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Traveling India Part I : Agra, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and the Great Saam Desert

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“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

This post and the ones following are a long time in coming, but finally I’ve been given a moment of respite to get started on them. Though my third adventure in India is weeks over, I’m left – as always – with great memories of my travels.

This year my traveling bug was definitely more than satisfied. In February for my 30th birthday, I did what I love to do – travel and see new sights! This time I did it in the company of some awesome friends. Our week long adventure started with a very long train ride and then private bus to Agra to see the majestic and beautiful Taj Mahal. Now, I’ve seen this great moment before in 2011, but seeing it again in the morning light was a breathtaking experience.

Our bunk beds were very cosy! :-)

Our bunk beds were very cosy! 🙂

Early Morning shot of the amazing Taj Mahal.

Early Morning shot of the amazing Taj Mahal.

After the Taj Mahal visit, the next visit was to the Agra Fort, which was very close by. The fort has a very interesting history; one thing that stood out to me was that the fort actually housed the king who had the Taj Mahal built for his third wife. As the story goes the king had built the Taj for her and then his son threw him in jail after he bankrupted India to build the building. The king’s only request was that his prison have a window that let him see the Taj to be close to his love.

Entrance to the fort.

Entrance to the fort.

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First Inner court yard in the fort we passed by.

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Another portion of the fort.

I wasn't in the king's jail cell, but I'm figuring this is what it was sort of like. The Taj in the distance.

I wasn’t in the king’s jail cell, but I’m figuring this is what it was sort of like. The Taj in the distance.

The next city on our journey was Jodphur. Jodphur is the second largest metropolitan city in the state of Rajasthan. It is also often referred to as “the blue city” because many of the houses have blue roofs. Jodphur was a gorgeous city with a royal family and palace and an amazing fort as well. Food is also a big component of every state in India, so of course we had to have a traditional Rajasthani mean – it was as delicious as it looks here.

Jodphur Palace

Jodphur Palace – the royal family still live in one of the wings. The other part of the palace was made into a Taj Hotel.

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Another view of the palace – this is the part that is the Taj Hotel.

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Outside shot of the Jodphur Fort.

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Blue City – aptly named. Shot taken from the fort.

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Look at all the yummy food! It was delicious…well except for the buttermilk – I’m not a fan of that.

The next leg of our journey was to the reputed “Golden City” which is called Jaisalmer. This city use to the hub of commerce for India, because it was were the Silk Road passed through. Once the silk trade was done, many of the merchants moved out of this city and set up shop in Mumbai. This city too has a fort, but the most fascinating thing about this fort is that it is still lived in! It was very cool to see a fort being used the way it should be – to house as many families and business as possible!

Outside view of the fort.

Outside view of the fort.

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Shots of the inside of the fort. Lots of narrow and winding paths. Very interesting place.

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Pics of some locals, looking at the tourist. 🙂

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There is a sandstorm coming up in the background of this picture, but still a great shot of the “Golden City” city of Jaisalmer.

Finally we wrapped up our whirlwind of a trip going into the Great Saam desert for some camel riding and to ‘glamp’ in the sands. The tents that we stayed in were permanent and were very nicely set up. The camel riding was fun and memorable.

Permanent tents we slept in.

Permanent tents we slept in.

My camel and my driver.

My camel and my driver.

Selfie time! Also you can see some of my pals in the background.

Selfie time! Also you can see some of my pals in the background.

The people who led us to and from the camping site into the desert.

The people who led us to and from the camping site into the desert.

This camel wanted a break.

This camel wanted a break.

All in all not bad for a 4 day trip.

Next post will be about Mumbai!

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Reflections of a Frustrated Global Graduate Student

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“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” – Ralph Marston

*Wasn’t sure if I was going to post this, but I think it really shows the meaning of the word epiphany. This was a really hard semester.*

XLRI is one of the premier graduate institutions in India. It is most well known for its Human Resources program, but the XLRI Business School is also touted to be a best in class school. So when coming to a best in class institution, there are certain expectations that one automatically believes will come from attending this particular school.

You can expect:

Disciplined academic structure

Tough teachers

Even tougher classwork

Many late nights studying

Mental agony…

And this list could go on and on and differ for many people, but when I think of a best in class institution, the first thing that comes to mind is disciplined academic structure.

