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5 Things Every Student Wished They Knew Before Starting Their MBA - Kara Masterson

The journey toward an MBA can be difficult and challenging. It is often paved with frustration and setbacks. And while many students struggle, others seem to succeed with minimal stress. So, what is the difference? The key is to understand and avoid certain mistakes. The best way to do that is to follow in the footsteps of students who have gone before you and learn from their mistakes. Doing so will enable you to get the most from your college education and keep you on track for your MBA. We are going to cover the top 5 things every student wishes they had known before they started their journey.

Prioritize Study Time

College life is full of distractions. Friends, family, and romantic interests can keep us distracted from our goals. Many students make the mistake of procrastination. They put studying off for later but later never comes, which results in low grades. To avoid this, treat study time as a job. Decide how much time you need to dedicate each week and stick to it. This skill is especially useful if you are earning your MBA online. The best online MBA programmes require you to really make sure that you are using your time wisely.

Keep a Planner

There will be a lot of dates to remember in college. You need to keep track of upcoming quizzes and tests. You will have to remember dates and times you are to meet with staff, such as advisors or career consultants. To ensure you don’t forget important dates, write them down in a planner.

Maintain Friendships

Although focusing on your studies is important, you also want to maintain your friendships. Keeping in touch with friends and family will help reduce stress. It will also provide you will a strong support network. Doing this will also keep you from getting too stressed or overwhelmed. It is so important for you find a healthy balance.


Stay Healthy

With deadlines to meet, it can be tempting to neglect sleep and eat fast food. But it’s important to take care of yourself and maintain your health. Lack of sleep and poor nutrition can result in decreased brain function. It will be harder to focus and recall information. Set a schedule and stick to it. Go to bed at the same time every night and eat nutritious meals. 

Seek Academic Support

Academic support is a vital resource. Many college students make the mistake of trying to fix failing grades on their own, which can be a mistake. If your grades are starting to drop, don't be afraid to seek help.

Final Thoughts

While getting your MBA comes with many challenges, it is a worthwhile and rewarding pursuit. While nothing can completely eliminate the difficulties you will face, learning from those who have gone before you and following these five steps will make getting your MBA much easier.


Article contributed by Kara Masterson, a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.