My best GV grad school experience
Well, there are certainly a number of them to account as it was a new experience every week through discussion and connections. However, I think the greatest experience will be the connections that I made along the way in the creation of some lifelong friends. Individuals that not only shared the experience but have a similar focus on change and leadership, colleagues who I will know and be connected with for so much longer than just the time in school to learn and benchmark with through life.
How have I benefited from my GV master’s degree?
I now have a renewed focus in my career and family. The leadership program was so much more than just a benefit for my career. The program allowed me to strengthen core skills of a leader which has allowed me to build those into specific elements for my career, family, community, and church.
How did I balance life, work, and school?
A balance is always a delicate matter! However, with the course work I was able to set aside a little time each day to manage the work that was needed for each week. I found that letting it build up over the week and then cramming the day before class left me with work that I was not fully satisfied with. The teachers were very flexible and understanding that everyone had many commitments outside of school. They made every effort to work with us so that we could achieve a balance.
How am I using what I learned?
I’m currently a manager in my career. What I found was the ability to begin implementation of the skills I learned right away. I even joked with my team that I was using them as my testing ground for what I learned at school. The ability to implement learned skills from the classroom has allowed me to fine tune those leadership qualities and make them stronger attributes. I now use my education every day!
Why Grand View?
I think the question should be “Why not Grand View.” The rich history of the school and its amazing connections to Des Moines and the leaders of central Iowa was a draw for the program. I think the main deciding factors boiled down to three main components:
- Size - At Grand View I knew the class sizes are always manageable and allow the professors to have close personal attention and interaction with the students. In many of today’s master's programs you're simply a number. This is absolutely not the case at Grand View! You matter, and your success in the program is of ultimate importance to university.
- On campus in classroom experience – To be a leader you have to have learned skills that go beyond what online course work can offer you. The classroom environment brought an element that could never be replicated by online course work.
- The program – I looked at many programs through Drake, Iowa, ISU and others that did not have the focus I was looking for. I knew I wanted a Master's degree but did not need a typical MBA. This program allowed me to really focus on me and taught me to draw out my skills and abilities. The leadership aspect of this program was a draw to Grand View because it is so much more than just a leader at work. It really takes you as a person and gives strength to all aspects of your life.