I can’t believe that it’s April. I can’t believe that this is Admitted Students’ Weekend.
Where has time gone? I remember exactly where I was last year when this weekend occurred and we weren’t in St. Louis. No, we couldn’t attend the festivities because one of my dearest friends was getting married and we were attending her wedding.
I remember being anxious that we couldn’t attend. What will we miss? Will everyone meet great friends over the weekend leaving us trying to meet people when everyone else has their group of friends?
WAIT A MINUTE. Am I missing an MBA admitted students weekend or missing my first day of middle school?
As much as I was able to rationalize how missing this weekend would not be the end of the world, I was still anxious that we would miss something that everyone else would discuss when we all gathered together again in August.
My husband, Turner, would have a chance to meet fellow students during orientation and in classes, while I sat at home and looked for a job in my new city. SO in many ways, this was one of the few times (I thought), I would have to meet other partners.
Then I realized something else, we were moving to St. Louis in July and Turner was attending Olin no matter what. So while a lot of prospective students were attending to see if Olin was the right fit for them, Turner had already decided that it was where he wanted to earn his MBA.
So now you might be wondering why all of these things are so important to me and if my husband was attending Olin, why is it so important for ME to attend this weekend. Truth be told, I was hoping to meet another partner who was already locked into Olin to be an email buddy with (an new age pen-pal, if you will), someone that I imagined would also be moving from a big, east coast city and adjusting to the midwestern lifestyle and we could swap transition stories and maybe even meet for coffee before Olin officially started in August. This way, I would already know one person and have one friend. But as you already know, that didn’t happen.
The good news is that I have since met many fellow partners, like myself, who are new to the area and together we go on many fun adventures exploring St. Louis. But more on that later…
For now, as my calendar fills up with Admitted Students Day weekend activities, I am so excited to meet with potential students and their partners who may not be enrolling at Olin, but will be supporting their partners as they begin their MBA.
My friends are all excited for the weekend, too, and we hope that we have a chance to meet you. There will be so many opportunities to see if Olin is the right program for you and rumor has it that some of the 2014 MBA class made their decision to attend Olin based on this weekend.
If you can’t attend the weekend and you are even a fraction as anxiety-driven as I am, do not worry. You are not alone, many soon-to-be Olin students can’t make it. There are MANY opportunities for you to meet other Olin partners later this summer. Even though we haven’t officially met yet, I very much look forward to meeting you.