Take a chill pill

So I just got back yesterday evening from my final residency for my MBA.  At three points during the program, you actually meet in person and attend some lectures and workshops.  You do this for the course that is the capstone project of the program to get your degree.  Which is the one I attended.  It started out with great promise.  I had to give a presentation of my previous work to date, which was easy.  I met with the instructor one on one and he said the work I did last semester for my capstone project was bascially good to go as is.  No revisions really needed.  So far, so good.  I got some good advice from my mentor on what to focus on for the final project.  And it made sense with what I was doing.  Still good.

The second day was supposed to be lectures to help students through the last pieces we need to put together for the paper (marketing strategy, financials, etc).  I was looking forward to that so I could get a good idea of what I needed to do.  What a bust.  The whole thing was disogranized and geared towards public companies.  Which is fine except I'm doing a project on a not for profit.  VERY different dynamic.  I ended up cutting out a little early because the professor that was reviewing financial infomration confused the shit out of me.  It didn't help that he had an accent and kept talking in circles.  I felt it was a waste of my time.

So I tried to relax on the drive home (about 3 hours) without much success.  And I've been stressing over it a bit today.  However, I got a good workout in today and started reviewing my material and the instructions we have on what we need to do.  And I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Of the remaining work, I'm pretty confident on about a third of it.  I'll need to review some papers I wrote for my marketing course.  But my initial research seems to support my strategic problem definition which will drive the rest of the work.  AND, I've got until November 6 to turn in the next big assignment.  The first one is to review and edit the final paper from a course last semester.  Except that both my instructor from last semester (also my mentor) and my instructor for this course both told me it looks great as is.  So I'm leaving it alone and focusing on everything else I have to do. I actually have plenty of time and I think if I focus on one thing at a time, it won't be so daunting.

And I plan on emailing my instructor with every little question I have.  If all goes well, by the middle of November I should be in great shape to finish up and HOPEFULLY won't have lost my mind (or my marriage) during the process.  Wish me luck peeps!  I SOOOOOOO want to finish this degree and graduate!


Jude said…
You WILL finish and graduate, in spite of the professor who talked in circles. I feels it in me bones! :-)
sydwynd said…
Jude: Thanks. I suspect I will as well. But I'll feel much better come Christmas when this is all done.
Jude said…
No kidding, it's been a long road and a LOT of hard work (not to mention sacrifice) but you'll be free soon! :)
Jammie J. said…
You'll finish it, one way or the other. You're not the type to leave it undone.

sometimes it's best to choose email over talking, especially with people who are difficult to understand or don't talk in a coherent method.

Also, it's amazing what a good workout can do for your brain.
sydwynd said…
Jammie: Thanks. The paper's coming along. I just need to keep motivating myself to work on it. However, I have a clue now so we'll see how it works out.

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