From the monthly archives:

April 2012

Yesterday I attended an MBA Gala – again. I enjoyed every minute of it: saw a bunch of my classmates, met quite a few new people, danced through the night, got updates on people I have not recently seen in school, met a lot of “significant others” of my classmates, and even hopped on one after party. Just like the Business Gives Back event earlier this year – it was a blast!

About two years ago I was at the first MBA Gala in my part-time MBA experience. It was interesting for me to re-read that post and to see how much my perception changed over the time. Last time, for whatever reason, I was not quite impressed with the event. It could be attributed to any or all of the factors as follows: did not know most of the people in the room, music was too loud to talk, the venue was not as appealing, feeling too old for this kind of events.

This time, in contrast, I knew probably at least one third of the people when I came in, and close to a half, by the time I left :-). I can attribute this change to my recent transformation after the study abroad trip to France. Quite a few of the students I knew from my once a week going out after class with different groups of classmates in the last six weeks after coming from France (as opposed to just seeing their faces in the class without knowing anything about the person). All in all, compared to ten people from first year PMBA I saw at the first Gala, this time I knew people from all three programs: PMBA, GMBA, AMBA, and from all years in the program. It really felt great to see so many familiar friendly faces in informal setting. For some reason I did not even feel like an old fart any more  :-).

Sadly, this is one of the last times I will have a chance to enjoy the informal side of the MBA experience at GWSB. I wish I had realized the value of out- of-class experience earlier in my pat-time MBA ;-(.

This coming week I have my last three classes to attend. There is still a Graduation Gala, and one more after class outing, two commencement events: one for the GWSB and one at the GW University level. But after that my student life is over – a bittersweet goodby.

I still have three or four papers to finalize and one take home exam in the remaining week. So, I’d better go back to my homework for now.

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A couple of months ago I was at the parents meeting at my daughter’s high school. The principal and the staff were sharing information about the graduation activities, deadlines, dues, and such. Among other things there was a mentioning of “senioritis” epidemy that affects most seniors at the high school, and how we as parents should help our kids to fight the “disease”, stay the course, and stick it out in the last few months of school.

When I heard this term – “senioritis” I just could not help but smirked (inside). I kind of remembered my last months both at high school and college, and going through all those symptoms of decreased motivation and effort, difficulty to concentrate, etc. But giving it a pseudo-scientific name seemed to me a little too much. I also thought that by giving it this medical-sounding name, it was, in a way, normalized and justified in the eyes of the affected, as if it were something out of their control, like inadvertently catching a cold or other contagious disease.

I also thought that I had developed resistance to it, much in the same way as you don’t contract chickenpox again, once you have had it once. Little did I know that there is no resistance build up for this condition.

On the first day of classes of my second Spring module, and final MBA module for me, I met one of my classmates sitting on the porch in front of the Business School entrance. He looked, and talked, and otherwise acted in a very relaxed, laid-back, nonchalant way. He informed me right away how many days are left to the end of the school – he is also graduating in May like myself.

This was when I saw the first signs of this particular MBA strain of senioritis disease creeping on the campus of GWSB. In the following couple of weeks I noticed that I have developed some of the symptoms as well. I still have three more weeks of classes to go and quite a few deliverables to complete. But the whole attitude has changed – I am no longer as much concerned about the difference between a ‘B’ and an ‘A’ in any of the classes, as I used to be. I will do my nominal work to get by, but would rather not put an extra effort. As I mentioned someplace before in the blog, they call it a B-School for a reason.

And now that senioritis is legitimized through getting this pseudo-medical name, I can blame it on the epidemy, – not my fault, just happened to contract it from another sick graduate ;-) By the way, lack of motivation to post on this blog is yet another symptom of the disease.

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