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Ask Alex ~MBA2年生は卒業までにあと何をすべきか~

今日は月曜日。週のはじめからちょっと嬉しいことが。

ウォートンの学校新聞「Wharton Journal」に、「Ask Alex(アレックスに聞いてみよう)」という昨秋から新設された人気コーナーがある。

Alexというのは、ウォートンでファイナンス理論を教えるAlex Edmans。ファイナンス経験者向けの授業しか受け持っていないから珈琲男は彼に習うことはなかったが、学生からの評判はすこぶるいい。また、アカデミズムの世界でも随分と評価が高いようだ。なにせ、彼はまだ20代。はい、20代。彼にファイナンス理論を習う少なからぬウォートン生が彼より年上なわけだ。

その若さ故、学校内の学生主催のありとあらゆるイベントに出現してはみんなを湧かせてくれる。最近では、Philliy Fight Nightにボクサーとしてリングに上がってしまった。

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その彼に、いろんな質問をぶつけて回答してもらおう、というのが「Ask Alex」。就職関連のまじめな質問あり(彼はPh.Dの前はモルガンスタンレーで働いている)、軽いノリの質問あり。どんな質問でも上手い回答するなあと思っていつも楽しみにしてたのがこのコーナー。

一度質問してみたいな、と思ってたいたところ、卒業を目前に控えて、こんな質問が思い浮かんだ。

Putting yourself in the shoes of second year MBA student who are about to graduate (yes, us!), what would be the single thing you would do in the remaining time at business school?


卒業を間近に控えたMBAの2年生としては、残りの時間でなにをすべき?という質問。

編集局にメールしてみたら、それがそのまま採用された。Alexからの回答はこれ。ちょっと長いけど全部引用する(強調は筆者による)。

It's very hard for me to put myself in the shoes of a second-year MBA student, since I don't really associate with MBAs and have no idea what you guys get up to. But I'll give it a go. Being a second year, you won't have heard Professor Brian Bushee's excellent convocation speech to the class of 2011. One of his points was that there's no single Wharton experience, so I'll use this as an excuse to write about a couple of things rather than just one.

First, cherish your classmates. You'll never, ever again be surrounded by people with as diverse and impressive talents as those around you. There's still several show-type events left where you can enjoy their talents - the Wharton International Cultural Show, Fashion Show, Battle of the Bands, Comedy Club, Wharton Relays, Whartones Spring Concert, the Soccer 1st vs 2nd Year Challenge. Go to every one of them. I know most of them cost money, and you've probably been to many shows already this semester and might think you're at your limit point, but you just won't find such events after Wharton. You might think that some of these events aren't to your taste, but you'll be pleasantly surprised. I'm not normally a fan of visual arts, but saw highlights of WICS and Dance Studio during Wharton Live in last year's Welcome Weekend and was impressed - the Indonesian hand dance in particular was incredible.

Also, the whole ethos of Wharton - trying out new things and meeting new people - is just as true now as it was in pre-term 20 months ago. Perhaps it rings even truer now, since you only have six weeks left for this exploration. It might seem ridiculous to suggest meeting new people at this late stage, but there are several of your classmates who I've just come to know over the past month or two, who I've grown to really like and who I very much hope to keep in touch with after they graduate. You'll all have your established groups of friends by now, but you'll likely be seeing them after Wharton anyway. When I think back to my college days, I most miss my more "peripheral" friends - those whose company I always enjoyed when they were around, but who I wasn't so close to that we kept in touch when I jumped over the Atlantic. In terms of new activities, my TA Justin Serafini took some of you shooting for the first time a couple of weeks ago; for a far more useful new activity, huge props to those who participated in the cheesesteak-eating boat race during last weekend's hockey competition against Tuck and Yale. That's a skill that will see you going places in your careers.

And these are also your last six weeks to learn as much as you can from world-renowned professors. Classes may no longer seem important for those of you who've already secured jobs - and even less so for those still searching. But the skills you learn here will hopefully be of use for the rest of your life. Get as much as you can out of your professors - if you think there's something useful you can learn from them that's not in the syllabus, meet with them outside class. If your current classes aren't what you expected, there's still time to audit a class that might be more relevant.

Everything I've said so far is about how you can get the most out of Wharton. But, you can also think about how you can give back to Wharton in this remaining time. I often say to the first years that the second years are their greatest resource. You can mentor others new to a career, subject or hobby -Jenn Chu is giving up several hours to teach this year's Fashion Show models how not to look awkward on stage - I still have a long, long way to go … Those of you who were club officers might be looking forward to a well-deserved retirement, but your successors will really benefit you showing them the ropes. Similarly, just going to the events I mentioned earlier is a way of "giving back" and supporting your classmates who've put hours into preparing for them.


ひとつひとつが、今卒業を控えた自分には身に染みる。

珈琲男の立場でもうひとつだけ付け加えると、これまでの2年間を支えてくれた家族に感謝する、かな。
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