[Start Rant]

What I didn’t expect was sheer chaos.

As always at the beginning of the semester, the whole cohort was given a schedule of when are classes were, but even within that week there were changes.

And then the next week more changes.

And the week after that there was again another round of changes.

Fast forward to end of March – there was not one week that went by this semester that classes were not cancelled or rescheduled. The schedule given to us at the beginning of the semester wasn’t even close to the schedule that had to be followed.

The last few weeks were particularly crazy. Sometimes we had assignments due the next day, but we weren’t given the assignment until much later that night. It’s not a problem if the assignment is given in class, but an assignment that isn’t given until 11PM the night before and still due the next day? I haven’t ever experienced anything like it.

I asked my Indian classmates many times if this was normal in Indian university levels. Most said that their undergraduate levels weren’t like this, but some did mention that this was how it was done. I was and still am utterly flabbergasted.

I get that school is supposed to be challenging and stretch you and build you up…but in my mind without having a structured environment where you feel safe enough to do that in, it just poses problems.

[End Rant]

For the people who know me well, they know that this makes me a very unhappy human being. I love planning and I love order. I thrive in those environments. Coming into an academic situation where there was no order and stumbling through the semester just with sheer will power alone was excruciatingly painful at times.

Don’t get me wrong. I learned that I have the strength to get through it. I learned that even though ambiguity and uncertainty doesn’t sit well with me at all levels that I can push past it. I even learned I can think on my feet a bit better now and I fight more for my voice, than I have in the past.

And that was really what I had to remind myself of in the end. I didn’t come to get my MBA, or more importantly, voluntarily go abroad to get my Global MBA to just play it safe. I wanted to do this, because I wanted to grow. Honestly if I didn’t learn anything out of this whole semester, then attaining an MBA while traveling the world wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing. This whole experience forced me –literally – out of my shell and made me work. I can say I worked harder than I’ve ever had to, in order to get the grades that I did.

As I look back on the whole semester as it winds to a close; I’m thankful.

I’m thankful that I decided to take this risk.

I’m thankful that I made it thus far.

I’m just – really thankful.

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Colorful India: Holi Festival

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“Holi is a time to reach out with the colors of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time expresses the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colors.” – Anonymous

Today in the US, one of our favorite holidays will be celebrated – Saint Patrick’s Day. There will be plenty of people wearing green that are Irish and probably a lot more that aren’t, but regardless it’s a very fun holiday with a lot of merriment.

In India, eleven days ago, Holi was celebrated throughout the country. Let me tell you – it’s like Saint Patrick’s Day…but more. A LOT more!

Holi is a spring festival in India and is known as the festival of colors. This year Holi was celebrated on March 5 and 6th. On March 5, the Holi festival starts with a gathering around a bonfire, singing, and dancing. The next day is a free for all of color – and believe me, it’s some amazing fun! Most people in India I found celebrated with their family and friends that live closest to them in their communities wherever their home town is. At XLRI our GMBA family began the festivities around 10AM and by noon, no one could really tell who each other was – that’s how intense the color gets.

Here is the Before....

Here is the Before….

...and here is the after!

…and here is the after!

Wikipedia has a good overview of the history around Holi and how people celebrate it across India. Here is the link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi

It was an amazing experience to be able to celebrate the festival with all of our cohort members. It was a blast! I’m still trying to get some color out of the beds of my nails, I had to throw away my clothes, and my Havenieda sandals are permanently stained – bit it was all worth it!

Read more Holi Quotes: http://festivals.iloveindia.com/holi/quotes.html#7OGuirWMOrDhkYkf.99

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Inspirational Influence: TATA, Jamshedpur, & India

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“I know that aiming at perfection has its drawbacks. It makes you go into details that you can avoid but that is the only way you can achieve excellence. So, in that case, being finicky is essential.” – J.R.D. Tata

There is usually that one person who sparks inspiration and ingenuity that spreads into a wildfire of innovation and revolutionizes an age.

For India, it ended up being one family.

India is known as the birthplace for yoga, for the colorful clothes, the interesting history, and of course for the Taj Mahal. However, for many that is all that they know India for. Those in business know that there is just one more thing synonymous with India – and that is the TATA Group.

