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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 
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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!

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FROM Bschooladmit20: Poor Little Rich Kid
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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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FROM Bschooladmit20: The Power of Vulnerability
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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
It’s only when you
admit your weaknes
-flaws-insecurities-
that you reveal yourself
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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
I am well-versed in this game
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FROM Bschooladmit20: Slow Burn
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i begged you to
slow
down.
i wasn’t ready to
hurt again
too recently burnt
-we flickered-
protecting myself
from the flame
i melted
a slow burn
into liquid
i sink
| quicksand |
pull me in
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i begged you to
slow
down.
i wasn’t ready to
hurt again
too recently burnt
-we flickered-
protecting myself
from the flame
i melted
a slow burn
into liquid
i sink
| quicksand |
pull me in
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FROM Sheiquiroga: Rotman Term 2 - Extracurriculars
There is no doubt that second term is more relaxed than Term 1. Consulting people will still  be busy in January. However, people pursuing design will find themselves a bit more relaxed in that month. That said, I still tried to find some ways to keep me busy and still managed to punish myself joining multiple case competitions that had overlapping schedules. 

Walmart Innovation Space
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During the winterbreak, I visited my friend in Calgary and just relaxed in their home. Nevertheless, it was not a complete relaxation because my case comp partner and I joined this Walmart Innovation Space case competition whose deadline was in the first week of January. That means that we had to work throughout the winterbreak. To be honest, it was really hard to find the will to start and get moving. But, fortunately, it was worth it in the end because my case comp partner and I won this competition. (I used my creativity and used Sims4 to present our idea.) Walmart was supposed to implement our idea, but there were some logistical issues that prevented the project from continuing. As prizes, they invited us to attend the Walmart Innovation Summit that discussed the future of shopping and exhibited innovative startup companies tackling new shopping solutions. 

General Mills
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I did not learn my lesson in that Walmart competition and I signed up for the General Mills case competition that occured last January 4th, right before the term started. I accepted this challenge mainly because it was a one-day case competition. I cannot provide further details, but the challenge was both fun and stressful. I was in the verge of giving up, but, in the end, my team and I won second place! 

Google X SAS Case Competition
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I found that this case competition was cool because they released the case stem through a live video of the person who works in Google. They then gave us a workshop on using SAS for statistics and expected us to solve the problem through the use of the software. We had participants from McGill as well and it was nice to have extended our network. We did not win this because we thought we already answered the question but we did not included regression in our presentation. They loved our presentation and our decks, but unfortunately, that was not enough. I still glad I joined this competition because my teammates were amazing in analyzing data and I learned how to look at data in a different perspective.

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HCC Section 5

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There were other tons of case competitions that happened, and the photos here just shows my co-section 5 people who won them! As you can see, our section is very proud of each other!

Rotman Design Challenge
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Rotman Design Challenge is the coolest case competition that you will see in Rotman. Every year we invite other MBA universities, especially the Ivy League ones! We get to network with them and see how they think and present their ideas. 

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The challenge is a month long, and Rotman students get good support in design thinking. There were three prep sessions conducted and BDC was very supportive in helping Rotman students improve their presentation decks. Last year, they invited a practitioner from Doblin to give her human-centered design insights.

In the actual event itself, there were multiple workshops that was held. One of them was the Lego Series Play workshop that a lot of people enjoyed. It was a good bonding experience amongst the students from different schools.

That said, I will be one of the Rotman Design Challenge Directors for this year and we are trying our best to make this competition even bigger and better. Please do not miss this opportunity to sign up! https://www.rotmanbdc.com/rotman-design-challenge/

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Amazon Tour
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One of the coolest things I participated in Rotman is this Amazon Tour. Yes! We were able to visit their distribution warehouse and got a great perspective on why Amazon can deliver goods so fast and efficiently. We also saw those robots that they use for sorting and delivering items!

KPMG Lean Six Sigma Training
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I like operations management as a course, but I felt like I learned way a lot more in this four-day workshop (once a week for four weeks) that was held by KPMG. We paid around $400-$500, which was a pretty good deal because you have to pay around $1500 for this kind of certificate and workshop. I enjoyed this so much because it was one of the directors of KPMG who taught us and conducted the workshop. We also interacted with other KPMG employees who were training for this as well. 

