Going to Graduate School
Time for the next adventure and pursue my Master of Business Creation Degree
Over a dozen years ago I walked out of college thinking that would be the case forever. I decided that higher education was not something for me. I felt that the system was broken and would be a waste of time and money. However, it always seemed to linger inside of me that I had pursued a college education and had only walked away with an Associate Degree. When I decided to go back I had a lot of support from my wife and children. I wanted to study something that would help me to be more creative. Something that would stretch me. Something outside of business. As I have already written about, I decided to become a philosopher. I figured that earning a Bachelor Degree would be sufficient for me.
While attending school this time around I pondered the thoughts of a graduate degree, but never saw it as something that I would pursue. There are many skilled and accomplished individuals I know of that do not have advanced degrees. I could do a lot without some sort of advanced degree. It was certainly something that came up a lot being in a philosophy program. There were many in my program that were preparing for law school or a Doctorate. This did not seem like my cup of tea.
Upon graduating I figured that I would be done. If there was an advanced degree in my future then it would be some distant future. I have no interest in accumulating great amounts of debt to further my education for teaching or some other skill that requires an advanced degree. I opted to continue my course and pursue building the startup that I have been working with for the past couple of years on the side.
Well, about six weeks ago my business partner came to me with this prospect of getting Cinch into a degree pursuing incubator type of program at the University of Utah called a Master of Business Creation. It sounded cool. It sounded like a great opportunity. It sounded like a long shot. Well, Cinch got in and he got accepted to the graduate school. As a company, we were pretty much guaranteed three slots in the program as long as each individual met the graduate school requirements. He advised that I should apply. I kept putting it off and then finally brought it up with my family. They were not only supportive of the idea but they pretty much made me sit down and finish the application process in a rest stop cafe in Massachusetts on our summer road trip. They were going to make me complete the application and have as good of a shot as I could to get into this program.
Well, from not considering graduate school as a real viable option two months ago to today a lot has changed. I am now fully accepted into the Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah. I am now pursuing a Master Degree. I am excited to learn from the other entrepreneurs in our program as well as lend my experience and expertise. This is going to be a fast-paced nine months and will be busy but nothing that we have not done before. I am grateful for my loving and supportive wife and children, the scholarship support of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, and my partners at Cinch to make this a reality.
Here I come Grad School!!
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