All last week, and especially around the weekend, my Facebook newsfeed was swelling with the updates from my FB friends about their activities. This was exciting time for them – they were celebrating their MBA graduation: GW Business School Gala, GWSB Commencement, GWU Commencement on the National Mall. All the highlights I had to experience just two years ago. I know for most of them these were bittersweet moments: the sense of accomplishment and the sense of a loss. I did not have the sense of accomplishment this time around, since I graduated in 2012, but I sure felt the loss.
In the last two year, after my graduation already, I have stayed in touch with the continuing students of GW part-time MBA program, I also met quite a few students from the full-time Global MBA program, thanks to the MBAA board that did a fantastic job of bringing together the part-time MBA students for out of class socializing, and bridging the gap between the part-time and full-time students. I wrote about that in my post “MBAA Revolt…”
So in the last two years I have been crushing their happy hours and their celebration parties, I have had good times with them and many good conversations. I have been so much around them that I was dubbed “the ghost of the MBA past” by my good friend Keith. I have made more meaningful (both in quality and numbers) connections with the part-time MBA class 2014, than I made in my own three years of MBA.
This class was, and will probably stay for a long while, the most remarkable, the most cohesive, the most proactive both in social life and academic bargaining with the shool’sy administration class in the history of GW part-time MBA program. I also wrote about that in “My part-time MBA Heroes” post. And that’s why I had the sense of a loss: most of the people in this class have just graduated last week. No more happy hours, semester end parties, and other outings.
Thankfully most of them reside around DC area, and I hope to have at least occasional opportunities to hang out with some of them, but with busy-ness of life and other priorities after the school is done, it’s definitely going to be less feasible.
That’s why I feel like this was my graduation too, and this time it seems to be for good.
But it’s too early to say goodby just yet. Next week I am going to publish a guest post from Keith with his perspective on the GW part-time MBA program. And he is not going to beat around the bush with niceties and political correctness BS. So stay tuned.