So you finally made it to business school! Can I get a Hallelujah! The grueling GMAT prep, application process, interviews and campus visits are a thing of the past.
But now the real work begins …Good news, it doesn’t have to be painful. Yes, you’ll be working your butt off for the next 12-24 months. But these could also be the best years of your life … if you go about it the right way. We asked friends, family, and members of our fantastic MisFit community how they crushed it at B-school. Here are 8 ways to make the most of your MBA experience:
1. Know your WHY
2. Build your network
3. Manage your brand
[Read More: 9to5 MisFits: Do I really need an MBA?]
5. Don’t be so focused on grades
6. Take care of your health
7. Manage your budget
8. Manage your relationships
People won’t openly admit to this, but an MBA can put a HUGE strain on your relationship. Your spouse or partner may not be familiar with the time commitment the program requires. Or you may have to move to another city for school and are now in a long-distance relationship. It can get rough. You’ll have a demanding schedule with coursework, social and career-related events, and extracurricular activities.
So how do you avert the implosion of said relationship?
Set expectations with your partner and communicate regularly as things change. Come up with a schedule that allows you to spend quality time with each other at regular intervals. And do this each semester because your schedule is likely to change and get crazier.
So, what do you think? Did you find these tips useful? If you have gotten an MBA or are currently doing one, what are some things you’ve done to make the most of your experience? I’d love to hear!