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Junior Skips Coffee Chat Because He’s More Of A Tea Person


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We met up with Ralph Olsen, a Junior studying English and Cinema Studies, to hear how his first time participating in OCR is going. When asked about the interview process, Olsen listed all of the info sessions he has attended thus far and explained how excited he is for first round interviews. But when we asked if he has attended any coffee chats, Olsen explained, “Well I’ve skipped all of those because I’m not much of a coffee person. I have a cardiac arrhythmia and my doctors tell me that ingestion of stimulants such as coffee can lead to an 2% increased chance of hospitalization. That’s why I can only drink tea now.”


Olsen laughed and was quick to explain himself. “You look confused. Most people get a bewildered expression on their face when I tell them I’ve emailed all of my recruiters to check out the health benefits of herbal teas. And I get it! Our society is so addicted to coffee as a source of caffeine that they can’t even fathom someone who would prefer tea. But, as I explained to my new friend Jerry at the NYC Deloitte office, antioxidants in green tea can really lower the risk of future neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and that’s why I really can’t go to coffee chats.”

Olsen went on to explain the history of tea and how tea can be used to help reduce clogged arteries and the risk of cancer. “All teas are derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, which is a flora most often found in China and India. My favorite tea, though, is Oolong tea, because it can lower cholesterol levels and help with weight loss. Let me forward you this article I sent Kelsey from Bain a couple days ago.”

When asked if he thought skipping coffee chats would put him behind in the OCR process, Olsen didn’t seem concerned. “I’m helping these recruiters make a much healthier lifestyle choice. The other day, Rob from Goldman Sachs emailed me back that they’ve ‘decided to go in another direction for the position’. I think this means that they are trying to change the direction of the coffee chat program to include more tea options! I’m so glad people are finally starting to see the advantages to tea-drinking.”