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FROM Bschooladmit20: Stanford: An Honest Take
Stanford: Beyond the BrandImage
I was embarrassed by the undergraduate institution I went to. I wanted to prove that I was better than the brand of my school: smarter, more able. I worked on side projects instead of going to class, and then enrolled at Oxford & then Cambridge. I did two Masters in two very different fields in the space of two years. But it wasn’t enough.
I was still obsessed by the idea of studying at a phenomenal US university; of having the freedom to choose what I studied. I chose to do an MBA at Stanford because I loved the flexibility of the curriculum. You could take classes in finance and economics, and also design thinking and machine learning, at the same time. I wanted to learn as much as I could in these two years; make up for lost time.
My first year was transformative: but not in the ways I had anticipated.
Having world class professors cover cutting- edge content in a classroom doesn’t change the way you learn.The brand of your school is absolutely meaningless. As in any institution, you only get out what you put in. You can take the most phenomenal classes and be left feeling uninspired, unless you make the time to really immerse yourself.The real magic of being here is being given the opportunity to both rediscover and create yourself. You’re quickly forced out of your comfort zone. The pace at which the community moves is overwhelming. It’s not just that anything is possible here: you quickly realise that your wildest ideas are already being translated into reality.
And then you learn the real secret: there are no secrets, rules or right answers. You haven’t missed out if you didn’t go to a great school, or don’t have a fancy brand on your resume. External validation only leaves you with a sense of emptiness. You already have and know everything you need. The only constraint is your own mindset.
Manage yourself. Use your time and energy well. Build.
Stanford: The Power of VulnerabilityImage
I’m okay. I’ll be fine. I’m always fine. I’ve grown so used to telling myself that I’m “creating” myself, that the past has no hold on me. I’m comfortable moving across countries, industries and roles. I’ve done it before. How hard can it be this time around?
But I’m shaken. I haven’t realized how comfortable I’d grown. I was sheltered; I’d built a home and family in London. The pace of life: the constant flood of energy, information, ideas at the GSB is overwhelming. I haven’t accounted for the transition to being a student again: I’m thrown by the volume of assignments and readings, the social scene, the career opportunities.
You will make your best friends in moments of vulnerability.I tell myself I’m tough. I’m extroverted. I thrive on change and challenge. I go out every night, I’m vocal in class, I travel every weekend: I’m visible. I try and get to know 300 people in ten weeks. But I’m spinning. I’ve lost my center. I get so swept up in the wave that is life at the GSB, that I forget who I am, what I like, how I want to spend my time. No one told me that I can be lonely while constantly surrounded by people.
The first time I ask for help is when I truly begin to rediscover my feet. I build my community by admitting my mistakes, my flaws, my worst fears. Anything goes here. There is no need to hold back. I begin to see how much everyone around is struggling: in ways I can’t begin to guess or comprehend. I begin to see that showing weakness is a sign of strength.
You will make your best friends in moments of vulnerability. The GSB is a surprising place. You’re not okay. No one is okay. You can’t control everything that happens. But you will make friends in unexpected places, in unexpected ways. The best relationships will be the ones you could never have predicted. Take your time.
What I Learned as an Stanford MBA Student: The First YearImage
The first year of the MBA program has been a whirlwind. I moved to a different country, changed roles, co-founded a company and met some unbelievably amazing people. But I also struggled with adjusting to being a student again, building a new home, career and circle of friends.
Looking back, I’m extremely grateful for both the opportunities and the challenges I faced. In the hopes of making the journey easier for those of you that will be enrolling in business school shortly, these are my key take-aways from the past nine months:
  • Keep an open mind: The most interesting people and opportunities are not always the most obvious or visible ones. Take the time to step away from the whirlwind of recruiting and social events, to truly reflect on what you want to get out of the many opportunities you will have. But also make the time to go to some events that you would never have otherwise chosen to. You never know which conversation will lead to you finding your next role. But even more importantly, be willing to willing to change your first impressions of people. Your peers are every bit as overwhelmed and uncertain as you at the start. Don’t be fooled by the act: no one has their **** together.
  • Learning to learn: You only get out what you put in. Being at a great school, and having access to a ridiculously great network will not help you, unless you’re willing to be confused, challenged and/or unstimulated first. Make the time to do the homework assignments and group projects well. Even if they seem meaningless or unnecessary at the time, they’re being assigned for a reason. The dots will connect over time.
  • The best things take time: The things worth learning, doing and having take time. You cannot rush the process. You will not learn to read financial statements, run a regression or make your best friend in the first week of school. Breathe and lean in to the process. It’s so easy to believe that everyone is smarter than you, is hanging out without you: that you’re the only one that’s lonely or disengaged or confused. Stay away from social media. Get away from your phone and just turn up to events. Alone. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to connect with people. And in any case, you can’t really plan to make friends. Your community will form in the most unexpected places.
