April 29, 2016

All good things come to an end

Eeshan Srivastava is a candidate in the full-time MBA program, who will graduate this May.

The time to say goodbye is coming near for the 2016 batch of MBA students at Weatherhead. I am privileged to be one of them. The graduation ceremony on May 15 will mark the end of two glorious years of academic rigour, professional pursuit and memorable camaraderie. For someone like me, studying abroad for the first time in my life, this experience has been transformative to say the least. I can go on with these accolades for Weatherhead and the Case Western Reserve community in a more dramatic format, but in this post I will try to be more objective and point out the highlights of my experience.

Although I enjoyed all courses but my favorite ones were:
I am especially grateful to have been in the Design in Management course. For an aspiring product manager, there could not have been a more appropriate year-long education that included multiple projects with real companies and an emphasis on human-centered design thinking. It’s like I've got a new pair of microscopic contact lenses in my eyes that enable me to look deep at products and systems. Combine this with the learnings from Richard Buchanan’s design theory lectures, you have a killer mindset for identifying the right problem and then solving it. What else do you need from an MBA education?

Another highlight of the program was the abundance of real-world executives coming in to the classroom, sharing their experiences and then talking candidly to students. You get to hear war stories, board room strategies and personal stories that leave you inspired in one way or another. 

The other major highlights were:
 Student Clubs: The life and bloodline of the Weatherhead graduate student community. I had the opportunity to be part of a brand new club – Weatherhead Wellness – which aims to instill wellness into the lives of students and help be better at what they do. Besides that, I enjoyed participating in club events, especially the ones hosted by Multi-Cultural club and IDEA club.

STEX: Initially led by Al DiFranco and now Alexis Hayman, the Student Experience office is the friendliest place in the school! Just go and talk to Mimi and then you'll understand what I mean. They care so much about student life at Weatherhead and try their best to keep students engaged through a variety of events at regular intervals.

Case Western Reserve Community: The university itself is a great resource of events, clubs, activities and anything else you can desire from a top notch university. You can watch deeply discounted concerts at Severance Hall every week or you can go and watch a play at the Eldred Theatre and see our talented students perform. You can play and compete in the intramural tournaments every semester. If you're an international student, then you get to experience a lot of cool events organised by the ISS. And my favorite events were the SpringFest, Garba Night organized by UISA, Country Dancing organised by GSC and the Hudson Relays. There were of course many others in this list too.

Besides these I went on city treks, career fairs and case competitions in different cities that allowed me to travel as well as represent Weatherhead outside of Cleveland. And of course I loved contributing to the “Life at Weatherhead” blog over the past year and a half (Thanks Sarah and Nicole!). After reading all of this you should be able to tell that I did a LOT of things during these two years and that's completely true. But it's also true that other friends of mine were able to many other different things. It just shows the vastness of opportunities available here to enhance not just your knowledge and skill set, but also your personality and mindset. I ended up making numerous friendships, some of which will last for a long time to come and I learned lessons that will keep coming back to me over a lifetime.

So this was my experience at Weatherhead. If you're an outgoing 2nd-Year MBA, leave a comment and let me know how it was for you.

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