2013.12 Summary

一个月没有用英文记流水账了,在2013年的最后一天,改用中文记流水账,看看过去一个月发生了神码. 2013 的年终总结和2014年以及之后的展望估计另起篇幅。

— MBA 第一学期结束

     十二月中,第一次其中考试,然后终于告别了MBA生活的第一学期. 过去的一学期有好坏参半,值得好好反思。不过单从学业上来讲,老实说自己确实有些偷懒,并没有认真的学习,还是以应付为主,因为成绩低于自己的期望,也是无可厚非. 来年要端正态度.

— CV Career Trek

   本月去了北加Career Trek, 学校组织了不同的Team拜访了不同的公司. 我并没有Bid些大的热门的公司,而选择去了一些小的公司参观,自己在联络了几个校友,面谈了解了下自己感兴趣公司的信息. Career Trek 去了NetApp, Flixter, EventBrite, Square, Jawbone.自己约了eBay, Yahoo, Salesforce, LinkedIn, VMware的校友聊了聊. 感觉自己眼下确实对互联网公司更感兴趣,对传统的企业软件公司并没有太多的兴趣,除非是与Big Data, Mobile, Cloud 等相关的公司.

— Travel Around CA

   Trek Trek的机会,所以在北加游玩了一圈,去了硅谷(其实我还是没搞清楚到底哪里算,是一片区域,并不是一个具体的地点嘛)….斯坦福校园,金门大桥,神秘屋, 乔帮主的旧居, 渔人码头, Twin Peak看夜景。每天驱车上百英里的节奏,竟然也没有太累的感觉….回程沿着一号公路开回来,非常赞!非常推荐来加州玩的朋友能够沿着一号公路开一趟,虽然挺折腾的几乎要12个小时,如果中间吃个简餐,走走停停. 去了圣地亚哥一天,比想象的城市更大,更干净,更好玩. 可惜了这些图片都在手机里面,我也懒得整理后贴上来. 东西一多就会变懒….最近总有人说我懒….真是名符其实…

–Ticket at CA

   终于在加州拿了Ticket了, 开始非常郁闷. 考完当天从洛杉矶到北加的5号公路山被高速警察给Pullover 了( 妹,我后来才学会这个词)….被定性为超速加无证驾驶(我用的是国内的驾照)..等法庭的传票下个月或者要求延期需要出席。或许给请个律师去解决此问题吧,如果地点真的那么遥远不方便,希望就不要亲自参加本次法律实践课堂了. 估计要罚很多钱.

   前两天在比佛利附近street parking,貌似六点后不能parking,会到家才发现车挡风玻璃前塞着一个信封,打开一看。Ticket USD 60+.最近为毛总是破财…哥钱真的狠紧张呀,紧巴巴的估计才能过完这两年,不要这么再折腾我吧。以后要看清标示,不报侥幸心理,寻找最佳停车方式. 其实停在附近的挺多shopping mall应该是不错的选择.

— MBA Intern

   这个月把很多Intern是申请给交了,也不知道是死是活。Cover Letter 感觉写的挺不给力的,复制黏贴占了绝大多数. Intern申请,面试等将会是未来几个月的重心,希望2014年能够一切顺利,莫要折腾我太多,让我顺利的拿到理想的offer.

— California Driver’s License

   2013 还是没有把加州驾照考出来,我被这个事情折腾的有点沮丧。考了这么多次还是无功而返,非常的郁闷沮丧,非常讨厌DMV. 希望2014能够找个时间再去考下,拿到加州驾照.

Los Angeles Hiking||Temescal Canyon Trail

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Could you find me in my picture?!! haha!

Finally I walked on the trail again! I should have know that I would be happier as long as I was on the road than locked myself in the room.

There are so many things to prepare.  We have pre-assignment even before school, pre-reading before class, preview before quiz in class, preparation before middle term and now before final exam. Preparation will never disappear as long as we still have something that we really care, you know what I mean…..internship and full-time for the short-term now…….but we can not always live in the  “preparation  mode”.

Sunday, Sunny Day! Let’s walk on the road and enjoy the sunshine, shine into our hearts and warm our hearts.

 

Type: Round trip

Time: 2:40 Hours

Distance: 7 Miles

Level: Beginner

Star: 6/10

Starting point: cross road of Temescal Canyon road and W Sunset Blvd

Park: Temescal Gateway park

Main View: Skull Rock, Huge Cholla

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Build your brand in the digital world

 

Build your brand in the digital world!

Build your Brand in the digital world

This week on the communication class, I chose a topic for my “take a stand” presentation.  It was one of my personal hobby and I wanted to convince my audience the benefit of this hobby and eventually persuaded them to  keep it as their personal habit as I did.

My topic was  Build your brand in the digital world: personal website method. 