  • Don’t let your calendar control you: Pick the top three things you want to get out of the year. You’re not going to be able to build that company, switch careers, transition to a new geography, be the most popular person on campus and meet your future partner at the same time. Decide how you want to spend your time, or the decision will be made for you: and you might not like where you end up. But don’t forget to always put your mental and physical health first.
  • Entrepreneurship is a buzzword: Building a company is not sexy. Don’t get taken in by the buzz & glamorisation. The work can be overwhelming, boring and repetitive. Building a team & engaging with customers is much harder than building a product. On the other hand, if there really is a problem you want to solve, don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done.
  • Soft skills are harder than hard skills: Developing self-awareness, building relationships and communicating clearly is a lot harder than learning basic programming or design thinking skills. Don’t underestimate the amount of hard work and pain this takes: and make the time to stretch yourself. You will never have this dedicated time and freedom to focus on personal development: or this much room to fail freely, without consequences.
  • Your community will shape you: In the end, you might end up building a $1 billion company, finding your dream job, or your future partner. And you might not. But you will be blown away by the people around you. You will discover that everyone has a story. The more you get to know the people around you, the more you see the distance they have traveled, the more in awe you will be of their courage, strength and perspective. And you will have conversations and experiences that change the way you see the world, and perhaps your self. Stay vulnerable and open. The more you express your weaknesses, the more you will connect with the people around you. Make the time to see yourself and the people around you in a new light.
Ride the wave: it’s only fun when it’s a little choppy.
Stanford: Startup AdventuresI worked on two very different startups, with two very different teams, during my MBA at Stanford.
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One team was focused on building a language learning platformfor first-generation immigrants, in order to help them build their confidence and speak English more frequently. We were based at Stanford’s d. school, focused deeply on need-finding using design thinking principles, and had two product designers and a computer science major on our team.
The other team’s goal was to build a non-invasive tool to help glaucoma patients measure their eye pressure, in order to proactively manage their condition, and prevent blindness. We were based at Stanford’s Engineering School, had two electrical engineers, a patent-holder and professor, and an economics major on the team.
I am grateful for the diversity of experience and learning, but am also struck by how transferable the lessons from these very different experiences are. These are my key takeaways:
Start somewhere: your product will never be ready
The starting point for both teams was different: on the first team, we had a blank sheet of paper, and began by defining user need. On the second team, we had a patented technology that we were trying to commercialise. Our level of fear, uncertainty and excitement differed based on our stage of development. However, surprisingly, this didn’t make as much difference as I thought it would to our day-to-day activities- except when it came to raising money.
You’re always going to have to continuously iterate and improve your product, no matter the stage you’re at.The challenge is ensuring you have enough time and resource to be able to fail fast, and developing a clear set of priorities of what you want to change and build over time, based on user feedback. Defining our minimum viable product was often one of the most challenging exercises we undertook at every stage.
Empathise with- but also delight- your customers
Both teams used design thinking processes to understand consumer need, prototype and iterate, given that we were building consumer-focused software in both cases, and were aiming to help our users create new habits, albeit in very different contexts.
We were often surprised at how wrong our initial assumptions about our target consumers were, when we did in-depth consumer interviews to gain insight into their pain-points.
You have to be able to develop empathy with your users, and put yourself in their shoes when you’re trying to develop an understanding of their needs, or get feedback on your product. However, you also have to retain the ability to deviate from what they tell you they want- and surprise them- in the hope of delighting them- because they don’t always know what they want or need until they see it.
Great processes are easier to replicate than great cultures
Both the groups I worked with very extremely high-functioning. The diversity of skill-sets and perspectives, based on education, professional experience and nationality, greatly enhanced our productivity. However, the same factors also sometimes made seemingly straightforward tasks, such as scheduling interviews and gathering customer feedback, more difficult. We worked through this by agreeing upon team norms and values (such as being transparent, asking for and giving regular feedback, asking for help when needed) upfront. The importance of regularly discussing, repeating and reinforcing these principles will stick with me.
I also learned the importance of ensuring that the team had a shared vocabulary, was unafraid to ask ‘basic’ questions, and challenge the direction we were heading in: most of our mistakes were a direct result of miscommunication or ego.
People management matters as much as product management
At the start, I was insecure about my inability to code, given the strong engineering talent on the second team- but I quickly realised how much value I could add, through ensuring the team was working on a shared vision, that our work-streams were being actively managed and coordinated, and that we stayed aligned as a team across important and/or difficult decisions. I was also the spokesperson for our team, while working with external stakeholders. Being a great verbal and written communicator is a highly underrated skill-set.
