karaoke "Club"
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Rotman Karaoke "Club" Amazing night full of amazing singers and rap-readers!!

Okay, so I really like Karaoke! I almost always do it when I go to different countries. Last term, Susan and I went to Karaoke on our second week, right before our Economics quiz. Yes, it was only the two of us who went there!! That's how much we love Karaoke! We went to Jayugonggan, which has a relatively cheap price compared to the other Karaoke, but the songs were not really up-to-date. In my second Karaoke (in the picture), I was able to invite my fellow Karaoke lovers!! We went to Bar-plus that is more expensive, but it had up-to-date songs, which I really like! It was so much fun hearing the amazing voices of my classmates. Some were really born to be performers!

Thanksgiving Dinner - 5-day Break

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This is my BFF, Susie Shi, enjoying Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii during the break!

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We had a break for 5 days and celebrated Thanksgiving with some of my batch. However, I did not really feel the break because I started investing my time on the readings for the upcoming term because I learned my lesson last Foundations Term. I cooked Filipino Chicken Adobo for these people. I hoped they liked it! We played Wolf, AKA Mafia. I had a bad day before coming to this dinner, but these people really helped me lighten up. Enjoyed their company so much!












Apps we've been using
Telegram - We've been using Telegram for the whole group because it's the only chat app that we know that can accommodate 350 people. Whatsapp, so far, doesn't allow this.
Whatsapp - Almost all of the Rotman groupchats I have are in Whatsapp, so if you are starting one to connect with people, make one here, so you don't have to continuously switch apps.
Facebook - We just use the Facebook group for posting pictures for our batch and posting important announcements and events.
RWorld and RCareer - Most of the events are posted on Rworld, but be aware that there are also events in RCareer that you should check out. Note that you should only sign up if you are sure that you can come because there will be consequences if you are late or if you don't show up.
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Term 1 in one picture.

It's Term 1 right now, and we are all having trouble finding time to do everything. More on this later!

Rotman application is ongoing and I hope all the best to you guys! Feel free to comment here for any questions.

Love, 

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Rotman's Term 1 - Social Life
Term 1's Social Life can be summed up into this picture: 

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Midterm Party
Shout out to Logan Yergens of Section 1 for organizing everything for our Post-midterm Party at the Amsterdam Brewhouse immediately after that brutal Finance exam. We all needed this badly.
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Bollywood
It was refreshing to watch our SABA members performing some nice dance moves outside our classroom! The Bollywood party itself was really amazing, especially seeing our second years performing. Learned a bunch of Indian dance moves myself! (Fix the light bulb, turn the door knob, as what my good friend would say.) (Cost: $35)
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Gatsby
We had a semi-formal party at the Fifth and I was surprised that everyone took the dress-up seriously. Every single person looked fantastic and gorgeous. The only con here was that the ticket ran out really fast and not many first-year students got the chance to join this party. So lesson learned here was to book your ticket early if you are sure you can go! (Cost: $35)
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End of Term Party
Term 1 won't be complete without our end of the term party! 
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Natasha's Birthday Party
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The cake fell on the floor!!! 
Karaoke Nights
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Rotman Reunite - Third Alumni Homecoming
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Tinuno - Filipino Restaurant
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Holiday Party
We would like to thank the Rotman Music Club for performing at the Madison Pub right after the finals exam. We also had free food and 2 drink tickets (I can tell you that free food is always the best thing for starving MBA students!).
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Snakes and Lattes
Term 1 just ended. We were all happy about it except for one thing: Term 2 shuffling of groupmates!!! Almost every group felt that they had the best group fitting for their personalities. I also felt the same way for my groupmates who were all fun and extremely smart people! Bonus: One of my groupmates, Jon, was a professional basketball player, how cool is that?

