Thought some reflections on MAP might be in order. I'd say I have somewhat of a less traditional project, since
a) we're working for a non-profit
b) there are only four people on my team
c) all four are women, which certainly not the norm in business school.
We spent the week of March 19th in Washington D.C. to meet the sponsor and gather information. Though we did conduct no fewer than 17 1-hour interviews in 5 days, our sponsor was kind enough to encourage us to see the city and to give us the time to do so. The weather was beautiful - I had been to DC before, but largely in the summer, which was hotter than I care to describe - and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom (see picture below of me nearly bumping into a tree), which was even better than advertised. The best thing about the weather was that it gave us the chance to get a sense of the neighborhoods just by walking around. My favorite was probably the cobblestone streets and campus of Georgetown, but it was nice to get a better sense of the city overall.
The team interplay has also been interesting. I think the most valuable thing I've learned in business school so far is how to work effectively with, and learn from, people who think differently than I do. My team has very different backgrounds (PR/Communication, financial consulting, political fundraising, and...me....I guess nonprofit/investment research? weird slash...) and often different skills as well, and though it sounds cheesy, we really are better together than we would ever be apart. Hopefully we'll continue to be better together, since we need to produce a final presentation in just over two weeks! I'll be sure to give you some final reflections on MAP after the fact.
Hope you admits are planning on attending GBR next weekend - though I'm not generally a fan of large-scale social events (hmm, can you say that and still be someone people want to hang out with?), I thought GBR was a blast and, more importantly, a really great way to get a taste of the Ross culture. Hope to see you there!
Photo Credits: Kate Casolaro - thanks!