It’s not long now until graduation day will be here and I really can’t believe how quickie the time has passed. Along with my anticipation for graduation, however, has come a decrease in motivation! I never really experienced much in the form of ‘senioritis’ leading up to my college graduation, so I guess I just have it two years late!
For me the end of college was pretty laid back up until the last month. i had planned my schedule so that my last semester of college was fairly light and so that I had plenty of time to enjoy living in Orlando and enjoy spending time with my friends. I am quite glad that I scheduled as such because it certainly helped to ease any motivation problems!
This last five weeks is certainly pretty busy! We have classes winding down, are working on finding jobs, and also have oral exams coming up that we need to study for. Needless to say we have a lot of things to complete before the end of our program! I know I’ll find a way to get through the work and stay as motivated as possible, but I am also definitely looking forward to graduation.
This week the Healthcare MBA program held its advisory council meeting. Prior to the commencement of the meeting, a lunch is held for those in attendance as well as for the students to attend. In years past this event was held in the business building. This year, however, the event was held in the new Baylor stadium!
Theses lunches are a great opportunity for us to meet with healthcare executives who support our program. Many of the residency preceptors come to the event, which gives students a great opportunity to talk to their soon to be preceptors for their residencies or catch up with their preceptors from completed residencies.
My preceptor from my residency site was expected to come to the event, but unfortunately could’t make it. I still had time to talk with one of the healthcare students who is in the class below me about his residency. He is expected to go to my residency site, so it was nice to be able to talk about some questions that we had. I am scheduled to go up to Dallas in a week and meet with my former preceptor, so I’m excited to be able to see him then! Overall it was a great event and I definitely enjoyed spending some time at the stadium for it.
Oral exams are getting closer and closer! The healthcare MBA students must complete a comprehensive oral exam prior to graduation. This past week we were sent out a form that we must fill out that includes papers and projects that we have worked on during our time at Baylor. In addition to this, we also also list our residency site and information related to what we did while working there. We also signed up for our spot for testing day! I actually signed up for the last spot, so let’s hope that I end things out on a good note!
Exams are scheduled for an hour and we don’t know who will be on our testing panel until we show up! This more or less means that we don’t know what subjects we will be tested on, so we need to prepare for being asked anything. I know we’re all a little anxious about oral exams coming up, but I feel good knowing that no one has failed twice! I have a good feeling that we will all end up graduating!
It’s Easter weekend! I’m planning on spending the weekend with my boyfriend and paying a visit to his grandmother on Easter Day to enjoy the holiday together. I have always enjoyed Easter, but do miss seeing my family on the holiday. To celebrate from afar my parents typically send me an Easter box. This year was no different! I received a box in the mail from my parents complete with Easter grass, Easter eggs, treats, and fun silly Easter surprises as well. I feel very lucky to still receive the occasional care package from my parents even after all of these years being away! I really do love them and they make my week.
In addition to receiving a special package from my parents, my boyfriend also set up a special Easter surprise for me. I spend a lot of my weekends in Dallas since my boyfriend is going to graduate school there. This weekend when i got to his apartment he had an Easter egg hunt waiting for me! He hid eggs around the apartment with candies inside and even hid some eggs with cheese inside for our dog. It was a spectacular surprise that I was absolutely not expecting at all! Needless to say I think I’ve had a pretty blessed Easter and am looking forward to the rest of the weekend.
It’s already the end of the second five weeks of my last semester! We only have one more five weeks left and I know it’s going to be a busy one. We just finished up our five weeks with our Operations Strategy class. This five weeks is pretty nice because there is only one Core Class, so we have mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays off. It’s given me a lot of time to catch up on assignments and other work before heading to school for the day. For our last five weeks we have QBA and Accounting left.
In addition to getting into our final five weeks, we also have some end of semester projects and program requirements to complete. Towards the end of April we have a project on discussing healthcare policy proposals and potential changes due. We also have oral exams coming up at the end of our program. As we get closer and closer to the end many of my classmates have either begun or continued to work and have been busy with balance work and school. In addition to this, many of us are just excited to finish our program and getting started on work and beginning our careers in healthcare administration soon.
I am definitely excited for it all as well! I am especially excited for having a little time off and spending two weeks in Greece with my boyfriend to celebrate the end of both of our Master’s programs! That’s definitely something to celebrate!!
Now that we’re headed towards the end of our final semester of school, we have just one last assignment tied to our residencies left to complete. We are required to turn in a report that discusses the major projects that we worked on during our residencies. Earlier in the semester, I gave an altered version of my presentation to both Healthcare MBA classes. Even at that point I already felt as though it had been awhile since I reviewed all of the details of my project! Now that it’s been several months since then, it’s been kind of fun to go back through what I worked on and remember how great my residency was.
What was especially exciting about my program is that it was a new and fairly novel program for the area our hospital was located in. I haven’t heard much about how the program has been doing since I left, but I did hear from one of Lake Pointe’s administrative assistance that they are applying for the program to be considered for more rewards. I truly hope that the program continues to evolve and become a great success! It was a great endeavor that benefitted community members surrounding the hospital and its success would allow more people to benefit from it. I felt very fortunate to have been a part of its development and I hope to see it winning some awards and continuing to develop in the months to come!
Working on this report is also a little bit surreal. I remember sitting in class with the students who were a year ahead of my last year as they turned in their reports. Time has truly flown by in this program and I really can’t believe that it’s almost time for graduation. I’m excited to graduate and get started on my career, but I’ll also be a little sad to say goodbye for now to Baylor. At least I have a little more time to enjoy!
