My last free weekend before school starts has come to a close. I initially wanted to do something crazy, like spend the weekend in Mexico, fly up to Portland, go to Vegas, or something in between, but logistics didn’t work out and I realized I had more than enough reasons to stay local.
Friday: Ate food from the Madd Mex food truck in Fremont, followed by Moscato tasting at Eric and Linda’s
Saturday: Ran/hiked an 8 mile loop around Mission Peak. I didn’t go on the final summit since I started late, but it was a great workout. Got Tea Island and made pad thai and thai basil shrimp curry with Kolina to eat with Wilmot and Lucy.
Sunday: Ran/hiked 5.5 miles around another part of Mission Peak Regional preserve. I saw absolutely no one after the first mile which allowed me to gather my thoughts about a lot of different things. Stuffed myself silly at Jon and Julie’s and watched 3 episodes of Dexter.
The fun should begin on Saturday, but it will start earlier with some pre-class reading. My ambitious classmates are already posting about the readings. I can’t help but wonder if they’re trying to impress everyone else. At least it helps me know who NOT to pick for study groups, as their study habits will definitely not mesh with mine.
I spent the past weekend attending the Haas EWMBA Class of 2016 orientation. It was a jam packed weekend of networking, team building, and socializing. I’m an ESTJ on Myers-Briggs, but whew, I was still exhausted when I got home on Sunday that I napped for three hours.
I thought a bit about my experience when I went hiking by myself on Sunday afternoon around Mission Peak. A few takeaways from the weekend:
- It’s refreshing to meet very bright people in other industries besides Internet/tech. Folks I met came from a gamut of industries with professional achievements far beyond my own. I spoke to a former football player, a former Army vet, a chef, a research scientist, a few owners of their own companies, and your typical bankers/engineers. I get the feeling that everyone is scary smart, but luckily my job title at Google sounds impressive enough for starting up conversations (until I am found out to be a history major).
- An evening/weekend MBA seems like the right choice. It appears to be the right amount of networking/socializing along with fellow married/mature professionals with solid work experience. It’s nice to be on the younger side of the median class age, whereas I might be too old for a full time program or not interested in shelling out all of this money without working full time.
- Berkeley also seems like the right choice. Despite having to put up with three years of Stanford shaming (and luckily there are several classmates also from Stanford), the business school has some good faculty, the students are smart, and the academic rigor looks like a nice challenge.
- I may need to get back into Facebook…a bunch of classmates are active in the Facebook group so I might as well join in on the fun. Speaking of which, what’s up with those horrible suggested posts?
- I’m still not sure what I bring to the table. It’s certainly not going to be apparent in Account or Microeconomics, but perhaps it will come out in Leading People and Leadership Communications. Or in being a nice car-pool buddy or diligent notetaker?
12 more days until the first day of class!
8 hours of 81 pages of accounting bliss as pre-fun before orientation this weekend.
Plus case study reading about Starbucks.
I can’t wait! /sarcasm
I really enjoyed reading Jason Nazar’s thoughts on “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get.” I don’t comment too much on work and my own business experience, but the article made me compelled to add a few thoughts.
First, I don’t think I’ll be like Jason and start my own company, but I have had limited experience of managing 20-somethings and it pains me to see a lot of very bright people make the same mistakes Jason calls out. But, there’s a line between being everyone’s nanny and boss, but sometimes I really do want to people I work with or observe to heed some of his advice. In particular:
- to stop thinking opportunities will be placed on silver platter for them. You’ve either got to seize the things given to you or work your butt off because you are in an entry level role
- to recognize, as Jason put it, “There’s only one sure-fire way to get ahead, and that’s to work harder than all of your peers.”
- to make more mistakes
- to speak up, instead of complaining to everyone
- to “Spend 25% less than you make”. I think a large portion of co-workers drive nicer cars than me but when I casually mentioned maxing out my 401K/buying a home a few paused. At some point you have to learn financial 101.
Now Jason’s advice technically applies to me too so I definitely heed his thoughts on reading more and valuing people over perks. I keep thinking it will be interesting to reflect in my thirties how much I dislike or am different than who I was in my twenties.