The greater Washington, D.C., metro area is a hub of activity. It’s an international city. The opportunities to meet people and find educational events are nearly endless. In the second year of my MBA program, I finally have time to enjoy more of what D.C. has to offer.
One of my favorite recreational activities this year has been attending events at Politics and Prose Bookstore. I saw a Nobel Prize-winning economist speak last month. And, just last week, I heard from David Rubenstein – well known in private equity and locally for his role as President of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
On the University of Maryland campus, too, there are more than enough events to go around. The president and COO of Mattel is on campus this week to speak with students in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. And the co-founder of Honest Tea, who is also executive chair of Beyond Meat, spoke on campus last week.
In a full-time MBA program, prioritization of what to attend is an ongoing battle. I find myself frequently asking, “Do I have time for this?” Equally as often, I ask, “Does this event help me achieve my goals?” Apart from required events and the occasional can’t-miss opportunity, the answer is often unclear.
Inevitably, I remind myself that not everything has to be done with an end-goal in mind. Sometimes, it is simply enough to enjoy.
–By Miranda Taylor. Taylor is a 2020 MBA candidate. She is originally from Minneapolis, and worked as a science writer and digital content strategist in the health industry before coming to Maryland Smith to pursue an MBA.
Photo: David Rubenstein (seated at right) speaks at Politics and Prose on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for the release of his new book, “The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians.”