Well, its taken me longer than expected to post about my week in London. To be honest, I'm just now recovering from the whirlwind that is my life. The picture at left was taken on the Saturday of Admits Weekend. Beautiful, isn't it? The funny thing is that it was raining ten minutes later. Ahh, London.
Okay, let's begin. I arrived at Heathrow on Wednesday morning. I'm exhibiting all the symptoms of a serious case of senioritis at work, so I decided to fly in a day earlier than expected. During the first day, I walked around town with my friend, trying not to be jetlagged, and met up with my other friend for some Lebanese food. Wednesday night, I hit Nobu. If I haven't mentioned this before, I LOVE sushi--and Nobu is like Mecca for sushi lovers. Anyway, Thursday had more walking, followed by the Radiohead concert that night. Holy crap! It was the best concert I've ever seen. If I requested a song in my head, they sang it. Unbelievable. One word: Idiotheque! I was so revved up from the show that I literally did not sleep on Thursday night, which was awful because Friday night was to be the first time I meet my fellow 2008ers. I really should have napped, but who has time for sleep when you're in London??
And now, the part you've all been waiting for--Admits Weekend! So, my cabbie decides to let me off in the inner circle of Regents Park rather than the outer circle. Not an auspicious beginning. Luckily I got some nice photos on the walk (see above). I just make it to the school by 6:30 to meet up with everyone, and I see a ton of students partying in the courtyard. I assume (read: ass
out of u
) that these are all fellow admits waiting to go to dinner. Wrong. Evidently Sundowners is on Friday night this week and almost everyone there was a current student. I proceed to walk around introducing myself at a lightning quick pace like I'm running for office. Again, not an auspicious beginning. I feel like a freshman in high school again. Totally clueless and awkward. Finally though, a ray of light. I walk to the front of the building and meet the Divine one, Miss N
! As she mentioned in her post, I sort of bear-hugged her--could have been perceived as friendly, could've been perceived as psychotic and aggressive. Fortunately, I think she chose the former :)
The tube was incredibly hot on the ride over, and I was actually sweating by the time I got to Kettners
, in Soho. Yikes. Dinner was really cool though. The food wasn't great, but LBS was footing the bill and evidently about double the number of students showed up this year compared to last year. Thanks LBS! I love free meals.
During the three course meal, I spoke with a Turkish gentleman, a Mexican 2nd year, a couple of Brits and a Russian fellow among others. I met the lovely Angel Angie
, and Al
(very briefly--I sort of heard something he said and recognized him from his blog, and then proceeded to identify him from afar by yelling his name--sorry Al). As you'd expect, very diverse. I found a lot of very intelligent people having a lot of very intelligent conversations. I know, however, that people weren't yet letting loose, and that everyone was still feeling out the environment. That being said, a bunch of us went out to a pub next door after dinner. I thought I'd be responsible and leave around 12:30, but it was pouring rain by this point and I had to walk (without an umbrella--such a rookie move) about a half hour before I could find a cab.
Saturday was the big day of the week. We started with breakfast at 9am at the school. Here, we received a name tag and a goodie bag with a tee shirt, umbrella (a few hours too late), a London survival guide, and a few other helpful items. We heard Dean Tyson, Julia Tyler, and the president of the student association speak. It was at this point that it began to sink in: I was actually at business school (sort of). I was actually meeting my future classmates/friends/colleagues. Who would I end up being friends with? Who would I end up with in my study group? Who are the star students? Who are the slackers in the group? It suddenly became very real. It's quite a thing to finally get what you ask for.
We were split into two groups, blue and red. Miss N was our blue team leader and walked us to our first "class" with the Center for Career Development. I believe Angel Angie has a photo/description of this section. It was extremely informative. I have to admit though, I was a little "dry" from the night before. Next was a meeting in the main classroom to go over the proposed schedule changes and core classes for our year. Very cool. I can't wait to be a full-time student again. Next was a little time to meet some of the 100+ clubs that are on campus. I checked out the Rugby Club (I've been told, both by the members and other students, that the Rugby Club members secretly run the school--the word Mafia was used quite frequently), the Finance Club, the Private Equity Club (run by Rugby players), and the Energy Club. We met the clubs in the MBar, which I
understand is where Sundowners generally takes place. After speaking with a member of the Rugby squad for a minute, he performed a Jedi mind trick on me and I found myself drinking a beer at 11am and signing up for the team.
By this point, I was looking at my watch rather frequently. I had to head back to Boston on the 6pm flight, and I hadn't packed yet. So, I grabbed a quick bite while everyone sat down to eat lunch, said goodbyes to everyone I met, and made my way back to the apartment to pack and be on my way. I had an amazing week! I met some truly incredible people, and I can't wait to see what's coming next.
Next up: Cancun, Mexico for a week of fun in the sun!
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I was contacted by LBS because they are going to link my blog to the school MBA blog. Excellent.