The Rady School Blog

  • Little tips for better life-school-work balance for the FlexMBA program

    June 28, 2016
    by Sunny Lee

    I believe you applied MBA program because you already (almost) achieved work-life balance. You realized that you could do something more, need a new challenge, and want to advance your future career. MBA schools advertise that how their programs were designed for working professionals and how convenient and flexible they are. So you thought MBA program is a perfect plan for you and soon you found yourself at the first class of MBA program. You are going to face the biggest but hidden challenge of your life– managing life-school-work balance. I am going to share what I learned after going through 20 months of MBA program.

    After I started school, I re-realized time is truly limited. Amount of reading requirement, homework, and team activities were taking my time and energy. Especially, MBA program is very front-loaded. In order to maximize the usage of my most limited resource, I started to cut activities that is not my top priority. I stopped or reduced my time spending on cooking, exercise, meeting friends, grocery shopping, chores, hobbies, and even sleep. As a result, I got shingles at the end of the first quarter. It was not funny to get Shingles at age 30. My primary care doctor was very surprised and so do I. Then, I realized what I was doing is not sustainable.

    I changed my work that gives less work hours and more flexibility. That made things a bit better. Then, I started to think about damage control. Beside my health, what did I neglect the most? The answer was my husband. I confess here, I often choose sleep over him. Although he is very important person in my life, I do not have a calendar that is dedicated for us. I do not have a blocked day planned ahead for us. I do not have to-do list for him. I was acting as if he is the bottom of my priority list, and I could not believe I was letting this to happen.

    Are you showing this calendar to your family and friends?

    School and work tasks are easy to complete and monitor. Syllabus and job description direct what I supposed to do on what timing. Letter grade and performance evaluation comes in regularly. I perform to meet those expectation and since expectations are clearly lined out, it is easy to achieve and go above. However, life and relationship are like air - foundation of our lives. Since it is so fundamental, we often forget how much we depend on it and to show appreciation. There is no written description or metrics that we monitor, but we know when it is absent.

    Thus, my husband I started our shared calendar. We mark certain times and activities we want to do on the calendar together. We discuss it very early stage before our calendar gets crowded from school or work schedules. I made my relationship task list visible on my to-do list. If writing a thank you email to your interviewer is on your to-do list, writing a thank you email to my spouse should be on. We talk about our long term goals and short term goals in various aspects in detail, so when we need to make changes our plan we can understand the background of new decision. This mutual understanding of our goal gives us flexibility and how and when to be helpful to each other. Surprisingly, this method is very simple and easy. Everybody knows how to do it, and actually practice it daily basis at their work and school. Why not start doing it with your significant other?

    All in all, remember your school can be done 2-3 years. You are stuck with your family and friends way longer. I hope you do not go through having shingles or emotional hole due to your negligence of life-school-work balance!

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    Sunny Lee is a Rady FlexWeekend 2016 student will graduate in June 2016 concentrating in healthcare management at UC San Diego Rady School of Management. She is a registered oncology nurse working at Scripps Health, currently taking a Social Media Marketing class this quarter.

  • Rady China Trip

    June 17, 2016
    by Irene Wang

    In March 2016, we lived in the city with the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Here we come, Shanghai, China! It’s my first time to experience a mysterious country- China. Along the skylines of Shanghai, we visited Shanghai companies and felt the energies of Shanghai. Shanghai has been a leading power of China's economic and trade development since ancient times. It’s still be biggest financial center in China. From the perspective of biopharma industry, many biopharma companies have presence in Shanghai. The recent news of Shanghai is – they have a new Disneyland!
  • When One Door Closes...a Look Back at My Rady School Experience

    June 8, 2016
    by Gary Sahota

    When looking towards the future, a wise man once told me to reflect upon the past first. And when doing so, I am astonished by just how much I've changed over the past two years. The things I know, the people I've met and the memories I've made will all attribute to the road ahead in ways I may not understand just yet. One day I will and that is when I'll appreciate the real value of the three new letters behind my name: MBA.
  • Our trip to Israel: the Sofaer International Case Competition

    June 2, 2016
    by Allison Noel, Cody Becker, RJ Niewoehner and Sapna Hegde

    Last week, we traveled to Israel to compete in the semifinals of the Sofaer International Case Competition (SICC), a global business strategy competition hosted by the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. It was an unforgettable experience and we couldn’t have been prouder to represent the Rady School abroad!
  • Rady School Teams Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge Life Sciences Track

    May 26, 2016
    by Karen Jensen

    The annual Business Plan Competition, organized by the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, is one of the largest events to celebrate and recognize the startup community on campus, with $100,000 in prizes. On May 20, the Life Sciences track featured pitches from four selected teams, resulting in a sweep of the awards by three startups with ties to the Rady School of Management.
  • Recap: G.A.M.E Forum in New York City