We were divided into three teams and our process was the slowest among the other teams because we could not figure out why they kept on rejecting our output. Our team learned the most from this activity because we learned how important the voice of the customer is. We ended up winning first place in the process after figuring out what our mistake was. 

To get the certificate, we are required to apply our learnings to an organization or company. I will be doing a project with Fresh City Farms, which is a company that is similar to Instacart but focuses on organic food. I'm really excited with this project, and, hopefully, I could help improve their process. 

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2-hour Job Search
Rotman conducted this workshop twice. It was a good break from all our activities and that was the time that I finally got to bond with my closest friends in Rotman. This workshop made me feel guilty in not doing a good LAMP list for networking and it actually helped push me to do more coffeechats.

Mentorship Meetings

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My mentor, Ivan, hosted a lunch meeting with all his mentees. He invited industry people from technological backgrounds and they offered us several advice in our internship pursuit. 

Club Turnovers
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After all these roller coaster rides, it was now time to be the one controlling the ride! How do you become a club executive? Each club has its own way of doing it, but majority will be coming from the votes of your clubmates. Some will require applications and forming of teams with presentations. However, campaigning is strictly not allowed and you have to report anyone who will violate this. 

Feeling overwhelmed? Don't be. The former club executives will conduct a turnover to guide the new executives! Do not join too much as I did! It is really stressful to be joining multiple meetings every night during internship. One or two will be ideal!

Love,

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FROM Sheiquiroga: Rotman Term 3 - Farewell to Section 5
Social life in term three is one of the saddest ones because that is the moment that we realized that time flew so fast. Time was ticking until the sections we dearly love was going to be disbanded soon. Whether you loved your section or not, I'm pretty sure that you will still miss seeing familiar faces everyday. Different sections made their best efforts to have the best section experience by conducting social events, parties, and even videos.

I can't say much for the other sections, so I will dedicate this article once again to section 5. 

Section 5's Farewell Video

Even though I was really busy during the midterms in Term 3, I started chasing the professors we had to give some message to our section. I was really glad that my section loved the video I created for them. See the video here:

