meeting with Mia

People love weekends. It means a more relaxing time to connect and reunite with friends and family. Mia hung out with me a dozen times, and we chat with each other so often that we do not need time to warm-up. Here is a little insight from me: if you are close to someone, try some deep topics randomly you may not encounter in daily life, and you would for sure gain some new perspectives. We ran into a café at Central with all committee members on a Sunday afternoon, and we didn’t leave until the closing time approached. Surprisingly we found time passed so fast, as our talk seemed endless that we even hoped to elongate the day. Summer night breeze is just like fresh strawberry juice, lovely and delightful. Imagine years after the Sunday as I recall from my memory, I would feel so lucky to have all those recorded materials, for our precious time.

(For below, Q referred to as questions from HKU MBA marketing club, M stands for Mia)

Q: How would you describe yourself?

M: I would consider myself as confident, thoughtful, and warm-hearted. I do care about others, sometimes even consider less for myself but more for my friends. I’d strive for things to push through. Sometimes if I can’t achieve things for the first time, I would keep trying until later on I could successfully complete it.

Q: How would you like others to describe you?

M: I would not prefer those complicated characters. What matters to me is that when people think of me with associated memories, I want to be connected with the simple word as HAPPY. Mia is a happy person/it’s really happy to be with Mia is really something I want.

Q: Please share with us a memorable story from work.

M: I stayed in the same company ever since I graduated from college. There were opportunities for me to leave but I chose to stay. By the spring festival time in 2020, our parent company assigned a new general manager to us without informing us whether our original GM was expelled or not. Things were getting strange as IT banned our original GM from accessing the system, but no HR ever told her about it. Information was flowing and everyone above director level had knowledge about it, but no one dared to talk to her. Eventually, she filed a lawsuit against the company. Also last year in December, my director went into a similar situation. She is a graceful lady with great ability. But when we were having dinner with our clients, a notice just popped out from my screen to notify us that she was put on suspension from her job. She didn’t figure it out until she went back to the office where HR was waiting for her. She didn’t do anything wrong, it was just a political scheme by the company. I realized that the culture was depending on the higher level of the company. Things really changed around when the higher level got replaced.

Q: Please share with us about someone who you worked with that you like or don’t like about.

M: Organized, and efficient. I want things to be organized, with tasks prioritized and followed with sequence and structure. I don’t want to be planless, and would really appreciate every next step.

Q: Please share with us about your experience at HKU MBA.

M: At the very beginning, I tend not to be over-thinking in case there will be bigger disappointments. After I came, I figured people around all came from different backgrounds with their sparkling points which all worth to be learned from. If I encountered certain subjects that I don’t know about, I would ask different people for their insights. It’s a fun process that you would learn a lot in a really short period, even if it’s highly likely that we may not be in the same field in the future. But it’s certainly a lot of workload that we have to leverage our time for study. I thought MBA is not more focused on our transcript, but we sure do lack some degree of networking time. The interaction with classmates is really enjoyable.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

M: I can stay at home and watch TV shows for the whole day. On the other hand, I also enjoy going outdoors and engaging in activities such as scuba diving and marathon. Back when I was in Beijing, I really loved to go to the national library. It is a large space with everyone enjoying the learning environment over there. I have even dreamed of foot bathing in the national library (laugh). The two things combined seem very relaxing.

Q: Please describe who you want to be in the future.

M: I want to be myself. I have seen myself changed through everything I have experienced. No matter good or bad, I accept everything. I love to think about things thoroughly, and I truly believe that I would have the ability to handle things. When situations seem to be complex, I think I can deal with things using my experience, knowledge, and passions.

Q: Imagine we are now at July 2032, Where are you? What are you doing? Who are you with? What are you doing after?

M: Afterwork, things are getting relaxing. We are having an after-work party in a grill house, where my subordinates and I are enjoying the food, drinks, and the chill mood. We respect each other as individuals and as a team.

It’s actually good to be back in school again as an adult. We are more mature than we used to be. We respect the differences, and value each other’s work. We long for knowledge and connections. We live by our thinking and experiences. We gain insights and we love to share. It is the best of times.

Jialu Chen