Rice MBA Class of 2015
First, a little about myself… prior to attending the Jones School, I spent 12 years in the technology industry - most recently in a functional IT role within a large corporation. Over the past few years, my career stagnated as I sought a move into a leadership role within my organization. Ultimately, after consulting with mentors both inside and outside the company, I decided that pursuing an MBA would be the differentiator I needed to make that leap. Once I decided to pursue my MBA, Rice was easily my top choice. Having grown up in Texas, and currently residing in Houston, I have always been aware of Rice’s reputation for academic excellence. That reputation, plus the strength of the Rice network in Houston and globally, made attending Rice a very easy decision to make."
Having been out of school for 12 years, the thought of going back was more than a little daunting. That said – while it’s hard to imagine - ‘fun’ is one thread that has carried itself over through most of the first few weeks. Immersion was a total blur - between trying to balance schoolwork and reading, trying to get to know my team and classmates, and trying to squeeze in a few hours sleep – I was not left with much time for anything else. But throughout it all – amazingly – I managed to really enjoy it.
The highlight of Immersion was definitely the nightly networking events, culminating with the Festivus celebration on the final Friday. Those events gave me time to really get to know my classmates as well as alumni, relax a little at the end of a long day, and shift my focus away from academia for a few hours (even if it had to shift back sooner than I’d like).Since the term has actually started, I’ve also found the classes to be quite enjoyable. The faculty at the Jones School is top notch, and the smaller class size creates a very positive and interactive learning environment. There is usually a lot of discussion during the class that helps the concepts to become clearer through real-world anecdotes. The weekly Party on the Patio (Partio) also provides an opportunity to unwind and decompress after a long week and reconnect with my classmates.
When I do take a few moments to reflect on what I’m doing, it’s hard not to feel a sense of excitement that I’m taking a major step in my career and life. Yes – business school is intense (and that may be an understatement); yes –there’s really nothing you can do to prepare yourself for Immersion (other than the readings… you MUST do the readings beforehand!); but yes - it all makes for a great time.