I’ve just finished the final group project of the risk analytics course. This was the last task to do this semester that was full of excitement. Achieving many accomplishments, I feel that I have grown greatly in this semester. Following are three distinct projects that I worked on this semester.
First, classmate Colin Lane and I were chosen as one of the three finalist teams in the national AM Best Student Challenge. We were invited to a video interview that was recorded and published on the Internet, which was a novel experience for me. Taking the interview with my bookshelf and piano in the background felt like I was a commentator appearing on a TV show from their home, which is commonplace during the pandemic.
Second, I also participated in an event organized by the Graduate Business Association where international students introduce their country’s culture. I was amused by many interesting facts the world history class in high school did not teach. As a presenter, I introduced Japanese language trivia, dating culture, toilet technologies, etc. When the students started to discuss if the cutting-edge toilet technologies will catch on in the U.S. market or not, I was reminded that it was an informal event hosted by MBA students.
Third, the large group applied learning project with undergraduate students to find risk management solutions for small business owners was challenging and provided me with plenty of opportunities to collaborate with younger people who have different perspectives from me. The undergraduate students were so good at collaboration that I could not believe that many of them had not had working experiences before. This project was entirely carried out online. I was a little bit doubtful that virtual meetings can be productive, but we could get accustomed to them easily and even leveraged them (e.g., connected with small business owners, invited a professor and student to our meeting to borrow their expertise, etc.). Many people generally complain about online platforms, but the more I use these tools in the MBA program, the more positive feeling I get about the technologies.
This semester has made me more confident in myself. Time passes fast, yet I am excited because I have still one year to grow.