About a year ago, as I was looking at the part-time University of California MBA programs, I attended several fairs to find out more about the different University of California programs. Most of the universities talked about diversity and inclusion. But as with individual conceptions of identity, diversity can have different meanings for everyone. And nothing can be as enlightening as experiencing it firsthand.
At our recent kick-off event for the UC Davis MSBA program, Bryan Kirschner, Google’s API strategy lead, summed up the importance of hands-on learning by saying: “making the shift to be able to learn from doing and experimentation, is a tremendous advantage over the old way of doing things, and that’s something that there is a crying need for . . .”
To truly take full advantage of the benefits of social capital, it becomes important to diagnosis all of the networks that make up your network. Knowing who is in your task network, your career network and your social network is key.
One of the things I looked forward to about business school was entering my first class to meet my cohort. How drastically different would we be? What points of views would we share despite how different our backgrounds were? These questions raced through my head coming into the Sacramento Part-Time MBA program.
Since becoming an UC Davis MBA Ambassador, I was frequently asked “Why did you choose UC Davis?” Like everyone who applies to business school, I had specific preferences. One of my top considerations was to find an MBA program with small class sizes. I’d like to share the top four reasons why I chose the UC Davis MBA program.
Modern humans - Homo sapiens sapiens - have notably big heads - with large brains inside. When lined up next to chimpanzees, gorillas, baboons and other primates humans have proportionally larger skulls and brains, and smaller rib cages and jaws.
Most of you must have seen the amply-broadcast and highlighted story about a fatal accident involving a Tesla in autopilot mode. Commentators were quick to blame, chastise, or at least question, Tesla’s autopilot software. The government watchdog NHTSA is investigating Tesla.
I spent 2 years after undergrad working for my family’s agricultural company launching a new product line. I basically worked as a one person startup company establishing the legal entity, the marketing and branding (naming the product, creating the graphic design of the label, etc), and doing sales. I realized that my liberal arts background wasn’t sufficient for the hard skills I needed to be in business beyond my ‘guess and check’ method of trying things to see what worked, and abandoning those that didn’t.
I originally was going to do a day in the life blog post but decided that it wouldn’t truly capture the typical life of an MBA student here at UC Davis.
So let’s see what I have in store this week….
Monday: Head over to The ARC to get a morning workout in. I usually see my fellow UC Davis Ambassador buddy, Christine Lim, on Monday mornings. We will exchange *high fives* and continue on with our respective workouts.