December 7th, 2004

mystery

Wharton | November 19/20

Leadership

It took my going to Wharton to realize that the MIT cheer "we are, we are, we are the engineers" applies to me. At times I feel like a fraud in the analytical classes (statistics, optimization, etc.) - it's obvious that this stuff is too easy for me; it's as if I went to a high-school algebra class. I try to balance it out by being helpful to the others who are struggling. Later, it turns out that quite a few people feel that some of these classes are too easy, our common trait being the engineering background. At other times I feel like a fraud in the "softer" management/leadership classes - I clearly don't have the experience all these folks do, can't speak as eloquently without preparation, can't come up with interesting and relevant examples from my own work, my career is nowhere near theirs - should I even be here with them? Am I adding anything to these classes? I try to balance it out by taking notes and hoping to learn from them. And yet, more than ever before, I realize that I am an engineer from head to toe, in the broad sense of the word, and that it might not be that bad, after all.

Collapse )