School is starting and I’m thrilled! I have been busy with homework and preparing for classes for the past several months.

A 700-page marketing textbook has accompanied me to lunch most days. A huge sheet of paper covers my table at home as I prepare to make a mind map for my stats/decision making class. And a stack of articles has been filed in a binder and will be read this weekend. Gone are the nights of endless freedom to do what I want, watch what I want, and go out when I want. Like a little kid, Mondays through Fridays are school nights.

Since beginning this whole MBA process, I’ve become more focused on my career. I look at relationships not as a means of survival or for passing the time, but as partnerships in the making. My perspective when I approach problems is expanding instead of narrowing, which fosters better solutions. And this is only beginning… I can’t wait to start classes!

Last week I had orientation and I am thrilled to meet my fellow students. One woman–a friend of my colleague–is also starting the program, so we are planning to meet before hand. Colleges are notorious centers of idea exchange. Couple that with a bunch of students practicing real world business and it’s a recipe for collaborative learning. I can’t wait!