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HBSTimes… but now even bigger and better!

Accepted! - Getting in and Fitting in at Harvard Business School - Book cover


Getting in and Fitting in at Harvard Business School


HBSTimes has been home to my stories on life as a student at Harvard Business School. After graduation, I continued to pen down my experiences of what were probably the 2 most enriching years of my life.

Loyal to my quirky style, I bundled my stories in a must-read book for prospective students, alumni or those interested in knowing more about life at the School.

Get your own copy on Amazon today!

Amazon US: HERE
Amazon UK: HERE

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Accepted! - Getting in and fitting in at Harvard Business School. An International Student Reporting on Life at HBSAccepted! – Getting in and fitting in at Harvard Business School. An International Student Reporting on Life at HBS by Frederic D Mahieu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Interesting read! 🙂

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LSE or the London School of Exploitation – time to question our schooling system?

The London School of Exploitation – part of one of the many “occupy” events seen in the world in recent years - should we rethink education as well?

The London School of Exploitation – part of one of the many “occupy” events seen in the world in recent years – should we rethink education as well?

LSE usually stands for the London School of Economics – earlier this year, its students were protesting what they call the London School of Exploitation. The LSE students were lobbying the school administration for cheaper tuition, better support for workers, and divestment from unethical businesses. While I never saw any protests like that at HBS, it does call me to reflect on some of the ethical issues related to our schooling system. Continue reading

Life as an alumn – one year out…

One year out - time to celebrate?

One year out – time to celebrate?

It was the high amount of pictures of people wearing graduation gowns that suddenly populated my facebook account that alerted me of the fact that I have been out of school for a year now. Indeed, it’s this time of the year again when students at HBS (and many other schools for that matter) graduate. And about a year ago, on Friday May 29th 2014, I was one of them. I figured that now, one year out, would be a good time to reflect on what happened in my life since receiving my HBS dipl0ma. Continue reading

HBS relics from a HBS relic

A HBS relic I wasn't able to take with me...

A HBS relic I wasn’t able to take with me…

Some people throw it all out – I like to keep stuff. Served by the rather large basement at my old folks’ place, I have been holding on to the most random stuff I put my hands on. And while I am far from being a compulsive hoarder, I did collect quite a range of ‘random relics’ over the years. As I am ‘home’ at my parents’ place for the holidays, I took the opportunity to go dig into my favorite basement in the whole world. Find some of the HBS relics I found below. Continue reading

Second year at HBS – last but not least?

The old versus the new   -   EC versus RC students

The new (life at HBS in the first year) versus the old (HBS in second year) – but which one is the best!?!

I have survived both RC (Required Curriculum – the first year at HBS) and EC year (Elective Curriculum – the second year at HBS). I am about to finish my HBS MBA and am thus (choose for yourself) – old / graduated / spoiled for life / happy / super excited to go back to work / broke. But most of all, I have become a real specialist that can shed a light on all aspects of the HBS MBA program. And today,  I will be comparing the two years at HBS – RC and EC year!

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HBS talents – more than just brainpower!?!

HBS Show 2014 at Burden Auditorium

You just missed it this year, but there’s always next year!

What does it take to be famous among the HBS student body? Well, being a star professor at HBS sure helps – think Dean Nohria, Youngme Moon and Clay Christensen. But it turns out that one doesn’t have to be a professor to be notorious among the HBS student body. Tim Butler is one of these non-academics that is a well-known person at HBS. According to his bio, Tim Butler is the Director of Career Development Programs. In practice, he chairs a couple of sessions during RC-year (Required Curriculum – the first year at HBS) during which he invites students to think about their career choices. He advises all students to ‘follow their heart’ when making professional choices. His fame has reached such a level that he has joined the star professors in being caricatured during the yearly HBS show. Indeed, once a year, HBS students present a show that is a great parody on life at HBS – and this year wasn’t any different. And if you ask me, Tim Butler (or at least the student that played his role) was the star of this year’s show!

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HBS clothing – Dress to impress

This is what students at HBS used to wear in class - the ties are definitely gone today. (harvardmagazine.com/2013/07/the-girls-of-hbs)

This is what students at HBS used to wear in class – the ties are definitely gone today. (harvardmagazine.com/2013/07/the-girls-of-hbs)

On my first day at HBS, now more than a year ago, our HBS section coordinator gave a typical start-of-the-year speech. His introductory talk to our HBS experience was followed by a Q&A session, during which one of my brave section mates asked if there was a dress-code for HBS classes. The HBS coordinator, a tenured professor at HBS, dressed himself in an impeccable tailor-made suit, replied that while he was very much so in favor of a dress-code for HBS students (preferably enforcing suits and ties in the process), unfortunately most of the HBS faculty did not share his point of view. There was no formal dress-code at HBS, though he politely asked us to show up for class being dressed in a decent way. Continue reading

IT tools in support of HBS students – check!

The gatekeeper to so much information

The gatekeeper to so much information

Walking to the HBS campus can be a little bit hazardous. I requires carefully gliding over footpaths covered with ice and snow and trying to avoid other students walking on the same narrow footpaths who are not paying any attention to where they are going as they are continuously looking at their phones. And I admit that I have also become one of these distracted students, as I often check course information on my phone on my daily walk to campus. An overview of HBS technology: Continue reading

HBS architecture and the latest addition – Tataaaaaaaaaaaaa!

The new Tata building at HBS

The new Tata building at HBS

Just a couple of weeks ago, HBS proudly opened its latest building to the public. The Tata-building (buildings are traditionally named after one of its biggest donors – the Tata Trust donated $50m for the construction of the building) will mainly be dedicated to executive education, which is clearly stated in its very corporate-looking design with tons of glass and shiny bright walls. The same kind of building that is used by a Tata Nano car to drive onto to avoid traffic (at least that’s what happens in the online advertisement – see it HERE). It is the first building in that style on the HBS campus. While the building looks nice, it does not stand out, which I believe to be a missed change. One doesn’t get a $50m donation every year to expand a campus. Continue reading

HBS Professors – Do They Know?

To obvious as a way of entertainment during class...

Too obvious a way of entertaining during class…

During one of the last classes of my fall semester at HBS, we had a Martha-type guest in class (aka the case protagonist – read more about guests at HBS classes HERE). She had attentively followed the class discussion, and as we were about to get into the last 20 minutes of class, it was her turn to take the floor and share her thoughts and reflections on the case and the class discussion. She started by thanking the professor for the opportunity to speak in his class, and then she thanked us, the students, for the interesting class discussion, adding that she was delighted that ‘some of us had actually read the case and that others had taken the effort to read it during the class itself.‘ As I had been ill-prepared for that class and had read most of the case during class, I kind of felt targeted. But most of all, her comment made me wonder about something bigger: “DO THEY KNOW?” Do HBS professors notice all that’s going on among students during a typical 80 minute HBS class? Because in all honesty, it’s not all about paying attention… Continue reading