Life Update and Blogging Hiatus

As many of you know, I got accepted to Marist College and I am starting my Master’s program this week. I had the crazy idea to go full-time, in addition to my full-time work schedule. As I flip through my 40-page syllabus for class, I am starting to really doubt my decision!

Many professors have said that each class requires 17 hours of dedicated time each week. I am taking two, which equals 34 hours… in addition to my 40+ hour work week at TD. That is a total of 74 hours I will be either working or studying. With that said, something has to give. Being type A I want to give my all to school and focus on achieving good grades to stay in the program (it requires a B average).

Of course, if I find any spare time I will be happy to write a post or two, they just won’t be as frequent. Since we are here, I will give some details on the program and my plan of attack for graduate school.

I am working to obtain my Master of Arts (M.A.) in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) at Marist College. The program is 100% online and deals with various marketing touch points and how to ensure a cohesive brand and message throughout each channel and customer interaction. This requires completion of 10 courses:

  1. Principles of Integrated Marketing Communication
  2. Public Relations Management
  3. Marketing Research
  4. Marketing Foundations
  5. Brand Management
  6. Global Consumer Insights
  7. Advertising Management
  8. Social Media Strategies & Tactics
  9. Analytical Tools for Decision Making
  10. Integrated Marketing Communication Capstone

My plan right now is to dedicate 100% of my free time to the program. Thankfully my schedule here in Georgia is wide open, which solves the problem of balancing work, school, and life! I bought my textbooks early and have read and re-read the first four or so chapters to give myself a head start. I have also made a calendar of all the projects and due dates for each class. A lot of the projects require group collaboration, which I think will be challenging since we are all from various geographies.

I am very excited to get these first two classes completed and gain some graduate school confidence. I will definitely miss writing, as well as reading everyone’s blogs. I have “met” some extremely special people through this blog and I am very thankful.

XO,

R

11 thoughts on “Life Update and Blogging Hiatus

  1. Molly Seay says:

    I figured that’s why I didn’t here from you about our adventure! I didn’t ask because I thought if you were as busy as me then you were really busy! One of my teachers is letting me borrow some studio lights, so if you wan t to come over and try them out let me know! I just started classes also.

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  2. Mackenzie says:

    Ahhhh this hurts my heart a bit, but at the same time I am SOOOOO happy for you and the places your are excelling to. You will do AMAZING, do not doubt it for one single second. I totally understand needing to just devote 100% of your time to this. I hope one day you will come back to us though!!!! I wish you ALLL the best in this next season of life. ❤

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