Is it all about Superwomen and Supermen? / <br> EMBA Class 23 student’s blog for all prospective students

Is it all about Superwomen and Supermen? /
EMBA Class 23 student’s blog for all prospective students

Tue Apr 11 09:29:00 CEST 2017

by Ines Michel


As promised, today is all about the fundamentals of creating proper learning conditions: the EMBA student survival kit to perform in the program and master the upcoming challenges.


15-20 hours study workload each week


We started the EMBA program for different reasons, but we have one joint objective: we want to finish the program successfully and this requires hard work.

Until graduation in summer 2018 we have to integrate the time consuming EMBA into our already packed days with job, family, friends. You need time to study, you need time to do your homework and team assignments and you need time to participate in class every other weekend and during four weeks in the Rochester summer. But how much time is needed to succeed?  That definitely depends on your skills, your existing workload, your EMBA objectives, and your personal lifestyle.  Would you like to be a grade A student?  Are you an efficient learner?  Can you create proper learning conditions at home?  Are you able to organize your studies in the most effective way?  Are you able to prioritize?  A little survey with my classmates showed, that on average most of class 23 students invest 15-20 hour each week in the EMBA program.


Get disconnected, well organized or purchase your partner a dog


The time you invest in your EMBA has to come from somewhere, unless you are Superwoman or Superman.  All of us developed different strategies how to deal with this challenge: “My wife and I discussed the program and decided together before I registered.  We have four kids at home, I work fulltime, that’s tough.”  My classmate and his wife developed a mutual understanding how to invest time.  The study time is well organized.  “I study every evening after work until 11 pm”.  Friday and Saturday evenings and the entire Sunday is family time, but only when there is no school weekend or team meeting.  “On Sunday we take a trip and decide together what we are going to do.”  That really sounds well organized!


Another one of my classmates introduced me to a rather unusual strategy: “I bought a dog for my wife.  She is exuberantly happy and loves to take the dog out – and I am able to spend more time for my studies”.  Of course, the decision for this new family member was not only because of the EMBA.  “It turns out that the beginning of my studies was the perfect time to purchase the dog.”  An alternative to a husband?  “Maybe, but the dog is not allowed to sleep in our bed.”


It is also important to use your well-organized time slots efficiently.  “While studying I turn off my mobile phone.  That calms me down and I can concentrate on financial accounting”.  So far, so good! These are solid strategies to succeed in the long run.




 A glimpse into our classroom...

“Export is always good, import is always bad…“

A short break, everybody is wondering about this inaccurate conclusion and curious about the end of the professor’s statement.

“There is a president who thinks exactly that way.”  

Then, lost in his thoughts:

“How should I say this friendly…”