we don’t need no, educaaaaation

Last night I finished the statistics course in my MBA program. That was the eighth of twelve classes before I’m DONE.

As I near the finish line, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what I want to do with my graduate degree. My instinctive response is, “frame it.” Above that, I really have no idea what I’ll do with the degree, knowledge, or corresponding student loans, but at the very least  – I anticipate having a lot more free time.

I initially started the program after I made a career switch from public to private sector communications. Suddenly, a journalism degree didn’t feel like adequate preparation for navigating through a Fortune 500 environment. Just around the time I started thinking I knew everything (age 25), I was humbled by how little I knew about anything.

I could write a dynamo press release and edit websites in my sleep, but I was clueless when it came to practical knowledge, like finance, law or anything with numbers. I figured an MBA would open my eyes to the glorious fields of accounting and management in a more efficient fashion than googling every unknown term I heard.

This reflection has brought to light some of the undergrad courses I took that were really valuable. Oh – and those that were not so valuable. Here’s a break down:

Worth the Money:
Microeconomics
Media Statistics
College Algebra

What was I Thinking?
The History of the Beatles
Pilates
Geology

So maybe I didn’t always get the best academic bang for my buck, but I had a lot of fun along the way. Telling your parents you’re taking a 300-level history class as a freshman is impressive, until they realize it’s solely dedicated to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

And on second thought, I’m not totally convinced that it was journalism that was limiting; there’s a fighting chance it was my academic commitment at the time 🙂

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