What does a day in the life of a Foster MBA look like? The Foster Photo Blogging project follows individual Foster students through their daily routines to give you a glimpse inside the life of an MBA living, learning, and working in Seattle at the Foster School of Business.
David Hill is a second-year MBA student at the Foster School of Business. He previously worked as a writer at a financial media startup and as a sports blogger. He is interested in working in brand management upon graduation. He serves on the board of the Foster Sports Business Club and plays guitar for Death Spiral, the Foster rock band.
~Photo Blogger David Hill, Full-time Class of 2013
Like some of my classmates, I stayed on at the company where I interned this summer to do part-time work during my second year. So on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, I bus over to offices of Concordia Beverage Systems in Bellevue. Concordia makes commercial espresso machines, and the showroom (above) also serves as the company coffee room. I’m partial to the espresso, though the mocha is pretty awesome.
After finishing up at work, I head back over to school for class. Before that, I stop off in the MBA Lounge at Paccar Hall to heat up last night’s leftovers for lunch. The lounge is a bit of a social hub during the day; you’ll see your peers, eating, hanging out, or trying to sneak in some work. Today I sat next to my friend Gwyn, discussing the finer points of Italian cuisine.
Tuesday afternoon means macroeconomics with Debra Glassman, the final core class in the full-time MBA program. Today’s class covered the GDP multiplier effect and government stimulus.
I had a few hours free between my afternoon and evening classes, so I parked in the lounge to write some cover letters and do some more Concordia work. The company is launching a new website at the end of the month, and I reviewed the beta version of the site for bugs and typos while my classmates held court at the foosball table. If you are good at the foos, you can go far at Foster.
My day ended with an evening class, Entrepreneurial Finance with Emily Cox Pahnke. Tonight we talked about intellectual property and patent trolls. Evening classes are a good way to meet other students outside the full-time MBA program, but sitting through a three-and-a-half hour class session (albeit with breaks) can be a bit of a slog. Tuesdays are long for me, after leaving my house at 7am, I did not get home until 10pm.