In Term 6, also known as the “Super Term,” we took 4 classes, and it was possible to end up on 4 entirely different teams for each class. The Cross Continent students and the Weekend Executive students took elective classes together during the term, which made the teams even more diverse than usual.
Each professor had team composition requirements, including the number of students per team, along with required mixes of Cross Continent and Weekend students. Two of my teams ended up with an exact mix of half-and-half. On the other two teams, I was the token Weekend student, by choice, because I sought out new and different team mates in order to meet as many of the Cross Continent students as possible.
Since the four classes were taught in only 2 weeks (with distance learning to follow), it was a very intense residency. We worked on assignments every night, while trying to get to know the members of our teams, in addition to trying to network with additional members of the other class. There were so many people to try to get to know in such a short period of time, it was positively dizzying!
It was exhilarating, exciting, and exhausting! We were mixing, and learning to work together in new teams, while trying to get through the busy Super Term. It was such a rush!
By getting to know students in the other program, I noticed that there are very clear differences between the Cross Continent and Weekend Executive cohorts. Specifically, the Weekend students mostly live on the East Coast of the U.S., and the average age of the students is 35. The Cross Continent average age is around 30, and students come from the U.S. as well as from around the world. Despite our differences, we still shared many things in common — many of the same professors, similar curriculum and classes, and a love for Fuqua.
During Super Term, my teams met to negotiate our assignments during the residency, but also to determine what our division of labor would be during the distance portion of the term, which is now in progress. I’m still learning to adjust to a myriad of communication and work styles, and how to pull my weight on different teams.