A day in the life of a second-year MBA student


What is it like being in business school? It's different for everyone, but I'll share my day with you.

5:53am - I woke up before the alarm went off, again. I think I am still jetlagged...

5:57am - Checked my email and Facebook, while scanning through the syllabus for the two classes I had today. Began reading assignments while eating cereal.

7:00am - Turned on TV to watch my favorite show, Good Morning America. More depressing news about the economy.

8:00am - I couldn't stand it anymore and turned off the TV. I noticed one of my classmates (a close friend) was online and started chatting with him...

me: i feel like i need to stop watching TV. i am sick with worry. the economy is sapping hope from so many.

him: i need to keep watching. lost! scrubs! daily show! office! =D

I love my friends--they know just how to cheer me up!

9:42am - I was two minutes late to class. Professor Ho was already in the middle of talking about yet another interesting Pricing topic. Like many other Haas professors, Teck Ho could easily get a job at Comedy Central. Today's funniest moment involved the Happiness function (I will not spoil the surprise).

11:00am - Class ended. I headed to the MBA lounge to relax on the couch before lunch. Some first-years were working on their core course assignments; I did not envy them. Second-years were talking about their plans for the upcoming long weekend; many are going to Lake Tahoe for some skiing/snowboarding.

12:00pm - I met a classmate for lunch (we had scheduled it two weeks ago). We went to the Law School cafe and chatted about travel plans, Australia, New York, London, classes, the past, and the future. We agreed to meet up in the city--he lives in San Francisco--next time, for drinks.

1:00pm - Attended the Be Series, which is a student-organized weekly series of talks, each given by a different classmate. Today Pedro shared his life stories, including serving as a cave guide in Brazil, going to law school, becoming a photographer,....

2:00pm - I went back to the lounge to do some reading for my 4pm class.

3:00pm - I talked on the phone with a friend in London. He was worried that he might lose his job. We ended up mostly joking about our wedding-crashing plans: one in UAE and one in Hong Kong.

4:10pm - Time for the Media & Entertainment class. We had a speaker today. I don't plan to work in the media industry, but the topic is fascinating.

5:55pm - Class was over. I walked home and looked forward to a lazy evening. American Idol awaited!

—Helen Ip

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