Last fall my boyfriend and I adopted a Golden Retriever mix from a rescue in Dallas. I have always loved dogs, but haven’t had one in my family since Middle School. Needless to say, I was thrilled to be getting a dog of my own. Although we adopted her, she was still pretty young, about a year and a half old. She was already house trained and is generally good at not chewing up things that aren’t hers. The one thing we noticed soon after adopting her, however, is that she is very reactive when outside towards dogs and people.
Prior to having this pup in my life I really didn’t know anything about reactivity in dogs. As it turns out, she just gets overly excited when seeing a dog or person because she wants to meet them. Rather than calming saying hello, however, she barks. This can be fairly challenging because naturally other dog owners become nervous that she is actually aggressive with other dogs rather than just excited.
To help her work on this, we recently enrolled Tonks into a training class for reactive dogs. We were pretty excited to find such a specified training program that would hopefully help her get to the point where she can meet new dogs without barking. One of the tasks we’ve been working on is to show her a stuffed dog and turn around without her reacting to it much. I was pretty surprised to see that at first she did indeed react to the stuffed dog! She ended up being able to calm down and focus, but it really showed me just how reactive she is that she will bark at a stuffed dog. The trainer told us that in weeks to come we will work on slowly introducing her to real dogs and seeing how she reacts. I’m nervous, but excited to see how she does! It’s been a lot of work for us to have adopted a dog while both in graduate school, but it’s also been very rewarding. I really can’t imagine my life without her in it anymore and am so thankful every day that I see her!
Although I no longer live in Dallas during the school week, I still go up on weekends to visit my boyfriend and to also hang out with my old coworker from my residency. During our residency we primarily hung out together and quickly realized that making friends outside of your school programs can be difficult to do! As a result, we started looking for ways to meet other like minded individuals around Dallas.
One option that we found is the Meetup.com website. Meetup is basically a platform that allows individuals in cities around the country to make interest groups. This means that you can find individuals with common interests in your city. Since I only spend a few days in Dallas a week and since I’m always busy with school work and other things lately, I haven’t had a lot of time to explore Meetups. My coworker had previously gone to one Meetup event that is meant to bring together young professional women in Dallas. A new event was coming up on a Friday evening, so I decided to tag along this time. We met for a Happy Hour and chatted with a few girls and ended up staying out later and getting to know everyone. It was a LOT of fun!
I think there is something to be said for having a good group of girlfriends to spend time with on weekends, so I’m pretty excited to continue to get to know them and meet more girls as well. In school making friends can be pretty easy, but depending on where you work you may or may not work with many people around your age. Needless to say this has been a great experience for us and I hope we make some great friendships from it!
Well, I had hoped for a super relaxing spring break and in some ways I got it, but in others I definitely didn’t. On the first Friday of spring break, I slipped on some ice in Dallas while taking my dog out in the early afternoon and bruised my tailbone. Needless to say sitting, down, moving around and generally doing anything that puts pressure or strains my tailbone has been unpleasant. Fortunately this did mean that it made even more sense for m to spend quite a bit of time on the couch watching tv and movies as I had planned!
Over the week my tailbone has gradually gotten better, but is definitely still painful. I had hoped that I’d get some time to enjoy the outdoors, but hiking and walking up inclines is pretty uncomfortable for me still. I also was lucky enough to catch a cold that my boyfriend brought back to Texas with him after a quick trip for his spring break as well. Needless to say it hasn’t been the spring break I expected!
Despite being pretty under the weather for spring break though, I am thankful this all happened while ON break so that I’ve had some time to recover. Neither my cold nor my tailbone injury have resolved completely, but they are both gradually improving. I am also definitely glad that I had time to enjoy watching tv and getting a lot of rest though!
Lately I’ve been thinking about what kinds of things I’d like to learn, accomplish or focus on after I start working full time. Since I came straight into the Healthcare MBA program from college, I have always had assignments, tests, and homework to worry about during my evenings and often on weekends as well. I have certainly enjoyed having fall and spring breaks, but that typically offers time to relax and rejuvenate rather than start up a new hobby or self-improvement goal.
Once I start working there are a few things that I would like to put some of my extra energy into accomplishing. Some are things that I used to love and simply haven’t made a priority in years and others are new things I’d like to learn. For one, I’d really like to get back into reading. Before getting busy with school towards the end of high school, I read obsessively. I absolutely loved it. Since then it really hasn’t been as much of a priority to me and I’d like to change that by spending time reading books and articles for at least of portion of most evenings or mornings.
In addition to reading, I’d also like to put more energy into a consistent health regimen. I do my best to eat well and get exercise now, but when crunch time comes for exams and homework assignments, I can often miss a workout or buy some quick junk food to get by. I would really like to eliminate these inefficiencies and focus on getting into optimal health while I’m still young.
I would also like to get back into volunteering. During my residency I volunteered as a mentor for middle school girls. I 100% am planning on returning to this volunteer organization and am very excited about getting involved again. I would also like to look for more volunteer opportunities in the communities I live and work in. I like feeling connected to my community and have never regretted spending my time volunteering for causes I believe in.
One of my last goals that is currently on my priority list is to try something new. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll end up doing, but I want to gain some kind of additional skill set. One thing I’ve considered is spending more time cooking. I would love to get more comfortable in the kitchen and spend time experimenting with different dinner recipes. I would also eventually love to take a foreign language class in evenings or start taking group exercise classes. There are a lot of things I want to do and I’m excited to have the opportunity to do so!