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The new Full Time MBA class is in full swing as they recently completed the requisite GO! (Gateway Olin) Program.  The Graduate Programs Office and Dean Mahendra Gupta welcomed 141 new students to the MBA Class of 2017 on Wednesday, July 29.

Go week 2015Students began their academic courses immediately with Professor Jackson Nickerson’s CrTIC class and Professor Ray Sparrowe’s Leadership class.

GO! Leaders were on hand to assist with events and programs including a second year panel, scavenger hunt and team building day.

The grand finale of the GO! Program was the traditional riverboat cruise on the Becky Thatcher.  Welcome Class of 2017!

The New York Times and NBC News published advice this week from older and wiser students on how to handle the stress of freshman year at college.  An incoming WashU undergrad got a laundry list of do’s and don’t’s from her big sister. And a rising WashU junior encourages the Class of 2019 to take advantage of their new found freedom of choice. Read on for more words of wisdom from those who’ve been there, done that, and survived freshman year.

From The New York Times:

“I wrote this list — a compilation of things I wish I had known at the start of college three years ago — for my sister, an incoming freshman at Washington University in St. Louis.

1. When you are stressed, take a shower. You will feel productive and you will be clean.

2. Your grade in one class does not define you.

3. Make sure you check in with yourself now and then. How are you doing? If the answer is not so great, treat yourself. Prioritize your well being.

4. Some readings are more important than others. It’s O.K. to skim sometimes.

5. Don’t be afraid to call campus security if you or a friend is sick/feels unsafe.

6. Take naps. Preschool and college are the only times when napping is socially acceptable.

7. If you always have enough clean socks/underwear, your life will be so much easier.”—Justine Goode, Oberlin College, ’16

From NBCNews.com

Don’t be afraid to experiment.

“Freshman year is the first time you can truly make your own choices: No parents breathing over your shoulder, no reputation you have to uphold, no set group of friends to impress. Take whatever classes most interest you; don’t worry about choosing a major or meeting requirements quite yet. I have changed my major at least four times and I’m still on track to graduate on time, so trust me; take the most random and exciting classes you can.”

—Jessica Thea, rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis

Image: uconn.edu, Freshman Beanies 1965

Orientation officially gets underway today, Aug. 21, with Move-In Day and Convocation this evening. For details on where to go and how to get there, check out the First Year Center web pages. 

You can also watch the Convocation Ceremony live tonight at 7:20pm.

Good luck and Welcome to Wash U! We’re glad you’re here.

Image: WUSTL convocation ceremony, WUSTL Photo Services

During GO! Week orientation, Olin’s MBA Class of 2016 gets some free advice from second year MBAs on getting the most out of business school. Hear what the wise, old second years have to say about the past year and what they would have done differently if they had only known then what they know now. Welcome to all the first year MBAs!

With Gateway Olin (GO!) starting today and internships coming to a close for 2nd year MBA’s, Olin is gearing up for another year of classes. I was in a meeting late last night with Ryan Maher, Liz Fernandez, and Ashley Ross putting the final touches on our roles as GO! Week Leaders.

I’ve got a meeting tomorrow night with Derek and Elizabeth Lewis to go over Olin Partners Association’s (OPA) welcome BBQ on Saturday.

With my internship at Sigma-Aldrich concluding Friday, I cannot help but feel excited to get back into the swing of things at Olin and meet all the new students in the class of 2015.

Pictured above: GO! Week team building exercise with the class of 2012.

Watch this video from last year’s GO! Week to see what’s in store!