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The Alley
I'm really addicted to bubble teas. They bring me instant happiness and added focus for my studying. However, the nearest one at school, Chatime, is around 5-minute walk and costs around $6. (I know, why do Asians need to suffer! :( ) After finals, I also started exploring Toronto more with my friends and went to The Alley, the place is so nice as you can see in the picture. They also have this brown sugar tapioca, which is my favorite tapioca so far. Try it and fall in love!
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Halloween in Toronto
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This was halloween in our Annex neighborhood! People take halloween seriously! 
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Winter and Secret Santas
It started snowing in Toronto and even though it's cold, I was actually happy seeing Toronto being covered all white! In the first two days, I found myself smiling while walking going to school even if it was our finals week. I smiled harder going home after every exam since I don't have to deal with capturing values anymore (strategy lessons).
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Puppy Therapy
Access to Success was empathetic enough to bring a puppy Dusty into school. It was too bad that I had to attend an info session that time that I was not able to cuddle Dusty! 

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Holiday Market at Rotman
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Fire alarm
This part deserves a space in this article. There have been quite a few fire alarms in Rotman, but mostly false alarm. I think there were at least 6 since I came here and I witnessed all except for one.
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Calgary!
I visited my college friend in Calgary. People have been asking me how's Calgary. I don't know. I haven't went outside since I decided to stay at my friend's place first and just rest for a whole day after the hellish term. (Yes, it's that bad that I would be willing to give up a day of exploring.) However, the snow only came in my second day here. I might have brought it from Toronto. :P
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How I miss this girl!! <3 

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Rotman's Term 1 - Section Fiiiive (5)
As you can see in this score card, Section 5 was not "best" section according to this criteria. However, I want to especially dedicate this article to the best social reps, Rex Wu and Rosemary Wilson, and my Section 5 classmates. They have done so much to our section to keep us sane and happy throughout this hellish term. And kudos to all the first year reps who allocate their time to join all these meetings just to serve their fellow classmates!
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Congratulations to Section 2!
After Midterms Snack
They never forget to care for us. Right after the midterms, they provided us with sustenance for the rest of the afternoon. They brought us some tasty snacks while everyone was discussing how to do Question 2 of Finance. 
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Cultural Music


“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from.” – Billy Joel

Music lowers stress and makes you happy. For every break that we have, Rex would play music from different countries. He even brought his own speaker for this. And some days, he would just play very calming music that you might think you are entering a five-star hotel when you enter Section 5.

Professor Mike's Baby
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We are all extremely busy and shopping for anything is really hard. Even our Finance professor was busy and lost sleep not because of classes, but because he was having a baby!!! Nevertheless, Rosemary managed to find gifts for Professor Mike!
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Professor Mike: I wish you had given me these gifts before I wrote the exam. 
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Baby Zachariah Rocking Movember

Aamer's Baby
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It's not only Zach who is getting born! We have another MBA baby! Our social reps organized another baby shopping and, of course, we kept it secret from him! When Aamer announced his baby just entered this world, he brought some tasty chocolates for the whole class and we gave the gift at the same time. We hope that your baby would grow as kind and smart as you are, Aamer!

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Francisco Getting Married
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Not only do we have our newly-born babies, we are also going to have newly-born love! This guy on the left will be getting married over the Christmas holidays! We prepared a touching card with everyone's signature and messages wishing him to have a blessed and happy marriage!

Post-midterm Section Party
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After we recovered for a bit, we had another party during our mini-break after the midterms. This party occurred right after the Career over Beers that was held in a bar, Duke of York, just above Brewhaha, where we had our party.

Diwali
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Back in college/high school, we would only decorate our room mostly when we have to do a creative presentation. So when I entered our room in the morning, I thought we are going to have a creative presentation for our marketing class. It turned out that these lights were organized by our social reps to celebrate Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights celebrated every autumn! Happy Diwali! 

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Check this out for the video:
https://www.facebook.com/shei.quiroga/p ... 2200906272

Day of the Dead
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They also made an effort to decorate the room for Dia de Muertos, a Mexican Day of the Dead to honor the dead that includes festivals, parades, and gatherings of families to pray for their deceased loved ones.


Birthday Greetings
It is your birthday and you are overseas away from your family and wonderful friends! Yet no one made an effort or anything for your day here in this cold country. It is quite sad, right? That's why we started doing these birthday greetings on Facebook. Our classmates will have our section bunny beside them if it's their birthday. And we will post their photo on Facebook and let the world know it's their freakin' birthday!!!
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Lili Lim! 
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Lili Lim for the win! I just want to give a special mention to Lili for helping out our professors to continue their lectures and classmates to start their presentations. I hope that there will be a tutorial on how to use these projectors, etc!

