Archive for February, 2008


So Q3 is pretty much over - there are only two more days of classes left. That’s exciting for many reasons. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’m mostly thrilled because after Thursday I will no longer have to get up at the crack of dawn to go to class. I’ve managed to get all the classes I wanted for Q4 without scheduling a single 8AM class! For some reason this makes me think of the Darden Daze video. You have to watch it!

Let me backtrack a little. A week ago we bid for our Q4 electives. We have two core required classes and room for three electives. The core classes will be Ethics and Leading Organizations. The list of available Q4 electives wasn’t huge but after consulting with some SY students I settled on three I think will be interesting and beneficial. We had 450 points to bid on classes we wanted. They also sent out the stats from last year’s bidding results. That was very useful in helping me determine how much I should bid on each elective. So thanks to my masterful allocation of points, I will be taking Marketing Intelligence, Data Analysis and Optimization (the 11:45 class, not 8:00AM!) and Strategic Communication (with same professor I have now for MC). Woohoo for sleeping in! I might even swing by the gym some mornings…

Another exciting announcement - I am holding the first meeting for the Luxury Goods & Retail club tomorrow! I have been thinking about starting this club since I got to Darden and it’s finally happening. The interest level from my classmates seems to be pretty high and I hope it will stay that way. Most of the top business schools have a club covering these industries and I’m really happy that Darden will be joining the ranks.

Almost lucky

Sometimes I feel so forgetful… I know that there were a few exciting things I wanted to write about during one of my long periods of not posting, but now I can only remember one. Sigh. At least it’s a good one - Darden bloggers are officially up. Check out all of the gang here. I remember during my application process searching for someone, anyone, blogging about Darden, but to no avail. Now there are a ton of us!

A more recent exciting thing, some of you may have heard about it, is “Darden’s Luckiest Student.” One lucky student may win up to $18,750 - a full semester tuition! The first round of the contest was held on Friday when during DA class a random student was chosen to be one of five finalists. My DA professor ran a random number generator 10 times to pick the winning student on the last spin. My number came up 9th… so close!

Ah yes, now I remember… Back in December, right before finals, a classmate and I entered the business concept competition. After submitting an executive summary of our idea, we were picked as one of five finalists and had to pitch our idea to a panel of judges all of whom were senior partners of angel investor networks. It was a great experience AND we got second place! If you like, you can read more here.

I really should get better at remembering what I want to write about. Maybe that can be a late addition to my New Year’s resolutions list…

Today we make them jump rope

I may have mentioned section traditions in a previous post. If so, you may recall that Section D really enjoyed banging on the desks and walls which of course left our classmates in neighboring rooms less than amused. We also had a special tradition for any visiting prospective students - everyone was required to tell an embarrassing story about themselves.

After a semester of getting to know the same 64 people, In Q3 we were reassigned to new sections. I suppose that’s a good thing since there were definitely people in my new section whom I did not know at all, or just barely. Anyway, I’m in section I now and we are still trying to figure out some welcoming gimmick for our visitors. So far stare contests dominated but today we tried jump rope. I’m not quite sure how I would feel about that if I were a prospective student since when I visited I just had to tell a memorable story about myself. But it is pretty fun for us to watch, definitely a bit of a wake-up jolt before class starts.

Another fun tradition section I has is a dance penalty on the last day of week for being late to class. Thankfully for me who had to scrape a ton of ice off my car this morning, you can opt-out with a payment of $5. Those prospectives lucky enough to visit on the last day of the week are encouraged to participate in the dancing. There is no paying their way out for them however.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Decision tree

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It’s easy to tell that Q3 is in full swing when I wake up in the morning and realize that I spent the entire night dreaming about optimal capital structures and dividend policies. Sounds fun, right? Anyway, after wonderful five weeks off, I’m back to the grind. And what classes are giving me such wonderful things to dream about, you might wonder… Oh my, so nice of you to ask!

  • Financial Management and Policies - this is the second half of the course. I actually find this half more interesting than what we were studying in Q2.
  • Global Economies and Markets - also second half of the course. First half was closed economies, now we’re throwing in exchange rates and global trade. Fun.
  • Management Communication - not entirely sure yet what purpose this class serves. Honing public speaking skills maybe?
  • Decision Analysis - second half of the course we started in Q1. Decision trees galore.
  • Strategic Thinking and Action - seems slightly repetitive and cases tend to overlap with MC but my professor is good so I’ll hold off judgment.

Actually, it seems like all of our classes these days cover some common grounds. I think it’s the first time I’ve noticed that happening on such a large scale. It’s actually pretty interesting to learn about exchange rates in GEM and then see how financing decisions are affected by them in FMP. While STRAT seems to be largely qualitative, DA provides the mechanics behind making strategic decisions.

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