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FROM Bschooladmit20: What’s It Like Being Back?
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Everywhere I go, people sympathize with me when I tell them I’ve moved back to India after living abroad for ten years: whether it’s at a store, party or work.
Across the board, people lean in, curious: “what’s it like being back? How are you adjusting? Poor you, it must be so hard”. Or they laugh: “are you crazy? Why would you choose to be here?”
I can’t say this often enough: it’s great being back. As anyone that knows me will tell you: I was strongly reluctant to move back initially. I was worried about the quality of life, work culture, being a working woman in a regressive society. But I’ve been positively surprised. Things have changed dramatically in Mumbai over the past ten years.
Yes, the traffic in Mumbai is terrible: but it’s terrible in LA, London, NYC, and every other major cosmopolitan city. Yes, the work culture differs: people can be less proactive and need more hands-on management. You have to repeat yourself more often, and make granular decisions: but they’re also more hungry to learn, earn, do: and they work harder. Yes, the lack of personal space is frustrating: but it’s beautiful that so many people truly care about you.
I do struggle more here: I work harder. I worry about the air I breathe, and the commute is exhausting. The pay is worse. But I’m also leading the web series division of a fast growing media startup in India. I’m not sure I would have been able to do the same work, at the same pace and scale anywhere else. I get to tell untold stories, to a quickly growing local and foreign audience, that’s hungry for higher quality, relatable content. Global platforms and audiences are increasingly keen to hear what we have to say. There’s a new crop of creative talent clamoring to build a more transparent, meritocratic culture. When did we have such access to the world stage before?
What about the ‘backwardness’ of society? Or how women are treated? Admittedly, my perspective is highly urban, privileged and skewed: but personally, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how women are treated both at work and home: I’ve honestly faced much more subtle and covert sexism abroad. Of course, there are serious problems here. But it’s more in your face, more blatant: and therefore in some ways both more frustrating, but easier to pinpoint and tackle.
Every place has its drawbacks: I’ve lived in London, Palo Alto, Boston, Athens and San Francisco over the past ten years. The air is cleaner, but people are more lonely. It’s harder to connect and be truly known. There are advantages to living in a community-based culture, versus an individualistic one: I can see this as I grow older.
Let’s highlight what we’ve built and the progress we’ve made. The constant comparisons and references to American culture: on the radio and on TV, in the way our companies are built and run, at our dinner tables and in our personal lives is almost sad. The colonial hangover is strong: people assume you must somehow know more or be ‘better’ because you’ve lived abroad.
I’ve spent a significant part of the past five years increasingly frustrated at borders shutting and increasingly regressive immigration policies. I was in London when the Brexit vote when through and in California when Trump was President: but I do think this is a seriously positive opportunity for India. We can encourage our brightest minds and talent to move back, versus feel sorry for the people that do.
Our generation has the chance to raise the standard of work, to set a new standard for how we want to live, be treated and treat others. We also get to shape how the world sees us: through the way we perceive and present ourselves. Our words and mindsets matter.
I choose to be here. And I’m excited for what’s to come.
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FROM Bschooladmit20: After Ten Years Abroad, What’s It Like to Live in India Again?
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Everywhere I go, people sympathize with me when I tell them I’ve moved back to India after living abroad for ten years: whether it’s at a store, party or work.
Across the board, people lean in, curious: “what’s it like being back? How are you adjusting? Poor you, it must be so hard”. Or they laugh: “are you crazy? Why would you choose to be here?”
I can’t say this often enough: it’s great being back. As anyone that knows me will tell you: I was strongly reluctant to move back initially. I was worried about the quality of life, work culture, being a working woman in a regressive society. And yet, I’ve been so positively surprised. Things have changed dramatically in Mumbai over the past ten years.
Yes, the traffic in Mumbai is terrible: but it’s terrible in LA, London, NYC, and every other major cosmopolitan city. Yes, the work culture differs: people can be less proactive and need more hands-on management. You have to repeat yourself more often, and make granular decisions: but they’re also more hungry to learn, earn, do: and they work harder. Yes, the lack of personal space is frustrating: but it’s beautiful that so many people truly care about you.
I do struggle more here: I work harder. I worry about the air I breathe, and the commute is exhausting. The pay is much worse. But I’m also leading the web series division of a fast growing media startup in India. I’m not sure I would have been able to do the same work, at the same pace and scale anywhere else. I get to tell untold stories, to a quickly growing local and foreign audience, that’s hungry for higher quality, relatable content. Global platforms and audiences are increasingly keen to hear what we have to say. There’s a new crop of creative talent clamoring to build a more transparent, meritocratic culture. When did we have such access to the world stage before?
What about the ‘backwardness’ of society? Of how women are treated? Admittedly, my perspective is highly urban, privileged and skewed: but personally, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how women are treated both at work and home: I’ve honestly faced much more subtle and covert sexism abroad. Of course, there are serious problems here. But it’s more in your face, more blatant: and therefore in some ways both more frustrating, but easier to pinpoint and tackle.
Every place has its drawbacks: I’ve lived in London, Palo Alto, Boston, Athens and San Francisco over the past ten years. The air is cleaner, but people are more lonely. It’s harder to connect and be truly known. There are advantages to living in a community-based culture, versus an individualistic one: I can see this as I grow older.
Let’s highlight what we’ve built and the progress we’ve made. The constant comparisons and references to American culture: on the radio and on TV, in the way companies are built and run, at our dinner tables and in our personal lives is almost sad. The colonial hangover is strong: people assume you must somehow know more or be ‘better’ because you’ve lived abroad.
I’ve spent a significant part of the past five years increasingly frustrated at borders shutting and increasingly regressive immigration policies. I was in London when the Brexit vote when through and in California when Trump was President: but I do think this is a seriously positive opportunity for India. Let’s encourage our brightest minds and talent to move back, versus feel sorry for the people that do.
Our generation has the chance to raise the standard of work, to set a new standard for how we want to live, be treated and treat others. We also get to shape how the world sees us: through the way we perceive and present ourselves. Our words and mindsets matter.
I choose to be here. And I’m excited for what’s to come.
