It’s been 2 weeks at the Tepper Base Camp.
The things imagined before have started to take shapes. In this post, I will discuss all about how the base camp experience has turned out to be so far.
Basecamp is a nice phase for all of the new students coming to the MBA class where they are introduced to every facet of their MBA life at CMU. Right from information about various business areas to career opportunities to tips on life in Pittsburgh, it’s extremely informative. Base camp has also proved to be a nice launchpad for all our friendships during the MBA program. People have started mingling, interacting, and connecting with each other. Groups are being formed based on individual preferences. As an international student from India, I had decided not to limit myself to an Indian group and mingle with as many students as possible. But it will take time. For the conversations to transcend “How are you?”, “Where you from?”, and “What did you use to do?”, there have to be common grounds of discussion but the cultural differences make it difficult to find those common grounds. But with time, it will be found! Pretty sure about that…
There are two weeks of Base Camp still left and then will come the mighty ‘Mini 1’. As the dean said in one of his speeches, “When Mini 1 starts, you will be overwhelmed with work. Within 1 week, you will be behind by 1 month.” As scary as that sounds, I really want to experience it. I had resolved to work hard and the time to test that resolve is inching nearer.
The atmosphere right now is electric. Every day there is a party, people are excited, the sweet smell of new friendship is in the air… The team is getting ready, the warriors are building a fraternity, we are almost ready to slay the monster – ‘Mini 1’! 🙂