Saturday, October 3, 2009

Scheduling or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Smartphone

Just a few weeks ago I was wondering what my schedule would look like when school started. I had a list (an ambitious list!) of things that I was hoping I could keep doing regularly even after the quarter began. I've already started crossing items off of that list.

It doesn't take long at Kellogg to fill up your calendar with a plethora of classes, meetings, and events. Classes are generally held for 1.5 hours twice a week in one of two configurations: Mon/Thurs or Tues/Friday. There are some classes that instead meet once a week for three hours or on the remaining days, but I haven't come across any of them yet. Club activities, school events, and company presentations occur on a daily basis, and they all pretty much fall in two timeslots: 12:15-1:15 and 5:15-6:15. Again, there are some events that last longer or fall outside of these timeslots, but they are the exceptions.

Any remaining time in your schedule is quickly absorbed by group meetings that occasionally run past their allotted time, regular day-to-day activities (like paying bills with loans, ordering business cards, or verifying that you have enough money in your bank account for that $2 cup of coffee and $2 muffin that get you going in the morning), socializing, homework, and additional responsibilities that come from leadership roles, competitions, etc.

Scheduled events can and probably will change from time to time, so it is worthwhile to have a way to manage your calendar on the go. For most students, this is accomplished via a laptop (Snow Leopard's built in Exchange support is amazing) and a smartphone. I've noticed that there are more iPhones than Type-A Personalities at Kellogg. If you are an incoming student, you should definitely consider picking up a smartphone or hiring a personal assistant. I hear that undergrads are a great source of cheap labor.

Here is what my calendar looked like both last week and this week; this was taken straight from iCal. Keep in mind, that I have a very small number of leadership roles at this point, and I still haven't finished adding everything to this week's calendar. Nonetheless, I think it should give you a good idea of what things are like for a typical student, and why it feels like a month has passed after every week.

Week 2


Week 3

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