If you would be walking through the corridors of the dungeons right now, you would not see a lot of happy faces. Today was a day of nasty surprises. It started off with the first “dings” (rejections on job applications) popping up in the inboxes during class this morning. On campus recruitment activities have been feverish in the past weeks, with one after the other application deadline coming up. This is partly because the next two weeks are scheduled for on campus interview rounds. So today was apparently the day for these companies to let us know if we had passed the first selection hurdle or not.
I cannot say that I am effected by this, as my focus is more off campus then on campus, but you can’t help but feel bad for those who got dinged. Everyone has put a lot of time and effort into the applications and, even if it isn’t your dream job, rejection always hurts. But what I find telling about our class “norms & values” is that those people share this on Facebook openly. You could also run the risk of the fortunate people “boasting” about the interview acceptance, making those who didn’t make it feel even worse. Not with us; our class feels comfortable enough to share their disappointment with each other and it’s really nice to see the many, many words of encouragement in reply.
I got my nasty surprise this afternoon though, with our final Finance exam. I say final, but after the way it went today I am not so sure! Basically my brain went into gridlock as soon as I opened the exam. You know how it goes, if the first question you see you don’t get immediately all hell breaks lose in your brain, rendering you pretty much useless for the rest of it. I tried to tell myself to chill and I ploughed through it as best I could, but I left the room 4 hours later feeling far from happy.
So all in all not a good start to what will be 2,5 days of exams and integrative exercises. All the more reason to go home and get some rest before the madness starts again tomorrow.
As someone wise once said: this too shall pass….