Prefrosh Preview: Occupy the McDonough School of Business
If you’re enrolled in the MSB right now, you’re doing yourself a big favor. Not only will you heighten your appeal to future employers, but your time at Georgetown will be exponentially more…comfortable than the rest of the student body. Here’s a laundry list of why your SFS friends will be unfathomably jealous of your freshman year:
The Rafik B. Hariri building is the pride of the McDonough School of Business. This state of the art structure is littered with fully equipped classrooms (you never have to worry about finding a power outlet), capacious study spaces to save you from the macabre behemoth known as Lauinger Library, and an undergraduate commons area stocked with printers and scanners. Which brings us to the next perk:
1000 Free* Prints per Semester
As your buddies will soon tell you, printing in Lauinger is a pain in the derriere. Fortunately, under the auspices of MSB’s Tech Center, business students can print up to 1000 free (*and by free, I mean it’s included as a Lab Fee in your tuition, but you can keep that fact from your peers) pages in the familiar halls of Harriri.
Bagels with the Dean
Once a week, the benevolent MSB deans pile loads of bagels and coffee onto a table for a schmooze-sesh with the undergrads. Trust me, this is a big deal.
Depending on the amount of AP credits you received, the first year in the business school is relatively relaxed in the amount and scope of assignments. First of all, the lack of a language requirement is an immense relief to the less linguistically talented. On top of that, the first-year business classes lean towards general, intuitive courses such as International Business. Enjoy this abundant free time while it lasts—from sophomore year on the assignments get increasingly tedious.
Most B-school classes have a curve. The typical curve limits the number of A’s distributed and places a ceiling on the classes’ averages. In other words, a lot of you will see B’s on your report cards, and if you made it into Georgetown, you probably see a B on your report card as catastrophic to your GPA.
If you’re still worried about the curve, just ask yourself: am I going to graduate school? If no, then a B should suit you just fine. If yes, then you should do everything you possibly can to damage your classmates’ grades. As you may slowly find out, the MSB can be either a stroll in the park (C students) or a dog-eat-dog, bare-knuckled affair (A students). It’s your choice.
Assistant Editor’s Note: Spelling mistake corrected.