I am currently sitting on an Icelandair aircraft on my way back to Boston after spending the weekend in Iceland. Just realized than more than half of my blog posts have been written on an aircraft. Somehow this seems to be the best chance to find spare time for such activities.
This means that when doing the MBA at Sloan you are busy. I‘ve already written about the intense experience of the first semester, but I am actually quite surprised how busy we are during the 2nd year as well. I am taking a fair amount of interesting classes (Business Law is the one I‘ve been the most positively surprised by), but that is not the whole reason for the busy schedule.
In addition I am TA‘ing (which means that I am the Teaching Assistant) a class, called Industrial Economics. That is taking up a fair bit of time split between attending class and paying attention to participation, grading homework exercises, running a simulation the whole class takes part in each week and doing a little research for the class material which we report back to the professor in weekly meetings. This is great experience and I enjoy the interaction with the students, the professor and the other TA very much.
Deciding on what to do once school is over also takes quite some time, but fortunately I‘ve got my decision now and will therefore not go through the intense recruiting cycle many of my class mates are taking part in right now. But I will surely be doing a case or two to help people prepare for consulting interviews.
Finally, I and two of my friends from my core team have decided to take on an independent study from now until the end of January for a large European airline. Our job will be focused on innovation for that airline in the medium to long term horizon. This project is turning out to be very interesting and we will have the assistance of a great innovation thinker, Pr. Azoulay.
So, I guess it is no wonder I have to get on an airplane to write a blog. That being said, the 2nd year is extremely enjoyable and thoughts about how little is really left of this 2 year MBA are starting to pop up at an increasing rate. So better make the most of it!