Almost Done!

Well…it’s finally almost the end. I have my Oral Exam on Monday and just two more assignments left to turn in this coming week. After that I’ll be focusing on my upcoming trip to Greece, moving my stuff out of my apartment in Waco and starting work.

Ever since starting my MBA, the other healthcare students and I have constantly been reminded about our Oral Exam that we must pass prior to graduation. This weekend I’ve finally gotten into studying for the exam. Although I am a little nervous for Monday, I am also really impressed by how much I’ve learned in the two years I’ve been at Baylor. While reviewing for my exam I’ve had the opportunity to recover key takeaways from each of the classes I’ve taken during my MBA. Things from financial concepts to strategies to manage people have all been covered. I am looking forward to being able to apply many of the things I’ve learned from my time at Baylor as I go out into the work world.

In addition to gaining a lot of knowledge over the last two years, I’ve also gained a lot of confidence. I came into the MBA program straight from college and as a Biology undergraduate major. Although my major did require presentations from time to time, I definitely was not the biggest fan of public speaking or giving presentations. This has always been something that I’ve wanted to improve, but didn’t really know how to. My MBA has helped me tremendously in this regard. With presentations being an integral component of many classes, I was able to test and build upon my presentation skills and my confidence. My first semester of my MBA was a bit of a whirlwind. I constantly stressed about each presentation after the next. At some point, however, the stress and anxiety lessened and I was able to begin enjoying presentations more. For me that has been invaluable and is certainly something I could have never learned from a book.

It’s been a great two years! If all goes well next week, this will be the end of the road for me. While I am excited to get my career started, I will certainly miss Baylor and will always be thankful for my time spent here.

Erin

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Last Finals Week!

Today marked my last final exam of this semester and of my Baylor MBA! I really can’t believe how fast the past two years have gone by. This semester in particular has absolutely flown by. It seems like just yesterday I was leaving my residency in December and here it is almost May already!

This semester I found final exams to be fairly laid back. My two five week courses both had a final exam, but otherwise most of my finals were take home assignments including papers and other write-ups.This helped to limit  the amount of late night study sessions I had, which I definitely appreciated. Overall I felt more confident about my five week classes including Finance and QBA than semesters in the past. I was concerned that having residency in the middle of the program would make it difficult when cooing back to complete Core 3, but I didn’t end up feeing that way. If anything I was excited to get back frond more semester and have one more opportunity to learn and challenge myself.

Now that all of my final exams are over I have just a few more things to complete coursework wise before graduation will be here. I have my Oral Exam coming up on Monday and also have a paper due for Accounting next week and one final assignment for Health Law. After that…I’m completely done! Being so close to the end is great motivation to finish strong!

Erin

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My MBA is Coming to an End

This week the Healthcare MBA students were asked to fill out an end of the program assessment to see what we’ve learned over the past two years. We also filled out a fact sheet for our upcoming oral exams that included papers and projects we’ve completed. It was crazy to look through all of the assignments I’ve done during the last two years. It’s been a ton of work, but it’s definitely been worth it.

One of the biggest things that I believe I’ll be taking away from this program is improved confidence in my ability to give presentations and in my overall ability to thrive in a work environment. I tend to be fairly introverted, but forming relationships with coworkers and doing presentations is a big part of the work world. My MBA classes and my residency helped to push my comfort zone and I feel like I’ve come along way since leaving college a few years ago.

In addition to leaving Baylor with improved confidence in myself, I am also leaving with a lot more knowledge about healthcare than I had coming into it. I always knew I would want to learn about healthcare administration, but I didn’t really know what all it entailed until I went through this program. I know I have a lot left to learn as I head out into work, but I feel like I have a solid foundation to grow from. Overall it’s been a great two years!

Erin

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Greece Planning

With graduation quickly coming I’ve had a lot of school work to do (and plenty left in the weeks to come!), but I also have needed to do some planning for my boyfriend and I’s big trip coming up! After graduation we’re heading to Greece for two weeks! We will both be graduating with our Master’s in May so we’re excited to spend some time celebrating having our degrees and our two year anniversary.

Although we’ve known we would be heading to Greece for a few months, we hadn’t planned anything yet. We want to spend a few days in Athens and then spend most of our time relaxing and exploring a few of the Greek isles. Since we won’t be traveling non-stop from city to city to city we wanted to book a few of our hotels ahead of time. We finally spent one whole evening figuring out which isles we want to visit, how many days to spend at each and where we want to stay while there. I tend to be a big planner so I having a majority of our trip planned out feels great! Now we get to focus on the fun stuff, like finding restaurants and beaches we want to visit. Although I will bring along some notes of good options, I do want our day to day plans to be less scheduled. Part of the fun in traveling is seeing where the day takes you. I am so excited!!
Erin

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Lake Pointe Visit

Yesterday I had a meeting with my former residency preceptor to talk about job prospects. Both before and after seeing him I was ale to spend some time in the administrative office talking with the administrative assistants as well as other individuals who passed through the office.

After spending a little over six months at my residency site everyone really begins to feel like your work family. You see them everyday, you know what’s going on in many of their lives and they know what’s going on in yours. Leaving in December to come back to Baylor was definitely a little sad. I really had a wonderful time getting to know everyone and am always excited if and when I get to stop by and say hello. Needless to say it was a wonderful morning just seeing so many familiar faces and quickly catching up after saying hello.

My meeting with my former preceptor also went well! We spent some time talking about potential job opportunities and I’m very excited about them. I’m looking forward to seeing how things turn out and it was a very positive and optimistic meeting about what I may soon be doing after graduation. Hopefully I’ll have it all planned out soon!

Erin

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Dia

Yesterday was Baylor’s Diadeloso. It’s a day that the school schedules in advance to cancel classes and invite students to spend their time on campus enjoying Baylor. My college holds a similar tradition- Fox Day. Only students don’t know ahead of time when classes will be canceled. Needless to say many students play “Fox Day Roulette” and risk whether or not they should do their homework and study anticipating Fox Day. Part of the fun of Fox Day is waiting for classes to be canceled, but both traditions are great and lucky for me Baylor even cancels graduate school classes on Diadeloso.

Last year Fox Day ended up happening on Diadeloso, which was pretty awesome for me! I had a fairly laid back day though and primarily took the day off and watched Disney movies. One of my college Fox Days I actually went to Disney World for the day, so since that wasn’t an option I figured I’d reminisce at home. This year the two events landed on different days, but I still enjoyed my Dia. I unfortunately had a lot of work to do, but having an extra day off to get

I’ve had a lot of fun over the last two years at Baylor! I am sure that I will miss my time that I’ve spent here, but I will also be sure to stop back, especially since I need to see the brand new business school Baylor is opening in the fall!

Erin

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Senioritis…Two Years Late?

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.

Erin

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Advisory Meeting Lunch

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.

Erin

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Oral Exams

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!

Erin

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Easter Weekend

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.

Erin

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