Harry Potter's MBA Musings
A blog to share my MBA experience from application days to graduation.

Friday, August 11, 2006  

Au Revoir

I have recently started working and think that this would be the apt time for me, to move on from this blog.

My MBA dream started in 2001, and I have come a long way since that time. I hope that some of you will find this blog useful, as you research through schools and go through the application process. If any of you need any help during the process, please feel free to email me using the right side link, and I will try to respond on weekends.

So it is Au Revoir time. Good luck to every one.

ps: Based on requests for essay reviews and application advice I have started providingadvice to Applicants. Email me at FuquaMBABlog@gmail.com for any questions that you may have

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posted by Ravi Trivedi | 11:27 PM |

Wednesday, May 10, 2006  

Classes are over, Its graduation time....

I completed my exams by May 1st week, and am done with MBA. It feels good to be done, but I am sad to be leaving my classmates, the school environment, and the region. It is the last week of Thank you/Farwell events, as few of my classmates start work very soon. In fact, few people started work in Jan or March. Though, I had completed my credit requirements earlier, I didnt want to miss this opportunity to learn and experiment at school.

I have a lot of free time from next week and so I decided to do a part-time internship till my full time work starts in July. I am spending time in finding NY housing, and figuring out what to sell and what to take.

This week is graduation week (and also beach week). There are three days of graduation events on 12, 13th and 14th.

posted by Ravi Trivedi | 8:59 AM |

Saturday, April 22, 2006  

Last week in progress

This is the last week of classes, and I am done. Next week, I have three exams ( one take home), and one final project, and thats it. The last few weeks have been filled with receptions, farewell dinners etc. People at school are definitely more relaxed, and already talking about their summer in various places.

My summer plans have been in air for a while. With the visa processing, I am not sure if I would be able to visit India in summer. If I stay back in US, I would use this time to see as many places. So far I have only seen 3-4 states in US. Also, I might probably do a project at school or at local businesses to keep myself busy.

After that I will be in New York. My work starts July end, and I am looking forward to it. I love equity markets and it will be interesting to cover companies as an equity analyst.

I am also not sure if I would continue my blog here after graduation. I have been thinking of moving to theme specific blogs where I could write on areas of my interests -- Technology , Equity markets, etc.

posted by Ravi Trivedi | 3:23 PM |

Saturday, March 11, 2006  

Graduation is just 2 months away

It was just recently that I started my classes at Fuqua, and now I realize I am just 2 months away from Graduation (Graduation is May 15th)

It is a mixed feeling. On one hand, I feel I have still many courses that I want to take and many activities I would like to take active part in and there is no time. On other hand, there is happiness in being able to reach the next milestone.

Actually, I am done with the credit requirements for my MBA, and could graduate early and join work. But, I want to learn more, and lead a relaxed student life some more time before going back to real world.

Given that I have so many courses on my wishlist, I have decided to overload my last term by 2 or 3 extra courses. That is a lot, I realize, but now I have more time with leadership activies being transitioned to First Years. The term 4 (or 8) is completely run by the First Year leadership. It will be nice to take a back seat for once :).

Some of my last term courses include - Corporate Restructuring, Merger and Acquisition Accounting, Strategic Alliances, Information Management etc.

My work would start in July last week, and that leaves me with complete two months after graduation. I would like to take some time off and spend a month visiting India, trekking the Himalayas and meeting relatives.

posted by Ravi Trivedi | 2:20 PM |

Wednesday, February 01, 2006  

East of West, Duke is the best

One realizes the importance of something when you are away from it. Though, I am enjoying my exchange in Europe, I am missing Duke - my classmates, the discussions in the class, the energy level and the learning in the class.

Europe, is very beautiful as well as has a great diversity in culture, and I am thoroughly enjoying my opportunity to go around Europe in a leisurely pace.

Did I mention that I accepted my job offer before I left for India in December. So I am all set to be in New York starting this July ( or possibly June ).

Graduation seems so closeby. May 15th is hardly 3.5 months away. Actually I would finish my credit requirements for the MBA earlier, but given the amount of courses I still want to study at school, I will probably have to take 5-6 courses in Term 4 (8). Lets see what happens. A good thing about term 4 is that one transitions all the leadership positions and so one may have more time.

ps: Sorry to all those whose Essays I couldnt review while I was away travelling. Good Luck to all of you.

posted by Ravi Trivedi | 3:12 PM |

Sunday, January 08, 2006  

Happy New Year

Wish you all a very happy new year!! It has been a long time since I have been away from the blog. The term 2 (term 6) got over in Dec, and I had an opportunity to visit India and spend some time.

Right now I am in Europe on an exchange program. It is challenging as well as interesting to learn a new language, as well as be part of a new culture.

More about my school experiences later, as I start my school tommorow.

posted by Ravi Trivedi | 6:04 PM |

Sunday, November 06, 2005  

Essay review offer

Like last year, I am offering again free essay reviews to any interested B-School applicants. Shoot me an email, and I will try my best to give my 2 cents.

posted by Ravi Trivedi | 10:58 PM |

Term 6 underway

Sorry for the long silence here. As always, things are hectic. I think I had more time for myself during the summer, than now. With my course overload of monitored Study where I work a day a week (at Technology VC in the region) and recruiting for full time, have made things busier.

Term 5 silently went off, and the only significant thing I did during the 1 week break was to sleep and prepare for second year interviews. And yes, my American miles are increasing as my trips to NY and other cities are increasing . In last 6 weeks alone, I have made 7 trips. I definitely have a better sense of consulting life style :)

Did I share, that I am excited to do an exchange in Term 3 in Milan at SDA Bocconi. I am looking forward to an unique opportunity to explore Europe.

Term 6, I have decided to move away from making my MBA a Finance MBA alone, and am doing an interesting Marketing Strategy course. This course involves a live simulation based project ( StratX), which shows the nuts and bolts of managing products and brands very well.

Also, during December, I will be visiting India. One more thing, I am conducting a student led session in Mumbai around Dec 19 or 20th, for prospective interested in Fuqua. I hope to see some of you readers there.

posted by Ravi Trivedi | 10:47 PM |
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