Class, Respect, and Support
Posted by: Aaron Subich, Class of 2012
I was thinking today about why I chose an executive education program as opposed to a tradition program (outside of the obvious that I want to continue working while in school). In the end, it basically came down to identity. I no longer see myself as a student, but rather – I see myself as a business person who’s looking for more. In short, I’m a consumer – a customer if you will – and I am essentially purchasing a product (education) that I expect to bring value to my life.
The MSC at Northwestern then was the ideal product for me. Vastly more than an ‘online’ education, it has a strong sense of professionalism and class built into it. We generally wear business attire, we relate to each other as we do our peers in the business world, and we are catered to by the program. We literally have food catered on class days and share space with NU’s eMBA program where we’re served lunch complete with linens and servers to go along with very nicely prepared and presented meals.
But more than that, the MSC is built around us as business men and women. We’re respected as contributing members of society already and not given busy work or for that matter the typical text book and the syllabus outline that could read right out of the textbook table of contents. We’re taught by thought leaders and leading business place practitioners many times from their own research and/or experiences.
Lastly, the MSC is about as supportive an educational environment as you can find in the non-traditional sphere of terminal education. Classes and the program are built to be supremely accessible (without sacrificing the classroom), your cohort mates and the program are designed to encourage collaboration and teamwork, and you have a phenomenal support staff and faculty that to this point have genuinely seemed interested in our careers and their progress.
In short, I chose the MSC for its Class, Respect, and Support, and can’t imagine completing my terminal degree in any other fashion.
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