Congratulations! You've made a good choice to pursue your MBA at Fisher. An MBA will help you develop the skills to succeed in a wide variety of situations, and Fisher is a great place to do it, bringing both academic rigor and real-world experience to the mix. But attending as a 'working professional' is a little bit different from the traditional college experience. I've tried to address here some of the issues that are unique to the WPMBA experience.
This is my final week in Columbus- my last week as a graduate student and as a resident of this city that I truly love. I am amazed at the difference that two years have made- I finally feel ready to enter the workforce! But graduating means leaving behind the life that I have built here, which is not easy.
The other day I put in the paperwork to graduate Summer quarter 2011. I mentioned this to Marie, my wife, and she said, "Wow, that went quick." Quick? I don't think so. Only two years on the calendar, but those two years were made up of some pretty long days. Two or three days a week, for two years, I was busy straight through from 6am to 11pm: get up early to get the kids ready, work a job all day, spend another four hours in class, flop into bed long after everyone in the house was already sleeping.
Although visions of graduation are dancing in our sweet little heads, we're not there just yet. During your final quarter in the MLHR program you must successfully pass the Master's Examination- for all those graduating in June, the case was released this past week. So naturally, we MLHR folks been more nervous and harried-looking than usual. What is the exam? Here's the brief description that you'll see when your own day of reckoning arrives:
It's kind of intimidating. Okay- really intimidating. I am one of the fortunate second-year students to have a job offer in hand that I accepted back in October. Every day I feel more and more excited to start working in June and be able to apply all the ideas I have from my classes. And every night I feel more and more excited to dream about what I'm going to do with my first real salary :)