I’m officially done with a year of the WPMBA program! It really has went by pretty fast. Sarah’s post is really true. Her last bullet for me was the hardest to get used to when I started. (Don’t obsess about grades…) When you start the program, you soon learn that you have to maintain a 3.0 average in all of the core classes. Which is a B. When I first started a year ago, that really intimidated me. What if I get below a B? Or how much work is it to get an A? As I began to learn, B’s are ok. There will be classes in which you know you may never use the material again and are just doing what you can to get by; but even in those classes, there are still tips and information that is valuable to learn, or enough to at least sound like you know what you are talking about in conversation. Most of the classes incorporate current/local events into the topics which helps the “Why do I really need to learn this?” question. Virtually nobody will know (unless you share) what grades you get and employers (for the most part) will not ask to see your transcripts, just that you have graduated.
To go along with Sarah’s list, I have a couple more bullets to add after a year in the program:
- Commuting an hour (or more) is doable. Patience is needed when dealing with traffic on a regular basis. I don’t know how many times I came to class complaining about the traffic on 315, but it was a lot. It helps to be open and accommodating when it comes to group projects.
- Take time to exercise. The first couple of quarters, most of my free time was spent on studying and that came back to bite me. Treadmill time and reading articles is a great combo!
- Beware of the vending machines. Buying a candy bar and pop before or in between classes every day is not good for the weight or the wallet.
- Meet as many classmates and get to know them. Networking is such a great aspect with classmates and it helps later on when you need to form groups or need expertise in a specific area.