**** August 2013 UPDATE – Due to so many great responses to this entry, I’ve made an Ateneo FAQ entry for you to post your questions and inquiries on. I will try my best to answer as many questions as I can. Please check out the updated entry here: http://iamjulienne.com/blog/2013/08/ateneo-mba-faq/ ****
Having lived in Manila the last few years has made me realize that studying in the States has made me miss out on the crucial social network of opportunity that the local Filipino universities offer. While I don’t regret studying abroad, I wish I had college friends to hang out with here in Manila.
However, since I’ve been toying with the idea of going back to school for my Master’s Degree, I figured it would be wise for me to enroll locally. I’d hit two birds with one stone – make friends and get a good education.
Today I enrolled in Ateneo University’s MBA program. I’ve been planning and looking forward to this moment for a while but strangely enough, I was inexplicably nervous as I paid. The tuition fee is steep! That made me hesitate a little bit I strengthened my resolve, paid and sealed my attendance. It’s official. I’m a student again.
The minute I received the syllabi for the 3 classes I’m taking this semester, I was already seriously regretting my decision. I’m signed up for Financial Accounting, Applied Mathematics and Managerial Statistics. I wonder if I have a death wish, taking on a load of 3 calculator burning, mathematics-heavy classes. It almost makes me wonder whether I’m taking my MBA or an Engineering Degree. While I’ve taken these subjects before (in college), it’s been a while and it doesn’t make the material any less challenging. Yikes.
I’m going to be acclimatizing again to a different culture, one that I’ve never ever been exposed to before. Already I’m adjusting to the registration and enrollment process alone. I know I’m not supposed to compare but I can’t help but fondly remember my Undergrad University and how convenient everything was. (example: I never had to pay a fee for wanting to change my schedule. Now, if I ever wanted to switch schedules, even prior to class starting, I have to pay a fee. Sucks.)
Sigh. I’m not looking forward to homework and school stress. But I’m so excited for learning, new experiences and new friends! 😀 Now.. Does anyone know where I can get my textbooks for cheap?
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