Vision Board

I started my vision board years ago and it has been lying dormant in my parents house unfinished and not looked at for a long time. When I started making this board I was really in a weird place in my life. I had just gotten out of a long-ish term relationship, I was unhappy in my current job and I was just realizing that health and fitness had or was going to have a huge part in my life but wasn’t exactly sure how to fit it in.

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As I was packing up my old bedroom this past weekend, my mom asked if I was going to keep it. I first noticed that I had never fully finished (and said I should) and secondly I noticed I had already realized a bunch of my visions.

This made me take a second to think back on the last few years and how much I have accomplished.

Ran my first half marathon

half marathon

This has been something I have been wanting to do for years. What I really needed to accomplish this goal, but didn’t know until recently…a friend. I needed my running buddy and bestie to be there by my side and that she was. It was an amazing experience and I had a blast training and running with one of my best friends.

Spontaneity and exploration

Spontaneity and exploration

Now, I doubt I will ever say that I have fully completely being spontaneous or that I have fully explored all that I want to explore but I did book a trip to Iceland on a whim and travel by myself. It was one of the most amazing trips of my life and I cannot wait to go back one day (hopefully with SL).

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MBA Program

MBA Schedule

When I sat with my advisor (who later turned out to be one of my favorite professors) to make my schedule I though Spring 2014 would never come. But low and behold it did, two and half long, hard years later I am officially a grad school graduate.

I haven’t fully completed everyone of my vision board but it is a fun reminder to push for the things in life that will make your life most worth living. I am going to finish my vision board and keep it someone a bit more prominent so it is always reminding me to strive for more.

On Choosing an MBA Program

I am still in complete shock that I am ENGAGED!! I want to write a full post on the proposal but I need to calm my self down before I can! So now for our regularly scheduled post…on choosing an MBA program.

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For me, the biggest concerns were location, cost, curriculum and class offereings and overall feel. When I decided I wanted to get my MBA I really jumped in with two feet. Everything moved quickly but I did make sure that my three biggest concerns were mulled over.

Location

When it came to location I knew I had two options – close to home (somewhere on the northshore) or in the city. Both had their benefits. Boston has countless schools with MBA programs for both full and part time students and focuses galore! This would however mean commuting into the city after work (before I worked in the city) or staying in the city after work. I also considered that there would be group project which may require trips into the city on weekends.

I came to the conclusion that a school on the northshore (there were two I was considering) would be better for me. SSU won out on this front because it was the cheaper of the two options. Which leads me to my next big concern, cost.

Cost

Cost was a big deal for me. When I started my program I was in a lower paying job that did not offer tuition help or reimbursement. I knew I would be paying a large chunk out of pocket then taking out a loan if need be (luckily I never needed to). Grad school is expensive. Books are expensive. Other fees and miscellaneous costs are expensive.

I felt comfortable in my decision to attend Salem State because their costs were more affordable for me than schools in Boston or even other schools on the northshore. I was lucky to briefly take a job that ended up paying for 3 of my classes even though I only worked there for 5 months. Five months was about all I could take!

Curriculum and Class Offerings

When I started my program I had no idea what I was going to focus on. SSU does not make you choose a focus but offers a few to choose from. Their curriculum offers foundation courses, core course and wide variety of electives. After taking all of the foundation courses and a few of the core courses I realized I loved marketing and chose to take 3 marketing electives to round out my studies.

My program was geared towards individuals who work and are earning their degree on a part time basis. I was however considered a full time student for a few semesters! All but one of my classes were offered at night to make it possible to have a full time job and still be able to get to class on time.

Feel

You know how if something isn’t right you just know it? I never got that feeling with SSU. From taking classes pre-matriculation to meeting with the MBA coordinator to schedule my classes to spending numerous hours in the library, SSU just felt right.

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Looking back, I am glad this journey is over but if I had to do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I am very happy with the school and the program I chose because it work for me and my life. Is it right for everyone, no way. But do as I say and not as I do…and I say choose a school that works for you in terms of location, cost, curriculum and overall feel.

Peace out friends and I promise a full proposal recap as soon as I can truly fathom that I am a bride-to-be!

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