Starting your journey in business school can trigger a roller coaster of emotions. You become excited for the new chapter of your life and nervous, not knowing what to expect from your program. By sharing my experience, I hope to give others a better insight into what is to come, as well as provide tips so others can avoid mistakes I made.
Professors Want to Help
After studying at a community college for three years, I transferred to Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business. I was thrilled that the university offered class sizes that were similar to that of a community college, around 30 students. However, I noticed that my business school professors had a greater amount of experience and expected a lot more out of their students. The professors were very strict and specific on their guidelines for every assignment: business plans, reports, tests, you name it! At first, this intimidated me.
As time went on, I took advantage of the small class sizes and started to visit my professors after class to ask them for help. My professors were always more than willing to help me with whatever I needed. It was then that I realized that my professors were not intimidating at all – they just wanted to prepare me for success! The Colangelo of College of Business also puts Lopes First, meaning the college embraces a student-centric culture.
Lesson: Do not be afraid to approach your professors; they want to help you learn.
A Balanced Schedule is Key
During my first year of my college career, I worked 30 hours per week, took 20 credits per semester, stayed involved in my church, joined a dance team and tried to find time to spend with friends and family. I was running on five hours of sleep or less every night, and functioned on very low energy, with very high stress. I would not recommend putting more on your plate than you can handle. It is important hold onto the aspects of your life that are important to you, but the key is to have a good balance.
When I transferred to GCU for business school, I limited my school credits and work hours to have a better balance in my schedule. I found it was necessary to provide myself with free time to relax or spend time with friends at campus events.
Lesson: It is important not to overload yourself with school and work, as doing so can make you feel burned and/or cause you to lose your passion for your area of study by the end of your college career.
Set Aside Time to Study
A “wingin’ it” mentality will not work in business school. When earning a business degree at GCU, it is important to prepare for all aspects of every class. I wish I had read my textbook before every class period, reviewed my class notes at the end of each week and set aside more time to study for tests. This is mainly where time management skills come into play.
Lesson: It is easy to prioritize time for assignments that have a hard deadline, like homework, papers and projects, but setting aside time to read the book and study your notes is also essential for success.
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