Duke MBA – Done

Today marks the last day of my Journey in the Duke MBA program. I am a member of the 2012 Weekend Executive MBA program, otherwise known as WEMBA.   I have turned in all of my papers, and am finished with my coursework.  Wow!  What a ride it has been.  From the beginning of the application process to  finishing classwork, it has been just over two years.  Two very transformative years.

What I got from the Duke MBA:

First: I have made a number of life-long friends while in the Duke MBA WEMBA program. We forged our friendships during the first residency, and have stuck together through the program.  Each and every single one of my classmates is enormously talented, and is at the track to a very successful career.

Second, the coursework. I have learned a lot about leadership,  accounting, statistics, finance, decision models, marketing, operations management, and more.  The faculty has been amazing, and I am in awe at their greatness.  They all seem to care so much about the students, and are masters in their fields.    It was clear, even with graduate level coursework, how much more there still is to learn.

Third, I also got a course in how to manage time down to the last millisecond. I’ve always been a multi-tasker, and with four kids life has always been hectic, but being in the Duke MBA program took things to a whole new level.    I learned that I had to schedule everything, including sleeping time, time to take a shower, and eating.  I made sure to schedule time to work out, at least twice a week.  My kids activities were all scheduled, and we also scheduled things like time to go shopping for clothes.  I have dinner with my father twice per week, so that was scheduled.

Fourth.  The Duke MBA program also taught me a lot about delegating, and making decisions.  I learned to do the things that I had to do, and let the rest go.  I also learned to simplify my life, so that I have fewer decisions to have to make on a daily basis so that I can focus on the things that are more important.

In short, the Duke MBA program has been life changing.

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