Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Being Married in the Kelley MBA Core

Monroe County Fall Festival
By Gregory Mattes
First-year MBA Student,
Entrepreneurial Innovation Academy

So we just finished up our forth week here at Kelley and things are really starting to pick up steam.  We had our biggest test yet with an accounting exam yesterday evening and we are beginning to turn in a flurry of homework assignments.

The class work during the MBA Core, along with all the networking and professional development, can be a big time commitment.  It is important to find time for the other things that matter in your life — in my case, it is spending time with my wife.

Last year, when I visited a variety of MBA programs around the country, they all said about the same thing, “Be ready to have your MBA education be your life for the first semester.”  While I appreciated the warning, I was determined to make my MBA experience something that fit nicely into my life, and not something that controlled my life.

So far, I have been able to find time to spend with my wife in the evenings and on the weekends—I have done this by working hard from 8 AM to 6 PM every weekday and a little on Sunday.   Recently, we have gone to the Bloomington Farmer’s Market, hit up Yogi’s for the Packers v. Bears game, and went to the Monroe County Fall Festival.

There are plenty of students with spouses, so finding people with similar concerns and experiences is easy to do.  The Kelley Partners Club is a great way to make friends and find out about what is happening around Bloomington.  Kelley does a really good job welcoming and supporting the families of MBA students.

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