1. If you’re planning on having time to do all those things that you haven’t gotten around to while working around the clock…toss out the list because HBS is all-consuming. You will have a lot of work and a lot of fun. Regardless, the HBS experience will fill your plate.
2. Some HBS dorm rooms are roughly 8 x 10 feet.ÿ People liken the experience to living in a closet (you can stretch out your arms to full wingspan and touch both walls at once). The silver lining to living in a dorm is being able toÿ”commute” to class throughÿunderground, insulated tunnels while a blizzard wrecks havoc outside. Weigh both sides of this equation very carefully.
3. If you come to HBS in a long-distance relationship: good luck, put effort into it, and try to make it work. But don’t neglect getting to know your section.ÿWhen your relationship inevitably ends around the winter holidays, it’s your section mates that will pick you up, dust you off, and buy you drinks until you heal.
4. If you come to HBS single, here’s some advice: do not hook up with anyone before Thanksgiving.ÿ Also: someone wants to take you home after a club party? Bad. Someone wants to take you out to dinner? Good. Word to the wise: information travels fast in a bubble.
5. You really shouldn’t have thrown away the crazy costumes you collected during your undergraduate years; theme-parties are alive and well at HBS.
6. Section I is the best section at HBS. Unless you ask the misguided souls in sections A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, or J. Before your first week is out, you, too, will be inexplicably gung-ho crazy about your new family of 90, that was a group of 90 strangers just days before!
7. You will remember no more than 10 cases well by the end of RC [first] year.ÿ But you’ll have to prepare 350 of them.
8. Do not underestimate how much getting organized will improve your life. Resist the urge to pile cases on every surface of your apartment! ÿIf you take just 10 minutes each day to get organized for tomorrow, you will be dramatically happier for the remaining 23 hours and 50 minutes.
9. On spending a windfall: You will most likely enter a lottery to have the opportunity to spend $5,000 on a trip to Japan, China, Europe.or, potentially even Antarctica. (You should take careful notes for when you may want to IPO your company 10 years down the road. This is how to create an oversubscribed offering.)
10. HBS brings together your favorite things about all levels of schooling and makes them better:
– College: Weekend Parties; HBS: Monday – Sunday Parties.
– High School: House parties when your parents are gone; HBS: House parties when your neighbors are gone.
– Middle School: Making fun of people; HBS: Skydeck.
– Elementary School: Name tags and assigned seats; HBS: Name tags and assigned seats.
– Kindergarten: Show and tell; HBS: Bring your parents or friends to class.
– Pre-School: Nap time; HBS: Class.
11. HBS will challenge you to give 100% of yourself every moment of every day. It’s not sustainable, but it’s not supposed to be. Two years is an incredibly finite amount of time – approach it as a chance to live more fully than you will at any other time in your life.