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.
MBAdmit Day is finally almost here! Students who have been
admitted to the Graduate School of Management Class of 2012 have
been invited to Gallagher Hall on Friday, March 12, for a full
day of activities, including a presentation from Professor Brad
Barber about regulatory reform and a wine reception featuring
wineries connected to GSM alumni.
Thomas L. Friedman boldly proclaims that the world is flat. I
couldn’t agree more. I sit here in class among a great collection
of diversity. It boggles my mind to think that a program of 120
students could have such cultural and linguistic variety. In the
little family that is the GSM, dozens of countries are
represented. Over twenty different languages are spoken. Ten
students speak three or more languages.
“Show me your guts,” says Professor Tsai in his first lecture for
203B – Forecasting and Managerial Research Methods motto. This
mantra, the title of his first lecture, is definitely an ongoing
theme throughout the two courses he teaches at the GSM.