The TATA Group is a conglomerate of a hundred companies in everything from motors, to the food industry, from jewelry, all the way to technological consultancy services. Obviously the group wasn’t started on its own. It was started by one man in the late nineteenth century, with the dream of only starting one company, and his name was Jamshedji Tata.

On XLRI’s campus, there is a museum and archives for the first company created by the descendants of Jamshedji Tata, TATA Steel. TATA Steel was the first industrial company that was created by an Indian in India in the early twentieth century. Though he wasn’t alive to see it built, Jamshedji set the plans in motion. It was amazing hear from our tour guide all the various ideas and the great lengths that this gentleman went through in order to pursue a dream. Not only was he instrumental in the creation of TATA Steel, but he was also integral in the creation of India’s first technical institute, and India’s first planned city, which of course was named in honor of him; Jamshedpur.

Jamshedpur, where XLRI is located, is TATA’s city. You can see TATA Steel from campus and it’s still producing quality steel that is used by the likes of Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai. TATA motors also has offices here and hopefully as part of our courses here we will be able to go to this factory as well. I haven’t seen much of Jamshedpur, but from what I can see, it is a beautiful city. It is the first planned city, as I mentioned before, and it is also the seventh (or eighth) cleanest city in India. Another unique fact about Jamshedpur is that the city is completely run by the TATA Group, not the Indian city government. TATA provides filtered water and electricity to the city. TATA owns some of the land that makes up Jamshedpur, but the rest it leases from the government. The current term of the lease is 99 years and the lease was just renewed in the last few years.

From the museum visit, I also learned that TATA group also pours much of their resources into environmental protection and education for the people of Jamshedpur and the rural villages that are around the city. They have many small programs such as health programs, and teaching programs in these rural parts, not only to foster a learning environment, but also making sure the people are healthy and well cared for and more opportunities than they could have imagined before.

It’s always nice to see a huge corporation giving back to the people and for me, I’m awed to see that the inspiration of one man over a century ago, inspired his family to create and nurture this same spirit within itself and to others over the years that have past.

Jamshedji Tata

Jamshedji Tata

One exhibit detailing the history of Jamshedji Tata and the start of the TATA Steel plant and other companies.

One exhibit detailing the history of Jamshedji Tata and the start of the TATA Steel plant and other companies.

This portion of the archive depicts the steel making process on the walls. However, it also showcases local Indian artists and their paintings. All of these paintings have been bought by the TATA Group.

This portion of the archive depicts the steel making process on the walls. However, it also showcases local Indian artists and their paintings. All of these paintings have been bought by the TATA Group.

Another amazing man from the TATA family. He dedicated his life to his passion for aviation  and the education of children in India. This is his last quoted statement, before he died.

Another amazing man from the TATA family. He dedicated his life to his passion for aviation and the education of children in India. This is his last quoted statement, before he died.

A painting that was created by a local Jamshedpur artists - who is illiterate - and found away to create a portrait of JRD using convex mirror reflections.

A painting that was created by a local Jamshedpur artists – who is illiterate – and found away to create a portrait of JRD using convex mirror reflections.

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Starting the Journey – first weeks in India: Part II

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This post is long overdue – apologies to those who follow; graduate school is not for the feint of heart.

I left you with a brief glimpse of my impressions coming to India again and now I will continue with my first trip during this visit.

XLRI has been a hospitable host thus far, and on the anniversary of our 1st week within its halls, the administration staff here paid for us to have a weekend trip – by bus – to the cities of Bhubaneswar and Kanarak, and Puri beach. The weekend itself was an awesome experience, the bus ride was crazy as ever. It took approximately 10 hours to get to Bhubaneswar and 10 hours to get back. Our bus driver was awesome – he played chicken with many a larger truck, smaller rickshaws, motor bikes, and some cows.

Playing chicken with that big truck...this was a reoccurring thing.

Playing chicken with that big truck…this was a reoccurring thing.

The city of Bhubaneswar was a bustling city, from my understanding it is a little bit larger than the city of Jamshedpur. Our accommodations were at a sister school of XLRI specializing in undergraduate education. While in the city we actually went to the local zoo. It was interesting to see the various habitats and how the animals were maintained compared to the strict American standards I and some other were used to. Though the animals were cared for well by Indian standards, it wasn’t up to par with what I was. Not necessarily a shock, but it is one of those small things in which you notice that can be better and eventually will get better as the infrastructure and laws in India become more advanced.

