Honesty and Optimism
These are the two things that I have come to value most these past few weeks. Something just hasn't been "clicking" for me as a Fisher grad student. I have no complaints about the school itself at all, but I have had to ask myself if I really want to be here. Do I have passion for what I'm learning? Is this really how I want to spend the next two years? Is there another way to accomplish my goals- a better fit for what I need to grow? And because there's an Econ exam tomorrow, I'm going to answer, "Only if there's something better for me to do, haha."
But seriously, I have struggled with these questions for a while now, and it's time to just admit that the Fisher Full Time MBA program may not be "the one" (in a graduate program sense) for me. I actually had these thoughts before classes even started. I had applied to both the Master of Public Health (MPH) and the MBA program, was admitted and received equal financial aid offers to attend either school. Lucky me, I know.
At first I felt HORRIBLE about having these thoughts. I thought I was the only one in history who would ever even think about leaving a MBA program at such a good school. But it turns out that there are many grad students each year who change programs. Turns out that if the graduate program you selected isn't quite the best fit for you, OSU offers you the option of transferring to another school as long as they will take you. And many times you can transfer your financial aid, too.
Graduate school is a big investment in terms of your time, effort, and sacrifices for family and friends. There are many fabulous options, Fisher included, but you need to choose what is the best fit for you, regardless. My intent with this is not to discourage anyone from attending Fisher, but to know exactly (or as close as possible) how the program will benefit your needs and career/life goals.
So this week I'll be attending a MPH class just to really make sure that this is the decision I want to make... I'll keep you posted on what I end up deciding either way.