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April 1st, 2010 by Wasim Al-Abed · 11 Comments · Semester 3
Tags: Culture·Everest·Gandhi·India·Taj Mahal·Work-life balance
Shailesh Nair // Apr 1, 2010 at 7:43 am
Love the post bro – and like Randy say, right there with you. I think you’ve captured probably what’s on everybody’s mind. A hurry to finish and yet a sense that we want this to go on. It seems like only yesterday we were holed up in a Tower in London waiting to be rescued.
Suresh Subasinghe // Apr 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm
Wasim, great post! I had that exact epiphany while working on the video last night… thoughts about the halfway point (wanting the exams and assignments to end but the experience to continue), the great admiration for the country of India, excitement about travel to China.
There is something markedly different about the way you process a region when you actually have to go to places and try to get people on camera by sticking a mic in front of them…
Randy Zwitch // Apr 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Amazing post Wasim. I’ve been thinking about what to write about my first 3 residencies, but I haven’t really gotten the ‘feel’ right. You’ve nailed it here. I’m still going to write about my first half experiences, but maybe I’ll focus on a different element!
You’re dead on when you say India is the residency that changed everything. For you 2011′ers, I’m not saying that London and Dubai weren’t amazing, but I didn’t “get it” until I traveled to India.
Andy Domenico // Apr 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm
I’m one of the 2011′ers, and our schedule has changed up a bit. We will be doing our 1st in Shanghai (get to see the new development in Kunshan! Nice!). With that being said, I have to ask; is there any way to prepare mentally for the residencies? I know that flights, visas, time off of work and family are all things that we can plan for, but how did you mentally prepare for two weeks of residency?
Randy Zwitch // Apr 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Hey Andy, welcome! The mental preparation is a good question. Let me think about it, see if I can pull a few others in, and then I’ll write a post about it. It’s actually a good time to reflect on this, since we’ll be leaving for Shanghai in the next week or so.
When your class blog gets up and running, are you interested in writing?
Andy Domenico // Apr 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm
Sure, I’d love to write as part of my class. Is the class blog going to be here or on the school site?
Randy Zwitch // Apr 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Well, I’ll keep maintaining this blog, with the idea of extending the number of classes under the ‘TFE’ umbrella; I’m not aware of any blogs through Fuqua (although, there might be).
Andy Domenico // Apr 5, 2010 at 8:45 pm
My wife wants to know if there is a CCMBA spousal support group. She needs some guidance from experienced people on how to survive my MBA LoL
I’m only half kidding………
syed // Apr 6, 2010 at 3:42 am
And It’s no joke, we have 2 official sections but there is a unofficial 3rd section for spouses.
Nauman Q // Apr 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm
nicely put Mr. Wasim! You’ve summed up your travel experiences to South Asia very well and I can sense from the choice of your words, the humbling impact that these milestones have left on your life.
Also, I can say, with confidence, that I am probably the one student in our class who is most excited to hit China just because I missed all of you in India. For me, its the next residency after Dubai (try to imagine that). Seems like ages since I’ve seen you guys and your post just made me realize of the great things to look forward to in China (most of all, the great company of the CCMBA 2010d).
Vijay Dheap // Apr 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm
Impeccable post Wasim…the depth of your writing helps visualize the experiences we have shared and increases the excitement looking ahead to Shanghai. For me, when I am heads down in course work, I can’t wait for it to get done. However, when I think back to the residencies and the people I have shared them with, I want it all to slow down. Can’t wait to be back together with CCMBA 2010d in Shanghai!