Takeaways from an MBA

My guide to make the most of a W.P. Carey MBA

The MBA journey began with an arduous application process. Then, it officially launched with an inspiring first semester and a busy first year. Now, after two tough years that kinda flew by, I finished strong, graduated and celebrated with a two-week trip to China.

I’ve said it a million times, but getting my MBA is already one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and one of my proudest accomplishments .

It’s right up there with becoming an Ironman, and hitting a home run (opposite field) in the top of the ninth in the sixth grade little league All Star game (even though we went on to lose in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a walk-off home run, soon after my moment in the sun).

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Awesome Bucket 2016

The few things that matter most this year

Grad school consumed the first half of 2016.

After graduating, I took a trip to China and then decompressed (read: plummeted into a pit of boredom) for a few weeks.

Now, we return to the surface to start a new chapter and finish 2016 strong. Here’s what I’ll be working on for the next six months.

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Doing Business in China

Photo journal from two weeks in the PRC

For my last class of my MBA experience, I enrolled in a two-week international elective – called Doing Business In China – through Arizona State University and Peking University. The course featured stops in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, with a mix of lectures from Peking University professors, company visits, sight-seeing tours, cultural activities and lots and lots of great food.

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2015 Awesome Bucket Results

7/10 goals accomplished in one of the toughest and most rewarding years of my career

The Year of the Grind – that’s my title for 2015.

Maybe I’m exaggerating, but I can’t remember another time when I pushed myself harder, piled more on my plate and sustained such a consistently and dangerously close-to-capacity work load than over the past 12 months.

It never let up.

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