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This blog has moved

Posted by Adcoms on 07 September 2010

After 4 years, we decided it was time to give our blog a makeover.  Please visit our new look blog, complete with a fresh group of London Business School student bloggers from our MBA, Masters in Finance and Masters in Management programmes at London Business School student views.

The new site retains all of the content found on this blog, along with a few new features that we hope you’ll enjoy. We look forward to welcoming you to the new site, and hope you continue to follow the London Business School student experience!

If you link to this blog, please adjust your links accordingly.

We have moved to http://blog.students.london.edu/

 

24 Hours of Exchange

Posted by Vipul on 05 January 2010

Disclaimer: I wrote this piece yesterday - but had trouble posting it. Here it is, untainted by my experiences of day 2.

It’s been 24 hours since I arrived at the Indian School of Business. The experience has been interesting so far – quite a contrast to London Business School. Here are some of the things that struck me.

All the support staff address me as “Sir”. This embarrasses as much as it lifts the ego. It’s like I’m a guest at a hotel. I went to boarding school in India and I have done project work with IBM in India – but never have I been called “Sir” except in hotels (and in airlines, but only when I travelled business class).

The infrastructure here is something to write home about. The campus is HUGE. I actually had to lug my suitcase for almost half a mile when the taxi driver dropped me off at the wrong “student village”. There is one excellent buffet-style all-you-can-eat for 90 Rupees (£1.20) restaurant, 2 round-the-clock cafes, and a department store on campus. I have heard wonder-filled stories about how nice the swimming pool and the gym are. In fact these stories have inspired me to set an alarm for 8 AM so I can go see the Gym. There is housing for all students (more than 600 I believe) on campus. I have a bedroom in a 4-bedroom apartment. It is air-conditioned and a maid comes every day to do the dishes. Getting my shirts ironed cost me Rs. 2.50 (yes, 2 rupees and 50 paise). I’m presently “connected” to a gigabit lan network, which unfortunately doesn’t work on my laptop any more. The bad thing is, I’m being forced to use Windows as my operating system. Overall the infrastructure appears way better than that of London Business School.

There were a few things that mildly annoyed me today, but I’m pretty sure I will adapt to those. In the lecture this morning, people would regularly interrupt others. In a networking session, people would literally shoulder me out of their way to speak to the visitor. Communicating with the support staff in English or Hindi is a slight issue – but sign language always works.

The on-campus company presentations (called “PPTs (Pun perhaps Intended) – Pre Placement Talks”) fascinated me the most. They were in sharp contrast to the presentations back at London Business School. The invitation email asked me to dress in “business casual”. This made me nervous already. I have been forcibly conditioned to wear a suit and a tie and look super sharp in all company presentations. But I felt very overdressed in a simple business shirt and trousers combination, when I saw people walking in wearing sandals, T-shirts and jeans. It turns out that due to low attendance at some of these events, these presentations have been made compulsory. Every presentation is mandatory for a particular stream of the MBA class, irrespective of whether they have any interest in the company or indeed the industry. No wonder, the enthusiasm levels were somewhat varied. Also the style of asking questions seemed a bit different. For example, the first question from the audience was “Locations?” That’s it. One word. Go figure. I don’t mean to bash ISB or its students – it is a great school with very bright students. All I am saying is that London Business School does a better job of managing crowd interest in presentations.

The people here are very friendly. Its amazing how many people I’ve exchanged phone numbers with today. One my first day at London Business School, I was definitely struggling a little more. Last night I had someone walk half-a-mile with me when she found me wandering around lost, and guided me to my student village. My neighbour showed me around the campus. Someone else kindly took me to dinner and gave me the low down on electives. Everyone is generally very keen to be helpful and friendly. I’m not saying that London Business School is not a friendly place – in fact it is a very friendly place and the people are very helpful. All I’m saying is that ISB is marginally friendlier. This is my first impression.

Now as I finish setting the alarm and plugging in the mosquito repellent, I look forward to another day of lectures, PPTs and meeting great people. Oh and checking out the fabulous pool.

Watching home change from abroad

Posted by Melanie on 28 January 2008

I've been vicariously following the presidential primaries through friends and family back home. Exciting times we live in, with candidates that are so clearly different. Very curious how things will play out, as I haven't picked a side yet. I like hearing how others feel about them.

Just a reminder to those US citizens who are abroad now: https://www.votefromabroad.org

Fuzzy Good Feeling

Posted by Melanie on 30 October 2007

I left my laptop power cord in a study room on Friday afternoon and didn't realize it till I needed it on Saturday. Stopped by the lost and found on Sunday and again today. Nothing turned up. I was ready to fork out fifty pounds + twenty for speed delivery. Before purchasing, I sent out a simple email to the Campus Community and I got an almost immediate response.

"I am sure I saw it in AG02/03 today morning about 11 a.m. We were in the meeting room and thought it was one of our study group mates'. Sorry, I did not collect it assuming the person who lost it would come and pick it."

Not sure how it migrated to a different wing on campus, but nevertheless, I got it back. Thanks Campus Community.

Congratulations to our "Best of Bloggers"!

Posted by Adcoms on 27 April 2007

Congratulations go out to London Business School student bloggers Angel Angie, Divine Miss N and Karlitos, and MBA2009 Admit RusGirl who all featured in the recent Clear Admit Best of Blogs Awards.

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To quote the organisers: “the aim of this event is to recognize those bloggers who have made an appreciable contribution to the online community, and to identify valuable sources of information and advice for incoming students and the next round of applicants.” To arrive at the final awards, the blogs were judged by a combination of industry professionals and the nominated bloggers themselves.

The overall prize went to Angel Angie, who also picked up specific awards for “Best Resource for Applicants” and “Best Job/Internship Advice”.

The Divine Miss N (otherwise known as our very own Natasja) came a very creditable second (especially since she has been moonlighting on our blog).

Well done to all of the bloggers out there. Keep it up!

Happy New Year!!

Posted by Stephen on 04 January 2007

It has been an interesting break but its now time to get back to work. What better way to start the year than by making your debut on national TV? I recently watched a report on Channel 4 News that talked about students overpaying to the Student Loan Company. This issue affects a large number of undergraduate students (not MBAs) in the UK. I have had major problems myself with SLC, overpaying my loan by around £5,000.

I sent the reporter an email explaining that his report had not hit the main issue, which is the lack of communication between the Inland Revenue and the SLC. Next thing I know I am in the green room at the Channel 4 news studio having my make-up applied and being introduced to the presenters! Later, I was taken into the news studio for a sound check and recording. Luckily, they decided not to do the interview Live as they had first planned.

I have sent this kind of email before but I have a feeling that my London Business School email address added credibility. The reporter mentioned it a few times.

If you are interested, the report can be viewed online by clicking on the 'Watch the interviews' link on this page - http://www.channel4.com/news/special-reports/special-reports-storypage.jsp?id=4277#start

Next week we have 5 days of company presentations and informal drinks sessions with all the major banks and consultancies. After that we have a period of interviews for the summer internships. I think the milkround period is going to be a stressful time. Not only are you looking for the 'right' job but you are also blatantly competing against your friends for those jobs. I guess if it all goes wrong I can always focus on my TV career.