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Making a show is an exhilarating, gut-wrenching, anxiety-inducing, chaotic, energizing and ultimately fun process. On any given day, you’re making tens- if not hundreds- of big picture and granular decisions from a creative, business and people perspective. Your role is to align, motivate, problem solve for and manage a hundred people with very different backgrounds and skill-sets, who’ve all come together for a short period of time to tell a great story. There will always be conflict and ego clashes, but the joy of watching all the myriad parts- script, acting, direction, editing, art, cinematography and music- all come together and fall into piece makes the journey more than worth it.
My team* is aiming to build India’s premium long-form storytelling platform. We take pride in telling relatable, high-quality stories + building an open, meritocratic culture + treating our creators with respect. We currently have four writers rooms running, three shows going on the floor, a show in edit, and an extensive pipeline for 2019. We’re constantly learning: and we make mistakes all the time, but we try and actively learn + improve each time.
These are my lessons so far:
Choose carefullyDecide what stories you want to tell. As the content ecosystem in India explodes, it’s increasingly important to choose the space you want to be in: and how you plan to differentiate yourself. We try and tell the most authentic stories possible, by working with writers that have lived with their material. They’re deeply familiar with the stories because they have experienced it in some form themselves. We believe that bringing an honest voice and understanding of the world and characters being created can be game-changing. We deeply respect our creators, and are always open to all voices and perspectives.
Value your writersWe’re obsessed with putting the story first. If you don’t have a great script, it doesn’t matter how talented the rest of your crew is: you’re not going to be able to tell a great story. Invest in getting the characters, structure and tone right.
We run writer’s rooms to make the process collaborative and structured. We’ve found ensuring that our writers are writing consistently and brainstorming together raises the quality of the ideas and script. As with any team: we choose the composition of our writers room carefully. We run a highly selective process to ensure we end up 3–4 writers that can bring diverse perspectives to each room. We provide feedback at every stage of scripting : but particularly focus on the arc and beats: where the story gets shaped: and then the punch-ups, where the team is involved.
Plan obsessivelyPre-production is the least sexy part of the process: but is absolutely crucial. Try and pull together a team that’s worked together before: on set chemistry and working dynamics matter. If the entire crew is new, it’s going to take some time before they can build trust and get used to a certain pace and style. Every set is different: pulling together teams of 60–100 that haven’t worked together before is tough.
We’ve found working with multiple directors often helps: this allows people to articulate and align on a vision in advance. As in the writer’s room, the advance brainstorming and collaboration leads to a better product.
The facesCasting is obviously fundamental. A great actor can truly bring a script to life: the wrong fit can destroy it. Make sure you’re clear on exactly what you’re looking for and why: there’s a lot of talent out there, and the choice can be overwhelming.
Once you’ve made the casting decision: treat your talent well. Allow them to live with the script for a while, and jam with the directors and each other as much in advance as possible. Invest the time in making sure your primary cast and directors gel: its key that they form personal relationships as well as workshop together before the shoot starts.
The shoot must go onThe environment on set matters. Let your director focus on the actors. Try and build a stellar team around the director so they can focus. Things will always go wrong: make sure you have a well-aligned team that’s ready to step in and put out the fires that will definitely arise. We usually have a couple of people on set from our team at different times, to make sure creative consistency and smooth execution are maintained.
Tighten it upHaving a great script, talent and director is great: but the pace and structure of the story can make or break it. Once you have the right raw material in place: be both ruthless and creative on the edit.
We give extensive feedback on every cut: good pacing and highlighting key moments can change an episode completely. The music also really matters: a soundtrack can transform a scene. It’s sometimes hard to recognize our third cuts versus our first ones of the same episode.
Fans firstI always tell my team: there’s no point in making a great show if no one sees it. Plan your online and offline activities carefully: drum up audience interest through trailers, promos and behind the scene shoots. Make sure your show is placed on the right platform or channel. Know what your brand stands for, and what your audience wants.
In the end, your show is only as good as what your audience thinks. We take engaging and listening to our audiences seriously: we want to create characters and stories that our community relates to and wants to engage with. We’re always looking for feedback, and the next great idea: reach out to us!
Your approachAs a producer, given the constant- and sometimes crazy- demands on your time and energy, your mindset matters. Plan ahead, stay proactive and anticipate problems, invest in ensuring your team is constantly aligned and engage: make sure you always have a plan B.
Flexibility is key: you will always run the risk of going over budget: find a way to make savings or reduce shoot time elsewhere on the fly. Your actors will fall sick, they might not get along, sometime they won’t show up: always maintain the relationship while solving the problem at hand. Your equipment might get damaged, or lost: have a backup. The accommodation or location might fall through: the art might not work. It happens. Find a way to meet your timelines anyway, while maintaining positive energy on set. In the end, what matters is that you manage yourself, so that you can lead the way for others. Raise the bar at each step.
In the end, the production is just the backstory. Your audience will only see what you show them: make sure it’s great.
  • Natasha Malpani Oswal is the Head of Dice Media, a fast-growing long-form storytelling platform, from the Pocket Aces family. She loves storytelling and building startups, and was previously an Investment Director at a $1 billion impact investing firm. She also holds an MBA from Stanford. Her first book of poetry, Boundless, is out next month.
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You’ve waited to be here
As golden in person
as they seem
on the outside
-looking in-
So untouchable — 
an almost inhuman glow
But they grow dimmer
as the night wears on
You try to hold on.
to touch.
-the glitter rubs off-
it was always
just glue
An emptiness in the room — 
tired panic
behind the posturing
When you take it off
do you still
keep shining?
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FROM Sheiquiroga: A Day (Or Days!) in a Life of a Second-Year Rotman Student
This article will be unfair. Everyday in my student life in Rotman is completely different. However, one thing is the same across everyday: I’m always busy. Let me get one sample of my busiest days. I must warn you that I’m one of the extreme students who like to do almost everything possible. People kept on asking me why do I do this and “kill” myself. Well, first of all, I’m from the Philippines, which means that my C$120,000 tuition fee costed a ton for me due to exchange rate. Second of all, my personal tagline on FB is “Striving for Excellence”. I always remember a brother from my church who said that diamonds are crystals made of pure carbon that did well under extreme pressure. My background is nothing fancy, meaning I’m just a carbon hoping to become a diamond one day. 

