Well, as was promised to us on our first day of pre-term, time flies in the SMF program and I have made it through to the end. Graduation is over, and soon I will be off to Houston to start a new job and a career. It was sad saying goodbye to so many good friends from the program, but it’s also inspiring to see all of my classmates headed off to jobs all over the U.S. and the world. I know I’m certainly excited to begin this next phase of my life. Saying goodbye makes you realize how much people mean to you, and so to future students, make sure and forge strong relationships with your classmates because you don’t have much time, and there are tons of good people in the program from all kinds of backgrounds.
The program is intense and can really overwhelm you, but I can honestly say that I have learned more about finance in my one year at Fisher than I did in 4 years of undergrad. It’s like my dad has told me, education is like most things in life, you get out of it what you put into it. With those words in mind, I encourage all future students to put everything they have into their 9 months in the program. Both in terms of school, and all the extracurriculars that go along with it. Because it’s so short and intense doing so will wear you out, but it’s the best way to guarantee you won’t have any regrets at the end.
As I said in my first post, blogging was a new activity for me, but overall I found it to be very therapeutic and it was a regular reminder for me to stop and put things in perspective. I hope that this blog has given insight to anyone out there considering grad school and maybe even helped them come to a decision. With that I want to say best wishes to future classes and if anyone is in Houston, don’t be afraid to reach out to this proud alumnus!