Secret Santa and Last Section Get Together

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Before the classes started, our upper years had us answering a poll of the top 3 words that represents our section, the result was creative. Back then, we have no idea of our section personality at all. And during this last section get together before the holiday break, our reps had us re-answer this poll. Awwww yeah. We are the "FUN" section!!!

Some memories we shared in class and during our group presentations:

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Better Call Jon, the best Fund Manager
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Chris!!!! (He was not present in class when this was presented. Haha!)

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OCFCL and OCFCX

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And even if we feel like this (picture on the left) every single day in our MBA life,  we always feel like this (picture on the right) whenever we have our classes together at section 5!

And... we will always end up having fun in this way after every achievement and milestone that we reach together on our way to our future successful lives: 
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This is our Section Bunny who was completely wasted during the parties! Awwwee yeaaah!
Love,

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Quick Announcement
This is to let all my viewers know that I'll be posting more things in the coming months. (I haven't forgotten about you.) Just prioritizing my Statistics and Operations class right now.

Upcoming posts:

1. Term 1 - Academics (Including the books to read for Term 1 while you sit there waiting for your MBA year)
2. Term 1 - Club Activities and some case competitions
3. Term 2 Life - Internship Hunting - It's okaaay - That's what we're all going to say to you next year. ;)

a. For all the NEW VIEWERS, things that are more important for MBA newbies are buried deep down in this blog. For your convenience, if you look at the right part of this blog, there is a Label/Tag icon. Please click it and choose the most relevant categories you're looking for. And if you have time, do check out all my blogs I put into so much time just to help everyone out!

b. I know some people might be CONSTANTLY CHECKING this blog. To improve our efficiency (Yes, I just took a KPMG Lean Six Sigma Training, so I'm using these words) and you don't have to waste your valuable time, please also look at the rightmost part of this blog and click on the second icon and subscribe. This will send you email whenever I post new articles.

Quick update with my life:
- In the midst of finding an internship
- Better life than term 2 except for the anxiety
- Improved a lot of skills

Will keep you guys updated; don't worry!

Love,

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Rotman's Term 1 - Section Fiiiive (5)
As you can see in this score card, Section 5 was not "best" section according to this criteria. However, I want to especially dedicate this article to the best social reps, Rex Wu and Rosemary Wilson, and my Section 5 classmates. They have done so much to our section to keep us sane and happy throughout this hellish term. And kudos to all the first year reps who allocate their time to join all these meetings just to serve their fellow classmates!
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Congratulations to Section 2!
After Midterms Snack
They never forget to care for us. Right after the midterms, they provided us with sustenance for the rest of the afternoon. They brought us some tasty snacks while everyone was discussing how to do Question 2 of Finance. 
Image

Cultural Music


“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from.” – Billy Joel

Music lowers stress and makes you happy. For every break that we have, Rex would play music from different countries. He even brought his own speaker for this. And some days, he would just play very calming music that you might think you are entering a five-star hotel when you enter Section 5.

Professor Mike's Baby
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We are all extremely busy and shopping for anything is really hard. Even our Finance professor was busy and lost sleep not because of classes, but because he was having a baby!!! Nevertheless, Rosemary managed to find gifts for Professor Mike!
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Professor Mike: I wish you had given me these gifts before I wrote the exam. 
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Baby Zachariah Rocking Movember

Aamer's Baby

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It's not only Zach who is getting born! We have another MBA baby, Hamzah Aamer! Our social reps organized another baby shopping and, of course, we kept it secret from him! When Aamer announced his baby just entered this world, he brought some tasty chocolates for the whole class and we gave the gift at the same time. We hope that your baby would grow as kind and smart as you are, Aamer!

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Francisco Getting Married
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Not only do we have our newly-born babies, we are also going to have newly-born love! This guy on the left will be getting married over the Christmas holidays! We prepared a touching card with everyone's signature and messages wishing him to have a blessed and happy marriage!

