Time flies by. Here comes the first week of my MBA study, and the first month of staying in USA for the first time. My life seems never ever to be so exciting, fulfilling, and interesting:
1) New York New York! – I went to Big Apple to attend 1st Asia MBA conference, and explore many sites of interest like MET, UN headquarter, 5th Avenue and Central Park. More over, during the football time of OSU vs USC on Sept 12, we joined a gathering with hundreds of OSU alumni in a bar near Time Square to watch the game. We drank, cheered, sang, applauded and shouted “Go Bucks” all the time. This is a really great experience.
2) Case study and group meetings – Given my engineering background and education experience in China and Singapore, I have never been exposed to the case method and group study. In first sessions, case study is really a challenge for me — professor talked about Opera show, which I have never seen although heard of; my group buddies used slams or idioms like “beat a dead horse” that I am not quite sure the exact meaning; and topics in the class changed so quickly that you must be focused 110 percent to catch up… But, I like challenges because challenges mean the opportunities for self improvment.
3) Food: Food is always an attractive topic. I spent several years in Singapore, where I can find all kinds of oriental foods like Japanese Sashimi, Korean grill, roti prata from India, and Southeast Asia-style spicy seafood. Here in Columbus I had chances to try western style foods — like genuine American food (other than Macdonald and KFC of course), and my favorite is “sweet corn” (they put butter and pepper on the corn which is truly delicious). Last night I went to “Buca di Beppo”– an Italian restaurant in Columbus where got wonderful pasta, and I am planning to go “Schmidts” for German food now!
My happy ending: my first week/month is over, but the long journey just started. Overcome the obstacles, acquire what I really want are the goals of my two year B-school study~ and don’t forget — have fun!