Six weeks into the MBA, I am still trying to find my feet on this program. Speaking for myself, I truly enjoyed the hard work, fun of group work, excellent class discussion, international atmosphere, the positive energy and a lot more. Its only when I listed them down I found there are so much being offered in my MBA class from both lecturers and classmates. While it seems it is unbelievable that six weeks have passed, I am still trying to juggle among articles, case studies, reading, assignment, presentations and my beloved sleep. We were told on day one of the foundation course, the rule of this game is “how much you put into it, how much you get out of it”. I can now totally see the point. As suppose for everything else you do in your life, this rule always holds true.
I feel spiritual today, so I will continue on this track and express some feelings of my group. I found my group to me is not only a group based on goals, but also a family, especially for a non-national like me. My group includes five people, Fergus, Justin, Mohit , Paul and me, with four nationalities: American, Chinese, Indian and Irish. We are all from different backgrounds, IT, Business, Pharmaceutical, Training/Business and Media/Banking. A variety of background but a similar mindset makes us a very strong team. We just proudly performed our creative presentation of Financial Reporting last Friday and we are scheduled for another presentation for Operations and Supply Chain Management on Monday. I blogged about group work last time and appreciated Fergus’s stewardship for Financial Reporting project. Today is to crown Paul our Chief Executive Editor who takes care of final edits of our team reports. Paul offered to take care of the edits in our first group meeting and we all appreciated his offer.
I am a very spiritual person, doing a lot of things by following my heart. A Chinese proverb suddenly came to my mind, I guess I want to introduce and share it to you all, which is “物以类聚， 人以群分”, which is similar to English proverb ” Birds of a feather flock together”. Whenever looking around in the classroom, I feel I am amongst a source of abundant knowledge, skills and like-mindedness. I chuckle to myself that I made the right decision to do MBA at Smurfit after having made many wrong decisions in life. I guess my good luck starts from here, right here at Michael Smurfit and hope the mojo of luck will continue from here onwards for a long long time.
– Christine Liu