The footbridge in Cambridge over the river Charles – higher than one thinks…
Graduating at the Harvard Business School is all about putting on a toga, listening to speeches and jumping into a new part of life… as well as jumping into the river Charles. It is a tradition for students graduating at one of the Harvard schools to jump into this river in Cambridge. Only when I was standing on top of the footbridge in the middle of the night did I realize how high this bridge is, and how scary it is to take this big jump. But I did it. And there is probably not a more symbolic jump to take than this one. Continue reading
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The HBS campus of the future?
As I am sipping on a coffee in one of a major coffeeshop’s chain stores, I realize that an internal meeting of that coffee shop is going on next to me. As a business school student, I was too curious not to try and pick up part of the activity and the conversations. It seemed that four persons were receiving training. I was impressed by the format and the professionalism of the meeting. The person I identified to be the instructor was sharing Starb… the coffee shop’s values and priorities, and its key focus on customer happiness. As they discuss these topics, they get interrupted occasionally by another employee, bringing them all kinds of cakes and snacks. As the trainees try the snacks sitting in front of them, they discuss their taste, their content of the cake and their texture. They even discuss what drink some of these snacks would fit best with. And the discussion is quite lively I have to say. I am really impressed when the instructor asks each of them what an ideal snack would look/taste like to them. Now everybody gets really exited and launches ideas back and forth. The employees seem really involved.
My Harvard SWAG
I didn’t really know what to expect as I was heading to my first (American) football game ever. Harvard was about to play Yale at the Harvard Stadium and I was amazed by the hype that had been created around this game between two average college football teams – at least, that is what I was told. Customized SWAG for the game was for sale everywhere, and I have to admit that I wasn’t able to resist this strong marketing campaign – see the SWAG I bought in the picture. Continue reading
HBS is not only about business cases or the occacional party. It’s also a great place to build social relationships with a magnitude of people from different backgrounds and cultures. HBS Clubs were initiated as a great way for students with similar interests to meet. Today, there are a total of 76 student clubs at HBS (for an MBA student body of about 1800). Continue reading
Hundreds of students are gathering in and around Boston for the upcoming start of the HBS MBA program later this month. They rush to Target(*) for a last piece of furniture, they get their paperwork sorted in Cambrigde and start meeting up with their their future fellow students for a drink at Harvard Square. Continue reading