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Dear Oppy: October 2020

We are proud to continue our agony advice column, Dear Oppy: B-School Advice for the Everyday Sternie.

Oppy can be quite Stern at times but is here to answer the queries and qualms of all MBA students so send them his/her way at oppy@stern.nyu.edu.

Dear Oppy,

I’ve recently started my MBA.. Do you have any advice for my next two years?

Best,

MBA1

Dear MBA1,

Take advantage of being back in school! Attend every class and speaker event in person. Sure, it can be uncomfortable to pile into a packed auditorium to hear a famous speaker or cram into a crowded bar for a social event – but events like these are where the memories are truly made. Network! The Corporate Presentations can be stressful but are a great way to expose yourself to new people and excellent business contacts. Stand in as many compact networking circles as possible. Plus, free spreads, food and drinks! Open your heart – some say 30% of a given class finds their spouse in business school – at least that many are seen making out a beer blast (which you should definitely attend). Finally, TRAVEL – see the world with business school! The only thing you can do wrong is go to business school without any of these amazing experiences. Without them, you might as well have done an online degree.

Cheers,

Oppy

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Dear Oppy, 

I’m a first year and I’m getting bullied by one of the MBA2s. She pushes me into the lockers, takes my Sosnoff money, and even makes me do her Work, Wisdom, and Happiness homework (I don’t even know her stress profile)! What should I do?

-Anonymous

Anonymous,

You think you can just run and tell on me to The Oppy? Well, I AM THE OPPY, you fink! 

You’re going to pay for this. I’ll be waiting for you after WWH, you’re dead meat! And I’ve got an entire project due for valuation tomorrow. Better get to work.

Best,

I OWN YOU

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Dear Oppy,

The most embarrassing thing happened to me on Zoom and I don’t know if I should drop the class or not. It was the first day of class and this cute guy started messaging me privately. Everything is going great. Two hours of giggling and fervent typing later, the professor puts us in separate breakout groups (I know. Rude). My group was literally the worst. No one was even cute. Fifteen agonizing minutes later, we are back in the main session. Predictably, the guy Zoom-messages me to see how my group was. I tell him how terrible each person was and why (I mean, a thorough group-effect analysis). Anywho, turns out that our Zoom chat had reverted to the default public setting and the entire convo was sent to the class and professor. What should I do?!?!

Best,

Ashamed on Zoom

Dear Ashamed,

Every class has a jerk, and you appear to be this one’s. Embrace the role. Revel in your lack of self-awareness. Feel pride in the fact that you bonded the rest of the class in their mutual hatred for you. But yeah, you should probably drop the class…and the specialization.

Best,

Oppy

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