I just came home. The Consulting Club put on a second BootCamp for us to give us a crash course on case interview preparation. The mornings of today and Saturday had the second year Board members give presentations on how they do a certain type of case, and the afternoon was spent with the Board members or certain alumni that travelled back just for this weekend doing breakout sessions to apply what we learned (hopefully) in the morning sessions.
It was very intensive and gruelling, and I am very very tired, but a lot more knowledgeable about how to approach cases now!
The reason they did this (and the weekend was sponsored by Deloitte) was because we as first years need start ramping up our efforts in practicing for the case interviews that will happen in early January. The CoC here prohibits all firms from starting their interviews for internships until the new year, but needless to say, the top consulting firms that recruit here all jump on as soon as they can! Mini 2 is already shaping up to be a rough mini; I have 7 assessment items to do this week alone.
Tepper here is at a slight disadvantage to other schools. My first mini consisted of very quant-heavy courses like Probability & Statistics and Optimization. I've been told, in comparison, other programs have Strategy or something similar as one of their first courses, where case analysis is standard. Granted, my Marketing and Operations classes this mini are case-heavy, we're still a little behind the experience curve. I honestly wouldn't change it for the world however.