I did it! I have officially ended my master’s studies. It hasn’t been easy, and I have learned a lot of things along the way.
It’s Not Like Before
The first thing I learned is that it is nothing like your bachelor’s degree. In my case it was even more different because I did my master’s in Poland and my Bachelor’s in the back home in the US. My master’s classes were at a higher standard and I was expected to have a good foundation of knowledge. My classes were also much more practical than theoretical. This is something that is a little strange at first but I am actually happy I was able to participate in real world business problems. It was through these real world projects I learned that you won’t always be on a team with people you like.
Support is a Must
The biggest thing I learned is that you need a good support system. My master’s degree was all on my dime and fully up to me to complete. I was lucky and very fortunate to have parents that took on the financial burden of paying for my undergraduate degree. When I first started my masters and realized I had to work and go to school, I knew I needed support. Luckily, I met some great people that helped push me and support me. To be honest without my friends I would have given up after the first semester. Another huge support was my boyfriend. Without him staying up for 2 days straight while I finished my thesis, I would have not met the deadline. He also celebrated my accomplishments, especially when I (by some miracle) passed statistics. No matter what stage of college you are in, a solid support system is key.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
This is the biggest thing I have learned/ am still trying not to do. Take the time to celebrate your accomplishments. When I started my masters I didn’t really see it as a challenge, more a means to an end. Because of this I didn’t take the time to celebrate any of my successes. I have learned however not to sell yourself short. When you do this, you don’t let yourself live up to your full potential.