So fast forward from November 2015 (my last post) and here I am again, writing now as an MBA graduate. <3 I successfully defended my STRAMA paper last November 2017, and graduated on December 9, 2018. Just wanted to share what an experience it had been! So here's 3 years of my work-acad life in a glance:
Term 1 - APMATH, BUSCOM
Term 2 - ETHICS, FINACC
Term 3 - LEADER, MASTAT
Term 1 - INFOTE, MANACC
Term 2 - FINMAN, METRES
Term 3 - MANSCI, HUMRES, INVEMA
Term 1 - PRIMAN, MARKMA, LEADOC
Term 2 - OPEMAN, ECOMAN
Term 3 - STRAMA
I really wanted to finish after 3 years so I had to take 3 subjects for two consecutive terms. I took those extra challenging terms not before Strama since Ecoman was a difficult subject plus I presumed I will be needing extra time to start researching for my paper (which didn't happen lol). It was also the same time our office moved to BGC which gave me a lot of headache because of the loooong travel time. Needless to say my grades suffered and I didn't make the honor roll (boohoo). Lesson learned, be sure to plan well ahead and really be committed to your acads especially if you're a working student like me!
So enough self pity (talking to myself here haha). I think almost all my professors were really worth the tuition. Mansci was really tough, the most difficult subject aside from Ecoman because I got my lowest grades in these two subjects. Just a word of caution, be sure to study the cases well and practice before the exam. I chose fun electives, invema and leadoc. Invema was really memorable because with Prof Biacora, we pooled our funds in class and invested in real stocks. Our ROI was well spent as we donated to charity and even had extra so we were able to treat ourselves to unlimited shabu shabu. Priman is also very toxic, you need to write fast and of course, well, because you had case reports to submit almost every week. Markma and Opeman I enjoyed too. Opeman with Prof Tenmatay is just the right pace and difficulty. I loved the Markma classes with Prof Macasaet! It was very practical, fun and packed with learnings. You can expect nothing less from a reputable marketer in the country.
Overall, I think the time, effort and money were all worth it. Just be sure to snag the best professors and make the most out of your Ateneo education to build a network of high-calibre professionals. Who knows, you might even meet your future business partners here! =)