In the spirit of that campaign, I'm writing more about my life at HBS. Here are a couple of basics:
All first year students (known as RCs), take 6 classes the first semester:
- TOM: Technology Operations Management: This is basically an operations class
- FRC: Financial Reporting and Control: This is an accounting class, but HBS likes to use fancy names
- LEAD: This is a class on leadership and is often cited by alums as one of the most important classes they took
- MKT: Marketing: This name is pretty straightforward
- FIN: Finance: We won't officially start our finance classes until next week
- FIELD: This is a three-part course that spans the entire first year. In Field 1, the focus is on interpersonal dynamics and teamwork. In FIELD 2, we'll all travel to developing countries to consult on a good or service for a company. Lastly, in FIELD 3, we'll work in small teams and get a couple thousand dollars from HBS to launch a start-up.
We're typically in class from around 8am-3pm, followed by activities, events, speakers, meetings with professors, and review sessions. Then, we spend a few hours each evening preparing for the following day's cases. Amidst all of that, we often have group dinners or go out for drinks. There are also multiple campus parties each week. All-in-all, we are often sleep-deprived, but the experience has been pretty freakin' amazing.