In just a few days I begin a 10 month journey into graduate school to get my Masters in Business Administration. The neat thing about this program is that it’s full time, meaning I get to finish a 2 year program in only 1 year! The bad thing (ok, not bad but maybe troubling) is that the course load is going to be extremely heavy and crazy intense, which I’m not really looking forward to.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous. In grade school, I was always an average student. I didn’t too much focus on grades, I just knew I didn’t want a C but A’s and B’s were fine. I got to college and everything changed. B’s weren’t even acceptable and a C called for a massive breakdown (Not kidding). My grades were everything and because they were I was happily able to graduate with honors, but the stress I put on myself was exhausting.
I’m more than aware that graduate school will be completely different from my undergrad experience and a total shock. As a finance major, writing papers weren’t really a “thing.” Numbers and calculators were much more up my ally of everyday skills needed to succeed. Honestly, I’m already anticipating that one crazy old teacher saying “Okay, 30 page paper due TOMORROW” (Lord, take the wheel!) and I’m sooo not ready for it. But because it’s coming (and coming fast), I decided to write out my top 5 goals for this program so I’ll be able to keep my eyes on the prize… and don’t end up completely wanting to quit the first week of classes.
1. Make time to have fun
I’m anticipating this experience being very brutal in class work and group projects. I can already see my planner just packed tight with huge assignments that are literally due in 24 hours. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to let to-do lists and stress over run my life and cause me to completely retreat to myself until I get every inch of work done (and even a little extra so I’m not behind) before I let myself wind down. I don’t want that to happen and because I’m aware of my tendencies I’m going to try to stop this. I’m a home-body by design but I want to get out of that and enjoy my last year of being work-free and bills free. I don’t quite know if this will work out but I’m going to try.
2. Take advantage of my professors and grow relationships
I don’t mean take advantage and relationships in the worse way (bad wording?) but instead in the sense of building my network. This was probably one of my biggest regrets as an undergraduate. Professors and advisors are some of the BEST people to have on your side during the interviewing stages (and scholarships) of your academic career. They really do weigh heavily and mean a lot to potential employers. My goal is to really build those relationships and make sure they know who I am and what I can do.
3. Learn for myself, not for a grade.
Honestly, this should be easier than I think. I add it in because I remember how excited I would be when I’d find my whole online test for a class on Quizlet… yeah, I got a 100 but what did I really learn? PLUS, I paid thousands of dollars for a class for what? In grad school, I strongly hope most of the information I get and learn is useful, for one, and that it’s material that I can really take something from. If I get out in the real word with MBA behind my name with nothing to show for it… I’d be a joke. Nope, not Gabrielle.
4. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?
It’s almost certain that my graduate program will be jam-packed with group project after group project. I’m expecting it, I know it, I accept it. One thing about team projects is that somehow I end up taking a leadership role before I even know it (call it perfectionism) because I can’t stand not being organized! Which is cool, don’t get me wrong, but it just ends up putting added stress on me. My goal is to really perfect (the irony) the art of team work and not let it get the best of me. Even though I can be a leader, It can’t always be me and I have to remember to be LED at times.
I am interested to see what kind of groups and team members I get! *Birdman hands* If there are any interesting stories, I’ll have to post about them later!
5. Have a Full-Time position before May 2018
This is a MUST and something I will be actively working towards starting TODAY. There’s no option to not have a job by the time I graduate. I know that I’m going to have to figure out what I want to do and start applying and interviewing. Hopefully I can secure a job with some great benefits and maybe even a signing bonus (No but really)! In my shiny crystal ball of the future, I just can’t see myself not having a job. Plus this is what I’m going to school for! Let’s just stay prayerful, friends.
There they are! My top 5 goals for this upcoming year in graduate school. This is definitely going to be an interesting road. All in all I’m happy I’m doing it this way and I’m excited to meet and exceed all of my goals!
Do you have any advice for me as I start graduate school? I’d love to know in the comments!
Until Next Time –