Winter quarter is well under way, and it is safe to say that we are now entering the "meat" of the quarter. Most of us have completed what I like to call the "courtship" period of any new quarter - the introductory period when students attend various electives before locking down a schedule. One thing that this "courtship" period has shown me is the extent to which my classmates seek to customize their classroom learning over this 20 month journey. UCLA Anderson provides its MBAs with a flexible curriculum (12 electives), which provides us substantial freedom to organize our academic experiences around our specific needs and interests. It's encouraging to see my peers take that freedom seriously.
Given the amount of time I spent recruiting last quarter, it's tempting for me to think that getting a dream job is the main objective of coming to b-school. But with the recruiting season behind me, I have realized that I truly enjoy having more time and space to savor the academic component of b-school learning. If all goes according to plan, I won't have to miss any more class due to job interviews. That said, I must say that my professors last quarter were incredibly supportive of my recruiting efforts. I appreciate the fact that the faculty and career services staff are on the same page when it comes to supporting their students' career aspirations.
As for my classes on deck for the winter quarter? Thinking On Your Feet, Marketing Strategy & Planning, and Motivating Management. I am also doing a Fall/Winter AMR Field Study with four of my most stellar classmates working on a marketing plan for a client seeking to launch a plus-sized women's clothing line. More detail to come in my next post. Should be a fun quarter.
- Jesse Ferlianto '12