Why did you choose Nebraska for your MBA?
It was the most highly-ranked program with affordable tuition when I was researching universities (and still is), and it’s entirely online delivery without any campus requirements enabled me to focus on the education instead of additional travel. Best decision ever.
Please describe your favorite part of the MBA program thus far.
Everything! Two events in particular, however, stand out. I participated in the Race and Case Competition with a team of fellow MBA students that was highly engaging and enriching. I studied abroad this summer in Germany, which was life-changing. Both experiences gave me insights, networks, and friends I would not have otherwise gained. The MBA curriculum is amazing. The additional opportunities Nebraska presents to its students are phenomenal.
How have you applied your coursework?
Each course I've taken has been relevant to everyday work in my job. Even when the content matter isn't specifically related, the critical thinking and strategic application process is invaluable. Finance and Accounting enabled me to more deeply interpret financial statements. Economics and Multifinancial Analysis helped me understand greater global markets. Analytics opened my eyes to the opportunities that exist within current information we can expand upon and leverage for improved insights. Business Strategy, Applied Organizational Behavior, and Leadership in a Global Context showed me how to assess cultural nuances across silos, matrices, and borders, and connect them among a changing environment to prioritize and create win-win situations. Sustainability, and the triple bottom line, is critical every day to both professional and personal growth and responsibility. We have to live it if we're going to be the businesses of the future. Entrepreneurship gave me the tools I needed to start moving toward the founding of a new company I'm envisioning.
As a working professional and student, how do you find balance?
I work really hard at being fully present in the moment. By scheduling my time ahead, I can fully focus on schoolwork, career, or parenting when appropriate and not stress about the other facets of my life. I've also sought out times when it's beneficial to multi-task. For instance, cooking dinner is a great time to re-listen to lectures and absorb course material more deeply. I schedule fun and exercise into my week because it's critical to balance out your body's needs in order to maintain stamina in the program. Lastly, I never underestimate the importance of sleep. I try my best to do as much schoolwork as possible early in the week and every night before bed because I've learned firsthand how beneficial it is to "sleep on it" and let your brain continue working while you're rejuvenating. Working ahead also puts me in a position to deal with life's curve balls and still have ample time to catch up to things before deadlines.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I love to snowboard. I grew up doing gymnastics and competed through college, but after that my husband brought me onto the slopes and it's been a blast ever since. We've taught our three sons to ski and board, and it's our favorite family activity.
What’s on your bucket list?
One, of course, is my master's degree. Thanks to Nebraska, I've almost completed that! The other item on my bucket list is to visit every national park in the world. My husband and I have visited most of them in the United States, but we have a long way to go to cover all seven continents.
Marcia Graduated in December.