Post-midterm Section Party
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After we recovered for a bit, we had another party during our mini-break after the midterms. This party occurred right after the Career over Beers that was held in a bar, Duke of York, just above Brewhaha, where we had our party.

Diwali
Image

Back in college/high school, we would only decorate our room mostly when we have to do a creative presentation. So when I entered our room in the morning, I thought we are going to have a creative presentation for our marketing class. It turned out that these lights were organized by our social reps to celebrate Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights celebrated every autumn! Happy Diwali! 

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Check this out for the video:
https://www.facebook.com/shei.quiroga/p ... 2200906272

Day of the Dead
Image

They also made an effort to decorate the room for Dia de Muertos, a Mexican Day of the Dead to honor the dead that includes festivals, parades, and gatherings of families to pray for their deceased loved ones.


Birthday Greetings
It is your birthday and you are overseas away from your family and wonderful friends! Yet no one made an effort or anything for your day here in this cold country. It is quite sad, right? That's why we started doing these birthday greetings on Facebook. Our classmates will have our section bunny beside them if it's their birthday. And we will post their photo on Facebook and let the world know it's their freakin' birthday!!!
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Lili Lim! 
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Lili Lim for the win! I just want to give a special mention to Lili for helping out our professors to continue their lectures and classmates to start their presentations. I hope that there will be a tutorial on how to use these projectors, etc!

Secret Santa and Last Section Get Together

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Before the classes started, our upper years had us answering a poll of the top 3 words that represents our section, the result was creative. Back then, we have no idea of our section personality at all. And during this last section get together before the holiday break, our reps had us re-answer this poll. Awwww yeah. We are the "FUN" section!!!

Some memories we shared in class and during our group presentations:

Image
Better Call Jon, the best Fund Manager
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Chris!!!! (He was not present in class when this was presented. Haha!)

Image
 Image

Image

Image
OCFCL and OCFCX

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And even if we feel like this (picture on the left) every single day in our MBA life,  we always feel like this (picture on the right) whenever we have our classes together at section 5!

And... we will always end up having fun in this way after every achievement and milestone that we reach together on our way to our future successful lives: 
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This is our Section Bunny who was completely wasted during the parties! Awwwee yeaaah!
Love,

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Quick Announcement
This is to let all my viewers know that I'll be posting more things in the coming months. (I haven't forgotten about you.) Just prioritizing my Statistics and Operations class right now.

Upcoming posts:

1. Term 1 - Academics (Including the books to read for Term 1 while you sit there waiting for your MBA year)
2. Term 1 - Club Activities and some case competitions
3. Term 2 Life - Internship Hunting - It's okaaay - That's what we're all going to say to you next year. ;)

a. For all the NEW VIEWERS, things that are more important for MBA newbies are buried deep down in this blog. For your convenience, if you look at the right part of this blog, there is a Label/Tag icon. Please click it and choose the most relevant categories you're looking for. And if you have time, do check out all my blogs I put into so much time just to help everyone out!

b. I know some people might be CONSTANTLY CHECKING this blog. To improve our efficiency (Yes, I just took a KPMG Lean Six Sigma Training, so I'm using these words) and you don't have to waste your valuable time, please also look at the rightmost part of this blog and click on the second icon and subscribe. This will send you email whenever I post new articles.

Quick update with my life:
- In the midst of finding an internship
- Better life than term 1 except for the anxiety
- Improved a lot of skills

Will keep you guys updated; don't worry!

Love,

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: Rotman Term 1 - Academics
Term 1, aka Rotman's Hell Term,  is over. In our exam room, we all clapped with gladness after the last exam. For future students, I won't be discussing the contents of the subjects since that's one of the reasons you come to MBA for. I'll leave that to you to unravel! But my main tip for everyone is to always read ahead of time because you won't have any time left when you start preparing for your career-related activities. Be sure to enjoy your team meetings and always prioritize them so you don't annoy your teammates who are equally working hard for your grades.

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Managing Customer Value
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bpmIV6ZMQ3Q/WjcIuI4yg_I/AAAAAAAACjw/0nGBlSG9K6IBdNtKL-Gk9rOgw_JPlr0wQCK4BGAYYCw/s1600/24862589_10214063977169335_786132614404381648_n.jpgProfessor Avi Goldfarb (along with Professor Dilip Soliman)
No book required. All readings were provided by the professor.

