In September 2014, my calendar was littered with MBA tours, class visits, info sessions, grad school fairs and GRE prep classes. At the time, it seemed like a lot to juggle with a full time job. The first time I sat in on an MBA class, I thought to myself, ‘everyone in the room looks shell shocked’. It felt like the first of many steps in a very long commitment to invest in myself.
I remember bits and pieces of advice given to me the first time I visited Smith School of Business as a prospective student. Phrases like ‘be prepared to hit the ground running’ ‘prioritize—its like drinking from a fire hose’ echoed in my mind during my first week as a full time MBA student at UMD. Nothing would have really prepared me except for experiencing it first hand. To put it in layman’s terms, my new life could be summed up as 200+ new faces, 5 new teachers teaching content I know nothing about, 5 different teaching styles, 1 coach, 20 clubs, 50+ hours per week of programming, and a lot of free lunches. I guess it’s like going to the gym—the long-term benefits are immeasurable but it takes a lot out of you while you are there.