The hardest part about business school thus far has been learning to function on the limited amount of sleep that I’ve been getting. Due to the fact that I’m still working part time, I tend to have to stay up late trying to finish up assignments. My classmates ask me all the time how I do it (juggle school and work) but I honestly don’t mind it. In fact, working forces me to have to manage my time carefully since it’s extremely limited. Plus, I know myself and I wouldn’t be using that extra time wisely if I did have it.
However, it does make me wonder why so many graduate programs are designed with the intent of a person not working at all while in school. I believe that this limits the number of people that are able to continue formally educating themselves as many are no longer willing to borrow the exorbitant amount of loans that it takes to fund the cost of tuition without scholarships (and sometimes even with scholarships.) I’m honestly just hoping that taking out loans and investing the money in myself works out for the best in the long run.
Business school itself is not as bad as I thought it would be but it definitely is a lot of work. I remember in undergrad I always had a class or two that I could slack off in while I focused on my harder ones. I can sincerely say that every single class thus far has been demanding. Even the ones that thought were somewhat easy are kicking my ass. The craziest part about the whole thing is that since our program is fast-paced we’re going to get a whole new set of classes the moment we get used to the ones we’re taking right now.
I’m really enjoying USC’s International MBA program. As challenging as the classes are, I’m learning a lot and I trust that there’s a method to the madness. The goal right now is to stay alive until the spring semester when I’ll be headed to Paris for three months to continue learning French. That’s going to be a trip full of adventures because I am determined to backpack around Europe while I am there. Let’s hope I remember to document everything as it happens.