7 Tips to Surviving the First Quarter of B-School

7 Tips to Surviving the First Quarter of B-School

BY HELEN KOLPAKOV, SENIOR WRITER

The first quarter in Business School is exciting…. but it can also be very stressful. Use the 7 Tips below to navigate through your first few weeks at Anderson and make the most of your experience.

1) Learn How to Plan
Google Calendar will save your life this quarter. You may have an amazing memory but with club events, recruiting functions, coffee chats, social functions, group projects and whatever else you may be involved with, something is bound to slip through the cracks. Make sure to dedicate a few minutes in the beginning of the quarter to figure out the ins and outs of using a Google Calendar. Just do it.

2) Put Everything into Perspective
Always remember that you’re at one of the top schools in the country and among the brightest type-A personalities. So even if your accounting quiz score puts you in the bottom 25% of the class, remember you’re still in the top 5% of all MBA students in the world!

3) Take a Step Back to Reflect
It may be overwhelming to figure out within the first few weeks of school what internship you want to do over the summer, which in turn could lead to a full time position and the rest of your life. Some of your classmates know exactly what it is they want to do and are laser focused; others, however, are still going through the self-discovery process. Try to take a step back every now and then to evaluate whether you’re just following the crowd or if you’re actually doing what you want to do. And remember, although your summer internship is important, you’ll always have another opportunity to re-recruit for a full-time position your second year. Do not force yourself to decide on something early on and feel like you’re stuck.

4) This Too Shall Pass… Stress that is.
We all know the first quarter is stressful. Balancing academics, recruiting, leadership roles and a social life is not an easy task. At times it may seem like it’s too much to handle, but remember: this too shall pass!

5) It Is What You Want It to Be
Business school can be whatever you want it to be. Whether you’re looking to form lifelong relationships with your classmates, push yourself to new limits, get
a dream job, all of the above, or simply cruise to get your degree - your experience at Anderson will be defined by your own attitude and expectations.

6) Reach Out to Second Years
We’ve been there, we’ve done it and we want to help. Last year the 2nd years were instrumental to making our first year Anderson experience one to remember and we are eager give back. Whether that’s helping you out with a concept for a class, giving you our two cents on an industry or simply helping you navigate the social and professional scenes – any one of us would be more than willing to help.

7) Have Fun!
Always remember to have a good time. Being in your prime and getting elite education with some of the brightest minds in the country is an amazing opportunity, enjoy it! Also – when you’re happy your brain releases endorphins which help you think better and faster! (it’s a fact! I actually did a
COMM presentation on it). Not only will you be making the most of your time here but you’ll also be getting a competitive mental advantage.

Don’t forget to have fun!

Don’t forget to have fun!

 

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