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A Day in the Life of an MBA Student

Orientation Week – The intellectual and cultural tone for the One-Year Program begins each August during Orientation Week. Our program is known for its strong sense of community and it all begins here! The weeklong activities include team-building sessions, discussions about core values and academic excellence, conversations with alumni, and a guest speaker keynote address.

The week ends with the daylong Leadership and Teamwork Challenge. By the end of the day, you will know everyone by name and you'll have made many friends to last a lifetime!

Then, on to the life of an MBA Student during the next nine months …

6:30 a.m. Alarm clock! Jump out of bed. Shower. Fill the travel mug with strong coffee and two heaping tablespoons of sugar. If I have time, I may go through the drive-thru at Dunkin' Donuts. Race to school to jockey for the closest parking space.

8 a.m. — Stop at the grad lounge, fumble for keys to the on-campus mailbox, and head to the grad computer lab to check e-mail. Tie up loose ends and chat with friends about last night's case due today. Run off to class.

9:00 a.m. Organizational Behavior class starts with a discussion on last night's reading. A role-play to illustrate the main points of the reading gives us a chance to get up out of our seats.

10:30 a.m. Run to the next building to Java City for more caffeine and a chocolate chip muffin before the next class.

11 a.m. Supply Chain Management runs through a lecture and discussion on the assigned Harvard Business School Case.

12:30 p.m. Pack my "mobile office" while the professor quickly wraps up over the rustle.

12:45 p.m. Grab a sandwich, pick up dry-cleaning for job interview, fly through bank drive-in, and pump five bucks into the tank. Drive back to school to meet with a professor.

1:30 p.m. Stop by professor's office to clarify an assignment and pick up Graduate Assistant work (enter research data, and make copies of article she needs for tomorrows class). Check Knightlink and make sure to drop an e-mail to parents or never hear the end of it.

2 p.m. Go to the Educational Resources Center (ERC or library) to complete assignments due tomorrow.

3:45 p.m. Make a phone call to our client for the consulting project. Need to confirm time and date of final presentation. Looking forward to wrapping up the project on exporting goods into Canada and presenting our recommendations.

4 p.m. Head over to the Fitness Center with a classmate to workout.

5 p.m. Leave for dinner. How's the wallet - McDonald's, Subway, or the Cheel Campus Center? No, looks like some soup and another sandwich at home. Hop in the shower; hop back out. Do the dishes piled in the sink. Go through the mail and clean up the desk.

6:15 p.m. Back to school for a team meeting on supply chain case due in a few days. Gather in the lounge to divide up the questions after a quick discussion … make plans to meet again.

8 p.m. Move to the computer lab for another meeting with Organizational Behavior group. Time to consolidate our ideas into writing our final project so we'll have enough time to make changes before turning it in next week.

9:45 p.m. Home again. Settle in with some microwave popcorn and write out my To-Do List for tomorrow. Also, finish up my readings for the Supply Chain Management module and prepare a list of questions. Plan on watching Letterman but fall asleep into an unmade bed.

11:30 p.m. Take out contacts, brush teeth, check alarm three times, and fall into an unmade bed.

PLEASE NOTE: In general, morning is class time; afternoons are for group meetings and Graduate Assistant (GA) work; evenings are consumed with more meetings and homework. Of course, everyone has a different schedule and an occasional interview can displace any of these on any given day. The MBA program is fast paced … time management is essential … but have no fear, teamwork will help to get everything accomplished on time. A one-year program is intensive and not for everyone. Some nights — mainly Friday and Saturday — you can find time to enjoy yourself. Weekends give you an opportunity to relax: visit friends, watch television, sleep, enjoy local pubs and restaurants, go to a hockey game, or play a game of basketball at the gym.