Taking a Class (or Twelve)

Early last year I was blindsided by the news that I had not been accepted into the graduate assistantship that would make getting a master’s degree feasible. I was devastated since I had wrapped so many of my plans for the future around the dream that I’d go on to graduate school.

I distinctly remember having to work through the emotions that came from watching my dream crumble, but over time, I was able to reframe the situation by concluding that graduate school was not meant to be at that time in my life. Well, nearly two years later, that has changed.

I was recently given a chance to begin a Master of Business Administration at the university where I work, and after much thought, I’ve decided to pursue this opportunity. People have had quite a few questions about this venture, so let me answer some of the most common ones.

You studied psychology, so why would you pursue business? | Great question! Even though I loved majoring in psychology and would never go back to change it, I have realized that I am not meant to be a full-time counselor. I know enough about myself to conclude that I would have a hard time leaving others’ problems at the office and would struggle to keep them from consuming me.

Additionally, all of my post-graduate experience has been business-related (cold-calling, sales, logistics, etc.), so having the education to supplement the real-world experience will be invaluable as I continue in the field of event planning.

What are the most exciting/daunting aspects of pursuing an MBA? | I am most excited to get back into school. At the danger of sounding like a nerd (already guilty), I love schoolwork. I thoroughly enjoy writing papers, sitting down to work on homework, and the challenge that comes from learning material for an upcoming test. So the opportunity to jump back into the world of academics is quite appealing.

With that being said, some natural fears come from going back to school. The primary one is that I will struggle to get back into the groove of schoolwork since it’s been over two years since I graduated. However, I recognize that this is a cognitive distortion because I’ve seen my mother go to college in her fifties and excel at the classes she took (which is an inspiring story for another day).

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from this experience? | I’ve learned that God’s timing is entirely different than my own, and it is clear that His plan is superior to mine. The feeling of failure that bubbled up when I couldn’t go to graduate school was incredibly difficult to overcome, but I was able to come to terms with the fact that I was where I needed to be at that time in my life.

Experiencing that lesson and then being given the perfect opportunity to pursue a graduate degree is something I would never have expected, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.

So there you have the continuation of my graduate school saga, which I honestly didn’t think I’d be writing about any time soon. It’s funny because I set out a year ago to “take a class,” thinking that it would be something along the lines of cooking or spin cycle; instead, I will be taking twelve classes that make up the MBA. You can imagine the joy I feel knowing that I can check off that goal while beginning this brand new, exciting chapter of my life.

Let me know what you think!