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Bridge MBA Blog Post

  • Summer Classes? No Problem

    In my entire academic career (this includes everything prior to grad school) I have never had to take summer classes. This has changed since the start of my summer quarter in the Bridge MBA program. With this quarter being all that stands in the way of me obtaining my master of business administration degree, I can honestly say I have no problem spending my summer inside the classroom for the first time. This will be the last quarter I will spend with my classmates, which makes me a little sad as I have grown close to these people over the course of the year. This is not to say I am not also excited to complete the quarter as it is the final stretch before I cross the finish line. I am sure when August 16th comes and I will be graduating, it will be quite the bittersweet moment.

    Often summer classes have a stigma to them which can be negative. People usually take them to make up for credits, or because they have to in order to graduate on time. The last thing someone wants to be doing over summer break is to be taking more classes. For me, this is not true this time. There is no place I would rather be than on campus learning from Seattle University’s amazing staff of business professors. Though there will be days when I look outside and wish I was outside, I will be happy in knowing that what I am learning is essential in my future success and to completing my degree which is less than two months away. This quarter I will be working with a group of four other students as we partake in our Capstone which is a consulting project for a startup. The Capstone focuses on strategy and Michael Porter’s five forces. I am looking forward to taking the knowledge I gain from this course and applying it to my future career one day.

    This quarter I expect my cohort to become closer with one another than we already are. With the end in sight, we know we won’t be spending as much time with one another and we are planning on hanging out much more outside of the classroom. The nice weather will make this easier. There is no more beautiful place to spend summer than in Seattle even if it will be inside for some of the time. Who knows, maybe we can convince some of our professors to lecture outside every once in awhile.

    By: Roger Pierce, 2014 Bridge MBA candidate


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