Carla Larin

2020
Hometown: Franklin Lakes, NJ
Pre-MBA: Management Consultant in NYC

Carla Larin

Post Graduation Goals: 
General Management in FinTech start-up
Favorite Class:
Interpersonal Dynamics, more commonly referred to as “Touchy-Feely”
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GSB Transformation:
Before the GSB, I was skeptical that I could improve my soft skills in a classroom environment. Through experiential learning and simply interacting from classmates, I’m honing my soft skills and will be a more effective leader.
Wednesday
8:00am
Yoga on the rooftop of the GSB residences is a great way to start the day. It’s so quiet and peaceful up here, and I enjoy spending time reflecting before the day begins.
10:00am
In my Incentives & Productivity Economics class, Professor Lazear told stories from his time working in the White House with President Bush.
12:00pm
Lunch with a friend who I haven’t caught up with in a while. We met back on the pre-GSB summer Colombia trip, so she is an old friend by GSB standards! Arbuckle, our on-campus dining hall, is a tasty and convenient option for lunch.
2:00pm
Meeting with friends to work on our proposal to lead a Global Study Trip to Bolivia. We all met on our Thailand Global Study Trip last winter and loved the experience, so decided we want to pay it forward and plan a trip for next year’s MBA1s.
6:00pm
Small group dinner in the residences, hosted by a classmate from Kentucky — we ate homemade fried chicken, cornbread, mac & cheese and pie. We sorted out a few final logistics for our upcoming trip to the Kentucky Derby, which over 50 GSBers will be attending.
8:00pm
I’m so full from dinner! Heading back to my room for a power nap before the evening’s activities.
9:00pm
Two of my classmates gave their TALKs. I am always blown away by the strength and vulnerability it takes to reveal your life story. TALK is a unique GSB experience that brings us closer as a community. In this photo, we’re giving a standing ovation at the end of a TALK.
11:00pm
TALK after party! We celebrate our classmates’ accomplishments with an informal gathering in the residences.
Thursday
8:45am
Another sunny California day! Since I live in the residences across the street from campus, I only need to leave my room a few minutes before my first class or meeting.
9:00am
HBSA leadership meeting. I’m part of the Hispanic Business Student Association leadership team and we’re writing a proposal to begin planning next fall’s annual retreat. Most identity groups invite students for a weekend away to bond and get to know each other on a deeper level. Disclaimer: I forgot to take a photo during this session, so replaced with a much snazzier photo of the group from the HBSA banquet!
10:00am
Daily yoga in the sunshine!
1:00pm
Catch up on emails and read cases to prepare for class later today and tomorrow.
3:00pm
Political Economy class: Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Economies. We discussed the evolution of the peer-to-peer lending industry and the regulatory hurdles these companies overcame.
8:00pm
Dinner with friends to celebrate a successful C4C weekend. We all helped to plan Stanford’s annual Challenge for Charity weekend, where 7 other west coast business schools came to campus to compete in events with the goal of raising money for local charities.
10:00pm
Every Thursday night, my BPL team heads to a local bar for a cross-GSB tournament. Unsurprisingly, our team gets pretty competitive. Tonight we won both of our games! Usually there is a dance party after the games to celebrate -- tonight I ducked out early to get some much needed sleep.
Friday
8:00am
Operations class. We discussed the Toyota Production System and how to handle blockages in an assembly line.
10:00am
Work on operations group project. Next week, we will have a simulation where groups will compete to efficiently manage virtual factories by setting the appropriate inventory level and amount of workers and machines to maximize profits. Our team is building a model to help prepare, and hopefully will have the best factory!
12:00pm
Quick lunch on the go so I can catch up on some emails and read the case for my upcoming class.
1:30pm
Corporate Governance class. We discussed how boards have handled lightning rod topics, using Uber as an example.
4:00pm
Work on group project for our Political Economy class. We are assessing Southwest’s approach for lobbying (or using other non-market approaches) to get access to critical routes.
5:30pm
Dinner with friends at a Mexican restaurant in Redwood City before the GSB show.
7:00pm
GSB show! Definitely one of my highlights this quarter. With more than 250 GSB students involved, the GSB show blew us away with the professional production quality and the incredible talent among our classmates. Their months and months of hard work really paid off and everyone in the audience had a blast!
11:30pm
Hop on a plane bound for New York. Tomorrow morning is my sister’s baby shower, so I’m heading home for the weekend to spend time with family.
Last Updated 2 Jul 2019