So long, summer! For second-year students at HBS it's time to kick off the final year of the MBA program.
Elizabeth Bruyere So excited to be back at this place! #lifeatHBS #secondyearbestyear
Parker Trevor All my friends get back tomorrow. Let #lifeathbs resume.
While all first-year students take part in the same foundational curriculum, second years are free to customize their EC course load. This means students can continue to take a broad swath of classes or hone their interests in a particular subject area. Students also have the option to cross register at other Harvard schools, Tufts, and MIT.
Each fall, second-year leaders from student clubs coordinate retreats for their members. It's a time to bond, explore New England, and welcome new members.
Anndrea Moore Literally had the BEST weekend at the @hbsaasu retreat!!! #lifeatHBS
Second-year students spend their days in class, preparing cases, and recruiting for full-time jobs. They also find time to kick back and have some fun.
Students enjoy the vibrant New England colors during the Autumn season at HBS.
This fall the Africa Business Club launched the school's first Africa Week to celebrate the presence of Africa at HBS.
Students from Africa
Sub-Saharan countries represented
Alumni living and working in Africa
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Throughout their time at HBS students have the opportunity to hear from an abundance of cases protagonists and business thought leaders.
Student clubs are an integral part of student life at HBS. In their second year, many students choose to pursue leadership positions.
Annual Club Conferences
Members in the Women's Student Association (the largest club on campus)
Students come to HBS to hone their leadership skills and business acumen. They leave with friendships that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Anndrea Moore Section B thanksgiving tonight! #lifeathbs
Come December, second-year students scramble to wrap up their penultimate semester at HBS.
Carlyn "Last day of class, turning the theoretical lens on myself with wise words from Clay Christensen: "More and more MBA students come to school thinking that a career in business means buying, selling, and investing in companies. That's unfortunate. Doing deals doesn't yield the deep rewards that come from building up people." And with that, my third semester is a wrap." #lifeathbs
First and second-year students come together to celebrate the close of first semester.
In the January of their second year, students have the opportunity to take Immersive Field Courses around the globe. The vast majority of content consists of an on-the-ground assignment to learn about and advise on real business problems.
Carlyn "So inspired by 3/11 earthquake tsunami and fukushima nuclear disaster survivors. Visiting washed away towns, meeting local entrepreneurs rebuilding from grief, learning from students as they move past the horror, seeing hope and #resilience in everything. We have MUCH to be thankful for in this life."
At the end of January, EC students return to Boston to begin their final semester of business school.
It wouldn't be winter in Boston without a snowstorm or two. February delivered a blanket of snow across the HBS campus and a beautiful to top off the evening.
After cramming cases and completing midterms in March, students enjoy some well deserved time off.
noracbarr "You know you've arrived in Cuzco, Peru when you encounter llamas!!! #machupicchu" #lifeathbs
With graduation only a couple of months away, second year students take advantage of their time together - both on campus and off.
In April, second year students don tuxes and gowns to celebrate spring semester in style. The venue? Boston’s historic public library, built in 1848.
The academic year isn’t complete without the annual HBS Show. A collection of talented students write, produce, and act in this full length musical that parodies their time at business school.
All good things must come to an end! With May (and graduation) in sight, EC students make the most of their final weeks on campus (and feel all the feels).
"Feeling very inspired by all the amazing professors and students I have met on this last day of class. My two years at this amazing institution are quickly coming to a close." #lifeathbs #500caseslater #inspired #alwaysastudent
To close out their time at HBS, all graduating students participate in Bridges—a three day capstone experience. ECs return to their first year section where they take time to reflect on the past two years and consider next steps on their career and life journeys.
addisonferrell "Just finished my final day and feeling overcome with gratitude for this community, deeply loved by my family, and hopeful for the future." #SectionB #lifeathbs
Is it over already? After two years in Boston, members of the Class of 2016 say their farewells to Beantown.
The countdown to commencent begins!
For the last 15 years, graduating students have been asked to answer a simple question taken from the last lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver. From the submissions, 32 winning essays are selected. Alum Tony Deifell (MBA 2002) first came up with the concept during his time at HBS, and returns each year to photograph the finalists.
Mary Oliver "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
On the day before commencement, HBS honors its graduates through a variety of school sponsored activities. This includes a Dean's Award breakfast, a Leadership Fellows brunch, and a Baker Scholar luncheon. This year's Class Day Ceremony featured faculty awards and keynotes from Tom Tierney and Marcelle de Souza Goncalves Meira (MBA 2016).
harvardhbs "Live your life with an intense passion and gratitude for this opportunity."— Student Class Day Speaker Marcelle de Souza Goncalves Meira #HBS2016
And just like that, two years at HBS comes to a close. Surrounded by family and friends, the Class of 2016 receive their diplomas on a beautiful May day on campus.
harvardhbs "Today the Class of 2016 received their diplomas and Dean Nitin Nohria left the graduates with three words to live by: hope, humility, and honor." #HBS2016 #harvard16