No, it definitely doesn’t look like in this picture 🙂
Enrolling in an Executive MBA is the easiest thing, the fun or the pain, depending on how you look at it, starts after that. I’m often asked – what is a typical study weekend like at an Executive MBA program. I’ve covered this partly in my previous posts here and here, let me take you through our last study weekend of 2014.
School starts for me actually on Thursday night itself when I leave for Budapest. Last minute packing as always and I leave for the train station by 22:30.
The compartments, as you can see, look a bit cramped, but sometimes it reminds me of my childhood days when we used to travel by long distance trains to my grandparents during summer holidays.
Arrival in Budapest at 08:50 and by 09:30 I reach our weekend home. I quickly freshen up and head to our neighborhood café along with my friend Stanislav. It’s amazing how much we can get done in a café environment with all that noise around. This also happened to be our exam weekend, with 2 final exams scheduled, along with some regular classes, so we needed this extra time.
I thought I was quite early reaching school at noon, but others beat me to it. Scene inside the study boxes was intense. Everyone was flipping through their notes, discussing, arguing and basically doing their bit to be in best shape possible for the exam.
Our first class of the day was packed with a guest lecture, two student presentations and the final exam, all within 3 hours. I consider it an honour to have a chance to listen to such a charismatic speaker, I’ll dedicate a separate post for this as I don’t think I’ll be able to do justice to this great personality in two or three lines.
The student groups did a fantastic job with their presentations on the Capitalist Manifesto – what led to the strangest crisis ever, Capitalism or human error?
Next up was the exam, went like a whiz. Post exam, the mood was more of relief than anything else. Evening was fortunately free and it was back to the study mode to get ready for next day’s exam. We left school by 17:00.
One of the best things of Budapest is it’s culinary scene, so many great cuisines to try. We decided to go with a popular Indian restaurant. Discussion on corporate strategy went well with spicy curries.
Early morning session on corporate strategy and a coffee was all I needed to kick start my day. I love this class for Prof. Akbar’s interactive style of teaching, case discussions and hearing real-life examples from my fellow executives. I’m sure we could still go on arguing what Tesla would be without Elon Musk!
After a quick lunch Prof. Mel Horwitz and Prof. Bala Mulloth held an info session on our New York City module which is schedule for summer semester. Preparations have already started and I’m so looking forward to it. Check out what happened during last NYC module.
Hardly any time to breathe as the Management Science exam started right after. This was officially the last session at school before we all left for a well-deserved winter break.
Who can resist Budapest’s Thermal Baths. Some enthusiasts went to Rudas bath, few others stayed back in school and others just went back to rest, so did I. Really needed a power nap by that time.
Rachael offered to host a mulled wine and mince pies party at her place, thanks Rachael! This was surely the best way to end the trimester. There is nothing like some intellectually stimulating conversations over a glass of mulled wine.
Our dear friend Janos showed his culinary skills, the Viennese Crescents were yummy. He is yet to share his secret recipe though! This poor quality picture doesn’t do justice to the man’s skills and the taste of his creation.
By the time we reached home, it was 03:15 a.m., time to get some sleep.
I can’t remember the last time I slept till 10 in the morning, what a feeling. It was right in time for a Sunday brunch and Peter decided to try supposedly one of the best bakeries in Budapest. What a pity, it was right next to our apartment and we never saw it. The queues inside Daubner were long, the aroma of fresh baked Pogacha, cakes and breads just made the wait seem even longer. Finally we got to try what we were watching for about 10 minutes and really, this was nothing like I’ve tasted before. You must try when in Budapest. Thanks Tamas for the tip 😉
Time to say goodbye to Budapest now for 4 weeks, I head off to Central Station, taking good old Railjet to Munich.
On the way back I was wondering, is this really a 4 weeks break? I’m sure most of us have full plates for these 4 weeks. Be it spending time with families, traveling, working on personal projects or other things we’ve been postponing for the “right moment”. What will keep you busy during these holidays?