I had my first in-class experience as an MBA student last night; I attended my “Effective Communication For Managers” class.
Things started rough for me; class started at 6:00 PM and I had to sneak out of work at 5:45 to arrive at class five minutes late. When I arrived at the school I found that I forgot to check on the room number, so I had no idea where I needed to be. But, I did find the class, was only a few minutes late, and things went well from there.
The professor, Turner White, is a Former CEO of Union Station in Kansas City, is a current board member for a major public firm, and was a high ranking executive with Wal-Mart as well. He is a graduate of Rockhurst University (MBA) and is a true believer in the schools methods/mission. He was engaging and demanding and I can tell I’ll get a lot out of his class.
The students were varied and interesting. Some students, like myself, were earning our MBAs with emphasis in administration or accounting, and we behaved in similar manners to one-and-other (more laid back, quieter than some other students), those students who were pursuing their MBA finance tended to be more aggressive and competitive. Everyone, though, was descent and seemed truly hopeful at the endeavor that we were all undertaking (we are all first semester MBAs, as this class is required for all new MBA students).
The Syllabus for the communications class is 32 pages long, with three pages of appendices. The class will require much more work than I had imagined; I really expected the class to be a bit of a blow-off, given my previous experience with communication/public speaking classes. I was very excited to see that the class will be challenging and that the professor has such an impressive resume; I feel that my choice of Rockhurst University has been affirmed as the best choice I could make for my individual circumstance.
Tonight: My first day in accounting class, since I missed the first day of class last week.