The final term has begun

It’s been a while, so please allow me to wish you a belated Happy New Year!

It’s been more than a month since my last post and I would love to tell you that it’s not because I was too busy to write, but truthfully I was just too lazy. During winter break, I ate a lot, slept well, played hard, and spent the laziest days of the past two years. But break is now over and my final term started yesterday.

For EC students, the first week of each term is an “Add/Drop period” during which we can attend all the classes we are interested in, deciding which courses to take. As a result, this week was supposed to be spent enjoying the “window shopping” and visiting with friends we had not seen in a long while. Nice and leisurely.

However, as some of you may know, the Northeast region (along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor) has been pummeled by an historic blizzard, Juno, which may turn out to be the biggest storm of many years, and it totally slammed cities today. Snow totals may exceed 2 feet in Boston, and we have been cautioned not to go outside. In anticipation of the shutdown, throngs of people rushed to supermarkets yesterday, making it difficult to even buy a bottle of water.

HBS is not immune to the whims of the weather or its consequences. All lectures and events were cancelled today and I could see no one on campus. HBS is known as a tough school, even in the Harvard community, and rarely cancels lectures due to bad weather, even when other Harvard schools do so.

In my memory, this is the second time HBS has been closed due to an emergency during the past two years. The first was April 19th 2013, after the Boston Marathon bombing when the suspect traded gunfire with police in the center of the Cambridge area. At that time, I was staying at a hotel in downtown Boston, and even though it was daytime and the weather was fine, I could see no one on the street. It was like a ghost town – the strange scene is engraved in my mind’s eye.

The blizzard has been getting fiercer this morning and I can see nothing from the window because of the whiteout. I hope everything returns to business-as-usual before long.


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