Being a Bolognesi
A lot has happened since I last updated you, and I regret not informing you more regularly. On Tuesday, we had pre-term orientation. It was fairly standard: A welcome from the faculty, and some information on student clubs. I think I am going to run for Student Government.
The first day of class was uneventful. The 8:30 am start felt early, probably because it was an econ class. Our class ran for two and a half hours, so we were given a break about an hour and half into class, at which point I got an espresso, which powered me through the remainder of class.
I can't say I was overwhelmed, but it is definitely going to be a challenge. And the fact that it is pass/fail puts me at ease.
I probably sound like a douche bag on here when I talk about how "amazing" -- what a terrible adjective -- my classmates are, but I feel very lucky to be at the same school as these people. I'm grateful partially because of their intelligence and definitely because of their generosity and kindness. So far everyone has helped everyone, and there have been plenty of people who have helped me in my remedial state of econ.
Actually, I just came back from a study session with three different people from three different countries in two different regions of the world. For a few reasons it was really helpful. First, they are either on the same level of econ as I am, which can actually be helpful, or they are really good at explaining the concepts. Also, I find it valuable to study and interact with people from other countries for a number of reasons that most of you probably already know or agree with.
So, so far, school has happened, but professional development has also. This is the part that my parents will be excited about.
So SAIS has a pretty good reputation among international relations schools. They are a part of the self-proclaimed G5 (greatest 5 IR schools. Kind of douchey, I know.) Despite our larger class -- comparatively speaking to Georgetown, Princeton, Harvard, etc. -- I think professional development is one of the reasons why the program stands above many.
The lady who runs the program is on top of her shit like nothing I've ever seen. We have an insane website called SAISworks that shows pretty much anything we would need in a job search, and it even connects us with employers. It actually has so much stuff that I don't even know everything that is on it yet. But our professional development class is a preterm class in itself. Literally. We have to complete it. So far we have done a self-personality assessment that comprised analyzing professional accomplishments and failures and why we either succeeded or failed. We now have to research companies and rework our resume.
I'm kind of getting scatterbrained right now, but I want to update you, so I will wrap this up and probably edit this later.
The person who runs the program says that on average 80 percent of SAISers get internships between their first and second years. Of the 20 percent who don't, many choose to take language classes at SAIS over the summer, and some others waited until April to apply, which shows a complete lack of commitment to the process. So what it sounds like, 100 percent of SAISers who aren't total degenerates get internships. Next time you see me, I'll be employed.
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