In August of 2015 I started my journey to get my MBA through the University of Maryland in the part- time program while working a full time job. Six months later I decided I wanted to add a Master of Finance on top of that. I spent two years trying to balance work, school, working out, and some semblance of a social life. While at times it was exhausting I can honestly say that I appreciated every moment of it. I came out of my undergraduate education with a psychology degree and no sense of what I wanted to do. I started work in a state of confusion and almost depression because I did not have a path or a purpose. Therefore, taking these steps so that I could get a job and build a career I wanted was important to me.
I learned many important lessons while in graduate school, but the main lesson I learned is if I work hard enough I am capable of anything. I know that sounds cliche but before this program there was not anything I was passionate enough about to work hard for. Therefore, I am not sure I ever knew my true potential until now.
Going into the program I was afraid everyone would be smarter and better than me. Needless to say I lacked confidence. By the time I graduated I was participating in classes, acing the tough finance problem sets, and had established myself among peers as someone you want to work with. I can honestly say I am not the person I was 2 years ago. I am usually not a sentimental person but when I think about this experience I do get a littleeee bit emotional. Although I was not out partying and socializing with friends it was the best two years of my life.
If you are thinking about getting an MBA I do recommend this. Study hard for the GMAT so you can get into a good school and a good program. As well, if you can manage it go to classes in person. Why you may ask? At the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business I got to have top professors and was surrounded by amazing people. Going to class after a long day of work was never ideal but getting to interact with my intelligent and diverse classmates always made it interesting. Some of what I learned in this program actually came from my classmates and what they contributed to discussions. At the end of the day an MBA is also about building a network.
What's next? I am currently not sure. I am working at a small wealth management firm and am applying to jobs. I want to be in corporate finance. Whatever comes next though I know that I have been given the tools needed and am fully equipped to take on whatever challenges may arise!