• Oh, how life can change in a year!

    Hi everyone! My name is Laura and I’m a first year in the full time MBA program at Kogod. This is my first post for the Graduate Insider Blog and I’m excited to be here. I thought I would introduce myself by doing a “then and now” perspective – looking at where I was a year ago and where I’m at today.

    Let’s get to it!

    A year ago, I was working at a small government relations and communications firm here in Washington, D.C. I worked on numerous interesting projects for clients ranging from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies. I enjoyed working at my company but realized I wanted to change the direction of my career and decided that going back to school for an MBA would be the best next move for me.

    So this time last year, I was in the throes of the application process. Specifically, the waiting part of the process. The GMAT was behind me, my applications – complete with a polished resume and essays – were in by the second round deadlines, I had interviewed with two schools and was anxiously awaiting their decision.

    When I wasn’t anxiously hitting the “refresh” button on my Gmail inbox , I was a regular young professional in this town keeping busy with friends and gearing up for yet another softball season with my undergrad alumni team (yes, some teams start practicing in March, I kid you not).

    Now let’s fast forward a year to where I’m at today.

    I really can’t jump into this without first expressing the fact that I am utterly amazed that I’m nearly three quarters of the way done with the first year of my program. The last seven months have absolutely flown by. I’ve been hitting the books and tackling subjects like finance, financial and managerial accounting, and economics.

    While not in class, I competed in the 21st Annual Kogod Case Competition, did some online marketing for a great annual event, the Red Dress Benefit put on by the Kogod Women in Business, and have spent a large amount of time getting to know my classmates and the rest of the Kogod community.

    I came into the program without a crystal clear idea of what direction I wanted to go in career-wise but things seem to have finally come together this semester thanks to my marketing class. I’m now in the throes of the (dreaded?) internship search, a process which every MBA student must go through. But that leads me to another part of the MBA program – learning to take everything in stride! I haven’t quite perfected that art but I’m working on it.

    All that said, I’m amazed every time I take a step back and reflect on how far I have come over the past year and I can’t imagine where I will be a year from now.  So I’m delighted to be here and share my thoughts with you about Kogod and life as an MBA student. Until next time!