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I personally wrote almost 600 articles/ over 1million words on my personal blog/website during the past 8 years, which means every week, I would write 1.5 articles. I  almost wrote everything, including people I met, place I travelled, the interviews I was conducted, the companies I worked, the project I did, the dream I made, the MBA schools I applied and of course the MBA life here at Anderson.  Yep, I kept recording my personal life. Or you can say, I sometime keep talking to myself in the deep night, when it was quite and only the inner conversation in mind. I love my little hobby.

I felt the huge benefit of keeping recording the daily life or some important moment of life, and want to share the benefit of the personal website, hoping my peers could also realize the benefit of personal website and benefit their life now and in the future.

Some main point of the presentation:

-Easy to own a personal website, three simple step: domain name, space and WordPress

-Under control: easily monitor, publish privately or publicly. choose publish time

-Keep memory and stories in a safe and lasting digital home ( Actually, this is my reason, and there were lots of benefit you can image if you have a digital copy of your memory. Not only for yourself, but for your son, daughter or even grandson, granddaughter if they want to know your stories or the family’s stories and where they are from….)

-Easy to connect with the social network

-Potential investment: professional brand, Google Adsense

Frankly speaking, I always was afraid to give public speech in front of people, even just only 9 people. I prefer causal conversation, and it would be perfect for me if it was just an 1-to-1 face to face conversation.  However, in business school, I gained chance,or was forced, to practice my public speaking skills, and I hope I would improve it through my two years’MBA life.  To tell myself the truth, I already felt a little improvement compared to two or three month ago. I attribute the improvement to my classmate and the professors, who made a class environment that I would never have the chance to know if I didn’t come to Anderson. Everyone seems so confidence in class, and the more important thing is that even I sometimes knew what I talked about was nonsense, but nobody would judge you and made you feel silly. People in the class were encouraged to speak out their ideas, whether it is right or wrong, as there is no right or wrong answer, there was just your answers. Then I become brave to speak out even sometimes I was not so comfortable or confidence in what I would say. ( Sorry….I always made the topic far way from what I wanted to talked about…..)


Back to the  presentation I made this Monday, I received some feedback from my peers. Shame to admit, I didn’t provide too much feedback to them as I am still not good at giving feedback to presentation, and I hope next quarter, I would provide my own opinion for my peers’ presentation.

Feedback:

Good/Strength:

-Great Visuals / Display of presentation/Prezi (7)

-Personal Story “Good Dating” (4)

-Very passionate and engaged

-Good persuasive argument w/appropriate main points

-Great logical persuasive

-Good Hook

-Good posture

-Data use

-Conclusion

-Benefits ( Excellent )

-Outline everything well

-good jobs keeping it relevant/ link some concept to business school (2)

 

Weakness/Improvement:

-It was fast and a lot of different points. Fewer points and more support may be better

-Didn’t understand why you choose 8 years w/ your original slide

– Maybe want to balance reasons in term of types varieties

-The ending might be stronger if it was more concise

-Slow down on speaking/Maybe speak more slowly so we can be sure to understand you perfectly (2)

-Make contact around the room

-Change of pace if changed from slow to fast

-watch pauses and pronunciations

– what are your trying to convince?

– Need clearer position +preview

-some slides are hard to read ( dark background + dark letter)

-you use mostly one type of evidence, need variety

Obviously, there were a bunch of good and strength for my presentation, but also had lots of place that I need to improve.  Two things maybe I did quite well. First, I use Prezi to make my presentation, which made my presentation a great visual. ( There were 7 out of 8 people pointed this), Two, I made the topic related to my personal stories, and made it a humor way. Two things I still need to improve. First, speak slowly. Second, speak clearly. ( Pronunciations)

UCLA run the L.A. We Bruins beat Trojans

A wonderful end of 2013. We finally beat USC Trojans. I watched the football game in a sports watching bar near campus. The bar was filled by Bruins, so I almost stood there for more than three hours to celebrate the last moment. It was an wonderful game!! I would remember the game and the feelings to be Bruins! It was my great honor to be part of this tight community!

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PEERspective Feedback

Peerspective is a program that let 1st Anderson student met a new 1st MBA student in other section and talked with each other for half hour every week.  Then they gave feedback to each other. After several round, they will combine the feedback together, so you will receive a combined feedback, but don’t know which specific feedback from whom. I found there were lots of such kind of design to protect people that provided their opinion or choice.

Would they Intro You?

Some yes, some no

What reservations would they have?

Some communication was hard and they had a hard time understanding you sometimes.

What do they think you most valued

Recognition and Affiliation

First visual impression

Professional and well dressed. They’d intro you to their boss!

If you engaged their friend they’d feel…

Acceptance and Anticipation

Perception of your career interests and abilities

They think you are knowledgeable and have a good sense of direction

Would they go for drinks?

You betcha

Impressions from Emails?

Not much of an impression (no news is usually good news in this category)

If they could change 1 thing

Talk more clearly, work on your small talk, and try to be a little more personable!