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.
It’s not every day that you get to chat with the CEO of a major
corporation for hours on end. For most of us MBA candidates, it’s
pure fantasy: we learn all the tools that prepare us for being in
leadership roles, but it’s rare that we get to talk to a living
legend about what it’s actually like.
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.