Hi, my name is Ted and I am a first-year (almost second-year…yikes!) at Columbia Business School (CBS). You may have read by now all the great things CBS has to offer – from classes, to clubs, to speaking events and social activities – but I wanted to give a perspective on how all of that fits together in a typical day.
A day in my life looks something like this:
So. Early. Probably shouldn’t have been up so late reading cases.
All that free food and beer at Happy Hour is great (more here), but it doesn’t come without a price. That price is early morning gym – definitely worth it!
[9:00am] Email Check
CBS is always teeming with activity. Whether it is a speaker, a conference, a trip, or a social event there is always something going on – and you will get multiple emails about every single one. My inbox has not been clean since I started. Ever. Accept defeat now.
[10:00am] Team Meeting
I am currently partnering with the Student Leadership and Ethics Board (more here), to bring a high-profile speaker to CBS in the fall to discuss LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer) issues in the work place. We are brainstorming who to bring and what the format for the event should be. Exciting Stuff!
[10:45am] Class: Strategy & Competition in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Today we are hearing from Emilio Emini, the head of Vaccines R&D at Pfizer. One of my favorite parts about CBS is getting to have frank and honest class discussions with executives who are leaders in their field.
[12:30pm] Board Meeting
We recently elected a new board for the Healthcare Industry Association (more here), and are discussing our plans for the next academic year. Clubs are a great way to get to know other students with similar interests….and to get free food. Today we had Indian – yum!
[2:15pm] Class: Game Theory
Yes, there is an entire class on games. The professor even gives out chocolate in class when you win. Today we are discussing different types of auctions, and how to optimize your results. Our professor said her life goal was to observe the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo – great to see professors so passionate about what they teach.
[4:00pm] Watson Library
Really, the heart of CBS! It is a great place to do work, check emails, and catch-up with friends between classes. Today I came do some homework, but ended talking to people about their summer plans instead – this is a common occurrence at Watson.
[5:30pm] CBS Matters
One of my favorite parts about Columbia is CBS Matters (more here). It is a really great way to get to know each other better and learn something new. Today we are hearing from my cluster mate Borja (more on clusters here) and his journey to CBS! Yes, Borja did split is life into nine dimensional framework for the presentation – we are in business school after all.
The Follies is a student-run comedy sketch group that puts on a show at the end of every semester. It. Is. Hilarious. Tonight is the spring show, and it does not disappoint. I am pretty sure I scared some people with my laugh, but that’s ok. Hopefully no one remembers it was me.
After follies, I head over to a local restaurant for cheap margaritas and food with a few of my classmates. Yes, that is a laptop in the picture – we’re multi-tasking!
Whew. Long day. Can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow. #whycbs