MBAsians: The Asian MBA Podcast

Taking an MBA program in the US is a big, huge decision. And if you already have a family, it becomes 100 times more difficult. Today’s topic is about MBA and Family. Many international students had to decide whether they came to the US with family or not. Some partners may give up their career. Some couples ended up living separately. If they have a baby, how would they handle all difficulties in the country where they’ve never been. What a crazy situation. Let’s welcome Kazrin Khairul Anuar, a second-year MBA student from MIT Sloan, and listen to how he dealt with these issues.

Show Notes

Meet Kazrin Khairul Anuar
Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kazrin is a second-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. As a husband and a father of a 2-year old boy, he spent 7 years working in financial services (primarily within equity investments) in Malaysia before coming to MBA. Pivoting into a corporate strategy role in the long term, Kazrin thought having MBA experience would help get to know different companies and industries from classes and classmates. Also, the MIT community with business, engineering, and tech development perspectives was one of the biggest reasons he came to Sloan.
In this episode we talk about:
  1. Americans’ School Spirit - Why do Americans love their school a lot?
  2. How his family decided their “family plan” with MBA 
  3. What challenges his family faced
  4. How to check each MBA program before coming to the US
  5. Advice for future MBA students
Connect with Kazrin Khairul Anuar
// Meet Jacob Yu and Jay Park, your MBAsians Hosts! 
// Jacob Yu 
Born and raised in Taiwan, Jacob worked in marketing and public relations at a tech company. At a young age, Jacob studied as a foreign exchange student in the US, understanding the challenges of being an international student. While studying at Ross, he has witnessed peers struggling in navigating MBA lives, motivating him to support and inspire others by creating the MBAsians Podcast.

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//  Jay Park
Born and raised in South Korea, Jay worked as a business developer and sales manager at an international trading company. Jay experienced countless trials and errors from preparation towards his MBA to adapting himself into first-ever foreign country life, motivating him to make MBAsians. As an adventure enthusiast, Jay is still continuing his life journey through MBA.

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What is MBAsians: The Asian MBA Podcast?

MBAsians is a podcast for and by Asian international students currently earning or applying to MBA programs in the US. Hosts Jacob Yu and Jay Park share actionable tips and recommendations to make your MBA journey more pleasant and successful by interviewing current and recent MBA graduates from various programs. MBAsians will feature deep dive discussions focusing on diverse parts of the MBA experience, academic, professional, and social, covering important topics such as language and cultural differences, networking and managing relationships, and building a community of support. Hosts: Jacob Yu & Jay Park // Producer: Jerry Won // Artwork: Michelle Nam // Produced by Just Like Media