True Life: I Got an MBA After Earning an Undergraduate Degree

Hello again! If you have not already done so, please check out my first and second blog, as this is a three part series about my life after graduating from the Shepherd University Department of Communication. In my final blog, I will be discussing my journey through the MBA program at Shepherd University.

To be completely honest, as graduation was approaching, I felt unsure about my future. Before starting college, I anticipated going to graduate school. But I was confused as to the school or even the program. After mulling over this for several months during my senior year at Shepherd, I decided to apply to the MBA program at Shepherd. Not only did I expect this degree to assist in my career, I felt I would personally gain a lot from this degree, which was equally important to me.

Because I did not have a clear career path in front of me, I was intrigued to learn more about business and management, in the hopes that maybe I could even open up my own business one day. During the MBA program, I learned about finances including accounting and economics, but also enjoyed classes about marketing, international business, and leadership. These classes were not easy. I had to push myself and spend hours at a time working to complete assignments. Fortunately, the communication department gave me a solid foundation, so I felt prepared while working through the program.

For example, I was required to complete a research project in the MBA program. But this wasn’t my first time doing such a project. During my senior year in the Department of Communication, I completed a COMM 461 Senior Capstone where I applied what I had learned throughout my time as a communication student to complete a semester-long individual project. My MBA research project required me to work with less guidance than I got as an undergraduate. But, I was confident and ready to complete this project because of my capstone experience during my time in the communication department.

I jumped into the MBA program full force in 2013, and I am preparing to graduate this May!

I am not just walking away from this experience with a degree. I am walking away with knowledge, experience, and pride. I was recently promoted at my job, and truly believe I had an edge over other applicants because of my ongoing work towards my MBA. Also, I feel confident in my career and comfortable speaking about the company with our financial experts. Overall, applying for the MBA program was one of the best decisions I made.

At times, motivation can be hard to find, but the work is well worth it.

So, this is my journey from student to career to earning my MBA. I wish everyone the best that is graduating this year and will be happy to see you at the graduation ceremony!

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About Ashley Laspina

After graduating from Shepherd University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Communication and New Media, I am approaching my graduation in the MBA program at Shepherd. I am working full time at a local online university, and was recently promoted to a senior on my team. I am looking forward to continuing my education in psychology once I complete by MBA in May of 2015.

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