13 Dec 2013

Talks/seminars/conferences around Cambridge in December 2013

The best of this month: "The Flawed Dominance of Economics: Engaging other Social Sciences in Government". My key takeaway is that the combination of economics and social science (e.g. Psychology, Behaviour Science, Sociology, Criminology, etc.) can be intriguing to me. Or, I would like to challenge the Economics from a different perspective and tools, not limited within the conventional Economics.
The Keynes Lecture Theatre, Kings' College, Cambridge
The second best: Neuroscience clash course. My key takeaway is that I am not so super interested in the actual functions of the nerve system in the body; rather I am much interested how we interpret the surface meanings and interact with each other, and thus how the overall ecosystem of human beings works.

As the first week was the end of Full Term of Michaelmas, there were not much although I overachieved the target by over 50%(!), with the participation target of more than 30 talks/seminars/conference in this term.

On top, I now feel that I am grasping what I would like to invest my time in next year. It's been a very effective decision to test my interests by listening to various topics beyond the ordinal MBA course, even from time to time some were very hard to be understood.

The full list of talks/seminars:
  • #041 Neuroscience Clash Course (2) Glia = Glue ++++
  • #042 London Business School Global Healthcare Conference 2013 +++
  • #043 Neuroscience Clash Course (3) Neurons +++
  • #044 The Flawed Dominance of Economics: Engaging other Social Sciences in Government +++++
  • #045 i-Teams Michaelmas 2013 final presentations +++

11 Dec 2013

Two assignments done; now is the time to relax and think over the future.

Overall, two presentations on this Monday and Tuesday went well.
After completing one presentation, from the riverside terrace of the Anchor, Cambridge

The first one was quite similar to my previous job in management consulting; yet the second one was more challenging because it was talking about a bit unfamiliar technology to around 50 people, most of whom I don't know, including a bunch of angel investors/serial entrepreneurs; however, I surprisingly did a good job at the latter one, maybe thanks to some confidence that has been developed through these months.
A certificate of completion of i-Teams at Cambridge University

Anyway, after one essay for Management Practice and one in-class assignment for Management Science (Statistics), will arrive the end of this term (and the Christmas break).

8 Dec 2013

The end of Full Term...now four assignments to go!!

This Friday was the final day of Full Term in Michaelmas...not much sentiment as I still have four assignments to go within 10 days:

  • Conduct the final presentation of Cambridge Venture Project 
  • Conduct the in-trim presentation of i-Teams Plus
  • Complete the essay for Management Practice; and
  • Crack the in-class group exam of Management Science.

  • What's more, I have to start preparing for a fruitful next year, namely:

  • Reach out leads for Global Consulting Project in Lent term;
  • Prepare for the examinations in January: Accounting II, Corporate Finance, Organizational Behaviour; and
  • Initiate preparatory actions for the application of another master course in social science: 

    1. Contact a few professors at Judge; 
    2. Seek related academic opportunities in/out Cambridge; 
    3. Consult with senior mentors on this choice 
    4. Prepare hypothetical thoughts on the subject for the summer dissertation and check research already completed in the past.
    The last point is quite crucial in a sense to go for the future. The winter vacation should not be so easy. :-p 

    7 Dec 2013

    Photos of Christmas Market at Lincoln

    It was a very good Christmas market indeed, even comparable to those in Germany. Yet I have to admit that food in Germany Christmas market was much better than here, to be honest. :-p
    Park and Ride from/to the Christmas Market at Lincoln (~10min by bus, which goes every 5-10 min) 
    Christmas Market and the Lincoln Cathedral on the back 
    Christmas Market and the Lincoln Castle on the back
    One phrase from the famous Magna-Carta at Lincoln Cathedral 
    A mysterious night and the moon, over the Lincoln Castle

    1 Dec 2013

    Finally December...yet almost only one week to go!!

    Only one week to go. To-dos of this week (on top of usual dull lectures) are to
    • Crack past exams of Accounting and Corporate Finance, to raise questions to lectures;
    • Apply to i-Teams 2014 Lent on Commercialising a point-of-care blood testing system;
    • Learn from Neuroscience Clash Course;
    • Join the Global Healthcare Conference at LBS;
    • Enjoy Cambridge Corn Exchange: FOUR SEASONS BY CANDLELIGHT;
    • Decide the next Lent term electives: candidates are Philosophy in Business, Strategic Pricing, The International Film Business, and Strategic Performance Management; 
    • Submit the assignment of Organizational Behaviour, by polishing other team members' work;
    • Enjoy Christmas Dinner at St. Edmund's College;
    • Submit application to Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition;
    • Finalize presentations of Cambridge Venture Project and another entrepreneurial project; and
    • Initiate the essay for Management Practice, at least 250 words;
    Wow, surprisingly a lot to do for next week. I have to be intentionally productive and efficient then.
    On the contrary, to-dos for the next week from 9th Dec are not many, including:
    • Conduct aforementioned presentations (mentioned above);
    • Reach out leads for Global Consulting Project in Lent term;
    • Finalize the essay for Management Practice, up to 2,500 words (a lot more to mention); and
    • Prepare for the in-class group exam of Management Science (Easy!).