Life is full of transitions.
As a married military veteran with a family, I view transitions as endeavors to personally and professionally grow while taking advantage of new opportunities. Leaving the private sector for full-time graduate school is a long-term investment. The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University has so much to offer. I’m proud to be a Buckeye.
Dedication to lifelong learning seems to be a theme in our household. I began a graduate degree program, my wife completed hers (while working), and my daughter started Kindergarten – all in the same week! As a father and a husband, I am so proud of them both.
As the fall semester begins to pick up momentum, we must remember who we are in order to prioritize what is most important in our lives. I, like most of my classmates, am attracted to pretty much everything that the Fisher College of Business has to offer. There are so many clubs, organizations, employer info sessions, events, and activities competing over our most precious resource – time. If we view time as a resource, how do we allocate it?
One place to start is to identify who we are in relation to others (I am a father, husband, son, brother, student, uncle, employee, job-seeker, club member, mentor, mentee, veteran, coach, blogger, etc.). The list is long for many of us. Prioritizing this list can also be difficult with so many competing factors taking place simultaneously. We realize that we cannot be everything to everyone all the time, but we can deliberately plan those aspects that are most important into our lives if we choose to do so. This process becomes critically important during major transitions when we are faced with new situations, changing conditions, and increasing obligations. It can be difficult deciding what not to do, at least temporarily, during transitions. Ultimately, our decisions are about trade-offs intended to maximize value.
What we choose to do with our time is ultimately what we value most. Many of us have roles and responsibilities within our personal, professional, and even spiritual lives. Intellectual curiosity, respect for diversity of thought, and continual growth and development are important to me in a professional context. This is why I chose to invest my time at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.