meeting with Pearl

When discussing over the plan for project M, one thing we all decided upon was that we will each conduct interviews with classmates who we haven’t yet been so close to. I could still recall during the first few weeks of class, certain students speak up more than others, and Pearl was one of them. The way she speaks always seems so confident, and always happy to share with the class on her experiences and thoughts.

I was very glad that I got to say I know Pearl a little more after our lunch with her, and I hope same does to you after reading about our talk.

Q: How would you describe yourself?

“I carefully make my decisions, and it was mainly because of work. I have learned to say what to say and when to say. I also take time to learn new skills, but I will learn.” When giving us the example, Pearl described herself as Sansa from Games of Thrones, who has gone through many to grow at the end. Pearl has also had her experiences, though not as tough as Sansa, to learn, especially about people skills. Part of which was learned from observing leaders and partners from work.

Q: How would you like others to describe you?

“Reliable. And though not there yet, but I want to become someone who can provide more creative ideas, for now, I can’t really think “outside of the box”. However, I already took my first step – taking upon MBA.”

Q: What is a kind of good or bad leader to you?

“To me, bad leaders are the kind of leaders at high level management who aren’t familiar with the company culture and structure but switch out everything within the team. Sometimes they would even bring their own team in and push away those talented members of the company.”

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

“I want to become a leaders who can take challenges and different opinions from others. I believe soft skills is very important as a leader.”

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

“After a month of the MBA programme, I already felt that to think of a creative idea has become easier for me. Furthermore, it is very interesting to learn from our diverse classmates. I have met people with different personalities, work background, and countries. I definitely found MBA very busy. During the first week, I was worried to speak up during class, and I wasn’t confident to speak in English. However, I enjoyed the open conversations we have.”

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

I would be writing a novel by French windows overseeing a blue ocean, my future family member – my kids – will be playing by themselves, and I would join them occasionally. My husband wouldn’t be there, not when I am writing. But after this, I would be having a dinner with my husband and my kids at a restaurant.

I was surprised to hear when Peal said she wasn’t confident to speak up at first because I definitely find her as a strong and confident business woman among our class. I absolutely love her image of her future – something like I longingly hope will happen to her. The picture was just too beautiful – doing something she’s interested in, with her family by her.

Tina Wang