By Dartmouth - Tuck October 10, 2011 Leave a Comment
It’s the start of Fall B tomorrow. I felt it is a wonderful moment to step back and remember all the wonderful things I have experienced at Tuck so far. Here are some of the highlights.
My first experience at Tuck was the Tuck Outdoor Trip. It was one of the most memorable weeks of my life. I came in with minimal expectation and knowledge of what I was in for. I got to know that we would be hiking an average of 8 miles a day for the next 4 days. That in itself was daunting as I had not done anything close to this before. But the breathtaking views along the way and wonderful company were a great motivation throughout the hikes. We cooked our own food and lived in various cabins that Dartmouth owns across the area. We played games at night, and had particularly crazy times when we played charades. The icing on the cake was the Mousilauke hike which had the best view of the trip. I was just stunned to know that the Mousilauke lodge was run by the Dartmouth undergraduates. Kudos to them!
Second – Classes started the next week and we were organized into groups of 5 or 6 people. I had experienced working in groups before but what stood out in this group was that the complications in terms of the differences in priorities, career goals and availability. Each of were from a completely different background (investment banker, industrial production, R&D, sales and marketing, banking). Each of us had a different career goal in mind (e.g P.E, consulting, marketing, investment banking). We all had different priorities (academics, career, family). We all had our own extra-curricular activities (hockey, clubs, etc). It was most challenging in terms of logistics to find a way for us all to meet regularly. But as time went by, all these complications became just something we needed to just deal with and I must say we are now an amazingly efficient group. I have learnt so much from each one my group mates and admired our curriculum which trains us in teaming by embedding teamwork into everything we do.
Thirdly, the quality of academics at Tuck is by far the best I have experienced so far. I clearly see the difference in how I think about various aspects of a business. The professors stress on the understanding of the concepts and the application of those concepts from a manager’s perspective. My favorite class was the managerial economics class. I found it stunning to see how markets work and why things cost what they do. Another really interesting experience was how I dealt with exams. We are so involved during class preparations, discussions, assignments & cases that exams are not really as preparation heavy as they were in the past. These concepts are stressed on so much that they become implicit in our thinking. That’s what I really love about studying at Tuck!

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