A Day in the Life of a UC Davis MBA
With all of the studying and the extra-curricular activities that we have at b-school sometimes it’s nice to just hang out and enjoy one another’s company.
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I had some Graduate School of Management friends over for a sleepover at my house in San Francisco. A few of us had talked at the beginning of the quarter about having a boba slumber party and we finally got around to doing it. If you don’t know what boba is, google it and amongst the images of Boba Fett (Star Wars character) you’ll find pictures of a drink with weird round balls in it.Those balls at the bottom are made out of tapioca and are called boba. Anyway, it ended up being just a plain old sleepover because someone (read: Rani) dropped the boba ball (no pun intended) and didn’t bring any.
We had a good time together in the city anyway and went to Burma Superstar for lunch and before heading over to Japantown to hook up some freshly made mochi.Little did we know that the Cherry Blossom Festival would be in full swing making it IMPOSSIBLE to park. Needless to say our Cherry Blossom Festival experience was short-lived and we elected instead to visit Golden Gate Park. There, we eventually settled on throwing a Frisbee around and watching first year MBA student James Chen’s kids play on the jungle gym. As a sidenote, James’ two-year-old son knows how to play Mario Kart on the DS, which blew me away. I guess gaming is embedded in his genes.
For dinner, we went to PPQ Dungeness Crab, and filled up on crustaceans. Yum. After crab our appetites were not yet satiated so we went down the block to a Chinese dessert place where we proceeded to stuff our faces with yet more food. James ended up getting an Oreo milkshake, which reportedly tasted like pure whipped cream. While that was a nasty concept to him, his two-year-old loved it, which was evident from the way his eyes got bigger every time he took a sip. We didn’t end up getting back to the house until almost midnight. Somehow, we decided to watch Red Cliff—a four-and-a-half-hour-long epic Chinese war flick by director John Woo. Yeah, that probably wasn’t the movie to put in at midnight—I heard later that people ended up going to sleep towards the midpoint of the first disc. As for me, I was asleep by 1.
The UC Davis MBA is what you make of it. You can easily spend all of your time doing school work and club activities, but if you don’t take advantage of spending time with classmates outside of school, you miss out on a big part of the b-school experience.