Dear Prospective Student,
Congratulations are in order! Exploring MBA programs is an exciting and exhilarating endeavor and even considering committing 2 full years to pursue your education is an achievement.
Because of my passion for learning, attending graduate school has been a goal of mine since high school. After achieving my undergraduate degree in 2012 from Indiana University, I spent the next 7 years working in various positions from sales to business development to marketing with the goal of building a thorough understanding of the brand building process. In 2019, it was finally time for me to embark on my MBA journey by joining the Brand and Product Management Center at the Wisconsin School of Business.
Working in the professional world prepared me well for life as a full-time MBA student. Below are the top 3 learnings I have utilized from my work-experience so far in my MBA program:
- My digital calendar: Here at the Wisconsin School of Business, we use Outlook for setting up student org events, team meetings, company info sessions and much more. Having consistently utilized this tool in my professional life has enabled me to stay organized while being a full-time student
- Email communication: Writing emails plays a big role in networking with alumni and company recruiters. Being familiar with composing business emails has been tremendously helpful during my first semester as an MBA student
- Working in teams/cross-functionally: As a student, there are many classes and projects that require teamwork. My fellow MBA classmates have very diverse backgrounds and work experiences. Having previously worked in cross-functional teams enabled me to be flexible and adapt while completing the team assignments
On the flip side, there are definitely some adjustments when becoming a full-time student for the first time in over 7 years. Listed below are the top 3 aspects of student life that were a bit different than my professional experiences:
- Homework: Having work outside of the regular school hours has been a learning curve for me. It is important to set aside ample time to complete out-of-class assignments and team projects
- Classroom environment: Be prepared to experience the lecture setting again! Our classes here at the Wisconsin School of Business are usually about an hour and fifteen minutes long, and while the classes are very engaging, it did take me some time to readjust to this atmosphere
- Extracurriculars: This is an exciting adjustment! It has been so fun exploring all the different resources at the Wisconsin School of Business, from intramural sport leagues to Net Impact and the Graduate Marketing Network. There are a lot of opportunities and it is important to stay organized in order to stay on top of all the different organizations as well as schoolwork
Becoming a full-time graduate student has been an exciting and extremely rewarding experience. I have already learned so much from both my fellow classmates as well as the classes themselves.
Best of luck on your decision-making process!