I am alive and well. I can finally say that I am finally living the "calm before the storm". I started an MBA degree part time back in the spring of 2010. Although I often felt like I would never finish; I have to be honest in that I took it slow and steady. I never took more than 2 classes per semester and didn't always take summer classes. However, when I realized during the fall of 2013 that I could actually finish my degree if I took up four classes the following semester I decided to suck it up and do it. And so I did. As one of those sayings go "don't delay happiness".
If you are a close family member or friend you can be a testament to how difficult getting his degree has been for me and how many sacrifices I had to endure in order to get through semesters. From missing celebratory events of loved ones to having my laptop and books with me during vacations or mothers day/fathers day celebrations, to crying by myself at night feeling alone and wondering whether so much sacrifice would be worth it. But one thing is for sure. The support from my parents, my sister and friends was always incredible. And that means the world.
Despite my love and passion for finance I have to be honest in that my most difficult and challenging classes where all finance related (note: finance was my concentration!). There were times where I either wanted to quit because of how difficult things would get and I have to admit there were a couple of times where I would fear I would fail a class (I have never failed a class in my entire life). However, thanks to a whole lot of focus, determination, and most importantly-- prayers; I managed to pass each and every single one of my finance courses as well as all other courses I took on. I maintained a GPA over 3.0+ during my entire MBA career which was no easy task working full time and going to school at night.
Today I can finally add the "MBA" designation next to my name and I am also incredibly excited for what's to come in my life. I am so incredibly lucky to be starting an internship with one of my favorite companies this summer (will share more about that soon) doing what I LOVE. And after that, the sky is the limit. I am not sure what exactly is going to happen in my life going forward but all I know is that I have goals, plans, and an incredibly good feeling for what's to come. Instincts never lie!
Something I am very proud of is that I was able to finish this degree with very minimal debt. I was lucky enough that when I started this degree I worked for an employer that was paying for my courses. When I changed employers, although they didn't pay for the courses, I was almost done with the MBA and I managed to work out my finances in a way where I was able to keeping loan at a minimum. I plan to start paying back ASAP and have a clean slate once again. I will be doing some research on the best way to approach repayment but I am always willing to listen to advise from the investing/personal finance community so if anyone wants to share tips or tricks let me know!
Now that school is behind me I will have more time to blog and do the things I enjoy. I have so much catching up to do in the investing department of my life and looking forward to it. In the meantime I have been spending a lot of time watching CNBC in the mornings (can I just say I am kind of obsessed?!) and just monitoring my portfolio of stocks. Thinking about doing some rebalancing but will share more about that when I figure out which route I will take.
Thank you for reading and cheers to new beginnings!
I forgot to mention this but my MBA is in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
...And in honor of my favorite author whom passed away today, may God rest her soul. I leave you with a very relevant quote:
Wishing you lots of profits,
Mabel A. Nunez, MBA