Nine weeks ago I started the MBA program at UC Davis. Nine weeks. The time has absolutely flown by. When I think about what has impressed me the most about the program, there are a few things that stick out in my mind.
The faculty at the Graduate School of Management is extraordinary. I knew about their backgrounds and statistics coming in, but I had no idea the depth and range of knowledge I would find until I got here. All of my professors are experts in their area of study, and beyond that, they are 110% dedicated to seeing us succeed. They push for open communication and class involvement, which keeps everyone involved. I feel very fortunate to be in a program with such highly recognized and accomplished professionals.
Location is another aspect of being at UC Davis that continues to amaze me as time goes on. I came to Davis from New York City, and was nervous about going from a big city to a small town. I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t know how I would acclimate. The transition has been easier than I imagined. Since the start of the quarter, I have had the opportunity to attend a networking day in San Francisco, a ropes course in Sonoma, wine tasting in Napa, a Net Impact weekend in Lake Tahoe, and a Dean’s reception in Sacramento. All of these activities were with my fellow classmates, and each of them allowed us to learn more about each other, which strengthened the bond that we started building during Orientation.
Learning from my classmates is the most impressive and rewarding aspect of the program thus far. The GSM always boasts “collaboration,” but I was skeptical given the hype that usually surrounds this word and that the business world is, by definition, competitive. I was wrong. The feeling of community when you walk into Gallagher Hall is contagious. There has been nothing but support since the day I started, which has pushed me to excel at everything I do, both inside and outside the classroom. I have no doubt that coming to the Graduate School of Management was the right choice for me, and I can’t wait to find out what the next five quarters will bring.