A very warm welcome to Class 24 – a guideline to how to enjoy the rollercoaster ride ;-) EMBA Class 23 student’s blog for all prospective students
by Ines Michel
The second to last class weekend just took place and Class 23 has almost completed their job in Thun. But what happened to Class 24, our RoBe newcomers? Well, by now one could say they really started the life changing, challenging Rochester-Bern program.
But why for heaven’s sake is today’s blog headline about enjoying the rollercoaster ride? Dear Class 24, there is a high probability that the next one and a half years will remind you of a rollercoaster ride. Starting the EMBA program changes your life – for 18 months this new engagement prevails.
Mixed feelings after the first classes in Thun?
Maybe inwardly you are nervous and ask yourself questions like: “Will I pass the courses?”, “What is the professor talking about?”, “Will I successfully integrate the studies in my daily routine?”, or “Am I ready to cope the high pace of knowledge transfer?”.
Don’t worry, that’s OK.
Having the privilege of being Class 23 oldies now – equipped with one year RoBe experience – we can give future students some tips to cope with the challenge and how to enjoy the rollercoaster ride. And maybe we manage to spread a little bit of confidence.
Tip 1 – Never say die!
Alright. You are not the high-flyer in Managerial Economics. Your English is a bit rusty. Maybe your last attendance at a school is years ago. Perhaps you are a doctor, a sport scientist or a lawyer with no idea about financial accounting, marketing or valuation. Let us get one thing straight: it is OK to have doubts! But there is one thing you should never even think about: give up!
I would like to tell you what I experienced. It happened quite often that I came home from a Thun weekend, having no idea what exactly I had learned. I hit the rock bottom after the first financial accounting session. This sounds like a foreign language! Every now and then a ray of hope only to dive into the deep and dark sea again. However, by the end of the course, I managed to understand what was happening on the blackboard and what the professor was talking about. My personal key to success? I started working right from the beginning, kept holding on to this tactic and never buried my head in the sand. And if the worst comes to the worst? Step back, take a breath and have faith in your abilities. Keep on going, step by step.
Tip 2 – Make a plan & be realistic!
What about a reliable timetable? Is this really important? For me and most of my classmates, a realistic plan was the source to succeed in the program. Ideally, you create time slots for assignments, readings and learning harmonized with your daily business. While creating your personal study agenda, be honest with yourself: you get nowhere, when your plan fits the need of an intellectual high-flyer while you struggle through academic papers. Take the time you need and don’t be demotivated in case you need more time than your classmate does. The point is that you understand the subjects taught. The rest doesn’t matter. Finally, it is a good idea to openly communicate a realistic estimation about the time you need to get along with your studies. Being honest about that, prevents you from disappointing your loved ones and offers scope for flexibility or unforeseen events.
Tip 3 – You never walk alone!
You strongly believe that you are the only one struggling within the program? Calm down, that is not very likely. Every student has individual strengths and weaknesses. Especially talking about weaknesses is not easy – this needs a high level of confidence. Maybe you have not yet reached that trust level within your class, that’s OK – at the latest in Rochester, time will come to drop the mask. You will be surprised who else has a tough time. Remember my financial accounting experience? Guess what: some of my classmates faced the same challenge. But honestly, why don’t you disclose your concerns when they occur? After the second financial accounting session, I talked to my classmate Cornelia – the financial accounting guru from class 23 – about my worries. “Be patient and keep up, you will pass the exam,” she said, “and if you need any help, just ask”.
A glimpse into our Rochester classroom…
Class 24 rocks ;-)!
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