Being able to read, motivate and manage people matters as much, if not at times more, than the product you’re building.You have to be able to influence stakeholders at every stage: you’re constantly selling your idea to existing and new customers, investors, potential hires and your team.
Rockstar employees will align around a compelling mission
Both ventures had an ambitious mission- this also ended up being an importance force in attracting great people, and allowing us to stay aligned. If you begin by building a stellar team, who’s bought into the company’s mission, you can work together to execute on all the basic steps a startup needs to follow- such as choosing a target market, building and testing prototypes, and experimenting with business models. However, if you’re unable to motivate and align your team, it doesn’t matter how great your idea or product is.
Feedback is a gift: you’re a work in progress
If you can’t manage yourself, you can’t manage others. Being able to see yourself from a distance, continuously learn, hire for or delegate your weaknesses, and staying unemotional about your work matters.
Your product will always be a work in progress: so will you.We set up quarterly team feedback sessions for both teams: and I was always impressed at how much I learned about myself and others from these. These sessions also greatly helped build relationships within the team. They both helped clear the air when necessary, and build trust.
Ultimately, whether the companies that we built last or not, our relationships will.
What I Learned as a Second Year Stanford MBA StudentImage
Doing an MBA is like drinking from a firehose. You will have more opportunities- in terms of internships, jobs, classes, friendships and travel- come your way than you can imagine.
The two years are a gift. But learning what options to ignore, and what to chase, is an art.I’m incredibly grateful to have had the chance to study at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. I’ve learned more in the past 18 months, professionally and personally, than I thought was possible. These are my key takeaways on making the most of the MBA program.
Focus: pick a topic, sector, person, question
Build a brand- or rebrand- particularly if you’re looking to change geographies, functions or industries. Use that lens to choose your classes, internships and club leadership experience. Once you’re known as the ‘fill in the blank’ person, you’ll start getting opportunities passed your way, without you having to do any of the ground work. Don’t underestimate how amazingly thoughtful + well connected your classmates are.
Don’t forget the professors
Invest in your coursework: this is your chance to build a relationship with some stellar thought leaders. Take your professors out for coffee or lunch: if you can, do a research project or write a paper with them. This gives you the incredible ability to to call up or meet whoever you want, in order to answer a question of your choosing. Doing an independent study on the rapidly evolving digital media landscape in India with Stanford’s ex-Dean was one of my most professionally meaningful experiences at the GSB.
Get some real-life work experience on the side
It’s hard to truly absorb everything you’re learning, no matter how phenomenal the classes or speakers, until you try and apply it yourself. I wouldn’t have gotten half as much as I did from the program, if I hadn’t worked on startups and done a second internship. Not only does this allow you to develop practical skills: this is an entirely risk-free time. You can be as experimental as you want with your side projects. I worked on two wildly different startups, with two wildly different teams*, and loved having the chance to learn from both.
See yourself from a distance
You will be given the chance to reflect, ask yourself what you truly want to do with your life, and develop self-awareness, through your classes, workshops and classmates. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Ask your peers for feedback regularly: they can often see your strengths and weaknesses more clearly than you can.
I had the chance to deliver a TALK (a GSB institution, where every week, a classmate delivers a highly personal 30 minute reflection of the key events that have shaped them, to hundreds of other classmates). It was incredibly difficult to write and deliver, and painful at times, but the event will undoubtedly be one of the first things I will remember ten years down the line.This community will perhaps be the most supportive + collaborative one that you will ever experience.
Let yourself fall: you will be caught.Organise a trek, conference or trip
I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to organise a trip or conference, given all the administrative hassle associated with the process, until I Co-Chaired Stanford’s Future of Media Conference this year. The logistics were definitely as painful as I’d expected, but the upside, in terms of the lessons I learned around teamwork, branding, facilitation and operations was so much greater.
Travel, host dinners and go out
Make room for spontaneity, and to truly have fun. You don’t have to plan every day. Your classmates are the biggest gift of these two years. Try and get to know people that come from very different backgrounds. You will learn more from them, than any classroom. They will change the way you see the world, and yourself. You’ve no doubt already heard that you will make friends that will last lifetime. This is true. But don’t forget to take an interest, and be generous + kind to the people you don’t know too. Build the community you want to be a part of.
Don’t follow the herd
Ultimately, each one of your classmates will have a unique experience, based on the choices they make. You can’t escape FOMO, but stay true to yourself. Spend your time the way you want to. Invest in what you consider meaningful. No one has the answer, because there isn’t one.

