Nothing left but to collect our grades

16 months later, it’s all over.  While I was finished last Friday (after taking a brutal final for Valuation), the end of the program for everyone officially ended Monday at Midnight.

So, now what?  Good question, and one posed to me by a fellow classmate.  To be honest, I don’t know…you’d think I’d have learned how to become rich quickly from this program, but the only thing I’ve determined thus far is that there are plenty of options.  Perhaps too many.

Obviously, with the holidays coming up, and the end of the work year, this conundrum doesn’t need to be solved immediately.  In the meantime, I’ll be waiting to see what my final semester grades turn out to be, and what my final GPA ends up being.  While I’m confident I’ve passed all 4 of my classes, it would be good to get an ‘HP’ or better in each of them.  If I do, then the one blemish on my record will be the ‘P’ that I got first semester in Managerial Effectiveness.  (Yes, I’m still mad about that…)

The one thing I am certain of is that the Cross Continent MBA program was absolutely the best thing I could’ve done to further my career.  I’ve met so many great people in the past two years, seen so many amazing sights around the world, that the money spent is no longer a question.  Yes, receiving a repayment notice from the Duke office of Financial Aid on Monday was a little bit in poor taste (really, couldn’t wait until the day after we finished???), and the student loans ARE massive…but it was all worth it.

As many said before me on Facebook, it’s been a pleasure fellow Dukies.  Good luck with whatever and wherever your lives will be taking you!  And to the Class of 2011 currently in progress, you’re 1/3rd through.  Don’t take the second 2/3rds for granted, you’ll be done before you know it.

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4 comments to Nothing left but to collect our grades

  • Naheed

    Congratulations Randy. I am sure you guys would have bittersweet feeling of finishing up the coursework but at the same time, no more travel fun with the classmates.

    I would agree that CCMBA is one of the best investment both in terms of time and money. Looking forward to the 2/3rd…

    • Absolutely Naheed. It’s great to not think about having a project to do, or whether or not I can do something 3 Saturday’s from now…but it’s somewhat sad to realize there are many classmates I’ll probably never see again (especially those overseas who don’t make it to graduation).

  • benjaminsbutler

    Congratulations Randy to you and the rest of the Dec 2010 CCMBA class and good luck in your post CCMBA career! I can’t believe it was over a year ago that I attended the information seminar in DC, it seems like yesterday! This next year is going to fly by!

    • Thanks Benjamin! I was at a Happy Hour/Holiday Party last night, and I realized that almost two years ago to the day, I got my admissions call from Duke literally on the same floor in the same location of the same bar.

      Strange to think about how much has changed since then…

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