a day in the life of an MBA student

OK, I’ll admit that it’s a little odd to commute every day from Cape Cod to Boston to get an MBA.  But it is far from unheard of.  Most people in Boston have no idea how many people commute every day from Cape Cod to Boston, five days a week, and do it without fail, for decades.

One of my best friends in high school, her dad did it for his whole career.  It’s really not the end of the world.  I wouldn’t call it exactly ideal, but there are worse things in life.

But I’ve seen enough eyebrows on the foreheads of my friends and colleagues hit the hairline, as it were, to feel that perhaps this whole “commute from Cape Cod” thing might need a little demystifying.

So, herewith, I give you part one in an occasional series of videos about life as an MBA student at the Simmons School of Management.  Or, at least, life as this MBA student at the Simmons School of Management.

6 Thoughts.

  1. I used to commute to Cambridge (Kendall Sq) from my home in Mansfield, MA, taking the commuter rail to South Station, then the Red Line to Kendall Square. I remember the newspaper barkers hollering in the tunnel leading from the train station down to the subway. Are they still there?

  2. I haven’t seen them, but then I’m on the Green Line these days. We did have somebody hawking Seeds of Change samples, though, the other day. And who doesn’t like free, fairly-traded, organic soup packets? Randomly handed to you by strangers on public transportation?

  3. Hey Beth,
    Alot of what you have here is interesting to me (especially how starting a masters program is exciting but demanding and causes one to neglect their posting schedules…I feel less guilty now)
    It’s hard, I’m sure but worthwhile. I think it’s good to get off the peninsula every once in a while and having grown up in Boston I know it’s a great place to go and learn in. I’m glad you are busing not driving, maybe you get some work done, or sleep caught up on at least?
    I am “commuting” electronically this quarter to Savannah College of Art and Design. Online courses are really a different experience, posting to a discussion board instead of talking in class,etc. But if one is disciplined and organized enough it can be wonderful to be able to do it this way if you can’t commute physically. I have classmates from all over the country and all areas of the professional arts-related world. One classmate is in Milan and another (whom I worked with in person in Savannah last summer is from San Salvador.) Your seminars on arts technology last spring been of some help here too.
    On a side note, did you leave AF, on sabbatical or what? I knew you were going back to school and recently noticed someone else is the C&T director.
    I hope to see you around sometime anyway.
    Bern

  4. Bern,

    I am in fact no longer at the AFCC, although it was a tough choice to make. I’m so glad that you found the workshops helpful, though! Hopefully they will continue the program — the new Director of Communications and Technology, Julie Waite, is really talented and engaging, and I know she’ll have a lot to contribute.

    I hope to see you around, too!

    Beth

  5. This was fun for me, as I got my M.L.S. from Simmons about 8 years ago. Had to move from Seattle for a year (no commute possible!) but I had a great time checking out the east coast for awhile. Anyway, thanks and kudos to your effort!

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