This past weekend the HKUST Full-time MBA Class of 2019 celebrated the (near) completion of their studies at the Dynasty Club Ballroom in Central.
Hosted at HKUST’s scenic seafront sports ground in Clear Water Bay, this family-friendly, day-long event will celebrate the diversity and inclusiveness of the HKUST MBA programme by inviting both current HKUST MBA students and alumni, as well as other MBA programs, to participate in a variety of sporting activities.
On a random afternoon commute to class in Central, I caught up with JJ Jaspio on the MTR and surprised him with 30 questions in 3 minutes. Here's what we found out about JJ:
*Kevin Jazmines was present as well, but observed quietly.
We could not have asked for a better team or a better opportunity! It's already rare to find a team of people you can work well with, but some how we managed to find a team of people who never even made it feel like work. From the internal case competition, to EPS, to the Roland Berger competition in Barcelona last week, we have laughed and laughed and laughed. During our countless sleepless nights, instead of being frustrated and taking it out on one another, we took embarrassing photos of each other falling asleep at 4am with a mouse in hand.
We have learned so much throughout this journey, and noticed a huge improvement from the first case, to the last. Thanks to our many mentors, especially professor Chris Doran, for dedicating their time to helping us improve, and for telling us like it is (in a question we will never forget: "Why is your strategy so... bland?"). It is because of the constant honest and constructive feedback that we were able to perform so well at IESE. No, we did not win, but we are very proud of our work. The amount of research and analysis we conducted guaranteed the answers to every single question during the Q&A, and we received quite positive feedback from Roland Berger regarding our strategy and solution. No one will ever know that at 4am in the above photo, 5 hours before the competition, we actually had no strategy at all.
But how to compete in case competitions is not the only thing we learned, we also learned many valuable life lessons on this trip such as...
If a shoe shiner in Istanbul drops his brush, don't pick it up, because he will offer to shine your shoes as a thank you, and then charge you a fortune.
We also learned how to make paella and sangria (thanks to Roland Berger), but more importantly, we learned not to drink too much wine before dinner, or else you will not remember what the wristband you're wearing is for.
We learned that selfies are important everywhere...
... but it takes a real photographer to get the best shots!
But the most important lesson of all: we can do anything as a team, and we look damn good doing it too.
*For those of you who are wondering where photos of our Amsterdam trip are, please understand what happens in Amsterdam, stays in Amsterdam, thank you.
Everyone in the batch seems familiar to Ocean Park after the unexpected case competition in the immersion week, disregarding the fact that most of us haven't been there even once. How can anybody stayed in Hong Kong not visiting the one and only Ocean Park? As a responsible future leader, we should put our first priority on having fun :P despite our busy schedule.
We are so honored to have Mr. Matthias Li, the CEO of Ocean Park, to came to our school as a judge of our first case competition in the program. After presenting our idea for the future development of the park, we were so excited that Mr. Li invited us to the halloween event this year.
We would like to express our gratitude to Ms. Vivian Lee, the Executive Director of Ocean Park, and her assistant, Lisa, for arranging the logistics of our visit to the park despite our late notice. Otherwise, we might not have so much fun after our exams.
On Wednesday October 4th, the Healthcare Club held a detox event for the batch to cleanse their bodies of LG7 and clear their minds of IRR.
Photography training session were arrange by MBAFT photography club to share knowledge about how to setup a camera properly to take a good composition photo. Thank you all participants for attending the event. We are so glad that you enjoyed the session and provided light meal, a slide of 12" pizza!
Fun. Interactive. Personal Growth. These were the fundamentals when the MBAA proposed to have the mUSThaveFriday events.