After all the work involved in the admission process and the subsequent move to Boston the HBS MBA program finally starts tomorrow. Several welcome events are scheduled for the first two days and classes begin on day three. As I set out on a two year journey that will doubtlessly change my life, I have mixed feelings.
Since I left my previous job in February, I have spent the most lavish six months of my life. Initially the luxury of “have nothing to do” was spent relaxing but was quickly followed by spending time expanding my healthcare industry network, a field in which I shall be working (and hopefully leading) after graduation. I found the HBS network to be useful here as I was able to meet many interesting people with whom lasting relationships will be built.
Before I came to Boston, I traveled for two months and visited more than 10 countries. Definitely the highlight of first half of the year, it just may be the last long vacation before my retirement. I’d love to offer a travelogue but space requirements preclude this.
Last Friday, I received a big bag from HBS which contained 100 case studies to be used in the first term. In the face of this overwhelming volume of cases, I suddenly lost my confidence and worried about whether I can survive the coming first year at HBS. The cases seemed longer, and more complicated than those I went through in the pre-MBA program.
Can I read three of these a day? Is there a time to sleep? Such basic questions sprang to mind.
In spite of all this, the excitement is overshadowing the anxiety. I haven’t met the majority of my 900 classmates yet, but I can’t wait. What I’m looking forward to the most at HBS, is the encounter with many lifelong friends.
Last night, we had a Boston harbor cruising party which was one of the biggest student initiated social events with about 350 students and partners participating. Many of them told me that they had the same anxieties and expectations as I do. Yes, we are in the same boat. Literally.