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remember when I first discovered that the Bridge MBA program operated in a
cohort style and thinking to myself, “I’m pretty sure I know what a cohort is,
but let’s look it up just to be sure.” So I looked it up and lo and behold, I
was correct in my thinking and thus a genius. Okay not actually… but my gut
matched the definition of: people banded together or treated as a group. This
in an academic setting implies a group of students who follow the exact same
curriculum (attending the same lectures and registering for the same courses
each quarter) through the entire completion of their degrees. This also implies
a smaller class setting ranging anywhere from three to thirty students
depending on the size of the cohort. These implications and more have come to
fruition through my time in the Bridge MBA program and I am here to tell you
that cohorts—specifically this cohort—is awesome.
The 2013-2014 Bridge MBA cohort
consists of 17 students who all know each other, and know each other well. This
is one of my favorite experiences thus far in the program. I have mentioned in
earlier blogs about the pre-program retreat where the cohort got a chance to
break the ice and get to know one another over the course of a weekend. I must
say, it has been about five months since that retreat, and it is remarkable how
well we know each other and get along with one another. Many of us have
developed friendships which extend beyond the classroom and have even networked
with each other to obtain work/internship opportunities. In my opinion, the
best part about us getting along so well together is how it affects the
This quarter it was fun to see our
professors first react when they saw how comfortable we are with one another.
We’re not afraid to speak in class, when it comes to class participation, and
we are also not afraid to make the occasional joke (okay, I shouldn’t speak on
behalf of everybody, but some of us do enjoy making everyone smile). It makes
for a great class environment in which laughing is a consistent occurrence that
inevitably enhances our enjoyment in class.
So what is a cohort anyway?
Originally I thought it was simply small class sizes where every student takes
the same classes. However, a cohort is much more than that. A cohort is a
family. A family with the same goal who works together to achieve these same
goals, which in this case, is to graduate with a master’s degree in Business
Administration from one of the most prestigious schools in Washington. Getting
to know my classmates has been one of the most enriching experiences about this
program. I will be forever networked with these individuals, and, much like I
can rely on them now, I know I will be able to rely on them in the future. I
now know truly what a cohort is in academia and, I must say, I have an amazing
By: Roger Pierce, 2014 Bridge MBA candidate
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