Guest Post: Natalie Fisk – Evening MBAs Can Be Social Too

Below is a guest post from current Evening MBA student Natalie Fisk: 

As a full time employee and part-time student, I found it hard to imagine maintaining a social life once I started Emory’s evening program. I arrived at Emory fully willing to sacrifice my personal freedoms in exchange for a prestigious degree. However, I quickly learned that the Emory Evening MBA Program Office not only supports multiple networking events throughout the year, but they actually encourage us to go out and have fun during our down time! Since most of the students in the evening program are at various stages in their life and career path, Emory offers a plethora of social events that cater to all interests.

When I started Emory’s Evening MBA Program in 2014, I decided to run for social chair so that I could assist in the planning of unique activities for our students and meet students in other cohorts. I have found this experience to be a truly rewarding one. Not only do the majority of students participate in our semi-annual “Boat Day”- where each fall and spring the three cohorts gather on double-decker pontoon boats on Lake Lanier for a day of cocktails, snacks and networking- but I also have found that many students get together outside of our scheduled social events. For instance, many students in my cohort will attempt to meet once a month on a Friday for happy hour. It’s a chance to unwind outside of work and class and mingle with other young professionals who have the same hectic schedule. In addition, every Wednesday after class all three cohorts are invited to network over pizza and beer.

There is still work to be done and classes to attend, but your social life doesn’t necessarily have to be sacrificed. There will be times where work and school will come before anything else, but there will also be moments where you are able to enjoy much earned down time with friends. If it there is one thing that I have learned from the evening program, it is that life is a balancing act, and Emory gives you all the tools you need to succeed.

A group of 2017 EvMBAs enjoying Boat Day on September 12, 2015 at Lake Allatoona.

A group of 2017 EvMBAs enjoying Boat Day on September 12, 2015 at Lake Allatoona.

 

Students from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Evening MBA program cooling off in the waters of Lake Allatoona during Boat Day 2015.

Students from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Evening MBA program cooling off in the waters of Lake Allatoona during Boat Day 2015.

 

More about Natalie Fisk:

Class Year: Class of 2017

Concentration: Data Analytics

Current Employer & Position: The American College of Rheumatology; Senior Specialist, Healthcare Quality

Undergraduate Institution & Major: Tulane University, History and Environmental Science Double Major

Why I chose Goizueta: Prestigious school with a great problem solving and quantitative curriculum.

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