DISCLAIMER: I wrote this post after finishing my first year
in the MBA program, and my last job was in the military. It’s
going to be heavy on the freedom fries and light on the political
commentary, so buckle up tight!
This week wraps up my first year of business school. As my
classmates and I have been getting ready to disperse for summer
internships, I’ve been reflecting on how supportive we have all
been for each other.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a respite to Yosemite National Park with a few of my classmates for a day hike. It was not until sometime later, reflecting upon our journey, when it occurred to me that the hike that day was analogous to the first year of my MBA experience at UC Davis.
April 27th marked the end of the 50th International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition (ICBSC), and five solid months of hard work running EyeCandy, for first-years Saumya, David, Roman, Sasi, and me, plus one of UC Davis’s finest professors and our advisor, Hemant Bhargava.
On April 12th, we at UC Davis celebrated our 100th picnic day celebration. For those uninformed, Picnic Day is an open house for all clubs, organizations, and departments to showcase the talents of their respective groups.
One of the cool things about being a first year at the GSM is all of the new experiences that we get to have. Not only are we learning a lot in the classroom, and increasingly through extracurriculars, but there are cool traditions that we get to become a part of.
Why are we here getting our MBAs? For most of us, we have
returned to the pleasure and pain of the student lifestyle after
a few or many years off to take that next step in our careers, to
bring us one step closer to that “dream job”, the one job that
will get us to the top of the corporate ladder and/or make us
happier than any job ever has before.
Let’s be honest we all need to blow off a little steam now and again. Every student at the GSM has had a considerable degree of working in a professional setting but even then you are allowed to socialize with your coworkers outside of work.
Ask any first-year MBA student what takes up their time outside
of classwork, and they will most likely tell you it’s the
internship search. Much of the time I’ve spent on
internships has been preparing for interviews.
This week Organizational Strategy and Structure professor, Nicole
Biggart, organized for us a tour of the Jess S. Jackson
Sustainable Winery, part of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine
and Food Science here on campus.
As part of our MBA curriculum here at the GSM, it is required
that each student complete an internship during the summer
between their first and second year. Of course, even if it
weren’t a requirement, we would all still want a summer