Getting a Running Start at B-School

There's not a lot of time to waste in business school. Here are 10 tips for making the most of your first semester

Like many first-year students, Shahnaz Shushtari walked onto Cornell's Johnson School campus last fall thinking she had the right game plan for her first semester of business school. Eager to be involved in campus activities, she signed up for 15 clubs during the activity fair the first week of school, including golf, wine, and outdoors. She quickly realized she had gotten in over her head. "When a classmate pulled me aside and asked me how many clubs I signed up for and I couldn't say them in one breath, I knew I was in trouble," says Shushtari, who spoke at an orientation last week for first years about lessons she learned as a wet-behind-the-ears MBA student.

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