In this course, we talked about foundations of marketing, such as the 3Cs and the 4Ps with more emphasis on the customers. We touched upon digital marketing, value creation, consumer behavior, and some business design. We had Professor Dilip for one session, in which he discussed about behavioral economics, specifically more on nudging.

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Deliverables:
>We had to read different cases from both Harvard and Ivey and discuss the case facts and learnings in class. Out of these cases, we also had to submit case positioning statements, which were not that difficult to do.
>For the class participation, just merely participating for the sake of it won't give you high marks here. You have to actually contribute something great in class and even challenge the thinking of the professor in order to get higher marks.
>For the midterm exam, most of the content were from the slides and lectures, but it requires clear understanding since some questions can be tricky. You need to listen attentively in classes.
>Next, we have to deliver a marketing plan presentation and paper. We had to come up with ideas for self-control product. Prototyping is important here. I would suggest to have at least two prototypes and show how your ideas improved after having the first one. Be sure to bring them in your presentation just in case the professor ask for them.

Our brainstorming, prototyping and bodystorming:
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We also had a special session with Mark Leung, in which he discussed the three gears of business design and how merely changing the consumer's process can bring about valuable impact on your business. Afterwards, they also let us start prototyping our ideas and started doing bodystorming to see if there's a gap that we haven't addressed in our journey map. This was helpful because it helped us challenge our thinking and whether our idea was even feasible given the current tech offerings.

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Finance I - Capital Market and Valuation 
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dFa8DWJLZSQ/WjcIyFHumGI/AAAAAAAACkI/wZUJ_QJDy6wFDGDoFNzTbSlopYougEzrQCK4BGAYYCw/s1600/24899728_10214063977209336_6175157856182926534_n.jpgProfessor Mikhail Simutin
Book: Corporate Finance by Berk, J. and DeMarzo, P.

In this class, we learned about capital markets and bond valuation. They taught us about bond arbitrage, strips, CAPM, stocks, forward and future contracts, stock options, etc. The thing that I like about this course is that Professor Mike tries to find fun ways to make the course easily understandable. For such a complicated subject, he did a great job in letting people understand Finance concepts and he is undeniably one of the best professors you will ever have.

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>First deliverable is to identify the value of our MBA using NPV analysis before the first class started. Then, they required us to deliver a series of homeworks before they discussed them in classes. The homeworks were hard for people who didn't have any Finance background and would require you to either really read the book or ask your friends to teach you how concepts work (so don't be mean to your classmates because you have to help out each other and fill in the gaps in your experience).
Image>We also had to deliver a Finance presentation and our group prepared hard for it and we did role playing and presented commercial videos that we created ourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4mnWMEoHhM  Our group just wanted to have fun even if it was just around 5% of the grade.
>Another deliverable was doing stock pitch presentation. Unfortunately, the stock pitch case competitions started earlier than the actual lecture, so it would be great if you prepare beforehand if you plan to choose the (tormented) Finance track.
>This Finance midterm exam is something that would crush the souls of most of the MBA students. In term 1, most of the people were doing a lot of coffee chats, networking and case competitions. We even had endless homeworks for both Accounting and Finance. The midterm was the last one among the four subjects and most of the people just studied the afternoon before the actual exam. All of this left us insufficient time to study. This exam was also the hardest one out of the four subjects.
>The final exam was still tricky but less as it allowed people to still continue answering the questions even if you cannot get the right answer in the preceding questions. In addition, people prepared better for the finals after having the torturous midterm.
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Do I need a finance calculator?
We did not use it much in the exam and I think you can get away with a normal scientific calculator. However, I still tried to borrow from my upper year buddy just in case I really had to compute using them. 
If you haven't bought a calculator, I would recommend buying Casio's fx-991ES Natural Display because of its screen size and you can input fractions in more organized and easier way. 

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Financial Accounting
Professor Dragan Stojanovic
Book: Financial Accounting using IFRS by Wong, F., et al. 