**One team was focused on building alanguage learning platform for first-generation immigrants, in order to help them build their confidence and speak English more frequently. The other team’s goal was to build a non-invasive tool tohelp glaucoma patients measure their eye pressure, in order to proactively manage their condition, and prevent blindness.
What I Actually Learned from the Stanford MBAImage
Most people will tell you that the real value of business school is not derived from the classroom: it’s all about the people. I heard this over and over again through the application process. But I didn’t understand what it really meant.
When I was accepted into Stanford’s MBA program, I was grateful. I knew that my classmates would be phenomenal. I was eager to meet these 400 rockstars, and learn from them.
I had no idea what was in store for me.
They say business school is ‘transformational’. I was skeptical of this at first: but I have to admit, I am a different person at the end of an incredible two years. I’m more practical, and less idealistic. I’m more productive and adventurous. I’m more willing to try new things and fail.
Perhaps most importantly, I have a much deeper understanding of my self and my strengths and weaknesses. And I can see that my class- on average- as a whole is more well-rounded, able to read people and build relationships better.
I’m not sure if we’re better ‘leaders’ or ready to ‘change the world’, but we are definitely more equipped to manage ourselves and our own lives.What happened to us?
We changed.
The exposure to a mind-boggling variety of companies at different stages, industries and business models, through case studies, guest speakers, events, conferences, internships, my own classmates and independent studies definitely played a role. I have a sharpened appreciation for the importance of networks, communication skills and branding. But I also have to attribute this to the community we built.
The real magic of business school comes from being in an environment where an incredibly diverse group dedicates all of their time and energy- personally, professionally and socially- to building a community that will last a lifetime.We were forced to start from scratch, and build a new set of relationships, just as we’d grown comfortable in our old lives: with our careers, our partners, our friends, our cities. We moved from all over the world, and lived in dorm rooms with people we’d never met before, and adjusted to being students again.
We were given a blank sheet of paper in our mid to late twenties- a rare gift- and told that we could rethink the choices we’d made. Moreover, we were given the resources to do it- through world-class coaching, facilitated peer groups and classes. This forced some deep self-inspection and reflection: when you’re allowed to second guess yourself, you do. In my case, after spending five years doing impact investing in London, I will be working for a media startup in Mumbai after the MBA.
We also had to adjust to an exceedingly social environment. Every person seemed like they were living their best life, all the time, at the start. I was strongly reminded of the power of herd behaviour, exclusivity and status. And then of course, there was all the travel, dinners, parties. Pure, unadulterated fun, at a scale that I perhaps won’t ever get to repeat again, as often.
But over time I also deeply and truly got to know people from all over the world: what drives them, what’s shaped them. And we learned to both fit in and stand out: to choose who we wanted to be friends with, what groups we wanted to be associated with, what mattered to us, and how we wanted to be known and remembered.
And I think that this is the secret: the MBA gives you the chance to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, and the people around you. You’re given the opportunity to see and test multiple ways of living. You ask for and give help.
And when you figure out what’s right for you, you’re more able to manage yourself. You can’t manage other people if you can’t handle yourself.I know this is only the beginning of a long journey- both in terms of developing self-awareness and control- and getting to know my classmates. I’m so grateful to have spent two years dedicating myself to it.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018.
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FROM Bschooladmit20: Immigrant
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I don’t fit
into your neat little boxes
of class/status
You struggle
to place me in your well-rounded circles
For once, my hometown, school
family name do not resonate
Am I wild? Can I be tamed?
Silently, I enjoy your polite discomfort
I choose to remain anonymous
I won’t play but
I am well-versed in this game
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FROM Sheiquiroga: Term 1 - Extra-curricular Activities and Career
This article will go through the different activities we had while studying for our Term 1 courses. We had to attend various club activities, conduct coffee chats and attend multiple networking and party events! We also were able to visit the office spaces of different companies and join lots of case competitions. However, do not join case competitions if you cannot give your full 100% either because your team will be spending so much time and effort to win while you just spend 50% of your time, and that is just not fair.

