Done with week1….almost

Yeah….I am done with the last class for week 1. I like all the courses so far….Probability and Statistics obviously being my favorite. The only problem is that I get too absorbed in it at times and lose perspective. Last night, I started doing problems…had a doubt about a Poisson Distribution problem…asked a friend (who is pursuing his PhD in Math) about it and he suggested I go through the derivation for the Poisson function. So, I spent the night reading about Poisson Distribution Function and how it was formulated to calculate the number of Prussian soldiers killed by horse kicks in the Prussian war. I love that kind of information (the kind which serves no purpose whatsoever).

I read the first version of Robber Barrons today. Enjoyed it and felt sorry about myself for not completing my super funny piece (well….I haven’t started yet). This is a side effect of the MBA classes hitting you hard in your face….you lose your ability to be funny (not that I was very good at it ever…..you see….self-deprecation is about as far as my humor goes).

A little about things other than me now. What do I like the best about my class so far? The people. They are all incredibly talented and impressive but what surprises me the most is the attitude. Everyone is so nice that I wonder that how did they get two hundred super talented individuals who are such nice human beings. The second best thing (well it’s not really the second best thing….just that I am mentioning it later) is how much everyone in the school wants you to succeed…and I mean everyone- the COC, faculty, seniors, classmates and alumni. How much they all want me to succeed far outweighs my own desire to be successful and is that a motivator to keep going?

Reporting from Pittsburgh

I started writing this post when base camp had just started. Now it’s over and today was the first day of classes. I will write in detail about the base camp. Just getting this stuff out for now.

I have completed the first week at business school and it has been pretty cool so far. The base camp has started and now we have stuff to do. But I think I should start from the beginning.

I boarded the flight with three of my batch-mates in Delhi on July 27 (notice the switch to mm dd) and landed in Chicago after around 22 hours. At the immigration check, I realized that I have lost my I20 and that kind of panicked me. After emptying my bag on the floor and sifting through all the stuff, I was able to locate it somehow. As soon as I reached the counter, I had lined up for, the nice lady sitting there decided to call it a day and I had to look for an immigration officer willing to check me in. Right after I was done with the immigration check, I somehow managed to lose my I20 with my passport. Thankfully, I soon found them in a corner. After that it was more or less routine stuff till we reached Pittsburgh.

It was raining really hard when we landed in Pittsburgh….stay tuned for more.