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZXZTphiz0t4/WjcIsZJDcbI/AAAAAAAACjo/0UoLn1lWhYMR90aiDESGb-sDQCGdLGt2wCK4BGAYYCw/s1600/24899794_10214063977089333_9164811969535759316_n.jpgI love this subject so much because it's not your average accounting class, in which you merely do bookkeeping. Professor Dragan was so great in teaching us how to read financial statements and he is one of the coolest profs we had. I found that the book was pretty easy to understand, but the trick in accounting reading them carefully, or else, you will miss out on some important details. Try to read the books ahead of time because they will take so much time and you have to learn them ahead in order for you to do the homeworks. 

Deliverables:
>You will analyze financial reports from a user's perspective, but you will practice doing the bookkeeping in a less strict sense thru the homeworks. These homeworks were a pain to most of the students, especially from people who did not have accounting backgrounds. You would have to study your books first and we spent lots of time on the formatting of the journals and ledgers. We had these homeworks for almost every before classes, which was a real pain.
Image>We were assigned companies and we had to choose another company that is related either as a competitor or as a supplier. Then, we had to submit a paper before and after the midterms; it was divided into two parts, so don't panic when you see a long list of questions. We then had to present them in class.
>For both the midterms and finals, I think that the people who were checking them did not give generous partial points and there were multiple errors in checking my exam for both midterms and finals. So be sure to review your exam results properly because it might be hard to check for the TAs. The exams were also a bit tricky but it's not impossible to get a perfect score especially if you came from an accounting background. 
>Another thing I liked about this course was when we had a Credit Committee Simulation conducted by Scotiabank. Its employees generously gave their after hours time to facilitate and to help us see and experience how the credit committee makes their judgment in lending businesses money. It was helpful for both future entrepreneurs and leaders since you will know where to improve upon to increase your chances of getting loans. 
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Fundamentals of Strategic Management
Professor Mara Lederman (along with Michael Ryall)
No required book. Readings were all uploaded by the professor.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dtjAqyV4qE4/WjbxpQzkGhI/AAAAAAAACTg/zpapo1PLhpsdDVjSEiAFxNRG6dknppu6wCK4BGAYYCw/s1600/image%2B%25286%2529.jpgThe professor did a great job in challenging our strategic points of view and helping us create our own PPPD (Positive, persistent performance difference). We read different Harvard cases, such as Disney-Pixar, and started by tackling early theories on strategy. Other topics included diversification, first-mover advantage, barriers to entry, relations and reputations. Professor Ryall also discussed his own Value Capture Model theory, which required some math and analysis to understand the variables, but one of the points here is that two or more agents create more value than a single agent. And to add, one thing that amuses us is when our professors try to show their creative parts, such as when Professor Mara was trying to draw Mickey! 

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Deliverables:
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>We had two homeworks, which are pretty fair than the past homeworks we had in the Foundations Term. Most of them will be based on the lectures and slides with some additional thinking for applications.

>We also discussed about the gaming industry and we had to present different reasons in the class, but it was not graded.
>The midterm exam was also based on the lectures and slides and I think they are the fairest exam we had. However, people might still not get high grades because of cramming. You should be studying the slides after lectures and not just cram them before the actual exam.
>The final exam was similar to the midterms and it included questions for applications of the topics.

Scholar Sessions
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I rarely attended scholar sessions this term because I was too busy with other things and found that I can be more productive at home at my own time. You can also just study the slides of the scholars, which I found pretty useful. 

Finals and Midterms
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Mix of both sadness and happiness that exams are over. Off to partying haaaard. 

Regroupings

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Term 1 is over. Hell term is over. But that also means, your initial groupmates' meetings are all over too. I just want to thank my "Supersonic Powerhouse" team for helping me and each other improve on different things. We came up with this team name when everyone was tipsy before writing our first ethics presentation in Foundations term. I'm not the best person in Finance, Accounting, hard math problems nor powerpoint decks; however, these amazing guys helped me improve so much and sometimes I think I learned more from them than in actual lectures. We covered up each others' gaps and just came out being better people. When things were too tough, we just discussed our group presentations over Skype and we still came out pretty productive. Every meeting would start with either rants or just jokes and then a person would halt us to continue and start doing the actual work. In addition, Jonathan, a former professional basketball player, was such a good role model for me. He would wake up so early and get things done immediately. He was always up to date with his readings and such a diligent person. I started waking up early in December and even during the winter breaks. I developed this habit and it was just so nice to study when it is very serene and quiet. 

