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As I began the MBA@UNC program, I received questions from colleagues, friends and mentors. They had a lot of interest in the online format, the integrity of the degree, and the time and financial commitment. When they asked why I picked MBA@UNC, my answer was, “I would have liked to quit my job and go to Stanford full time, but that just wasn’t a reality, so I picked the best school that had the accessibility I needed.”
With the MBA@UNC platform, global immersions and the interactivity of live, online classes, I can honestly say that MBA@UNC has provided me with maximum learning opportunities, maximum networking and maximum flexibility. The idea that an online program sacrifices socializing or networking, remains a myth when it comes to MBA@UNC.
We are proud to announce the Shaping Leaders Fellowship to honor that commitment to leadership by offering a total of $40,000 in tuition funding to one or more outstanding admitted students whose applications demonstrate excellence in the areas of leadership and teamwork in their careers. Fellowships will be awarded to candidates admitted to the January 2013 class.
I have been extremely fortunate in my career. I have worked in Canada, Africa and Southeast Asia; I have experience in multiple sectors; and I have had many wonderful mentors. I was freelancing part-time and seeking a full-time job when I realized that I needed an MBA to be more competitive in the workforce. I looked for a highly selective program that would allow me to continue to work as I earned my degree. That is how I discovered MBA@UNC.
My first year in the MBA@UNC program has been incredibly enlightening. In my last post, I reflected on some things I wish I had known going in to the program. Reevaluating my notions of time management, rallying the support of my friends and family and opening my mind to new learning experiences made this first year a positive one.
But what about learning in the online classroom? For many of us, this is the most significant change from how we’ve attended class in the past. Here are some things to keep in mind as you approach MBA@UNC’s online learning platform.
The other day it dawned on me that I am more than halfway through the MBA@UNC program. With this realization, I mostly felt relief that I have managed to make it this far, but I also felt a sense of nostalgia for the unfettered optimism and enthusiasm with which I began my studies. Though my optimism and enthusiasm remain, I can admit that the first year of MBA@UNC—as with any MBA program—is difficult. When I look back, I realize that I can offer a few tips that will make the first year in MBA@UNC just a little bit easier.
Not too long ago, UNC Kenan-Flagler ran a video competition called MTV@UNC. We asked full-time MBA students participating in a leadership immersion to create music videos that best represented their time at the school.
We posted final videos on our Facebook page, where our fans could vote for their favorites. After a week of voting, the video titled “The Kenan-Flagler Way” (seen below) won the competition.