Fonty State of Mind
Class started up again on August 29th and P basically hit the ground running. Though coursework has slowed down a bit this semester, recruiting season has started in full force. Every afternoon or evening 2-4 companies present on campus to an amphitheatre full of eager almost-graduates, "coffee chats" have started with recruiting executives, and cover letters are being written and re-written. There is a whole new batch of students and partners on campus now, who have started their first semester in September. For the first few weeks of the month, I helped with the new partner orientation and activities, like showing them around the market, and introducing our clubs. There is also a batch of students and partners that have come on exchange from Singapore and it's been fun to connect with the partners that I met there in this completely different sleepy little town.
Fall in Fontainebleau has been surprisingly beautiful so far - sunny and warm with the odd cloudy day. This time around it seems much easier now that things are familiar and I can find the grocery store, the pharmacy, the post office, the alterationist. I even know which stores are open on mondays (probably because i can count them on one hand). We have settled back into a routine here that includes some studying, but mostly interview prep for P, and prenatal aquagym classes, yoga, thesis stuff, and cooking for me! We are definitely not taking advantage of the chateau parties so much this time around, which I am noticing is a common story among the other P4s as well. The mood has shifted from work hard, play hard, to oh crap, now I have to find a job! Students are researching companies, practicing cases, doing mock interviews - anything they can to feel on top of their game.