The MBA journey has started for a month with heavy workload and it’s a sunny Saturday, which means it’s time to have a casual talk with several good friends. We, the four committee members in the marketing club, decided to go to a lovely café and to share with each other our recent life at HKU and how we felt about our MBA journey so far. The conversation was more pleasant than expected.
(For below, Q referred to as questions from HKU MBA marketing club, S stands for Sandra)
Q: How would you describe yourself?
S: Proactive, reliable, and amicable. I would hardly break a promise or let anyone down. If I say I will do something, then you can expect me to follow through. Meanwhile, I seek action, love to solve problems, and make an effort to make things happen.
Q: How would you like others to describe you?
S: I’d like people around me to be able to open up, willing to share anything they want because they feel psychologically safe with me.
Q: Please share with us a memorable story from work.
S: The story I am going to share with you is about my former boss, the vice-dean of WPP School. I consider myself lucky to work for someone who is open-minded and empathetic, and really cares about us and the students. He is the leader that inspires us and we all want to follow him. How much does he care about his students? He is willing to keep his cellphone on 24-7, even some of the counselors in our school are not willing to do that. One late night, one of our senior students saw an injured dog on his way off work (internship). He wanted to take it to a veterinary hospital for surgery, however, he didn’t have enough money. Out of desperation, he sent a Wechat message to the vice-dean and got an immediate reply. It was two o’clock at night and the vice-dean transferred the money to the student. Later, the dog was fully recovered and became the mascot of our school office. So this is my former boss, someone I really look up to, and someone who treats all the faculty and students as his children and is always there for them.
Q: Please share with us about someone who you worked with that you like or don’t like about.
S: I like to work with accountable, considerate and open-minded people. Without being open to other ideas or perspectives, it is easy to overlook certain factors that contribute to the problems and fail to come up with effective solutions. I like people who are curious to hear what others think and have empathy for others.
Q: Please share with us about your experience at HKU MBA
S: One of the things I am most grateful for is that I chose a full-time MBA instead of a part-time one. I met some part-time MBA classmates in the elective courses and learned that they didn't have as many networking events, for example, China Immersion Program, company info sessions and group projects as we did. Through constant teamwork and bonding, I have a strong sense of belonging in our class.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
S: I like outdoor activities, cycling, hiking, and travelling. Before I came to Hong Kong, I used to jog on a daily basis. But now, since our schedule is quite packed, I couldn’t. I also enjoy reading and cooking.
Q: Describe who you want to be in the future?
S: Have no regrets in the decisions I have made. I used to question myself, what if I had taken a different path. But there is no what ifs in life. Think twice or three times when making a big decision, however, once the decision is made, do not doubt yourself and keep going.
Q: Imagine we are now at July 2032, Where are you? What are you doing? Who are you with?
S: Well, let’s suppose I am on vacation during the summertime. I am in my own farm, and in the afternoon, the sky has just cleared up after the rain. I am walking on the grass in my wellies. From afar, you can see my alpaca, sheep, and dogs. I can literally smell the fragrance of flowers and grass now (Laugh).