Preparing for my final semester of Graduate School

This morning, I registered for my final semester of graduate school. Yes, I am all registered for the MBA summer semester. No, I cannot believe that it’s almost over.

Saint Rose has been my home for the past four years. I spent three years here earning my Bachelor’s degree and the past eight months studying for my MBA. On July 18th, I will no longer be a Saint Rose student. I will be a Saint Rose MBA.

What does that mean? Well, it means I have one semester left of intense studying and hard work. If my final semester is anything like these past two semesters (which I have a feeling it will be—but even harder), I will be very busy. I’m taking three classes next semester in addition to a full-time internship. One of the three classes I’m taking is the MBA Capstone course, which should be a demanding yet fun learning experience. I’m also taking a Production and Quality Management course and a Business Literature elective. My internship requires me to complete a total of 120 hours over the course of the semester (April 23-July 18). Phew.

My mousepad at my graduate assistantship position at Graduate Admissions. I cannot wait to have my Saint Rose graduate degree in July!

Like any other Saint Rose student preparing for the next semester, I will be buying books and supplies over the next few weeks. However, one thing will be different this time: This will be the last time I prepare for the next semester. At the end of the summer semester, I won’t be getting ready for the fall semester (which is, by far, my favorite semester). I won’t be preparing a class schedule. I won’t be buying a parking pass.

Of course, I’m excited about what’s in store over the next several months. I’m very eager to start my next internship experience. I’m looking forward to finally earning that MBA degree. I’m even looking forward to starting my first full-time job search! However, it will take some adjusting. Like I said, it will be the first time in four years that I will no longer be a Saint Rose student.

As I prepare to begin my last semester at Saint Rose, I have some advice for all of you freshmen, sophomore and junior students: Make the most of your college experience. Take chances. Sign up for every adventure you can. Get involved. Make new friends. Learn something new. Step outside of your comfort zone. Celebrate your achievements. Celebrate your mistakes. And never regret anything that once made you smile.

  2 comments for “Preparing for my final semester of Graduate School

  1. Karen McGrath
    March 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    You can so do this!

  2. Antonia Valentine
    March 29, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Thanks for the words of encouragement, Dr. McGrath!

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