Samantha Hobbs

MBA for Professionals Class of 2013 – Evening

t’s 4 o’clock on the first day of class in my second year of the MBA program at Rice. As I shut down my computer at work, I realize how eager I am to leave for school. Before my computer completely shuts down, I take a closer look at the time at the bottom right hand corner of my screen. The actual time is 3:45, but if I squint it looks like 3:55. Let’s call it 3:50ish. Ok! You caught me. I’m leaving work 15 minutes early for the first day of class. At that moment my stomach drops as my boss walks by and nonchalantly says “Have fun at school.” I know he means it (and I know I will have fun), but I also know that he’s not as excited as I am for the program to start again. Don’t get me wrong, he’s been very supportive of the professional program at Rice and has enjoyed the fruits of my labor, but I know he’s tired of all my conversations starting with “This one time, at Rice…”

As I start my 25 mile drive from the ship channel to Rice University, I reflect back on my first year of school. Man, did I have fun! This one time at Rice (I gave you fair warning), my friend and fellow classmate, Ryan, organized a co-ed flag football tournament hosted on the Rice campus for all the MBA programs in Houston. We played Tulane, University of Houston, and University of Texas. This tournament was in the fall of our first year and was hands-down, one of my favorite extracurricular events. It was a way to connect with our classmates outside of the classroom and meet their family members too. Our supporters included classmates’ families and friends: Clif’s wife and 2 baby girls, Donovan’s wife, Davis’ pregnant wife and dog, and Stephanie’s three boys (who were all wearing matching red Angry Birds shirts) and husband, and Kevin’s half empty keg from his Halloween party on Saturday night. Needless to say with all the support and fun we won the tournament. I didn’t think we were going to beat UT because Ryan’s wife, Bailey, played on the team; however, she was my mark and I showed no mercy.

As I pull into the central campus parking garage I smile to myself. I made one of the best decisions of my life deciding to come to Rice for my MBA. I’m excited for the second year to start and to dive into the curriculum. This year I have a better idea of what to expect and how hard I will need to work. I’m also looking forward to seeing my friends. Every school sells you on “Business school is for building networks”, but I would say my network at Rice is more like a circle of friends. That was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. I don’t want to finish this blog on a sappy note; I would like to say “good luck” to all the first-years for our flag football tournament this fall. Game on.