A. Case Competitions
My classmate, Gabby, will always call me the case comp queen, not because I always win, but because I joined a lot! The primary reason is that I feel that I learn so much more joining case competition than being stuck in class because case comps allow me to have a space to unleash my creativity and also become better in time management at the same time. There were hundreds of case competitions that happened, but I'll only cover the ones that I joined and some of the interesting competitions that my friends joined.

a. REVCA: Startup Strategy Case Competition
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We formed a group of 5 students and solved an interesting strategic problem for a startup company. They initially gave a workshop and then a kick-off to prepare the participants about the challenge and the expectations for the presentations. This was my first case competition and it was a great warm-up for me. I learned how judges think and what they would like to see from the presentation.

b. Business Design Sprint
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This one was not exactly a case competition, but it was a series of workshops once a week for 4 weeks, in which Mark Leung taught us how to practice design thinking. We had to solve a problem about how to make the job search of Rotman students better. They gave us lots of post-it notes and colorful pens to do the process of design thinking. Finally, we had to present our ideas to an industry panel who were so generous of their time to hear from MBA students and to give their own advice at the same time.

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As a side note, some second-year students were trying to find volunteers for their project and they were also doing design thinking. It was a good experience to know what it feels like to be on the other side as the interviewee.

c. Kellogg Design Challenge
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My friends joined this competition that was hosted by Kellogg Innovation and Design Association at the Northwestern University. They developed a really cool idea for P&G!
Congratulations Team LOREM IPSUM!

d. Tableau + Toronto Police Case Competition by RBAC and ROMA
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 My friend mentioned that she really enjoyed this case competition because it allowed her to explore the Tableau software more, which allowed them to leverage data visualization and using dashboard to solve a problem in Toronto. This software is useful for financial reporting, for summarizing performance metrics, and for communicating data analysis to managers and VPs. My friends won this case competitions and they had the opportunity to present their solution at the police headquarters.

e.  Venture Capital Investment Competition
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I joined this competition because I was an entrepreneur in my past life and I wanted to learn more about how VCs think when they value companies. At first, I was so scared to join this because I had zero knowledge of the terms used by venture capitalists. However, I learned so much from my groupmates who were really good in doing financial modelling and valuations. We, as a team, learned that it was really important to build a connection and a rapport between the VC and the entrepreneur. Our team had to interview real start-up founders, defend our investment decision and negotiate a term sheet. Those who won this case competition got the opportunity to represent Rotman at the Canadian VCIC Finals in Halifax!

