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Finals are over, campus is closed, and the class of 2012 spreads like the wind to different parts of the globe. Everyday I'm excited to see what part of the world my classmates are visiting. Some are hiking to Patagonia, visiting companies in Hong Kong, New York, or Silicon Valley, and others are playing it more low key and spending time with friends and family. After a truly hectic first quarter it's a time to recoup, recharge our batteries, and prepare for what is assured to be another intense quarter. For me, it's been an opportunity to catch up on some much needed sleep, do some self reflection on the past quarter, spend some quality time with my family, and make nice with my running shoes, which have been sadly neglected. Even though this last quarter was intense, hectic, and sometimes scary, I definitely had the time of my life and wouldn't have preferred to be doing anything else. I'll admit that I got so wrapped up in classes and other events that I didn't take the time to plan out my Winter vacation a little more, which is something I wish I'd taken a little more time to do. With the Winter Quarter will come more fall classes, interviewing for Summer Internships, and a lot more fun. I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a great New Year. I'd like to leave you with a picture that perfectly encapsulates the quarter. As you might now, we had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2010 at The MBA Student Voice
Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect on live, and be thankful for our health, loved ones, and general well-being. It is also a time to spend with friends and friends...that is unless you're an MBA in your first quarter a week out from Finals. In that case, Thanksgiving is a time for you to catch up on the last 4 weeks of Econ reading, do your Accounting problem sets that you haven't found the time to do, and put prepare your resume and cover letters for their first submission. While many of my classmates went home to their families or Days on the Job in London, I opted to stay in LA and buckle down dow an ultramarathon of study sessions. What I found out along the way is that there are limits to the amount of information you can absorb in a given day. Granted, I don't feel like I'm cramming, yet, but this quarter has come and gone, with little to no time to do everything we're supposed to do. As I write this, I have about 10 other things on my mind that I need to do. I wish I had the opportunity to take a nice break this Thanksgiving, but I've decided to pursue Management Consulting, which seems to increase the intensity of the first quarter threefold. But in some ways this has been a good thing, in that it has emphasized the importance of prioritization. As we approach the end of the first... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at The MBA Student Voice
"You take the good, You take the bad, You take them both and there you have the facts of life. The facts of life." Yes, if you're a child of the 80's like me you're probably already humming the song and thinking of Ms. Garrett, Tutti, and Blair. But why is an old TV theme song stuck in my head and what does this have to do with Business School? With the Veteran's day off from classes, you'd think this was a low key weekend. On the contrary, this has possibly been one of the most challenging weeks second to mid terms. It all started with Wednesday evening when we got our case for the Deloitte Case competition. We were all very excited and eager to jump right in. Our team spent Wednesday evening going through the case individually and met Thursday morning bright and early at 8am to take our best shot at the case. We pushed hard, had some great discussions, and felt we had a strong solution at the end of the day. We pushed ourselves until about 2:30 in the morning, at which time the law of diminishing return took effect and we were forced to submit our presentation before the 8am deadline. (Oh yeah, and I discovered that I did the wrong Finance homework that was due at 9am. So after 18 hours of working on a case, I had to stay up and do my Finance homework. I could barely keep my head up,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at The MBA Student Voice
This Wednesday we kick off the annual Deloitte Case Competition on the UCLA Anderson campus. It’s an opportunity for Anderson students to test their analytical and presentation skills in front of professional consultants and potential employers. But what IS a Case Competition? What is a Case? For those that are unfamiliar, cases are business problems that generally have been faced by real companies. The case attempts to recreate the scenario in which the business faced the challenge and we, as students, have to come up with the best possible way solve it. But these are not straightforward cases. I’d liken it to one of those crazy mazes you got as a kid. You know, the ones where they zig zag all over the place, have branches, dead ends, and at least five places to start from. Cases are no different. You’re presented with tons of information that is meant to confuse, confound, and misguide you, but there are gems to be found, which will help guide you to a solution. Case competitions take a case and put it in a competitive setting where you and your team of 4-5 have to solve, or ‘crack,’ the case AND present it in a well thought out, structured, and articulate way. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t hurt if you’re a PowerPoint wiz. Case competitions are stressful, exciting, panic inducing, and thrilling all at the same time. After you’ve solved the case and put together the presentation you then have to present it to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at The MBA Student Voice
Building a Brand is usually something you associate with companies, products, and even celebrities, but through the Parker Career Management Series, a weekly class in the Fall Quarter dedicated to developing career management skills, we have learned that building your OWN brand is a critical factor to your success. How do you want people to perceive you? What adjectives would you like others to use to describe you? How can you effectively project those descriptions in a short period of time (like 30 seconds)? These are things that we are learning are not only critical for networking and interviewing, but for your career as a whole. Whether you are applying for higher education, a job, or just meeting new people, your ability to articulate who you are, what you value, and what your skills are can open new doors and opportunities that wouldn't have been available otherwise. This isn't something that stops when you get a job either; in some industries you have to effectively network and sell yourself within your company to gain a spot on a desirable project. Needless to say, time spent understanding who you are, what you value, and how you want others to see you is a valuable investment in your future. If you are a prospective student knee deep in writing your essays or are still brainstorming ideas, this is a perfect opportunity for you to start thinking about your own brand. Who are you? What are your key values and beliefs? How do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at The MBA Student Voice
UCLA Anderson has many qualities that makes it a top-tier University; our Faculty, extremely talented and diverse student body, global network, and limitless career opportunities. In addition, one of UCLA Anderson's hidden gems is our amazing Facilities. I am currently spending close to 12 hours on campus every day attending classes, meeting with my learning team, and studying, and I cannot over emphasize how important it is to have facilities that easily support our Full-Time MBA class of over 700 1st and 2nd year students. While there are many facility resources that I feel are invaluable and should definitely be taken into consideration for prospective students, I want to focus on the Rosenfield Library, because it really impressed me when I visited Anderson last Fall and it is where I find myself spending most of my time studying and meeting our learning teams. Part of the UCLA Anderson campus, the Rosenfield Library has tons of resources for research and 4 floors of studying space that meet your every need. 1st floor "The Vault"- The first floor of the Rosenfield Library reminds me of studying in a Bank Vault (which I've actually been in before). It is very quiet and there is an odd stillness, but it is a perfect place is you're looking to minimize distractions or just get away from the hustle and bustle of everything. 2nd floor "The Max" - The second floor is my 2nd favorite floor and has become my go-to spot for studying. It's aesthetically... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at The MBA Student Voice
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