A Glimpse of My Life as an MSBA Student – Nodi Bui ’21

The following post was written by Ngoc Diep “Nodi” Bui, a current MS in Business Analytics in the Class of 2021

After finishing my undergraduate degree in Missouri, I moved to Rochester to attend the MS in Business Analytics program at Simon. COVID has made everything abnormal this year, yet my life at Simon has been very productive and exciting. Despite the whirlwind of activities and deliverables, I manage to keep it under control by always planning ahead and checking my online calendar regularly.

Here is a snapshot of what a typical Tuesday looked like during the Fall B term:

7:00 a.m.: My typical morning starts at 7 a.m. I wake up, shower, and have breakfast. I often go for a quick smoothie as I don’t often have big breakfast, yet I do need to give myself energy to start a busy day!

8:00 a.m.: Take the bus to Simon. I live in Southside Living Area, an undergraduate apartment. I work part-time for the University of Rochester Residential Life Office as a graduate assistant. As I supervise the resident advisors at Southside, I am assigned to live in the area. It’s about 20 minutes by foot from Simon; during the winter, I often take the bus, which typically takes 10–15 minutes.

8:15 a.m.: Stop by Starbucks on my way to Simon to get a cup of coffee.

8:30 a.m.: Attend my Analytics Design and Application class.

10:00 a.m.: Have a 20-minute break between classes. I often use this time to talk to my classmates.

10:20 a.m.: Attend my Predictive and Causal Analytics in R class.

12:00 p.m: Weekly meeting with the Simon Admissions Committee. My second part-time job is as a Simon Admissions Committee ambassador. The Committee meets up weekly for updates on admission rounds, application reading, and interviews.

1:00 p.m.: Meet with the Pricing Club Executive Board. I am the MS representative in the Pricing Club, and we meet up every week to discuss plans for upcoming plans.

2:00 p.m.: Lunch Break! I typically have lunch at noon, yet Tuesday is busier than usual, so I have lunch quite late. I often get food at the Pit, one of the University of Rochester’s dining halls.

3:00 p.m.: Meet up with my teammates (pictured), to work on our current case for Analytics Design and Application focusing on conjoint analysis. In between our meeting, we often take a 15-minute break for coffee and a snack.

5:30 p.m.: Work out at the campus fitness center.

6:30 p.m.: Take the bus back to my apartment.

7:45 p.m.: Make beef noodle soup for dinner. I often eat dinner while watching Netflix.

8:30 p.m.: Do my homework and prepare for the two classes I have on Wednesdays: Data Management and Professional Communications.

10:30 p.m.: FaceTime with my family in Vietnam. Because of my job as the Residential Life graduate assistant, I do not have any roommates, so talking on the phone with my family or my undergraduate friends in Missouri every night gives me company.

11:00 p.m.: Pack my backpack and get ready for bed.

Ever since I started the MSBA program, my schedule is busier than ever. With four classes, two part-time jobs, club activities, and networking, my weekdays are packed. As much as I like hanging out with my friends during the weekend, I cannot do it this year because of COVID. However, we do get together virtually during the weekend to bond and play board games. Even though the program is intensive, and my schedule is always busy, the learning process—both in and out of class—is fulfilling and worthwhile.

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