The next destination that we were taken to were some caves on our way to the Chilka Lake. At this point the day was scorching, it was around 28 degrees Centigrade that day, which was in the upper 70s in Fahrenheit. I didn’t get out to climb the caves in the hot sun, but I heard it was nice and there were plenty of monkeys begging for bananas and photo ops!

Chilka Lake was one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen. It was probably more beautiful to me, because we arrived at sunset. The fisherman were all done for the day and being able to take pictures with the setting sun and the still water was calming and moving at the same time. Chilka Lake is the largest costal lagoon that flows to/from the Bay of Bengal in India. It is home to some threatened species of animals and plants and it sustains 150,000 fishers that live in approximately 132 villages up and down the shores.  Our group was taken out from the dock to a rock formation in the center of the lake. It was a great way to end the day.

On the dock - just arrived at the Lake.

On the dock – just arrived at the Lake.

Candid shot of some GMBAs on the rock formation.

Candid shot of some GMBAs on the rock formation.

Shot of one of the boats that took us out into the lagoon.

Shot of one of the boats that took us out into the lagoon.

Another shot of  sunset, still water, and fishing boat.

Another shot of sunset, still water, and fishing boat.

The next day, we were taken to tour one of the four Sun Temples that are in India, in the city of Konrak. We traveled to a different city to see this temple. The history was extremely interesting to hear and the architecture was amazing. The way that the temple itself was built was what fascinated me most of all. There was a main entrance to the temple in the old days and depending on the time of day – sunrise, midday sun – sunset, the rays of the sun were caught and reflected the main entrance to the temple, just like a sundial! It was super neat to see.

Story of the Sun Temple

Story of the Sun Temple

No one can actually go into the temple, because it's being repaired. Long ago there was a large magnet at the center of the temple that kept it all together - amazing right?

No one can actually go into the temple, because it’s being repaired. Long ago there was a large magnet at the center of the temple that kept it all together – amazing right?

The drawings etched into the stones were detailed and depicted many stories.

The drawings etched into the stones were detailed and depicted many stories.

Our final stop was either we could go to Puri Beach or go to see the Jagannath Temple in Puri. I opted to go see the temple. There are four famous Hindu temples in India and Jagannath is the one house in the East. The temple was erected in dedication to Vishnu (Jagannath) – Lord of the Universe. Unfortunately, foreigners weren’t allowed into the temple itself, but it was still amazing to see the outside. Now I want to travel to see the others!

Far shot of the temple.

Far shot of the temple.

Really wished I couldn't have gone inside, but still beautiful on the outside.

Really wished I couldn’t have gone inside, but still beautiful on the outside.

Seeing this temple and Chilka Lake were probably my two favorites out of this trip. My next big trip will be from February 20-28. I will be going to 4 different cities, one I’ve been to before, but three new one and I’m super excited about it.

My next post will be in a couple of days. Stay tuned to hear snippets of probably the most famous name synonymous with India…TATA.

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Starting the Journey- first weeks in India: Part I

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“In India, I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it, inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything, but possessed by nothing”Apollonius Tyanaeus quotes (Neo-Pythagorean)

Traveling to India is always trying; the flight is long, the layovers in New Delhi go from hours to eons when landing at zero dark thirty, and finally the excitement you feel can exhaust your mind as well. This may be my third trip to India, but there is something about this country that I find new and exciting each time I come and this time wasn’t any different than the last two.

Currently I am residing at XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute) for my 2nd semester of my Global MBA. XLRI is actually based in the Indian state of Jharkand and in the city of Jamshedpur. It is a small city – population of around 1-1.3 million people – and the university is a self sustaining place. After traveling over 24 hours to reach Jamshedpur, needless to say my first couple of days here were a blur. The accommodations are extremely nice (our building has just been built), the food is delicious, and the classes are already running me ragged with all the reading and getting my ear attune to the different accents all over again!

As always, my first impressions of India are colorful. The country is always so vibrant and you can see it plainly in the riotous colors they have for their different textiles, especially for the women.

All of the colors!

All of the colors!

