DOUBTING WHETHER YOU COULD MAKE IT THROUGH GRADUATE SCHOOL?
“When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.”
– Creighton Abrams
I’m here to tell you, “You can do it!”
On our cohort’s recent study abroad trip to India and China we met with a social entrepreneur in Bengaluru. Collin Timms spoke passionately about the power of self-belief. Self-belief is a major factor in maximizing impact. Imagine a world filled with people who believe they can accomplish at least one thing with extraordinary excellence.
Maintaining self-belief can be difficult. Here are a few things I have been mulling over in the midst what some call MAM-SSM’s craziest season.
YOU CAN DO MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU CAN.
I have been struck by the brilliance of the MAM-SSM program’s Module system. Every quarter I begin one step away from overwhelmed, yet as the quarter progresses everything gets done. Moving on to the next quarter, I look back amazed at how difficult the previous season seemed when now I could easily accomplish those tasks. Some challenges are worth fighting through.
FIT IS IMPORTANT… & SO IS DETERMINATION.
The MAM-SSM program is unique—and it’s not for everyone. This program is designed to mirror the work place in many ways. Subjects are woven together and applied to business case studies to provide a practical interdisciplinary take at concept mastery. Almost all assignments are completed with a team of four or five students, incorporating interpersonal relationship and teamwork skills into the curriculum. These differentiators drew me in and confirmed my interested in the program. However, even a “perfect fit” has its challenges, and so this program has taught me to embrace bumps with determination.
GROWTH TAKES GUMPTION.
Ultimately, those who will grow the most choose to dive in. Growing pains are real—literally and figuratively. Graduate studies are challenging and require the gumption to press on. Being invited to do the hard work of growth enables the opportunity to be fully alive.