As I’ve been involved with the admissions process leading up to first round decisions coming out later this month, I’ve thought back a lot on some of the major questions I had before going back to business school. I’ve mentioned before that giving up a stable income and good career track can seem like a huge risk, and there are a lot of unknowns. Now with more than a year under my belt, I wanted to retrospectively answer the three questions I (and I think a lot of other people as well) had about going back to business school:
So, have you heard that Booth has a flexible curriculum? When I was initially doing research into business schools I felt this feature came across loud and clear every time I looked at Booth, but I didn’t really understand why it was significant. Maybe it was just my background in economics, but it seemed to me that if I was going to make a significant investment in business school, I should have the freedom to choose what classes I wanted to take and when. Since then I have realized that this is a truly unique aspect of Booth, and have found that it has been extremely helpful for me in three major aspects of my B-school experience:
Putting your life on pause for two years to go back to school for an MBA can be pretty daunting. For those of us with partners and/or families, it can be downright terrifying. I remember wondering how my family of four (at the time) would survive in Chicago with no income and a hefty tuition bill. Suffice it to say that we definitely faced some tradeoffs to make everything work out, but in the end I wouldn’t exchange my experience so far at Booth for anything.
|On the way to school|
|Hyde Park soccer league|
|Booth kids trick-or-treating in Hyde Park|
|Adam’s kids playing in a Hyde Park park|