If you would have told me that by the time I was 24, I would have my master’s degree in business, I would have laughed at you. Not because I didn’t want to go to graduate school, but because I never imagined I’d have a degree that had anything to do with business. However, living in a high-stress, academically-challenging environment for one year with 18 other people who were all going through the same process, I learned a thing or two about this thing called life.
10. Almost everything functions like a business.
9. Every now and then, you have to rest. If not, you may crash.
8. There will be many times that you don’t agree with others about how to get something done. It doesn’t mean that other people are wrong; it just means you see the world differently. Compromise, continue on and work to accomplish the greater task at hand.
7. Maintaining integrity in your principles and values may not get you to the top, but it will build your character and the long-term effects outweigh any sort of short-term reward.
6. Nineteen people living in the same building, in the same classes, under the same amount of stress can create potentially hostile situations. Even extroverts need time to step back in solitude.
5. There will always be more that you could have done to do better, but be careful what you sacrifice to get there. Often times, perfection isn’t worth missing valuable time with people who impact your life.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It reaps more benefits than pretending like you understand, when you don’t.
3. Just because someone appears different than you on paper, doesn’t mean you have nothing in common. Opening up to others is one of the best decisions you can make.
2. Hard work pays off.
1. Don’t get stagnant in life. Never stop learning about the world around you: meet new people, explore new places and experience different cultures. Let it change you for the better.
I learned so much about myself by living and working with others. I learned about how different males and females really are and I learned that laundry baskets break when you pull them in the snow behind a truck. All the while, I learned the concepts of business and took the steps necessary to walk away with my MBA. While my education is invaluable, even more so is what I didn’t learn in the classroom.
–Shana Clatterbuck, Assistant Director of MBA Programs
Shana is a guest blogger for the AU MBA Program.