Sunday, September 21, 2008

Feminine hygiene

One of my classmates pointed out this link the other day. Its a link to the Urban Dictionary's entry for "douche bag". Apparently, the author of this entry seems to think that anyone that either teaches at or attends the Carlson School of Management is a douche bag. I'm guessing that it was written by someone that was rejected by Carlson and is taking his or her anger out in a juvenile manner. I got a little chuckle out of it and clicked the link to Carlson School of Management to find a response from who I can only guess is a member of the CSOM. Now, a normal, mature adult would read this little childish entry in the Urban Dictionary, chuckle at its stupidity (I have to admit, the comment, "Douche bags have been known to add small numbers with calculators and call it "business math," is kind of funny), and move on. To my horror, the student from the CSOM gave the most "douchey" response possible in saying the Carlson School of Management is:

"A school of high achieving students that are hated upon because of their future wealth.

I hate Jim, he is going to be making so much money because he goes to the Carlson School of Management."

Oh. My. God. This person is part of the reason why business school students, particularly MBA students, carry the stereotype of being pricks that value money over everything else. Although there may be a reason for this stereotype, it is certainly not true in all cases. I think around 20-25% of my class wants to get into either microfinance, non-profit, sustainability, or like myself, is pursuing the MBA to improve their global mobility. Even if one isn't going into one of the aforementioned fields doesn't necessarily make him or her a money grubbing douche bag.

Whatever the case, if you are an MBA student, please don't act like the student that posted the retort on People like that just ruin it for everyone.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


I would say things are in full swing now. In the past week, in addition to class, I've attended a career panel, 2 club kickoffs, 3 company information sessions and one company tour. Today I had my first midterm and I've got another on Tuesday followed by yet another on the 23rd. You can definitely say one thing: even if you take nothing else from an MBA, at least you will come out of it with enhanced time management skills. If you are not on top of your game, you will definitely fall behind. I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I won't be having a life this semester.

Oh well. What doesn't kill you...

Monday, September 8, 2008

MBA-a haiku

Value creation
Three generic strategies
Core competencies

There you go. If you are contemplating an MBA, I've just saved you $100,000. You're welcome.

...I think if I have to read the word "value" one more time, I might have to go on a killing spree...starting with Phillip Kotler.