Starting my MBA in a global pandemic
It’s pretty crazy to think that I’m now studying and living in Copenhagen! Although it’s only been a few weeks since I was social distancing in my little apartment in Wisconsin, it feels like months have gone by. Between the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus and the stress of leaving my stable job to move across the world to pursue my MBA in a pandemic, it’s somewhat of a relief to feel slightly overwhelmed by an abundance of reading assignments. Homework seems pretty manageable compared to a global pandemic…
Even with all of these challenges, I’m more convinced than ever that CBS was the right choice for me. I applied to the Copenhagen MBA before the pandemic, but now, in our seemingly different world, I am certain that CBS’s focus on strong leadership and sustainable business practices will help me navigate the challenges posed by the uncertain world in which we live.
A mysterious journey awaits
I started my time at CBS with the pre-MBA, a refresher course in accounting and economics, and was shocked to learn that accounting can be…interesting?! My art degree didn’t exactly provide a strong financial foundation, and the pre-MBA was the perfect opportunity to increase my confidence before the official first day.
Now that we’ve really started our MBA studies, I’m getting excited about the Leadership Discovery Process (LDP). Every alumnus I’ve spoken to has spread the gospel of the LDP, yet it somehow remains this slightly mysterious and unknown journey. The first few days of energy checks and pretty stickers drew me in, and now I’m looking forward to becoming the leader I know I can be.
My MBA peers: A source of knowledge and support
The other big excitement of the first week of course was meeting my extremely diverse and intelligent peers. Our cohort of 43 comes from 19 different countries and a wide range of industries, roles, and academic backgrounds. It’s amazing to be in an environment where everyone truly does have something unique to contribute. We’re only two weeks in, but I can already see that my peers will be an essential source of knowledge, support, and networking over the coming year.