See ya 2016, 2017, bring it on!
I’ve been remiss in my writing recently, but with the new year comes a renewed dedication to projects. As much as I hate to admit it, in the last couple months I fell into the trap burnout. Writing was supposed to be my release, a place to share my journey through grad school and a way to unwind. However, as many content creators will tell you, at the end of the day, blogging is work. When you spend all day staring at a computer screen for work and then follow that up with homework on the computer, your laptop starts to look very unfriendly and the motivation to spend any more time in front of it disappears. Not only did staring at a screen for any longer make my head hurt, I simply did not have the energy to tell my story. Now that I have been out of class for a few weeks and had a whole week off of work, my laptop seems less like the enemy.
So what is new in the world of this Mid (Late) 20s Night’s Dream? As mentioned in the last post, I am 4, yes just 4, classes away from being done with my MBA!!! Exciting as that is, those 4 classes still represent 5-6 more months of work. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though, and I am quickly coming up on it. I start another 4 week course next week, International Marketing, which I am actually looking forward to. The professor is focused on more than just academia, he wants his students to thrive in the real world with skills and insights that work in more than just the classroom. The syllabus was posted a few weeks ago and as I perused the reading list, there were quite a few articles that caught my attention as something I would be interested in in reading. As for my two full term classes that start in February, they are classes I am approaching with a little more apprehension. The first is Social Perspectives, essentially business ethics. It is supposed to be one of the toughest courses in the program, and while my professor has decent ratings, I am sure it will be an interesting 11 weeks. That class also came with a bit of sticker shock when I looked up the text book. For the majority of my classes, I have escaped the pain at the bookstore that was a staple experience in undergrad; not for this class though. Even renting the book will set me back a pretty penny. Focus, focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.
My second class is the core management class for the program. When I registered for the class a professor that had been recommended to me was scheduled to teach it, but that has since changed. I do not know anything about the new professor and the syllabus has not been posted. For now, I am flying blind into that class. The one upside is that it is an online class which gives me more flexibility in how I schedule my class time.
Beyond school, I of course have the obligatory New Year’s resolutions. My resolutions are nothing groundbreaking, but they are things that I can do to make me a successful and more relaxed version of myself. My resolutions for this year are:
- Power down electronics an hour before bed. Take some time to unplug and relax. This is going to be the hardest resolution for me to keep.
- Get back to reading for fun. There is a giant pile of books in my bedroom that are calling for attention (probably in that hour before bed)
- Take time after EVERY workout to properly stretch. I am generally pretty good about this, but when things get busy and I try to squeeze a workout into a jam packed day, stretching is something that tends to get cut short. This leads to aches and pains that remind me that while I’m not old, I am not a teen anymore and I need to take care of my body.
2017 is here and I am ready to take it on. Follow along as I tackle the last stretch of my MBA!