2007: An MBA Student Looks Back
It's 2008 and I'd like to take this time to look back at 2007 for us first year MBA students at AIM.
- While not the official start of the MBA program, July was the month of the Pre-MBA program where I met most of my classmates.
- The Pre-MBA days were also known for its blistering pace in the classes.
- I remember I was seated next to Nina Laquindanum and Jen Valenzuela on the first day. We were all together on the same group discussion during the application.
- First Indian that I met: Archit Kulkarni
- For some reason, "Clear as mud" became Prof. Larry Tan's catch phrase.
- The MBA's official start.
- Probably the days of "making a good impression," in and out the classroom.
- Notable activity of the month: The team building exercise where we had our first set of CAN groups.
- More notable activity of the month: Our very first WAC!
- The "Young MBA Graduate" phenomenon starts
- I got sick and heard people calling me "the guy who collapsed," although I did not.
- "Exams" officially became a food group for us MBA students, along with meat and vegetables.
- Notable activity: AIM Cubs Night!
- Interesting topic: Integrity and Ethics.
- Oh yeah, World Trade Organization head Pascal Lamy lectured in AIM.
- A source of unintentional comedy for this month: our Management Communication speeches.
- By this time, we're now comfortable with cases and the case method that we can now go through a class by reading 50% of it... some times less.
- First appearance of Prof. Mau Bolante in a teaching capacity for our batch. Teacher humor will never be the same.
- Notable event: seeing an multiple question with 16 choices in an exam.
- I ran for AIM Student Association Vice-Chair... and lost.
- It was an interesting sight to see the dorm lobby still filled with MBA students in 5 o'clock in the morning finishing the Marketing Management presentation on Market Research and Product Positioning.
- By this time, everyone has felt being stretched to the hilt, and it was not uncommon to hear primal screams on the dorm corridors.
- My mandatory 3-month stay in the dorm ended and I, along with a few other people, moved out.
- Notable event: Diwali! Here's a video:
- I got sick again!
- Finally, everyone got feedback and wash grades on most subjects. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
- Buzz about recruitment, placement and internships start to get some traction.
- Classes and over-all pressure started to ease up. Thanks to the holiday season.
- Notable activity: The AIM Students' Christmas Party!
- Everybody felt discombobulated with the Financial Management 1 Finals of Mr. Richard Cruz. To recall, was taken for almost one whole day and had the works: objective parts and case analysis parts. It felt like we trapped in a different, dreaded realm that day, seriously.
- And of course, the 3-week Christmas break.
Do you have any notable additions to my list? Please do add a comment!