By Stephanie Small
I had finished my undergraduate degree a few years prior, and had since lived in Latin America for a few months. When I'd been home for a little while after my travels, it seemed time to figure out the next step in my career. Also, and possibly more importantly, my mother had been diagnosed with cancer. I knew she would need me to be close by and available, but at the same time I wanted to be sure that I was doing something for me while I helped care for her. I decided that getting an MBA would look good on my resume and would hopefully increase my earning potential. So, it wasn't really a love of business (or school), but instead a concern of feeling "trapped" while helping my mom without moving ahead in my own life and a desire for more cash money that really framed the decision.
2. How did you decide on your particular school?
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) was nearby, it had a fast turnaround time in terms of the application process (meaning that I could start quickly), and it seemed less intense than some of the very well-known graduate business programs. I never had any intention of entering the "real" business world of Fortune 500 companies, so I didn't want that extra pressure and intensity. Also, EMU offered programs in the evening, which allowed me to have a lot more flexibility in my schedule.
3. How did you fund grad school? What was it like to figure out finances - both in advance of and during school?
4. What did you think of your grad school experience?
5. Did you work during grad school? Participate in extracurriculars? Why or why not?
6. Did you network much in grad school? Why or why not? If you did, what benefits did you obtain from networking?
7. Looking back, would you have attended that grad school again? Why or why not?
8. What advice would you give to prospective grad students - about any stage in the process - from application to graduation?
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