Here is a fun and useful post from Terry Shea, a FEMBA 2016 student. It is very well written and contains useful tips as you start this new journey of the FEMBA program. I recommend to connect with Terry on LinkedIn too. Here is his LinkedIn profile URL - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/terry-shea/13/27/a85
Preparing for FEMBA
By Terry Shea
Every EMBA remembers getting accepted to UCLA Anderson. You get that mid-day phonecall from the admissions office congratulating you. Then you do your victory dance – you know the one where you pump your fists and swing your hips in the middle of your office. Then you sign your Letter of Intent. Here is what to expect next:
Paperwork. There are many forms to complete simply because there is so much to experience at UCLA Anderson. I found the best way to keep track of these is to create an ongoing checklist as you receive new forms from the school.
Invitations to School and Alumni Events. On the following weekend after I was accepted, the UCLA Anderson Alumni Association held an event at Arrowhead Pond for a Ducks game. We met their CFO in their executive reception room and enjoyed the game from the luxury boxes. You want to attend these alumni events when invited because it gives you an early snapshot of what your future holds as a Bruin. I also met some of my future classmates here. Other school events include: class visits, orientations, All-Anderson Networking Event, Career Management Workshop, and various Happy Hours. You want to take advantage of these.
Meet Lots of New Friends and Arrange Meetups. Join the FEMBA 2017 Facebook group, attended meetups arranged by classmates, and set up your own meetups. One of my meetups was a hike up to the Hollywood Sign:
I cannot emphasis enough the value of arranging many meetups with your classmates before Leadership Foundations start. Also, get a big UCLA flag.
Back-to-School Shopping. Get a nice point-and-shoot camera and start taking lots of pictures. You need a good laptop that will last you 3 years, but you may want to hold off on buying until UCLA Anderson’s STS (Student Technology Services) start telling you to configure your laptop to the school’s software requirements. That way you can buy the laptop with the latest and greatest features and battery life. iPads have been very useful because there is a very good App for our course reader, Study.net, and you will eventually need to take your reading with you to make the best out of small segments of downtime. Tidy up a small corner in your home for studying.
Buying UCLA Anderson and UCLA Bruins Gear. www.uclastore.com is the official site for the UCLA Store. UCLA Anderson-specific gear is hard to find elsewhere, so look to buy these items first. If you are on campus, most of the UCLA Anderson gear is sold at Lu Valle Commons (by the Law School in North Campus) and not in the main Ackerman Student Union. During football season, there might be a promotion where the UCLA Store gives you up to a 25% discount on UCLA gear when UCLA football demolishes their opponents on certain games. Coach Jim Mora and QB Brett Hundley are coming back next year, so the one-sided victories and student store discounts will be plentiful and glorious.
Learn the 8-Clap. This is not easy to learn because there are actually 20 claps, timing the “L” part is tricky, and some groups of Bruins can do this really fast. FEMBA VP of Social Affairs David Duong posted an instructional video for us -- http://youtu.be/h7BOUO4PlAs Make sure you practice because 8-Clapping is way more elaborate than the fobby peace sign done across town.
Attend FEMBApalooza on July 13, 2014. This is our summertime fête champêtre where current FEMBAs and alumni attend to enjoy an entire day full of activities and networking. Bring your significant others and children. For details and RSVP, goto -- http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/fembapalooza
Get ready for the biggest positive transformation of your adult life! While I am still less than 1 year into the FEMBA program, I already perform my work more efficiently and thoughtfully and I see the world in a significantly different way. My friends have noticed a big change in my confidence and capabilities. During the first quarter, you may not get to see many of the 3rd year FEMBAs because they are engaged in GAP. Once they return from GAP in second quarter, you will notice an obvious professional polish to them. That is going to be you soon.
Welcome to Westwood.