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Going for my MBA – Why going to school is important

Many people question whether school is for them or not and for some they are right, school is not for them.

I wanted to share my experience.

Both of my parents never graduated from college and for them it was very important for my sister and I to get a great education.   I remember how my mom used to drive us to school to ensure we went and how i hated the brown beat up car she drove us in.   We didn’t have a lot of money but since my mom was a housewife, she gave us so much attention and took really good care of us.

I don’t remember my childhood very well but I do remember being in high school and taking an FBLA class (Future Business Leaders of America) and how this class shaped my interest in Marketing.   I went to Newtown High School in Queens NY and was part of the business institute.   Being part of the business institute definitely helped me decided to focus on business yet I had this real passion for Psychology.   My last year of High School I was allowed to take a College Now course to advance my credits for college.   I took Psychology 101.   Psychology was amazing!!!  The only problem was that I was afraid of it.   I already had my own teenage issues and studying Psychology just made me think more.   I studied Freud, Jung, Pavlov and they all had theories.   I spent days and nights studying with a passion I can’t explain with words.   I just loved it.  I got an award for that class.

So I graduated and now what?  College?  Ugh what do I want to study?  I was so confused.  I mean I knew I wanted to study Psychology because I studied the mind without being asked to.   I would just study self help/ self development books as a hobby.

My older sister went for fashion as a major and since I was confused, I took the easy route and chose fashion too.   Boy was I wrong.   I hated fashion.   I thought because I liked shopping I would love fashion.  BORING!!!  I was sitting in a textiles class and all i could think was how different this was to studying the mind.   I wanted something more meaningful something more me.   I was a C student.

I took a group dynamics class and was the leader of a group presentation.   I chose the topic about personality and careers because I was going through this issue at the time of not knowing what i wanted.   I remember crying to my dad frustrated because I had already paid for the classes and was doing so bad.   I felt frustrated.   Through my frustration I learned a lesson.   I learned to listen to who I was instead of ignoring who I was.   For my project I took out a few books from the library like Myer Briggs Type Indicator or Personality Test which talked about Introvert and Extrovert personalities.

I took a personality assessment test http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=3242 and it helped me ask myself what i liked.   I’m not sure if this was the exact one I took but it was similar.   I narrowed down that I loved Psychology and loved business.   I started thinking and since Marketing was around consumer behavior and knew i took a class in High School I really liked I decided to go for it.

When i changed my major to Marketing it was like night and day.   I was a straight A student.   I just loved each class.   It was amazing to see the difference.

After I graduated and got my BBA (Bachelors of Business Administration) I worked for a few years and decided (with the help of my mom reminding me that I wanted this) that I needed to learn more about business so instead of just focusing on Marketing I focused on all of business.   I got my MBA (Masters of Business Administration) which was super hard but worth it.

After getting my Masters, I felt more confident in the workplace because I felt that I acquired the education and skills I needed to get to the next level of my career.

Getting your MBA isn’t everything but I am happy that I was able to get it because I can rely on my own skills.   My education was an investment on myself and it was the best gift I could have ever given me.

I think that my purpose was always more about the mind but I needed all the education, skills and experience to bring it all together.

-Rosemary

 

 

 

Originally posted 2016-11-20 14:09:53.

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