Tim from the Saturday section checking in here, we took a bit of a break from blogging as we had Thanksgiving and we all had to enter crunch mode for finals!
Both Jennifer and Sandeep finished earlier in the week, and I took my last final yesterday (12/14, Saturday) and I know we are all stoked that we've completed our first quarter!
I wanted to share with you a bit of my perspective as a "Saturday" student and what life has been like for me this past quarter. When I first got into the FEMBA program (Round 1 applicant) I was working in San Diego and after speaking with a few students, I decided to choose the Saturday section over the FLEX. The more I thought it over, the more I realized the next few years would be really valuable in being near campus. I then started looking for new jobs in Los Angeles and was able to find a great one in West LA. While I could have switched to Tuesday/Thursday I wanted to make sure I could give the new job I was starting my proper attention, as well as maintain the balance in my personal schedule (married w/ no kids...yet).
What my regular Saturday schedule for the last quarter has looked like is something similar to this:
7:30-8:15 Go for a run
8:15-9:30 Clean up/Get to class
12:45-2:00 Lunch (possibly a meeting with a club or some type of seminar)
2:00-5:30 Organizational Behavior
5:30-? Socialize/Happy Hour
Now, what's unique about the Saturday section is all the different places people are coming in for class. In my own group, I had one guy flying in from Seattle and another from the bay area. What's nice about this is being able to really truly see a diverse group of people you wouldn't see during the week and being encouraged by the level of commitment and effort people put in.
I also like how it is a whole day experience. The professors are good about giving us breaks so that we can stay focused during class, and having lunch together with other classmates really is a great time to network and/or commiserate over the latest case or midterm.
In summary, it's not an easy thing to do to give up your Saturdays to go to school, that much is true, but it's well worth the effort when the things you are learning and the people you are meeting push you to become an even better version of yourself. But then again, if you are reading this post, I'd bet you are the type who likes a challenge, am I right?
Hope this helps out any of you who are considering FEMBA and are wondering what it's like to be a Saturday student. Feel free to reach out to me, I'm more than happy to chat about anything!
Have a Happy Holiday!