    May 19, 2016
    by Gloria Bai

    It was a great experience to attend the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E Forum in New York City. Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education VI Forum invited more than 117 keynote speakers, panelists, workshop hosts and judges. Over 2000 students and professors attended the forum from all over the world.
  • Lab to Market: An Intrapreneur’s Perspective

    May 10, 2016
    by Michelle David

    Innovation is one of the hallmarks of the Rady School. While it lends itself to entrepreneurism, which is core to the Rady School brand, innovation is also necessary in the corporate world, in order for a business to be a leader in the industry. For me, finding opportunities for innovation within an existing organization is my goal, which made the Corporate Track of the Lab to Market (L2M) Series a perfect addition to my MBA curriculum.
  • The Complete Guide to Your MBA Internship

    May 5, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Finding the right internship takes time and strategy. Before you begin your search, think about what you want to get out of your internship.
  • Rady Executive Breakfast Series Recap: Tim Wollaeger, Sanderling Ventures

    April 28, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Tim Wollaeger recently spoke to Rady School students, faculty and staff at the Rady Executive Breakfast Series about his three keys to success: adaptability to change, a focus on getting things done and team building and networking.
  • Allie Lieberman (Ph.D. ‘19) receives Interdisciplinary Research Award

    April 21, 2016
    by Danny Huynh

    Rady School of Management Ph.D. student Alicea Lieberman was recently honored at the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Awards, presented by the UC San Diego Graduate Student Association. She was nominated by her department for her innovative interdisciplinary research in increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among the underserved.
  • Rady student veterans explore career opportunities at Veteran Connections event

    April 14, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Student veterans discussed career transitions and job opportunities at a networking event hosted by the Rady School in conjunction with Rady Veterans Club, UC San Diego Career Services Center, UC San Diego Student Veterans Organization and Northrup Grumman last week.
  • StartR Demo Day Celebrated Graduating Fall 2015 Teams

    April 7, 2016
    by Karen Jensen

    On March 30th, four teams from the Fall 2015 StartR class pitched their companies to an audience of Rady School students, alumni and staff, as well as local industry experts and investors at StartR Demo Day.
  • Roundup: Entrepreneur Track Lab to Market (L2M) MBA Startup Company Profiles

    March 24, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    This month, full-time and part-time MBA students in the entrepreneur track formally pitched their companies to a panel of experts, consisting of two faculty members and three alumni, who gave them feedback on their ideas. Here is our roundup of each of the teams.
  • Rady Careers' Top 5 LinkedIn Tips for MBA Students and Alumni

    March 18, 2016
    by Terra Saltzman-Baker

    Director of Rady School Career Connections, Terra Saltzman-Baker, shares her top five tips to ensure that you are making the most of your LinkedIn profile and maximizing your resources.
  • Rady Warren Buffett Trip 2016 - Life Changing and Unforgettable

    March 10, 2016
    by Samantha Bishop

    I knew that Rady would open many doors for me, but I could never have dreamed that it would open a door for me to get the opportunity to meet a legend like Warren Buffett.
  • The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and Jacobs School of Engineering Partner on Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellowship

    March 9, 2016
    by Melinda Battenberg

    The program will give engineering students a solid understanding of business fundamentals and prepare them to apply their existing knowledge to a real project, while giving MBA student access to technologies with commercialization potential.
  • Professor Vish Krishnan Chosen to Lead a National WSJ Panel on "Leading Innovation"

    March 3, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    The CIO Network is an invitation-only event that brings together chief information and technology officers from the top companies around the world to discuss key challenges and opportunities for innovation for their organizations. Vish Krishnan is Endowed Chair Professor in the Innovation, Technology & Operations area and has been named Most Valuable Professor by our students in 2009 and 2012.
  • mystartupXX Accelerator 2016 Teams Announced

    March 3, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    The mystartupXX program is an accelerator emphasizing diversity in leadership teams for students and alumni from the Rady School and across the wider UC San Diego community.
  • Rady Bay Area Trek 2016 - Preparing for My Return Home

    February 25, 2016
    by Danny Huynh

    As a San Francisco Bay Area native, I never imagined that I would travel 500 miles as part of a school trip to visit companies in my own neighborhood. But that’s exactly what I did last month. With the help of Rady Graduate Career Connections, I was able to enter the doors of small and big-name companies, giving me one of my most memorable and rewarding MBA experiences at the Rady School thus far.
  • 2016 MBA Bay AreaTrek Recap

    February 18, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    Hosted by Rady Graduate Career Connections, the trek provides Rady students the opportunity to learn about hiring procedures, meet executives face-to-face and network with Rady alumni at both small and big-name Bay Area companies that are driving innovation.