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Starting my MBA soon, and the class Slack is overwhelming. People are organizing networking hangouts, alumni panels, community service, etc. The calls I’ve been on have felt a bit tryhard. I’m burnt out from work and don’t really want to engage until the fall. That said, I also can’t help but feel I’ll be at a disadvantage if I don’t. Thoughts?

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Definitely try hard city. Don’t worry you won’t be out of it, it’s a small slice of the class that has the drive or time to participate in those things now

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Lol try hard city

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My take is that you'll have two full years to get to know these people, so engage to the extent that you feel comfortable doing, but there's no need to go overboard. A small, high-quality network of people who enjoy hanging out with each other can go much further in the long run than a large but loose network that doesn't foster strong bonds.

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It always starts off like that but you eventually figure it out and know what to engage in and what to punt. I wouldn’t stress

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Thanks all. Not sure if I’m being judgmental and/or sensitive.

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This is how I feel when I first started in Deloitte. You’ll find your place, don’t worry!

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You can literally do nothing from now until the day you start and do just fine in both academics and personal relationships. Kellogg was great because we had KWEST so I got a nice friend network at the start but I branched out very quickly.

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Would rather not - sorry!!

Haha I’m in the GSB and it’s the same thing... like you already got in can you chill? You don’t have to prove your credentials to me. Most of my friends mentioned for the alum network it’s not your immediate class that you benefit from so I’m distancing myself and enjoying the time before I have to start.

Invest in figuring out your bucket list and priorities. Not enough time to do everything

This was absolutely true at my bschool (Anderson). take some time off from slack - no need to engage until a couple weeks before school starts. Enjoy your b school time!

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