People tend to say the MBA is an unforgettable experience. However, what exactly is so memorable? Is it the time spent in class learning (or in some case, relearning) business subjects? Is it the all-nighters used for last-minute exam studying? Or the countless networking sessions one has attended?
2 months into the program, I could already see the one noteworthy thing I'm not going to forget anytime soon: the friendships I've built with my classmates.
Organizations know how the bonds between people and the informal networks that get created can be powerful. That's why there are so many team-building activities out there. Fortunately, you don't always need something fancy (and pricey) to create lasting relationships. There's only one secret ingredient to it: go through an intense/adventurous moment together.
On September 14, that's exactly what we did by adding some extra spice into our MBA experience: 5 braves souls (including myself) partook to nothing less than the HKUST MBA Doubly Spicy Ramen Challenge! The concept was easy: finish a pack of ramen as fast as possible, and you can't drink or eat anything for the next 2 minutes (we also live-broadcasted for our mates who had to be in class). Eating the ramen was a piece of cake (at least in my case it was), but I can't describe enough how hellish the waiting time for water afterwards was.
We don't recommend trying this at home. But then again, if you were to do it, maybe you'll also build yourself a memory to reckon with. Just make sure you do it with your MBA buddies.
Learning to build social bridges is important, because at the end of the day, business is about human relationships!
BY LAURENT YE, PRESIDENT OF HKUST MBAA 2018-2019