Thursday, July 03, 2008
The force is strong in this one
I did it! I got my Masters degree! After all the study, the time sat in front of a computer willing the words to join together in comprehensible sentences and the sentences to join together into a cohesive argument, after all the blood, sweat and tears (yes, there were some), after all the time pouring over books and journals, all the research and all the sacrifices I finally got my MBA. It has not been easy. It has, in fact, been very, very, very hard. It was a challenge juggling full time work with study and it was an even bigger challenge trying to have any sort of a social life on top of all this at times, but ultimately it has been worth it because I have passed.
Here are some stats:
It took me 5 years to complete
4 residential schools
Approximately 1200 hours of studying (possibly more)
During this time I have gone through separation and divorce and two lots of surgery and assorted treatments, my mother was ill for several months and I lost my little niece. There were times when I wanted to give up, there were times when I thought I would never finish and that I had entered a sort of private hell where I would be writing business essays and deconstructing case studies forever. However, even while I was studying my learning has benefited me at work. I have been promoted not once, but twice during this time and I attribute some of this success to my studies. Part of me still can't believe it's over, it has become so much a part of my life, while another part of me is so relieved that I can close the books. A big part of me is chuffed to pieces. What I want to know now though, is when do I get my Jedi cloak and light saber if I am a Master?