To Gurman, Jonathan, Kiel and Urvi, thank you so much!!! I will never forget you guys. You are the best teammates I ever had. <3 I'm glad we still kept in touch during the winter breaks and even in Term 2.

Missing chargers and bottles

Term 1 is also the season that you start losing all your things. Rotman will give you free water bottles and be sure to put special stickers on them, so you can still retrieve them in the lost and found.

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Favorite memes for this term:

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Love,

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FROM Sheiquiroga - Current Student: How to apply for a student visa for Canada?
  • In general, I suggest submitting the application online because rumor has it that paper-based takes much longer time since the officer-in-charge will have to encode your application manually. 
  • Be sure to make available a good scanner or camera to scan your documents. 
  • You also need a Mastercard, Visa or American Express to pay the visa fees online. 
  • Take note that the maximum file size is only 4 MB, which means you can combine multiple documents into one file, but it will be of lower quality. I used PDF and JPG file formats to submit my application.
A. Get into a school
First, you have to get accepted in a designated learning institution before you can apply for the visa. (If you are taking an MBA, you can check this out for tips in applying for a school: 
http://wondersuite.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-get-into-canadian-business.html

B. Take an English/French Proficiency Test

This is not required, but it may strengthen your application not only for your visa, but also for your school. I took the TOEFL exam because it is usually required for MBA. 
Read this to learn what I used for the preparation and to learn about my actual exam:
http://wondersuite.blogspot.com/2016/10 ... am-at.html

C. Medical Exam
As soon as you get accepted into a school, take your upfront medical exam! This is so important because I almost failed to get into Canada because of the timeline. If you are lucky, you can finish this in one day. If you have terrible luck, you might even get delayed for one year!

Setting up your online application
1. Go to http://www.cic.gc.ca. Bookmark this link because this is what you will be constantly checking out for the next 3 months of your life.

2. Click: Sign in or create an account to apply online

3. Click: Continue to GC Key. Then, sign up. Be sure to take note what you wrote for the Security Questions because you will need to answer that each time you sign in.

NOTE for MBA students that has internship requirements:
Be sure to answer YES for this question: Is work an essential component of your studies?

You might have to reapply when you get to Canada if you answered No, so save the hassle!

You will be granted SW1 visa instead of S1 visa just because of this question. 
Help - Is work an essential component of your studies?
https://www.blogger.com/null

4. Click: Visitor visa, study and/or work permit. 

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5. If you do not have a reference code yet, click: Visitor visa, study and/or work permit.

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6. You will then have to answer multiple questions. Be honest and ensure that your answers are right and applicable because that will determine which documents you will be required to submit online. 

7. Answer yes to this question if you have taken an upfront medical exam:

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8. After you complete the questionnaire, you will now see your own personal checklist that may look something like this:

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9. You might have trouble opening the forms online, such as Family information and Application for Student Permit. Just download them and open them in your own PDF software, such as Adobe or Foxit. 

For the IMM1294, you do not have to sign them manually. Just click Validate after you finish filling up the form and it will generate its own code. 

For IMM5645, try to sign the document digitally. 

10. Digital Photo

Make sure to follow the steps required for your photo:

Frame size
  • The final frame size of the photo must be at least 35mm x 45mm.
  • The photographs must show a full front view of the head and tops of shoulders, with the face in the middle of the photograph.
  • The size of the head, from chin to crown, must be between 31mm and 36mm.
  • Digital dimensions are often expressed in pixels or DPI (dots per inch). The physical dimensions in pixels must be at least 420 x 540.
Quality/resolutionIf an existing photo is being scanned, the minimum resolution must be 600 pixels per inch.
File format
  • The file may be submitted in JPEG or JPEG2000 format.
  • The final size of the image should ideally be 240 kB (kilobytes), but not less than 60 kB.
  • The image must be in colour (24 bits per pixel) in RGB colour space, which is the common output for most digital cameras.
11. Evidence of Work Requirement in Study(required)

This document will be sent by your school's admission committee. If you've been waiting for too long, email them and ask them for this document.

