In the twenty-fourth episode of Designing An MBA, Tomas Sadilek details a nine-year journey that led him to finally pulling the trigger on getting his MBA, and how to be a full adult, you need to let go and embrace the abyss and take a leap. He discusses how this translates to his passion for entrepreneurship, finding the meaning of life... in skiing, and building self-discipline. He also says hi to his grandma... in Czech!
In the twenty-third episode of Designing An MBA, it felt only appropriate to release an interview with uber-Rockets fan Wenhao Wang (sorry for your loss my friend!) He has great insights and depth of interest in explaining the challenges of being a student from China but also the thrill of trying new things as a California resident and, yes, flying to Houston over a weekend as well.
I apologize to Wenhao for our mic issues, and have purchased new equipment for my upcoming episodes!
In the twenty-second episode of Designing An MBA, Prashanthi Mannuru weaves an inspiring and unique tale of transitioning from dentistry to an MBA and growing as a professional and as a person through her coursework and her classmates. She also happens to be the first person I've known who met her spouse through an arranged marriage, and it was wonderful to hear her story of love!
In the twenty-first episode of Designing An MBA, Jayoon Koo brings his unique soft-spoken and thoughtful style to our podcast, discussing the unique joys and challenges of being an international full-time student, studying in a second language, driving two hours both directions each day, and raising two-year-old twin boys. Needless to say, when asked about his hobbies, he basically looked at me like I was crazy! Also, we congratulate him on the big news that he just landed a summer internship!
In the twentieth episode of Designing An MBA, Jiaxuan Li talks about the incredible transition from MD to MBA, from Beijing to Davis, and from a clear path to one of possibility and potential. She recalls various ways in which she used business skills before she even knew what to call them, ranging from creating a painless birth practice at her hospital to starting her medical school's first hip hop dance team!
In the nineteenth episode of Designing An MBA, Nick Dao talks about the entrepreneurial venture that brought him to pursue deeper business knowledge, volunteering during the Camp Fire, what it's like being one of the youngest people in the class, and how Davis has changed since his childhood. He's looking for investors... and summer interns!
In the eighteenth episode of Designing An MBA, Andrew Light talks about everything from the way learning photography influences his business mind today, being married to someone working in Silicon Valley, what it's like being the only out LGBT person in his class, and why he, sometimes hesitantly, frequently shares his opinion in class. Almost twenty episodes in, and every story continues to be unique!
In the seventeenth episode of Designing An MBA, Shwetha Chandrashekar weaves a narrative of the major life change and personal growth that can be part of the MBA experience, and how to face down the unique challenges that confront international students and women-in-leadership. She also reveals her not-so-secret crush on McKinsey and presents a detailed analysis as to why she is half Phoebe, half Monica from Friends.
In the sixteenth episode of Designing An MBA, Eric "Chenmu" Sun hilariously tells us of his dislike of gangster pandas but also gets into some wonderful stuff about seeking to understand yourself and to grow yourself by your personal and professional choices. He details his fascinating experience working for Apple and reveals his favorite experience at the Graduate School of Management so far. Spoiler alert: it was our recent Lunar New Year Party.
In the fifteenth episode of Designing An MBA, we meet coast guard officer and new dad Adam Tanner, two unique perspectives from which he tells fascinating stories. I'll leave it to you to decide which one sounds more challenging! He not only talks about how family changes your perspective on the MBA, but how the MBA changes your perspective on family.