During my internship, I joined OBIO and it helps health science start-up companies become successful in their business. We launched several valuable workshops. I just want to share with you the two blogs that I help them write. If you are interested in entrepreneurship and venture capitalism, you might find them helpful: 

How VCs Value Health Science Companies?               Building Your  Early-Stage Strategy Toolbox

f. RMA's Kraft-Heinz Case Competition

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I have mixed feelings with this case competition because it was a bit too long, but it was also fun and challenging at the same time. We had to present marketing plan for Kraft-Heinz within 10 days. It was tiring because we had a lot of things going on during that week and it was just hard to squeeze those creative juice at the moment. However, my awesome team and I were able to pull it off. Everybody in the team were so creative and we eventually won 2nd place and Kraft's new campaign was definitely inspired by our idea and they got 3.9M views for this campaign. 

Check this link: https://www.facebook.com/KraftPeanutButter/videos/1571257452897599/

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My team and I spending the night until 2AM in Rotman. And also my team eating delicious GB Pulled Noodles as our teambuilding activity!

B. Mentors
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 I was so delighted to have been chosen by Mr. Ivan Yuen, the founder of Wattpad. He offered me several advices based on his experience as an entrepreneur. He also kept his line open whenever I need help for my career track or whenever I just needed a general advice. He then generously organized a lunch with all his mentees and even introduced us to the recruiters who offered views on what they look for when they search for interns. I am truly grateful to have this opportunity and I look forward to helping Mr. Ivan back in the future.

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Another helpful person who deserves a recognition is my BDC mentor, Caton Lai, who continuously supported me and has been available whenever I needed advice and guidance for the case competitions and projects that I had. He was the first person who enlightened me of what business design is, and he can think in another perspective that normal people would not immediately see. I'd like to formally thank him for sharing his time and knowledge to me!

C. Workshops

MCA Case Prep
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The Case Prep Sessions held by MCA are one of the most important workshops that you would need to attend whether you are targetting consulting, finance or any other function because they are a good preparatory work for your interview. Most of the interviews in Canada will have some cases prepared for you to solve. MCA prepared files and case book that you can access as its member.

Doblin Storytelling Workshop
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BDC and REVCA were able to invite practitioners from Doblin, a global design consultancy, to conduct a workshop on visual storytelling that will be useful for presentation decks, portfolios, etc. 

Marketing Workshop

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RMA was able to get Prof. Dilip Soman to conduct a workshop on acing a marketing interview. I think it was pretty good because he offered tips and tricks in how to conduct yourself and how to answer questions that would allow the interviewee to look better.

Panel, Data and Innovation
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RBAC and BTA conducted a panel discussion with guest speakers from Uber, Slalom, League and Scotiabank. They provided powerful insights about analytics on technology-driven companies. 

D. Headshot
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Rotman offered free headshot photos that was conducted by volunteers. I heard that some people were not really happy with their photos and had to ask Nick Fang to retake them. I like what I got and grateful for it. 

E. Coffee chat 
ImageAs most of you have heard, it is very important to widen your network in the business world especially in Canada. I heard from a finance-pursuing classmate of mine that they have to network with at least 70 people in the first years. Those who got several interviews networked with companies before the MBA program started. If you are not used to this culture, the upper years will always lend their time to help train you prepare for them, so network with upper years a lot too!

F. Career Centre
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I would compare career centre into a medicine that you do not like as a child, but you have to take it in anyways for your own good. Even if we did not have time with our courses, we still had to attend those mandatory career centre workshops. There are a lot of deliverables happening on the side as well. You will have to craft your cover letters, only to find that your coach will cut half of the things you diligently wrote.  My personal tip is that have someone with a good job review your cover letter. I got more interviews after someone helped me revised my cover letter after the one I had in the career centre. 

G. Scholarship
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Rotman hosted a breakfast to recognize the Dean's List for the second years and also to recognize those who got fellowships, entrance scholarship, and other awards! 

