The first month of school has really flown by, but the experience has been so intense that I can barely remember what life before FEMBA was like (except that I had more time to sleep).
First quarter core classes are stat and OB. It’s been a really long time since I’ve had to attend lectures so switching into school mode after being away for so long was challenging to say to the least. There was (and still is) quite a bit of homework and reading so it took a few weeks for me to figure out the best way to prioritize my tasks and manage my time. Before the quarter started, I talked to all my friends who had already taken stats and nearly all of them said that it is one of the more difficult classes. I went in knowing I’d probably need to put in a lot of time to keep up with the material. I dedicated 75% of my study time working on stats and 25% on OB. After week 3, I realized that I needed to reallocate my study time so that I could spend more time on OB. I still do spend more time working on stat (since it is more of a challenge for me) but now it’s probably closer to 60% stat and 40% OB.
Now that I’m in the second half of the fall quarter, I’ve realized that I’ve gotten a lot more efficient and effective with the time I spend studying. The first half, I felt like I only had time for work, class, and studying. Now, I feel like I have a bit more free time for non-school related things. Making to-do lists has helped me keep track of the things I need to get done and when and entering all my appointments in the calendar on my phone so I don’t double myself for events (which has happened a few times this quarter).
The #1 question I get from my non-FEMBA friends is some variation of “how do you stay awake in class?” Like everything else, some nights are more draining than others and of course caffeine definitely helps (coffee, tea, and other refreshments are provided!) but I’ve found that lectures and discussions have been engaging. For me, class has been refreshing change from the day-to-day work grind.
Highlights: Professor Unzueta’s lectures, Leadership Foundations, happy hours, and Halloween party.
I’m really enjoying being a FEMBA and look forward to sharing my experiences with you as I work my way through my first year.