Note: Second year is all up to you to mold. You can choose to make this as the chillest part of your life or you can choose to overload yourself like what I did.

Leadership Development Lab
This is the best program so far in my MBA. I always leave this class de-stress, having a new perspective in life. The class allows you to explore your inner self and motivations while grooming you to become a leader or top manager. Nevertheless, this program only selects 50 students from all the students who apply. The course starts at 11:30AM-1:00PM, and gives some written or practical homework, which are not graded. You have to be very responsible and accountable in this Lab.

Courses
A normal student is required to take four courses per term. However, there is an option to take an extra course for free every term. Extra course means that you still have to do all the course requirements and get a grade that will be reflected on your transcript, but the grade would not be included in the calculation of your GPA. I made Creative Destruction Lab as my extra course since it is worth 2 electives. I will discuss my previous term's courses here. 
  • Creative Destruction Lab
I have to meet my founder from time to time and visit him in his office to talk about strategy. There will be times that I have to do a pitch deck to get him investors and also build a website for him.  
[*]Capstone Course[/list]This course asked for four hours every Friday for around a month. We were tasked to craft a strategy for Cineplex by using their data and conducting our own market research. Then, we had to present our deck to the manager of Cineplex after a month. 
[*]Service Operations Management[/list]We were tasked to pick 4 case studies out of around 8. This was a very quant-heavy course, but this was my favorite lecture course in Rotman as I got a lot of insights in terms of operations. Joe Milner was awesome!
[*]International Strategy[/list]This course asked for journals and final papers. I would constantly read the textbook and update my journals from time to time. The professor asked for creativity in all our submission, so I had to utilize both my creativity and Photoshop skills. 
[*]Real Estate Economics[/list]This course demanded us to think further ahead of our time as our group tried to tackle the potential impact on the house prices in Toronto and Montreal once the Hyperloop starts functioning. The course and the textbook were heavy on graphs, but I learned more useful things here than the Real Estate Investment course I took the term before. I scheduled meetings every other week with my teammates for the course deliverables.
[*]Strategic Change and Implementation[/list]I took this course as an intensive course during the weekends. I read the readings way before the previous term started, which really helped because there were a lot! Class participation was also the key here, so make sure you jot down notes while reading the cases. The class also asked for journals and final paper. The secret here is to give yourself 15 minutes to write your journal after every class. I found it a lot more efficient and I remembered everything well. 

