The Class of 2012
As I think about all I want to accomplish in the last year of my MBA experience, I’m filled with a sense of nervous excitements.
There’s so much to be done: complete my elective courses, including all the entrepreneurship classes I can handle; travel to South America on the International Study Trip; transition my club leadership to the incoming class (more on that later); excel in my Emerging Venture Analyst fellowship for the Energy Efficiency Center; and, most importantly, find the perfect career by the time I graduate. And of course, that’s excluding personal life events.
As I planned my year (I’m a huge planner), I started to question my level of endurance. There was so much, and yet I wasn’t as ‘young’ as I was last year. School wasn’t new for me anymore and the reality of graduating weighed on my thoughts. I wasn’t sure how the year would progress.
Then, as part of my club duties, I ran orientation for the incoming class. The two-and-a-half weeks were jam-packed with workshops, speakers, social events, team-building exercises, and the like. I fondly remember my experience last year and being part of this year’s orientation rejuvenated me. Although I didn’t participate in some of the more mundane activities, hanging with the incoming class was exhilarating. The UC Davis MBA class of 2012 is phenomenal.
Here are some of their stats: the average GMAT is 692 (the highest in the school’s history), average GPA – 3.3, and the average work experience is 4 years. Furthermore, 42 undergraduate institutions are represented and 25% of the class is comprised of international students.
But more impressive than their stats, this class has character. They are excited, engaging, rearing to go, ready to make changes, and disciplined. They’ve already proposed two new student-run clubs (one in food sustainability and the other in clean technology). They are engaging in classes (I have several first-years in my class who have tested out of some of their core classes) and they are always hanging out at school (the student lounge is continuously packed).
I quickly understood that the energy and passion of the first-year class would rejuvenate me (and most likely some of my classmates) to push through ‘til the end. After all, with the small GSM classes, we’ll all need to push each other to reach greatness. So I challenge the first-year class to challenge and push the second-years and, in due time, the next class will do so for them.