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Jack of all trades, Master of 1: Getting my MBA during the Pandemic

May 11, 2021

✔️ Earn MBA During Pandemic

10 years from now, a lot of people are going to have stories about how their lives changed during the pandemic. For my family, those stories will be about watching my son being born via Facetime, live streaming every day to connect with other photographers so they could grow as artists, getting my dream job teaching full time, and getting both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toledo.

All while surviving a pandemic.

This year has been a tremendous year of growth for me both personally and professionally. As I transitioned to a job back in education I still had some unfinished business left to do in the business world. I had 1 more semester left of my MBA and I wasn’t about to close that chapter without finishing what I started. I also wanted to make sure that I finished my degree before heading out to boot camp which is quickly approaching (June 1st).

What else do you do during a pandemic?

Last May, I thought I was done with education for a while and I was going to take a break. I received my undergrad degree which was a huge milestone for me and although I wanted to get my master’s I wasn’t in a huge hurry to get my master’s as I really didn’t see myself needing it in the immediate future.

Then the pandemic happened and due to Covid-19, I was not able to walk for my diploma. Now for some that wouldn’t be a big deal but for me, it was a big deal. The path to this degree was one that stretched over the last 10 years. Starting when I was at Huron City Schools back in 2012. I would take classes here and there and towards the end, I was taking upwards of 18 credit hours and I was focused on finally getting that piece of paper. To not be able to celebrate your accomplishments after so much work was a bit disappointing. Since I was adjusted to the heavy course load, I decided to set a new goal, get my master’s in 12 months, before I leave for Bootcamp.

Key Takeaways

The bigger the sacrifice the bigger the reward.

I want to take a second to apologize to my family, neighbors, and friends because over the last 12-24 months I have missed a lot of events and activities because I was focused on getting my degree. I remember several times declining invites to parties and get-togethers and I appreciate every one of you and I am so grateful to have such a strong support system that understands my goals! Thank you to my badass wife Ashley for always supporting all of my crazy dreams. My Mom and Dad for always cheering me on, my sister Megan and her tribe of awesome kiddos for always supporting me and always being there for me.

It is never to late to get started

I am what some would call a non-traditional student, especially when getting my bachelor’s degree. I am a bit older and would argue a bit wiser :). Throughout my career, I have heard so many people say I wish I would have gotten my _________ degree or I am too old to get my ___________ degree and I am here to say that is not at all true. If you make time for your goals you will achieve them, I promise. It was actually really rewarding going through these classes as an adult because I could add so much to our discussions and I looked at these classes (very expensive classes I might add) as a way to really understand things in the marketing and business world that I was clueless about, I wanted to learn and I enjoyed learning.

Will it take sacrifice? 100%

Will it be worth it? Absolutely!

No one can ever take education away from you

I tell my students all the time, no one can ever take your education away from you. Education is an investment that continues to grow and you can always fall back if shit hits the fan.

What’s next?

My newest challenge is becoming a soldier and that kicks off in about 20 days. I will be at Fort Jackson for 10 weeks as I learn how to be the best citizen-soldier I can be. When I get back from basic training in August I will be back in the books working on my Ph.D. Hopefully at a slower pace that I can find a balance between family, friends, and my personal learning.

Thank you!

Thank you again to my support system and the amazing educators at the University of Toledo especially Dr. Hopkins and Professor Griswold. These two instructors were absolutely amazing and I have learned so much from them during my time at UT.

A.B.L.

Always Be Learning!

5 Mile Run Through Campus Felt Like A Great Way To Get In The Spirit 🙂