MBA for Professionals Weekend,
Class of 2014
Staff Reservoir Engineer
BS Chemical Engineering,
Texas Tech University
It’s hard to believe that I will be graduating from the Rice MBA for Professionals program this May. The most surprising part of my Rice MBA experience has been how quickly the time has gone by. It seems like just yesterday that I had been invited by a co-worker (who at the time was in the Professionals program) to attend an admissions event called Bring a Colleague to School. That was my first time to come learn about the program. I then attended a few more events to get to know the admissions staff. I submitted my application, was admitted to the program, and here I am getting ready to graduate. Another surprising part of this experience is how close I have become with my classmates. I had expected to develop some professional relationships, but I have also gained some lifelong friendships.
You may wonder how taking on this program might affect your performance at work since this is no easy endeavor. I can say that I am more efficient and systematic in the way that I work. My time management skills and ability to organize tasks and projects has improved dramatically. The team-based approach in the MBA program has made me more effective in how I work as a team member at the office. I now find myself thinking more strategically about situations, and I have a new found sense of confidence in not only my skill set but in my ability to be comfortable around senior-level executives both at my company and others.
Our final project in this program is a Capstone, which is essentially a consulting project with your team for a local non-profit organization. My team’s project is with the Nehemiah Center, an organization that provides education services to at-risk children and families. The experience so far has been amazing. I love the challenge of applying what we have learned in “real-life” as well as what we have learned in school to help this great organization figure out some strategic initiatives. I have been surprised at how quickly this project has become personal to our entire team. While we would certainly like to get a good grade, our focus is on making sure we provide the best advice possible to the organization not only because it’s our name and the Rice University name on the line, but also because we believe in the mission of the Nehemiah Center, and we truly want to help these kids and families.
Best of luck to you all as you make your way through the application process. Cherish the opportunity here and make the most of it. This has been a transformational experience for me, and it’s hard to believe that it’s almost over.