Thursday, September 13, 2012

Aaaaaaaand we're back!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to another fun-filled year at the Rotman School of Management!

Now that everyone’s summer internships are wrapped up, it’s time to dive back into the wonderful world of classes, career searching, case competitions and copious amounts of coffee.

Some notable things that have happened over the past few weeks:

1.     Rotman Orientation Camp! I can’t tell you how much fun camp was this year. The second-year volunteers are still talking about it. Some of the highlights this year were the fact that we could go swimming, kayaking and canoeing (last year, we were not allowed near the water), a carnival with inflatable obstacles courses, rock climbing, slides and other injury inducing activities (don’t worry, there weren’t TOO many injuries this year), cotton candy, and fireworks during the full-moon beach party. There is no doubt it is going to remain one of the highlights of my second year. If you’re a first year student, I encourage you to apply to be a volunteer, and if you’re a prospective student, don’t miss out on this amazing weekend!

2.     The Rotman South Building Grand Opening was on Wednesday, September 5th, and hundreds of students, faculty, alumni and affiliates of the school came to celebrate the opening of Rotman’s new South Building. I had the pleasure of being one of four students selected to hold the ribbon for the ribbon cutting ceremony. There were tour groups being led around the new facilities throughout the day, and in the evening, all floors were opening up for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music and mingling. It was so nice to see some of the recent graduates again, meet some older alumni and reconnect with my friends. It was a very successful day, and I think the new building is going to contribute to some great things happening at Rotman in the future.

3.     The clubs fair took place earlier this week – an event that is never to be missed if you are joining any clubs for the year. The room was buzzing for two hours with students of all years talking to club execs and eating pizza and candy. I spent my time between the club booths for WIMA (Women in Management Association) and the MBA Games, as I am on the executive team for both clubs. I am pretty excited about what both clubs have planned for the year and I hope we get a lot of interest from the incoming class. There will definitely be more updates on what these clubs are doing, so stay tuned!

There is not much to report on classes. Our schedule is a little wonky for the first couple weeks of school to accommodate information session for the recruiting season. But once we get into more of a routine, I will talk about classes a little more. Classes I am taking this semester are: Financial Risk Management (FRM), Business Analysis and Valuation (BAV), Security Analysis and Portfolio Management, Financial Institutions and Capital Markets, and either Behavioural Economics or Real Estate Economics.

That’s all for now folks! Enjoy the weekend and what’s left of the summer weather!