I’m Sorry…

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I’m sorry for being so absent.  Suddenly life took over and I don’t know where all the time has gone.  The photo above is often representative of my free days.  Stacks of books, tons of work, and not enough time.  I am reaching the end of our core classes and summer vacation cannot come soon enough!  Just three more weeks!

Many of you have asked about the program that I am engaged in, as well as the experience of going back to school again, so I thought I’d talk a bit about that today.  I am working towards my MBA at HEC Paris.  The school is one of the top business schools in France and globally.  The MBA program is an international program with participants from all over the world.  My class intake is currently in our second term of core classes.  These are fundamental business courses that we all take together before pursuing our specialization.  They range from finance, to strategy, to marketing, to statistics.  They are meant to give us a strong foundation from which to build on.

So what is it really like?  It is challenging, rewarding and at times a bit frustrating.  My frustration was mostly with the first term where I felt like I was back in my undergraduate program.  I would memorize a bunch of formulas or jargon all for a test and then promptly forget it.  I felt there was no real business application and to be fully honest I questioned what I was doing here.  The truth is that I just needed to be patient.  Although I still question those teaching/testing methods, I now know that core one represents the very basic business classes to get us all on the same page.  We come from a variety of educational and work backgrounds and these classes act as a way of giving us the same toolset.  Thankfully we have moved past this into much more interesting and relevant topics.  I am actually learning skills that I can apply to the real world!  It is exciting and a lot of work but I finally feel like going back to school was the right decision.

What about you?  Have you gone back to school as an adult?  If so, what was your experience like?

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