After a long frigid winter, spring has finally arrived in Boston!
This past week, new green foliage and vibrant flowers have totally changed the feel of campus. May is probably one of the most pleasant months in Boston, along with the colorful Octobers we enjoy.
If you ask HBS students “what do you dislike most about Boston?” most would answer “winter.” I had heard about Boston’s notorious winter before coming to HBS, but hadn’t expected how interminable it could be. The cold and gloom forced us to stay inside, and we had nothing to do but study. Now, we are celebrating the return of spring with a vengeance!
So, what are we doing academically at present? Two things are going on. One, we are already looking at the next academic year. At HBS, while the first year consists of all required curriculum (RC), the second year is quite flexible, and all classes are elective curriculum (EC). One hundred and fifty-two classes will be offered, and we are required to select our preferred courses and submit a prioritized list by next week. It’s actually difficult to pick a desirable combination of classes from the myriad of offerings. I will be touching on this in detail later.
Also, final exams have started. During the next two weeks, we have five case based exams. Since the final exam accounts for 50% of our grade, it’s worth spending half of our effort on exam prep. Very intensive period.
I’m always saying this but – time just flies. I cannot believe that our first year ends in two weeks.