After two weeks of somewhat busy orientation, today was the first day in class. Although the orientation had a pre-term accounting course and given a taste of the class, assignment and even a test to end it, today was still officially the first day in class.

Listening to the experience and diversity of the classmates, realizing the experiences of the teachers, I again wondered if I really was sitting in this class. It is strange that even after two weeks of this college, sometimes I still wonder if this is real. Looking back at the last two years when I was following this school, the admission process, the results, the other process of getting here – it still hasn’t sunk in that I am doing MBA and at US, and at Smeal.

I met few more 2nd years who are just back from an intern experience and few with job offers.

Talking about the class – I wish I could just concentrate on the subjects rather than bother about the career fairs just like I wish I could just browse internet at home rather than cook and clean !

After 6 years of working, it feels great to be back at school. I am fortunate and thankful for many, most importantly for my parents for this to be possible.

I met many Indians who are pursuing PhD here, and many straight out of BE..and I kept feeling jealous ! I heard myself saying ‘better late than never’. I drew consolations from some of the classmates who have more than 10 years work experience and the average seems to be around 5.

Yesterday and day before I met lot of Indians and Kannadigas(attended a Ganesha pooja function too!) ..and realized there are some opportunities to pursue my other interests like community service, running, theatre and even salsa. But I fear that it would be highly difficult to manage my time with my studies and all these interests. Plus I want to participate in so many activities that I fear biting more than I can chew. So am thinking twice before making commitments.