Rotman Orientation Aug 26-28, 2014


Rotman Orientation Camp

Aug 26-28 was a fairly busy daily for me entire days. We had our very first Rotman Orientation Camp (different from the one held by Graduate Business Council). I only found out about it one day before the start of the event, but I managed to make all the necessary contacts and participate.


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Just two weeks ago, I never imagined that I would be able to take a part of this class together, which is why it made me feel nostalgic, happy, and resolute as well in some way.

Starting off with the introduction of the Fulltime MBA by Mihnea Moldoveanu, associate dean of the Rotman MBA, the class started to jump into what the Rotman MBA is truly about.


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I actually felt somewhat relieved and became very attentive (more than before) when he demonstrated some of the examples of MBA problem solving using engineering examples. Coming from an engineering background, I could understand his words and what he meant to say more easily.

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In the afternoon of day one, the class, divided into teams, has completed an interesting exercise called a reciprocity ring. Basically, how it works is that  you share your current needs/wants (ex: I want a cat, I want to learn how to play piano) and your first point of network (your class) will try to come up with solutions altogether, and if not, their friends will try to help, and if not, even their friends of friends will help! While it may not sound very useful, you would not believe what kind of solutions and network surrounds you. 


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While walking back home, I noticed a bike share, something that reminds me of the one I saw in New York. Although I haven’t found a need for it yet, hopefully I can try it sometime.


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Lunchtime is always exciting.

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The main advantage of the Rotman MBA is definitely the summer internship with a well-equipped career centre which is there to fully support your career development needs. To prepare, we had a chance to attend a session ‘2-hour job search’ by Steve Dalton, an author of the book ‘2-Hour Job Search.’ His job search, filtering, and networking methods were indeed very interesting and insightful with a few tricks that I can hide up my sleeves.

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Followed by current second year student career panel, we had chances to hear what to expect going forth.

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UT Bookstore. I have a feeling I will be visiting this place quite often.

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What happens when you mix some of water to the wine, then pour mixed wine substance back into the water?

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How I design my MBA. How I maximize its value and get the best outcome is totally up to me.

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Just don’t hand over your joystick to someone else.

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So the long three day orientation is over and while admitted candidates also have options not to attend this orientation, my personal opinion: it should be mandatory to attend, and here’s why.

  • It is a good time to find out what to really expect in terms of studies, careers, and mindset to equip as a Rotman student
  • You have a chance to network with your classmates beforehand. Everyone is basically new as well, so you will meet many people with interesting backgrounds.
  • My first class started yesterday, and I feel more acquainted with the Rotman environment both physical and mentally. It is definitely better than jumping into the class straight.



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