Deciding to go Back to School
In 2014, I made the decision to leave my job in order to stay home and enjoy being a new mom. I had previously spent 11 years in different levels of management in the trucking and warehousing industries, and my work schedule was not conducive to raising a child. The decision had been an easy one, as I was burnt out from dedicating all of my time and energy to my job, yet seeing minimal advancement in my career. I was feeling stuck, and saw this as the perfect opportunity to not only spend time with my child, but to also reevaluate my career options. I knew I had the potential to be more than a front-line manager, yet the companies I worked for declined my applications to transfer to different departments, stating I was either too valuable to move from my current position, or that the company was searching for candidates with more experience in those fields. I realized the best way to further my knowledge and experience was to earn my MBA, and now was the perfect opportunity to focus on my education.
Choosing the Right Program
When looking at which school to attend, I had originally considered taking courses at the local university. Even though it was conveniently located only a few miles from my home, trying to find babysitters and schedule nap times around my classes was frustrating. To better fit my schedule, I decided to complete my MBA program online. I was overwhelmed by the numerous schools to choose from but was eventually able to narrow my decision down to two universities. Both were faith based, with relatively similar course structures, and tuition costs were not far apart from each other. What made me ultimately choose OLLU’s MBA program were two factors, the first being the “MBA – Prep Course”, that was offered to help refresh my memory on a variety of courses that I had struggled with during my undergrad. Knowing that I would have the chance to review the material before diving head first into Master’s level courses eased my stress from taking on this new challenge. The second, and more influential factor for my decision, was the personal relationship I had built with the OLLU Online Admissions Office. I would receive calls weekly during my consideration process, simply to check in on me and see if there were any questions I might have or if I needed any help with paperwork or applications. The effort they put into getting to know me and understand my needs and concerns, gave me the confidence that I would receive the same attention throughout the MBA program.
Knowing I Made the Right Decision
Whether it is the student advisors, the financial aid office, or even the professors, I feel that each person I come into contact with has a genuine concern in making sure I have the best experience possible. As I prepare for graduation later this year, I reflect on my experience with OLLU. The courses in the MBA program were challenging, yet the professors and fellow students help support the learning process and truly want to see you succeed. An online program may seem intimidating with fears of feeling disconnected from the classes, yet the community at OLLU ensures that is not the case, regardless of how many miles separate you.