I’m 24 years old and can’t believe I’m picking out clothes for school tomorrow. I glance at my watch and it’s slowly ticking past 11:30 pm. I’m teaching an Excel workshop tomorrow, meeting our incoming class of first year students for the first time in a classroom setting. I want to look professional, yet not overdressed. I want to be prepared, but not overly knowledgeable.
Before first-year MBA students begin classes here at the GSM, they must first undergo a 2-week process called “Orientation,” in which introductions are made, lessons in Excel and PowerPoint are taught, resumes are crafted, and bonds are formed. All important stuff.
It’s on every student’s mind even before the start of the MBA program. Ambassadors get asked this question constantly, second year students are grilled about what they did and how they got it and career services makes sure you’re aware of it – even dubbing it your fifth class. The issue? Summer internships.
I never thought that I would spend several hours walking around Davis in front of thousands of people in boxers. But today, that’s exactly what I and 20 of my classmates did. And it was awesome. Today was Picnic Day, a day when thousands of people — alumni, prospective students, families and friends — pour into Davis for what is essentially a campus-wide open house.
The GSM has a business class called the International Study Trip (IST). The class is offered twice a year, during the winter and summer quarters. During the quarter, the class studies a country — the culture, the businesses, and the business practices. Each student sets up at least one business meeting abroad. At the end of the quarter, the class culminates in a 2 week trip to the country to visit businesses and learn about the country and its culture (with plenty of time for sightseeing and other fun activities). This year, the trip was to Turkey!
So I was just sitting here, studying like crazy for next week’s finals, when I got an e-mail from a classmate informing us all that our own finance professor Brad Barber was quoted in today’s New York Times. For those of you admitted students who were here Friday, he’s the one who facilitated the lecture and discussion on the financial crisis.