Wednesday, February 18, 2009

B-School Checklist

Over the course of the year, I've come to rely on some essential items that help me get through business school with my sanity intact. If you are headed for b-school this fall, you may want to pick up these highly recommended items:

Smart Phone
I love my iPhone. Not only because it is cool, but because it really helps me navigate my crazy business school schedule. I can check my email, manage my calendar, and even sign up for interview slots while I'm on the go (or, er, in class ...). A few times, I was meeting a person I had never met, and I could easily look them up on Facebook to see what they looked like. If you are blackberry person, I recommend going for one that can get the real internet. It is truly life changing to have internet at your finger tips!

Wireless Headphones
If you are planning to live with a spouse or roommate, these will make your life a lot easier. We waited to long to get these, but once we did they were key! Now my husband can watch the game, while I still get a quiet apartment to work in.
Sennheiser RS120 926 MHz Wireless RF Headphones with Charging Cradle

Zip Fizz
Lack of sleep is par for the course in bschool. I found a great alternative to coffee called Zip Fizz. It's a powder combo of caffeine and vitamins that you mix with water. This stuff has a small but devoted following at Wharton. You can buy it cheaply at Amazon or Costco.
Zipfizz-Healthy Energy Drink Mix, 30 Tubes Variety Pack

Pandora
I have this on my iPhone, and it has been a lifesaver at times when I've been trying to finish a paper or study for an exam in a distracting spot. All I need is a good station to drown out the noise and I can focus.
www.Pandora.com



11 comments:

Glenn Friesen said...

DUDE! Excellent, honest checklist! Pandora _is_ a life saver!

Redford said...

Spot on list. A smartphone is a must. Never got into the whole iPhone thing but whatever floats you boat, for me it's my trusty blackberry. Never needed wireless headphones but a set of quality headphones is a must cuase the ipod ones don't cut it in the slightest and sennheiser is the brand of choice. As for Zip Fizz we had an american come over and join our london business school mba who swore by the stuff. I'm glad to tell yo it now has a devoted following over here too...

Sana said...

excellent post,
i really appreciate, being an MBA student i also require all these things,
-SANA

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I'm surprised that taking time off to travel isn't on this list. When I talk to classmates, this is the *one* thing that really makes for an outstanding summer before starting school. All the prep is great, but do remember to take time off for yourself.

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