Julia Lee (’15) is a second-year student in the Rady School’s full-time MBA program and specializes in marketing.
Her industry background is in HIV and Hepatitis C drug discovery research, and her personal interests include Traditional Chinese Medicine, psychology, and religious studies. This is a glimpse into Lee’s everyday life as a Rady full-time MBA student.
Wake Up in Grad Housing Apartment on the UC San Diego campus
I was pretty amazed when I first arrived at this apartment building during the summer before the MBA program started. For probably less than half of what a typical apartment would cost in La Jolla, I have my own spacious room with a full-size bed, within walking distance of Rady! Every day, I get a good walk into my schedule, and there’s even a small gym inside this apartment, so I never fail to get some exercise in!
Take a Field-Trip to Qualcomm
One of my second-year MBA classes is “Technology & Innovation Strategy” with Professor Kevin Zhu. For our case study on Qualcomm, Professor Zhu asked if we’d like to conduct the case study at Qualcomm! A classmate happened to have connections there, so she organized a field-trip there for us. I took a photo of the Patent Wall in the main lobby of Qualcomm – as you can see, they have thousands of patents! Here in San Diego, Qualcomm is a big deal. It is one of the biggest companies in the area, and the founder, Irwin Jacobs, was a former professor at UC San Diego! He often comes to speak at Rady, and I managed to hear him speak once at one of the school’s “fireside chats.” Not sure whether you’ve used Qualcomm’s products before? If you have a cell phone, the chip inside is designed by Qualcomm!
Help Teach Marketing to 1st-Year MBA Students
One of the best things about being a second-year student is working as a teaching-assistant for first-year MBA classes (I’m the TA for the full-time first-years’ Core Marketing class). I get a remittance that covers a portion of my tuition and health insurance here at UC San Diego, but importantly, this is a chance to hone my own knowledge of marketing and help others better understand it too! Standing at the front of the room in this photo is Professor Ken Wilbur, the faculty member who is in charge of teaching the very first marketing course that MBA students at Rady encounter. Every week, the students present their marketing recommendations for various case studies – this gives them a chance to practice their oral communication skills, which is critical for success as a marketer (if you can’t put words to your “brilliant idea,” how will anyone ever know it’s a “brilliant idea”?).
Walk to La Jolla Shores and Relax at the End of the Day!
Whether for business, tech, biotech, law, or medicine, I know many students agree with me that San Diego is an excellent place to attend graduate or professional school. It’s hard to lose sight of the bigger picture when so much natural beauty surrounds you. I’ve seen some of the most amazing sunsets ever from the Rady student lounge, where many of the study rooms face the ocean. La Jolla Shores (pictured here) is just a short walk or car ride away from Rady, and many of my classmates – including myself – go down there to swim, surf, jog, or just walk along the beach. As part of the wider UC San Diego student community, we have access to cheap surfing classes (surfboard rental included!) taught by UC San Diego’s surfing team members, so most of my classmates gave surfing at least one try during their time at Rady. Life as a grad student can be hectic, so finding ways to de-stress and reflect on things is critical, and in San Diego, there’s no shortage of places to go for fun, for entertainment, or for relaxation.
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