What I learned from my Kelley MBA

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Chrissy Arsenault graduated from the Kelley School of Business Evening MBA Program in May 2019. This write-up was originally featured on her LinkedIn profile.

Ah, the MBA. It still feels surreal to be done.

The last two and a half years were extremely stressful. Trying to juggle classes, work (including career transitions) and my personal life felt very overwhelming, and I can’t say it ever got better over time, either. I would often ask myself what I got myself into. The last thing I wanted to do after a full day’s worth of work was head downtown for class or hop on a conference call with my group.

But, all the stress aside, I loved being able to learn from the faculty and my classmates in the Kelley School of Business Evening MBA Program. My peers were incredibly talented and from all walks of life; I learned from simply being in their presence. I was one of the youngest students in my cohort, so I had the advantage of learning from my peers who had many years of experience or were already in management roles. Today, I’m a much more competent, well-rounded and confident version of myself than when I first started. With the courage and skills the MBA gave me, I was able to transition into marketing from healthcare and even got promoted to work in brand management.

I've learned a lot in my MBA program, from financial management to operations and supply chain management. Beyond the "academic stuff," here are lessons I’ve learned during my experience in the program for anyone still going through the program or thinking about getting their MBA.

Today, I’m a much more competent, well-rounded and confident version of myself than when I first started.