For those that know me, you know I love to plan. I list to make lists and agendas. I really, really, really like planning things a year in advance – much to the dismay of the spontaneous people I have surrounded myself with. So, a few were surprised when I announced I was starting grad school. I didn’t really plan this one. I knew I wanted to start sooner rather than later and that a program that required frequent attendance would be an issue with work travel. So, I opted for online.
When I started mentioning online classes I heard a lot of, “you’ll love it,” it’s easy,” “you know you’re degree won’t mean anything if you got it online.” Pretty sure everyone was wrong.
I do love the flexibility, I will give them that. But the easy thing – that’s a flat out white lie.
Hi, my name is Andrea and I am ridiculously sucky at math and accounting. So, taking an online accounting course is hard as peanut brittle (yum). I have to teach myself something that is not only completely new but also might as well be written in Russian. I am three weeks in and I have cried more than once, wanted to throw my computer a handful of times and refused to speak to my boyfriend when he interrupted to ask how to cook the meal I’d then refused to make. Math makes me mean. Accounting? That makes me Lannister mean.
While the later point about my degree being worthless remains to be seen, I can say that the school I chose is a reputable school with an outstanding and renowned MBA program. At the end of the day, it is a piece of paper. The value I gain will be the work I put into it and the knowledge gleaned.
On that note, here are a few things I have learned so far:
- I listen to Classical Music & NPR when doing homework or driving to work (it makes me feel smarter)
- In accounting: 9=5 + x; x does not always equal 4
- Getting accounting homework correct leads to victory dances that rival touchdown dances
- Group projects online are a wee bit painful
- Everyone has an opinion on MBAs and online programs – form your own
- I love TED and the Harvard Business Review – and the Wall Street Journal (also, this makes me feel better about following Perez & E! News)
- Candy Crush is evil … totally unrelated, but I had to share