Sunday, July 14, 2013

What I've learned in Grad School...

As the frequency of my blog posts suggests, I have been extremely busy with balancing my life including full-time work, full-time school, and an attempted social life. Life has been challenging but fulfilling at the same time over the last year. There have been several instances when I have a hard time remembering why exactly I chose this route with the accompanying schedule. Eventually it comes back to me and I don't regret my decision one bit. This is a very special time in my life and I know I am very blessed to be at this point.

Aside from the many subjects I have learned about in my first year as a MBA student, I have learned a lot about myself and a lot from my fellow classmates. Although I am not perfect at any of these things a few of the key life lessons I'm learning are listed below:

1) Time Management is key - study, group study, meals, "me" time, social time (only on weekends on a good week), sleep, more study time, networking, family... all of these things are important but also take time. Calendaring, planning, and self-discipline especially help with conquering this one.

2) Energy Management is even more important - I have to pick what activities are worth the energy expenditure. Sounds pretty sad but ever so true especially for a girl who requires 8 hours of sleep to be a nice person.

3) Roommates are good to have - Stressed Sara isn't a pretty sight but my roommates are really great to provide me with patience, love and kindness, even dinner sometimes. Without these girls I would have no social life which is important for me being a social butterfly in my glory days (pre grad-school). Really grateful for the girls I've lived with on my grad school journey.

4) Service makes things easier especially when you have no time to do it - That statement doesn't make sense until you actually live it. Service never comes at a convenient time usually but it is true what they say, you are blessed when you are reaching out and trying to help others. I attribute a lot of my success in surviving school for service efforts. It is amazing how stepping out of your world and into another's makes you do and feel so much better. This is a concept I have to remind myself of every couple of weeks, I need to remember it more often.

5) All things are possible with some help from above - There have been tests and projects that I have looked at not knowing how I would ever finish them and come out on top. But then a miracle happens and I am so grateful for the help received.

Though grad school seems to consume my mind and time lately, I still fit in the following:
  1. Getting a new job - I  am now a Marketing Manager and learning a whole lot there too. This new job is giving me a whole lot to apply to my grad program and vice-versa. Another great and guided decision.
  2. Family time - San Juan Islands trip(s), new nephew coming soon, upcoming Carribean Cruise
  3. CrossFit - still doing it although not as frequently as my pants size wish
  4. Making big plans for the future post-grad school... More on this later.
In conclusion, my obsession for this particular post is probably life balance in general. One more year and hopefully I will have it mastered just in time to move on to a new chapter.