My other guilty pleasure is enjoying some of the signage, in terms of traffic laws and the like. Let’s just say that driving in India should be considered an Olympic sport. Between the horns honking, the cows meandering through the streets, the mopeds, rickshaws, auto rickshaws, autos, buses, work trucks…etcetera, it’s sheer anarchy on the roads at all times of the day. The signs are just icing on the cake. Especially ones like this one:

Traffic Stop, pay attention!

Traffic Stop, pay attention!

I  guess what makes it funny to me is that no one even pays the slightest bit of attention to it, and it’s at a 3-way intersection on the left hand side of the road – where no one really bothers to look at it. Traffic is a very interesting thing in India there are written rules, and unwritten rules; and the unwritten rules seem to be King – from what I’ve seen. It works though, it definitely works.

I’m sure there are going to be many more tidbits that will come up, but in my next post I will walk through my first trip away from campus all the way to the Bay of Bengal!

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And I’m off – Again!

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Well it’s that time again; a new round of traveling and experiencing a foreign land. After an amazing 3.5 month stint in Shanghai, China, I’m now headed to Jamshedpur, India. In India I will be starting my second semester as part of my Global MBA. I honestly can say, I’m excited and terrified at the same time. Considering the lackluster course load in China, I’m really hoping for some more rigor and depth in the classes that I will be taking in India.

From everything that I have heard, XLRI will give me all that I desire in terms of academic difficulty and I hope that I am able to rise to the challenge. It’s a new frontier for me as I have never been to India for such a long period of time, nor have I been to this particular city before. Overall, India is a very beautiful country with rich history and culture and it’s economy is accelerating at a blistering pace. I’m anxious to experience this new city in a country that I have already come to love.

Next post will be in India!

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and an amazing New Year’s Day.

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow…

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I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. – J. R. R. Tolkien

After three and a half months of shaky academics and amazing travel experiences, it’s time to go home. I can’t believe the time went by so quickly, but as I reflect sitting here in Pudong International Airport, I realize that I don’t regret this decision of mine in the slightest.

I’ve been able to experience so much during this past semester and I would’ve regretted it horribly if I had turned down the opportunity to pursue my graduate education. As always in my travels there are certain things that I will miss dearly and somethings that I won’t miss at all. Let’s start with the things I won’t miss.

Good-Riddance Things:

The people who cram onto the subway train.

Really no reason to cram - there is another train.

Really no reason to cram – there is another train.

The walking lights that don’t sync up.

I really don't like being stuck in the middle.

I really don’t like being stuck in the middle.

Crazy Traffic!

Traffic, traffic, and oh look - more traffic.

Traffic, traffic, and oh look – more traffic.

 

Miss-You-So-Much-Things:

Food in a bag, I will miss the convenience and the deliciousness.

Street Rice! Yum yum yum!

Street Rice! Yum yum yum!

Getting mail; for the comic relief of seeing all the mail laid out.

Mail day, pick up when you can!

Mail day, pick up when you can!

High end window retail therapy…yeah it was awesome.

Alexander McQueen store - one day I'll be able to buy a clutch...one day.

Alexander McQueen store – one day I’ll be able to buy a clutch…one day.

 

There are probably many many more things I could’ve said, but these were the top three of the moment. Well it’s 20 minutes until I board, so I will say Adieu for now!

Next post will be from the good ole USA.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Compilation of Reflections

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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~ John F. Kennedy

As my time in China is coming to a close, I find myself thinking over the last three months and I realize how much I’ve learned. I’ve learned many things; financial accounting, strategy, supply chain and analytics – but the those were just book learnings. Living abroad in a country that is so different from the one you’ve become accustom teaches you so much more about yourself, about life, and how time doesn’t stand still for anyone – it keeps marching forward.

About Me:

I have learned that as much as I have travelled and experience the world, there are still many things that I have yet to learn. My patience has been tested, my book understanding of China and its people has been turned on its head, and my own hypocrisy thrown back in my face.

Classic example; I am patient as long as people are receptive to learning about different things, but once I see some people only hear what they want to hear I baulk and leave them behind. But, when I reflect on this, I find that I do the same thing – especially when I’m not hearing what I want to – or what I think is right.

Hypocritical? Yes. Have I changed yet? Still working on it.

