Classes start in a few days…
This upcoming Thursday (9/24) will be the beginning of my two-year journey towards an MBA degree while working fulll-time in the American corporate world.
While I spent my first weekend catching up on pre-class assignments and readings, I couldn’t help but add up the initial investment towards this graduate-level education. So far I have no complaints on this investment, but for those of you who still haven’t purchased the textbooks, here is a sneak peek on what to expect if you are purchasing new editions:
1) “The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else” – $13.56
2) MBA 12 Custom Book – $91.45
3) MBA 812 Uniprint Course Packet – $51.42
1) “Super Crunchers” – $14.00
2) “Data Analysis and Decision Making with Microsoft Excel” – $121.38
Yes…the total just for the face value of these textbooks is nothing less than $291.81!
However, as one of the professors offered during the orientation session, it may be wise to see if you can borrow or buy a last year edition from a second-year WPMBA student, the text will be identical.
Author disclaimer: prices were quoted from Barnes and Noble online and may vary depending on the bookstore.
I signed up for an elective MHR 843 with Professor Rodek. Going into it, I had heard good things about the professor and needed to take an elective and it happened to fit my schedule. Did I have a genuine interest about Org. Change and Turnaround? Probably not.
We had our first class today and TaDa. Boom. It hit me!
I am going to love this class. First, we have a tremendous amount of knowledge and background diversity which is more reflective of the Real World than any class I have previously taken at Fisher in the MLHR program.
Second, Professor Rodek has Real World experience in the subject he is teaching. Not discounting and of the other wonderful professors I have had. It is just very refreshing to take a class where the professor can provide insights and stories and analogies to actual experiences and not just teach us directly from a text.
Finally, in today’s economy of bankruptcy, mergers, restructures, and reorganizations, this class is going to prepare me for when it happens to me in … The Real World.
Needless to say, I am looking forward to this class. I will keep you posted on how it is going, but at this point I recommend it to any MLHR student needing an elective because we are going to be facing these types of challenges in future careers!
It’s the night before my first day of business school and I don’t know how to describe my feelings. Does “reluctant anticipation” make sense to anyone?
Don’t get me wrong… I am definitely excited about the start of classes. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Earning my MBA from Fisher College will provide me the business skills necessary to think both critically and strategically about leadership and management. What more could I ask, right?
Well, I am reluctant to begin this journey because for the first time in my life I am behind on schoolwork before classes have officially begun. You might be wondering, “How is it possible to be behind in something that hasn’t actually started?” Don’t worry, this is not some theoretical question. (Remember, my personality is ESTP… theories and conceptual problems bore me.) The answer is really quite simple: three out of my five classes have work due on the first day of class.
The good news is that I am almost finished with my homework and I will be ready to dive into my MBA experience head first. Wish me luck.
- Quote: “That wasn’t me… that was you!”. I’m going to keep that anonymous, but I must specify that it’s not my quote.
- Event: New Year’s party at Fisher Commons (a.k.a. the FC).
- Rarity: The Huskies beat the Trojans!
- Rarity: Act one, the teacher presents a problem; act two, the Harvard guy gives the best answer a human being can possibly give to the case; act three, some random stupid guy gives some random stupid answer; act four, the teacher endorses the second answer. Name of the play: Consulting Boot Camp.
- Paraphrased quote: “Out of a total of 15, nine are already registered, so there’s only four missing” by AF, and this was actually on the email so there’s proof.
Suggestions are welcome for the top five ranking.
“I’m a walk you through the pathless roads…” – Dave Matthews