H. Offices
Design Trek to Steelcase
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After applying to secure a spot, I was one of the lucky people who got the chance to visit Steelcase's Worklife Centre, who works with leading organizations. They shared amazing and cool presentations on how they approach innovation through human-centered design.   

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Wattpad
Mr. Yuen's nice office! 
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Jackman Reinvents
This is one of my dream workplace, not only because of how creative this company is, but also because they have a dog inside their office!!!

I. Info Sessions

For visualization purposes, I posted the photos below that shows some of the info sessions I attended. As you can see there a LOT of info sessions and people expect you to join them not only to know the company, but also to network and to show interest to the companies. However, I would advice people to come prepared and be ready for some case works because companies are starting to incorporate doing group case problems and judging who stands out during the sessions. I heard that some people even got selected for interviews just because of these sessions. So come prepared!!

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J. Careers Over Beers
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As you can see, we've been through a lot in our first year. I feel so proud when we finally finished this term and felt like gods and goddesses of time management. We then had our first inter-class socials, in which our batch had the opportunity to network with the upper years and alumni and talked about careers. It just so happened that Section 5 also organized a party just a bar below the the bar where this was conducted. Thus, this party was extended further!

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Stay tuned for the next extra-curricular activities blog in Term 2!

Love,

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You can buy luxury, privacy
and your friends too
But the more you spend
the more you isolate
You don’t ever need to ask
for help- a hand with the luggage,
a place to crash, a ride
It’s all given to you
Can you ever relate?
You inhabit a different world
-sometimes lonely-
you know they watch you with envy
this is not a fantasy/its your reality
You begin to think maybe you deserve it?
they’ll tell you what you want to hear
always eager to please
You can have the world
but not the truth
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You are often so strong
but know this:
you don’t have to be
Self-reliance is a virtue
| make room for vulnerability |
Your truest/deepest friendships
will be built when you
ask for (not offer) help
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admit your weaknes
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FROM Sheiquiroga: Rotman Term 2 - Social
I did not participate in a lot of social events in Term 2 mainly because of the weather. We were also too stressed out finding an internship for the summer at this time. However, some interesting things still happened: 

a. Valentine's Day - Candygram and Songgram
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To celebrate heart's month, we had Rotman-wide activities, such as candygram and songgram. You can request a song for a small fee to be sung to someone during class. You can even dedicate a song to your professors. Singers included people from both first years and upper years!

b. 90s party
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This was one of the most fun parties we attended in Rotman. We are not getting any younger but why stress out with that when you can celebrate being 90s kids (most awesome generation :P). 

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c. Culture Eats

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There were several culture eats that happened, but I only joined the last one for South Asia. I regret being too busy and not joining the other ones because of conflict with my schedule. Be sure to enjoy tasty food of the world next year and learn more about various countries' culture.


d. Chinese New Year

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My section's social reps, Rex and Rosemary, decorated our classroom once again to celebrate Chinese New Year. Our classmates got the chance to eat tasty Chinese snacks and learned some stories about Chinese New Year through the video that was presented.

e. Karaoke

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I've been organizing karaoke sessions with my awesome singer batchmates. It was always good to sing out loud and release all your stress! We went to two different bars, but I would recommend the Bar + Karaoke since they have better room and technology though they are on the pricier side.

f. Rotman Ladies
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Women in Rotman will constantly organize some gatherings for our Rotman Ladies.

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g. Birthday Celebration

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It was my birthday last February 5th. I did not host a party, but I just wanted to thank all my friends in Rotman who greeted me and prepared cakes for me. I also went to Ontario Science Centre with my partner to celebrate my birthday. For some reason, I've been celebrating my birthday every year in science museum. Is this the inner nerd calling?

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I don’t fit
into your neat little boxes
of class/status
You struggle
to place me in your well-rounded circles
For once, my hometown, school
family name do not resonate
Am I wild? Can I be tamed?
Silently, I enjoy your polite discomfort
I choose to remain anonymous
I won’t play but
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slow
down.
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