After taking a deep breath and having numerous discussions with friends and family, you signed your name on the admissions portal and made your acceptance deposit. Congratulations, you are done with the admissions process!
Welcome to the Rady family!
In the following months, you will be part of a community that is growing in size each year and, most of all, is very motivated to support each other so much that frequent success stories are made among the current students and alumni. During my admissions process and throughout my MBA experience, I have been amazed at how the faculty, staff, current classmates, and alumni were willing to spend significant time and effort with me to help me prepare for the MBA program and achieve career and professional goals.
During the weeks before the start of my MBA at Rady, I wanted to connect with the Rady community early to hear about their experiences and advices on preparing for and making the most out of the MBA experience. I contacted the recent graduates that I met during my visit to Rady with questions I had about their experiences and aspects of the MBA program. I was amazed to see that despite how busy the summer months can be for the recent graduates (due to starting a new job, moving, and readjusting to the working life), they still were willing to take time out of their busy schedules to answer my questions about numerous aspects of their MBA experiences. Their responses helped me to take full advantage of the resources and opportunities available with a Rady MBA offers.
These alumni provided help to my classmates and myself throughout my two years at Rady. The alumni reception event during orientation allowed us to meet them in a small setting and learn details about the internship opportunities and companies that existed in the San Diego area. Later on, during my internship and full-time search, members of the full-time 2014 MBA class and alumni recommended me to their companies’ management teams and helped me to prepare for the interviews. Their help was a significant factor in my ability to land an internship at Cisco in the San Francisco bay area and a post-MBA full-time position at Cymer in the San Diego area. During our Lab-to-Market course series, my team has met with different alumni on numerous occasions to hear fresh perspectives and feedback on our start up idea (a social venture dedicated to improving the economic conditions in a low-income neighborhood of San Diego). Their advice helped us to refine our business model and operations thoroughly to ensure that we mitigate financial risks and attract a larger customer base.
I cannot thank these former students enough for helping me have a successful MBA experience at Rady. In just a few weeks, my classmates and I will become part of the Rady Alumni Network when we graduate. Our involvement with the Rady community has only just started, as we want to pay it forward by helping the incoming and current students achieve their professional and career goals, just like how the Rady community has helped us achieve our goals.
Congratulations again on being accepted to UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management, and welcome to the Rady family! I hope that you enjoy your remaining time at your current professions and take time out to relax and go on some amazing trips before the start of your graduate experience at Rady.
Get ready for a life-changing and enriching experience at Rady! As you prepare for your experience, we are here to help you answer any questions you have or share any advice we have to ensure that you have the best experience possible!
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Keith Louie (’15) is a full-time MBA student at the Rady School. His hobbies include hiking throughout the county, trying out new restaurants (especially mom and pop places), visiting local coffee shops to get things done, and attending concerts downtown in the Gaslamp area. Louie is also a student MBA Ambassador at the Rady School.