About Life:

My life is my own and everything that I do impacts it. I’m always concerned with doing the right thing or making sure that I am ‘saving face’ that sometimes I think I miss out on things. Perhaps I missed out on being a goofball, or I might have missed that amazing party, but I figure as long as I’m happy and healthy and I have my self respect who cares right? Sometimes I do feel a little down, when I think of the things that I’ve missed out on, but the amazing and crazy thing about life is that you can totally change it.

I need to remember that life serves up the whole world on a platter with an infinite amount of choices as side dishes – it’s up to me to pick what I want, when I want, and how I want it. If something passed me by – well there is always the next dish!

About Time:

Time waits for none; not one person. As soon as we humans were born, we’re literally dying and sooner or later it will be lights out for us all. I don’t want to have regrets when that time comes for me. I don’t want to feel as if I left something out there unfinished that was important to me. There are many things that are important to me and that I feel I need to have done before my time comes. I hope that I have decades, but who knows what’s around that unseen corner.

I’ve realized that in actuality as long as I’m experiencing new things, enjoying my friends, and have the love of my family – I have everything I could ever need. The time to travel, time to get an MBA, time to do more – well, all that time is extra. As long as I have it, might has well use it.

Right?

Until next time!

Find quote at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_change.html#ihEfU4UWZzsgISug.99

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Study, Study, Study, and – oh Yeah more Studying!

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“It does not matter where you go and what you study, what matters most is what you share with yourself and the world.” ― Santosh Kalwar

So as most of you know who have followed me from the beginning; I am here in Shanghai in the 1st semester of my MBA. I’ve posted plenty on my little adventures around China, but I thought I should circle back and tell you a little bit more about my classes….since I’m in the midst of the dreaded FINALS!

*Sigh* Why did I want to go back to school again?!

Anyway, it’s been a whirlwind – some classes are better than others by a kilometer- but super fun when all is said and done.

1st Class: Managing Teams and Leadership – loved this class! It basically introduced us all to the plethora of leadership theories out there, how to work in teams (plenty of simulations for this), and then we had to create our on Global Leadership Theory in the team we were assigned to. It was one week of sheer craziness, but I learned a lot.

2nd Class: Chinese Culture – this class was and continues to be so so. This class is essentially for us to learn more about Chinese history and culture (hence the title), but it’s a little lackluster in my book. My professor, while she is very sweet, really just has us teaching ourselves through power points, and gives little tidbits of information along the way. Cool but – well – a little boring.

3rd Class: Language of Management – desperately needed! Ah, my refresher of accounting that I took eons ago it seems! The professor is really giving us the basics so that we can build upon it later. While sometimes the information seems too basic at times, I’m taking what I can get, because the last time I even though about this stuff was first semester of freshman undergrad…need I say more?

4th Class: Applied Statistics – I. need. a. TEACHER! Don’t get me wrong, I can read a book, but without a Ph.D in this stuff, sometimes it’s hard to make heads or tails of it, which is why teachers are supposed to be helpful. My professor is a very nice man – he cannot teach at all. So in short – since my final is today for this class – I’m going to pray that what I taught myself is enough for this class.

5th Class: Management Analytics – super cool! I really liked this class. It was a one week crash course with a final at the end of the week, but it was awesome. I really enjoyed my professor for this one. He was passionate about analytics and he new his stuff inside and out. He gave real world examples and he basically set up his class to where he lectured and then gave us ample time for practice. I really wish this class had been a semester long.

6th Class: Strategic Thinking – love this class! The professor for this class is amazing. He’s had a lot of real world experience with this subject and he knows it backwards and forwards. His lectures are engaging and he really wants us to ask all of our crazy questions. Our class was split up into groups again and so there was a homework presentation in each class basically going more in depth on whatever subject he was about to teach next, which was nice. Our final project for him is to come up with a business strategy for a company originating in either the US, China, or India and going into one of the 3 countries as well.  This class makes me think and I love that.

7th Class: Global Business – a mystery (as of now)! This class is an extension of Culture class, but I really don’t know anything about the professor because I start this class today (November 27th here!). Essentially the class is supposed to give insights on how business is conducted in China. I hope it delivers.

So that is my class schedule, so far I’ve completed 3 of the 7 classes; I have 3 more final exams and 3 more final presentations. I’m now going to take a deep breath and go back to studying statistics.

Oh and before I forget! As an Ode to Thanksgiving – thank you all who are following my journey! Hope everyone Stateside has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time!