12. Letter of Acceptance
Once you get accepted, your admission committee will send you an Offer of Admission. However, you might want to include any academic-related achievements here.

Documents that you might want to upload here:
Transcript
GMAT, TOEFL and other exam result

13. Passport
Scan all of the important pages in your passport, i.e., the page with your picture and pages that were stamped for proof of travel. 

14. Proof of medical exam
Just upload the paper with reference code that your clinic gave you.

15. Proof of Means of Financial Support
Upload here the ff:
Bank Certificate
Bank Statement
Credit Card
Income Tax Return 
Flight Ticket
Notarized Sponsorship Letter
Bank Statement, Business Proof, Income Tax Return, and Passport/Government ID of your Sponsor
Scanned Proof of Deposit to your School
Signed Confirmation Form of your School Registration

16. Letter of Explanation
It is included in the optional section, but it is not really optional! You have to make this in order for you to strengthen any gaps in your application. Upload all the important documents here that were not included in the other sections. Be sure to upload all of your previous Employment Certificates for them to avoid suspicion if you have any work gaps. 
Here's a sample format, but you might want to make a shorter one: http://wondersuite.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-to-write-letter-of-explanation-for.html

Documents that you might want to upload here:
Resume
Employment Certificates
NBI Clearance
Land Titles
Certificate of Registration of your vehicles

Additional: 
Last Will stating that you will inherit properties (Not required, but it might help if you have one)
Invitation Letter from your friend/relatives stating that you are a law abiding citizen, etc. (Will upload a guide here in the coming weeks
Government ID of the one inviting you and PR card if they have one
Other documents that would strengthen your application

ADDITIONAL TIPS
You might also want to back-read this forum for tips in your application:
http://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/threads/anyone-applied-a-student-permit-from-philippines.111111/page-596

Don't hesitate to comment if you have any questions. I'll try my best to help out!

Love,

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Benefit: The tuition fees you pay determine your non-refundable tax credits, which can offset your future tax bill.

Documents you need and where to get them:

1. Go to Acorn > Tax Forms (under Finances)
2. Download the 2017 - T4A and T2202A forms (T4A is for scholarship)

Online Process Eligibility:

1. You must be a resident of Canada for filing tax returns online. A resident is someone who either has dependents here in Canada, or Rent / Owns a Home in Canada, stayed in Canada for more than 183 days etc. See this to establish your status: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency ... tatus.html OR https://workingholidayincanada.com/dete ... cy-status/
2. Your SIN Number must begin with 9

Online Process:

Now go to Simpletax.ca (It's free!), the following needs to be kept in mind:

1. Update your details (you will need SIN number)
2. Yes - you are a resident of Canada for tax purposes (see eligibility)
3. Update your Foreign income for the year 2017 (before moving to Canada)
4. If you are living On-Campus > Select No for Ontario Trillium Benefit, Yes - if you are paying rent for off-campus residence
5. Create a CRA account (the official tax website). If you have more than one word in your last name leave no spaces.
6. In "Your Taxes" section > Search for T4A and T2202A forms and add them to your application.

T4A: Name of Payer: University of Toronto, in other boxes, type - 105 and enter your scholarship amount as given in the T4A document you downloaded from acorn,

T2202A:
Were you a post-secondary student in 2017 > Yes
Program name is > MG MBA,
The column values A,B,C are given in the T2202A form downloaded from acorn (See total).

If you did a part time job or earned money on the side from other sources > You will need the T4 Application form from your employer.

The tax credit claim is for the period Jan 2017 to Dec 2017. Hence, the entire tuition fees won't be claimed nor would the summer internship (that's 2018 claim).

Duration: 5-10 mins
Deadline: If you owe taxes - 30 April (Everyone else: May)

Note:
1. You do not need to send via mail. If you are a resident of Canada for tax purposes (which we all are) or have a SIN number beginning with 9 - it can be done electronically.
2. You should save a PDF copy and print it for your files just in case.

This guide was discussed among the Section 5 group. If you have any suggestions or corrections, please let us know.

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