Let’s Answer the Why
Since I’ve started writing this blog, I’ve realized alot of my focus has been on the HOW I’m gonna get my MBA (or at least get into a program) and a little bit of the BECAUSE ( I want to pursue…), but I have yet to really express the WHY.
I feel like the WHY is overlooked by many people when expressing their desires to go to business school, myself included, but now that I’m filling out my The Criteria spreadsheet, I wanted to take the time to share the reasons I’ve listed thus far.
It’s easy to say the conventional things like: make more money, advance in a current career or switch to a new one, develop leadership skills, network. And honestly, those are some of my reasons to, but not as top tier as they are for some people. This list is not in any particular order.
1. Build new friendships
2. Travel and satisfy my inner wanderlust
3. Refocus my career goals
4. Become an expert in the healthcare industry
5. Learn from others’ experiences
6. Take time to reflect on what I want to accomplish in life not just career wise
7. Make a name for myself
8. Be more involved politically, socially, and globally
9. Make my family proud (I am the first college graduate on my mom’s side of the family, and the only person in my family to even attempt going to graduate school)
10. Be a role model to other young African American girls with a dream
11. Challenge myself. I’m a geek.. I like to learn
Even though I decided to apply to MBA programs back in May, after realizing just how much goes into the application process, I feel like even then was too late. It has been quite the ride thus far, but I am so thankful all of you have come along with me. I’ve grown so much since my first posts and I must admit, at first I wasn’t exactly sure why I wanted to get an MBA and what I’d even do with it. But now I’m so glad that I not only know, but I’m so excited.
As I’ve already stated, my short term goal is to work in a corporate finance role at a big pharma/biotech company in California. One of my goals this summer has been reading at least one healthcare industry article per day to enhance my knowledge of the industry and stay up to date on things. I’m not always the best at sticking to a plan and tend to stray after awhile, but I must say, this was probably the best goal I’ve made thus far, and have successfully stuck with it. Sometimes I have a hard time pulling myself away from the WSJ because I want to read every article I see. I feel like a nerd because I find the healthcare industry so compelling.
I’ve also expressed via this blog how I was struggling to come up with a long term goal and being that most admissions essays ask you to describe this in detail, I knew I needed to come up with someone rather soon. Through this exercise, I’ve finally starting to form an idea of what I want to do.. Head of Finance in Research and Development. I know this is quite a lofty dream, but that’s what a long term goal is suppose to be right, something so unlikely and yet so rewarding, that you wake up everyday hoping you’re just a little step closer to achieving it.
I’ve been doing a lot of introspection lately and I realized how more than anything, i want to inevitably use an MBA to make a difference. My youngest brother was diagnosed with a disorder called Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF-1) at birth and while physically he hasn’t suffered too much thus far, mentally i know he struggles and will continue to, especially once puberty hits. It’s something I don’t like to talk about very often because it makes me cry and I worry about the life he will lead, how it will affect him and future relationships, and if his condition will get worse, because it’s a disorder that really can’t be treated or cured, just monitored.
If only I wasn’t completely inept in science, I would’ve studied Biology in undergrad. But if I could be a part of an organization dedicated to developing cures and treatments to diseases that have affected the lives of so many of our loved ones, and eventually use my knowledge and network after working in the industry to lead my own foundation for raising funds to aid research as well as help those in need pay for treatment, I would be so fulfilled. (We’ve all seen Breaking Bad.. We know what the struggle will do to you)
“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” – Jana Stanfield