Clubs
Business Design Club
I’m one of the Rotman Design Challenge Directors this 2019. This event is the biggest design case competition, more info here: https://www.rotmanbdc.com/rotman-design-challenge/. This event took so much of my time and I felt that it was like a part-time job for me. There were countless meetings conducted, and I had to coordinate with multiple people to ensure everything works well. I would also have to design majority of the marketing materials and ensure that everything is very organized. 

Women in Management Association
As the VP for Careers and Partnership, I conceptualized the Creative Women event. During last term, I had to constantly meet up with different club representatives to collaborate with them and ensure there is progress every week for the event. I also had meetings for WIMA twice a month.

Rotman Graduate Business Council
As the Communications Manager of GBC, I had to deliver newsletters every Sunday. I also had to update the social media almost everyday to post IG Stories. I also posted memes at the Rotman GBC page to make the first year students happy and know that they are not alone in their agony.

Lean Six Sigma Certificate
While doing all of these courses, I also had to work on my Lean Six Sigma project to get a certificate since I had to finish it by December 2018. I took this training from KPMG, in which a KPMG Partner was the one who directly taught us. It was one of the best trainings I had. 
For the project, I had to call the General Manager of Fresh City Farms from time to time to schedule meetings and also visit the warehouse. We talked to a lot of employees to know their perspectives and started a culture of collecting data. We then provided some recommendations that were implemented with the help and support of the GM. 

Career
I did not have that much time to focus on my career-related tasks last term. However, I conducted coffee chats in the first month, in which I had to travel all the way to North York or Mississauga. Once in a while I will apply to some jobs and revise cover letters for each. There will be weeks that I will be stressed due to preparation for interviews.

Survival Lifestyle
I only have time to cook during Fridays. Due to the convenient location and the fact that Exchange Cafe is monopolizing food services in Rotman, I usually buy food from the Exchange, which, to be honest, serves the worst food ever (based on my experience in life). To compensate for the lack of proper nutrients, I try to make myself not too fat by going for a swim for two days in a week at around 8 in the morning at the Athletic Centre. I usually end my day by watching an anime and talking to my partner on the phone every night. 

Although this article tries to show how my whole term looks like, I would make sure that I get progress to each of this project every week. At first, you will think that you have a lot of time since you only have 4-5 classes on your term, but do not be deceived! All of those extra time will be occupied with endless meetings, readings and home works. This required a lot of focus and discipline in my part. 

This is a snapshot of my MBA life, but if you want to know more, please visit my MBA blog for my experience and tips in getting into MBA: https://wondersuite.blogspot.com

Hope you like this article,
Sheila Quiroga
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P.S. I’m still looking for a full-time job. If you want to give back to me by any means for my blogs and articles, please message me or please refer me to your network! I’m highly innovative and I work very hard! ;)

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FROM The Oxford Comma: Moved to Medium
This is really really late, but better late than never. About a years ago I decided to move my blog over to Medium. I started reading a lot of great content on Medium and it had some features that I liked (saving highlights, content discovery, claps etc). Overall, it also felt like a much more modern blogging compared to WordPress. Hence I moved my content over and have been blogging there ever since.

