The coolest thing I’ve noticed about being an MBA student is how much it shifts your thinking into a business mindset. I read the news, watch movies, and overhear conversations these days and I can’t help but think of the concepts we’ve been learning in our classes. When we take the time to stop and think about it, it’s incredible how much knowledge we’ve been able to absorb in such a short period of time.
For example, a recent superhero movie had a plot device of big data being collected from social media that can “predict the future of every American.” I immediately thought of our Time Series Analysis class and joked that I’d like to have seen their p-values! Of course my date thought I was a giant nerd, but that should have been obvious already since I took her to a movie about men in tights saving the world.
But the way of looking at things at the GSM is also really useful in a lot of ways outside of the classroom. I used some of the negotiation tactics from our Individual and Group Dynamics class to help me get a sweet deal on a new phone. I talked with a friend of mine who was stressed out at work on how he could better organize his employees using our Managing for Operational Excellence theories. And a family member looking at starting her own business got some free knowledge courtesy of what I learned in Corporate Finance. All of these conversations went into business mode with little effort – it was just the right way to look at things.
Every now and then I’ll have a nonsensical dream where I’m trying to solve for the dividend growth rate on a basket of French fries, but besides that it’s awesome to be able to whip out b-school ideas in everyday life. Our brains are being trained to take apart problems and look at them from a business perspective, even when we don’t realize it. Even when we struggle with a class concept, or miss a point on a test, or feel like we’re in over our heads, we’re still getting stronger. The best part is, we didn’t have to get bitten by anything radioactive to become so amazing!