Program of study: MBA with concentrations in accounting and finance
Graduation year: 2012
Why did you choose to pursue a graduate degree?
I wanted to unify and strengthen the professional experience gained from a unique and varied career. The program offered me the opportunity to improve my critical and analytical skills.
Why did you choose Hood College Graduate School?
Hood is close to my where I work, close to home, it offered an evening program that matched my schedule, and presented a challenging curriculum that mirrored my professional and personal interests.
What do you value most about your relationships with your professors?
I was constantly challenged to do my best and was treated with respect even when my opinions differed with the professors. I enjoyed the discourse and debate.
What was your most rewarding class or academic experience at Hood? Why?
My most rewarding class was MGMT 576, Advanced Financial Management with Professor Weaver. This was a very intense class held during a summer session. We had to complete 10 case studies and a financial valuation project. It was a tremendous amount of work to complete in six weeks. I created a financial model of a hotel development project in Frederick County. My company is now building this hotel and it is scheduled to open in the summer of 2012. Professor Weaver's guidance was invaluable. I earned an "A" in the class!
How do you manage your many other obligations such as work and family with the demands of graduate school?
This was very difficult. It was critical to balance my family, professional and community obligations. During school breaks, I spent a lot of time with my family. We went on day trips and visited museums. During the school year we planned our weekend activities to allow for "together" time and "study" time. The key is communication: let your family, friends and employer know your school schedule. They will be more accommodating if they know what to expect from you.
Can you offer any tips to prospective students?
Keep as far ahead of the reading and coursework as possible. The semester passes quickly and it is hard to catch up. Participate in class. Significant learning results from participating in the process (and professors provide credit for class performance).
When you aren't in class, what is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
I spend time with my family, doing what they want to do. If time permits, I cook, travel and brew beer.