You can find me on Medium at – https://medium.com/the-oxford-comma

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I wait
impatiently
cocooned
how long will
this transformation
take?
promised beauty +
wings + grace
the breakthrough
hurts
no one told me
the hard part wasn’t done
suddenly free +
so delicate
this is what I always
wanted
but the allure
comes at a price
-bloom is fragile-
it only lasts
a few days
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Rishabh from GyanOne MBA admission consultants, India had a one to one interview with me where I shared my experience at IMD till now.
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Finally at the end of one of the best years of my life. I would rather say it has just paved the way to a completely new beginning.
The best part about IMD is how close knit the peers are. Rather than saying the traditional goodbyes we all said “See you soon” as we all are waiting for our first year reunions. It was an emotional farewell to all the peers, staff, IMD campus (where we spent most of our time) and Lausanne (one of the best places to live).
As we were trained in a “Real world, Real learning” environment, we do understand that life moves on and there is always WhatsApp and FaceTime to ensure that distance doesn’t matter. :*)
In a months time, I’ll be moving back to Europe to work for the biggest e-commerce retailer in the world. Thanks to IMD. Overall, I don’t think I could’ve ever taken a better decision in my life than IMD. From the high seas to the e-commerce giant, no other B-school could’ve made this huge transition feel like smooth sailing than IMD.
Thank you very much for reading this blog!!! Good luck for the MBA and an amazing future!!!
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FROM Bschooladmit20: The Idiot’s Guide To Being a Bad Manager
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Have you been feeling burnt out or stressed lately? Do you hate your job? Forget those self-help books. Consider taking out your frustration on your team instead. It’s much easier- and surprisingly therapeutic- to make their lives a living hell.
Here’s how you can punish them for working for you:
1. Act like everything is urgent
Pretend that the company has no priorities. Expect them to do everything at once. Set unrealistic timelines. Get frustrated when they’re missed. Get even more hassled when they don’t spend time on the right priorities in the first place. Tell them that you have limited bandwidth, and it’s unreasonable for them to ask you questions or review their work at every stage, for every project. Why can’t they prioritize better?
2. Keep changing the team’s strategy and direction
Ideally, you shouldn’t set any direction at all. Don’t set team or individual goals. Better yet, don’t define their roles. Give them ad-hoc work through the year. Keep it coming, and ask them to continuously work harder and faster, with no breaks. When they burn out, question their ability to execute on the next important project.
If they ask about the company or team’s strategy, tell them that you’re going to keep trying to do everything. Then reluctantly, set some unreachable goals for the year. Mid-way through the year, change your team’s direction without warning. If you really want to toy with them, don’t tell them you’ve changed your mind until they’ve already done the work. Keep them guessing.
3. Keep your communication vague
Don’t articulate deliverables or show them what ‘good’ looks like. Get angry when they don’t understand what you mean, but don’t allow them to ask questions. Expect them to read your mind instead. When they update you, respond to the most insignificant point. Answer their questions with more questions. From time to time, simply ignore them. When they follow up, act confused or busy. On the other hand, set a high standard for communication from their end: demand precision, and pick on the slightest inconsistency. Ask them how they plan to succeed if they can’t communicate effectively.
4. Pretend you’re never wrong
Hold them to an impossible standard, and humiliate them in public for their mistakes: but don’t apologise when you get it wrong. Showing humility is a sign of weakness. Instead, blame them for your mistakes.
If they give you feedback, tell them they’re wrong. Question their loyalty, and tell them that everyone in the company questions their attitude. Tell them to complain less, and work harder.5. Take credit for their work
Offer to lead every single project, and then step away, when the real work kicks in. Tell them you’re busy, and they should step up and learn to lead. If they fail, let them take the fall. It’s not your job to protect them: they need to toughen up. If they do manage to execute, take credit for their work. Ensure you are the face of all successful projects externally. Don’t thank or acknowledge your team when interacting with other teams or external stakeholders. Instead, put them down in front of other employees. Act like you manage to do a phenomenal job while still having a weak team, because you’re just that good.
6. Micromanage their time
Don’t waste your time getting to know them. Their hopes, dreams and fears are meaningless. Instead of understanding, supporting and guiding them, micromanage their time. Don’t help set up any structure or processes or help with execution: just focus on the time your employees spend at work. Ensure they come in early, and leave late. Ask why them why they don’t work on weekends. Make them regret asking for leaves: work from homes are obviously out of the question. Face-time matters.
7. Don’t reward talent
Don’t reward great work: or even acknowledge it. They’re just doing their job, after all. If you’re really forced to, offer them a bonus or raise. Then change your mind at appraisal time, without acknowledging the shift in stance. When they ask you what happened, ask them why they don’t have more empathy for the organisation’s needs. Why are they so self-centred? Isn’t doing great work enough for them?
Remind them how lucky they are to work for you in the first place. Threaten to reduce or cut their role if they’re not more grateful. Insecure employees are easier to manage- and less likely to leave. You don’t want to nurture talent: you’re the star here, not them.Enjoy your reign of fear. Hopefully, you’ll end up scarring your employees to such an extent, that they’ll begin to believe this is normal. Good luck!
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