"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin
"It is my pleasure to inform you that your application for admission to the Executive MBA Program at Bowling Green State University for fall 2014 has been processed by the College of Business Administration and has been recommended for regular admission. This recommendation has been submitted to the BGSU Graduate College office for their endorsement. I want to be the first to congratulate you at this time on your admission to the EMBA program. We very much look forward to your success in this challenging and rewarding executive learning experience."
Well now! How pleased was I to read those words? Actually, I'm nervous as heck.
But that's one of the reasons I want to do this. As a business owner I have felt lately that I've been too stagnant. Even in this busy summer time. There is more to learn and to do. New concepts that are out there waiting to be discovered. Things I can use for myself to grow, bring to the business to help, and even share with you all here. A wise man once said: "... There are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."
Maybe that is not the best quote as its author is a bit infamous. It's still relevant because for those in my generation, we didn't necessarily get to hear it in its original context. Instead, we probably got exposure to it through its retelling in the Boondocks. Oh, but how perfect an example it is to make the case to go back to school!
There are things I think I know because I hear and talk about them every day in modern context. But I know there's a great deal more I — usually historically — even about that which I thought I did! So, why not go to know and turn the unknowns into knowns? Wait, what? Hang on, I got dizzy there. What was I saying? Oh yes.
So basically I'm going to better myself, get some alphabet soup after my name and bring back my experiences to you here. I chose BGSU because it is close, offers a part-time schedule, and when compared to OSU's course comes in at half the cost. Admittedly, I also wanted to do it as an act of good faith since BGSU has reached out in partnership with Sandusky on many occasions from the high school to giving consideration for the use of a certain downtown property. I want to do business with those who want to do business with/in my city. It seems like everyone wins!
Sorry, Ohio University, you'll still be my original alma mater ...
As I'm going to be your "guy on the inside" of this year-and-a-half process, and this being "looking for group" wherein we band together to solve challenges we otherwise couldn't alone, I wanted to open up the channels of communication and ask you all what you would like to learn about from my time spent at Bowling Green? What can I bring back here to share with you all as we, not just I, go on this new adventure together? To improve together as a community of individuals and businesses?
Do you have any recommendations for me as a new (again) student, especially pursuing an MBA? Perhaps the best that I can preempt is this, thought to be attributed to Mark Twain: "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."
Feel free to share any of your own stories about education, life, and business here, too!
Do you feel that getting letters and degrees after your name has helped?
What was life like after you achieved your high school, undergrad, or graduate (or beyond) degree?