First Day of School

I love the first day of school! No one really knows where they are going and the teachers have no clue what skill level or range of students they’re going to get in their classrooms. Each teacher will start the class off by asking a series of questions to get a basic understanding of how much or little you know OR they will get you to do an elevator pitch on yourself. Through both techniques you quickly figure out who the students are and what they want to accomplish with their studies. You figure out who you’d want to partner up with on projects and who you can learn from.

I consider myself fortunate to have found Greenwich School of Management to get my MBA in marketing. My professors so far have proven themselves to be extremely knowledgeable on their subjects in both practicality and theory. The class size was around 20 students and the classrooms have a maximum of 30 students per class. My first class was Business Environment and Strategy followed by Marketing Planning and Promotion. Each class is 3 hours long and I have 3 classes per week. I have yet to have my Accounting and Finance for Managers course, it starts on Tuesday.

I had a 3 hour break between classes so David met me and we walked around thSour Candy from Mr. Humbuge Greenwich market. Now, the first day of school isn’t the first day of school without a sweet treat so we went to Mr. Humbug. The walls were lined with jars of candies and it was overly difficult to choose one. I decided to go with a sour raspberry candy. I was warned they are extremely sour but really how bad could they be??? Well, see image to the right. Yup! They were sour, so sour in fact I could only eat 2 the entire day. David thinks they’re great because now they will last me longer than 5 minutes before they’re gone. He never tried one after my reaction.

Overall it was a great first day of school. I met plenty of people interested in the same subjects, who are just as excited about being in school again as I am, and I even got to get a treat from the candy store. I’m excited for my classes, the readings and projects. I hope to share with you some of my lessons/projects as the year goes on.

I Quit My Job for School

5 weeks ago I had to write my very first letter of resignation. It was rather difficult to do as I was happy with the company I worked for, had an awesome boss and my career was off to a great start. I knew that there was room for me to grow here but I also had to think about what I really wanted to do 10 years from now and what I would need (credential wise) to get there. What it came down to was, “I need my MBA”

I had a few options to do this and had to choose from the following: 1. Work on it part-time while keeping my job and take years to complete (in my mind this was translated as work all day, then come home and work some more) 2. Quit my job and get it done in Toronto over 2 years full-time. Working in the summers and part-time during the year 3. Quit job, move to another country and get it done in 12months while traveling and being completely broke.

I chose option 3 (I’m sure this wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice and that’s okay!) I talked it over with my now husband and he said we should do it… perfect is he!!! With this decision he ALSO had to quit his job, put his career in Toronto on hold and start looking for work when we move to support us both. I was asking a lot from him and he just keeps encouraging me to go after what I want.

So all in all yes I quit my job and did quit for school BUT when completed I will be coming back to Canada with so much more. I will have the experience of living in a different country for 1 year, make great business connections from all over the world, travel as much as possible with my husband and return to Canada with my MBA knowing I will not have to put my career on hold for educational credentials again.