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B-School Blog: Through an MBA's eyes

Thursday, September 8, 2011

As the second week of my MBA education comes to an end, I've got to step back and take a breath. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, but I've definitely learned a lot.

Despite a quick jump into a rigorous curriculum, I'm very glad I've joined the MBA program at KU. There are a little more than 50 first-year students in the MBA program here. Though not all of us have every class together, most of us are in the same basic core classes this semester, which makes it nice to see familiar, friendly faces. And even though we haven't been in class for that long, there's still a strong sense of camaraderie between us.

So far, my favorite part of the MBA program has been the opportunity to interact with the faculty members. Overall, they are friendly and willing to help advise and mentor students. It's also been nice to interact with people with lots of expertise-- it's reassuring to know that there are people with a lot of knowledge in their fields guiding and teaching us.

Another thing I've liked has been the number of student groups aimed toward graduate students. On Tuesday, I went to a meeting for the Women MBAs program. They're planning a trip to Dallas this month for a conference, and helping with a philanthropic event in western Kansas in October. There were also other graduate groups having recruitment events this week, and I'm eager to see what they have planned for the semester.

So, from the looks of everything so far, this semester will be very rewarding. Two weeks down!

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