Monday, 12 September 2016

And so Term 1 Begins

Term 1 has begun. If you're confused, wondering what my post on the last 2 official weeks was, that was pre-term. What that means is that the school is now more crowded with not just MBAs and MiFs, but also the MiMs, MFAs and EMBAs.

It also means that more of the "real" classes are starting. While my schedule doesn't look as full as it was say 2 weeks ago, it's deceptive. There's now more time needed to allocate to doing pre-class preparations, assignments etc. In between that, there are tons of events from Careers. Most of these are currently exploratory events so you can find out more about the various industries. If you're not sure what you want to do post-MBA, I definitely recommend signing up for all these Working In... workshops.

Then there're all the club kick-offs happening. These are where you find out about the various clubs, their activities and what leadership positions are opened. Here your prioritisation skills are definitely put to the test because you'll have several clubs kicking off concurently. Since you can't be at two places at once, you need to decide which one you would actually be interested in playing an active role in.

Elections for various leadership positions have also begun. Stream rep voting ended last week and elections and applications have opened for the Student Association and several clubs. If you think about it, it was only about 4 weeks ago that we began the program so it's really early. I'm finding that things happen very fast here - life as an LBS MBA student might even be faster than working in FMCG ;)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Fresher Flu - London Needs Better Tissues

There's been a nasty cold going around campus and I've recently caught it. :( Now 3 out of 5 of us in my study group are at various stages of sick. In fact one of our members was so ill previously, he ended up missing on our stream trip to Amsterdam.

If you sat in any of my classes, you'll find me coughing and blowing my nose, with a growing pile of tissues in front of me. In the last 3 days I've been through more than 3 boxes of tissues. Alas! It's rough having a cold in London. I've discovered that London doesn't seem to stock nice soft tissues for people with colds.

Sure, the boxes say "super soft", but honestly there's no "soft" to be found by my standards. Nothing like the super soft 3ply Kleenex Aloe Vera tissues so readily available at every supermarket in NZ. The Kleenex I've found here is pretty average - very disappointing compared to the quality back home, and no aloe vera or eucalyptus versions. :(

So now I've got a really sore nose, as well as a new appreciation for the huge variety and soft tissues that NZ has. If anyone knows where to find actual super soft tissues in London, I'd be immensely grateful! I'm a bit like the Kleenex ad they ran years ago in NZ, where the current tissues feel like I'm blowing my nose with sandpaper.

Oh and same applies to toilet paper as well. It's rough. There are some softer than others but nothing super soft. Hmm...maybe there's a business opportunity there?