Kenny Nicholas, MBA’19
When I started contemplating the idea of returning to school for an MBA and began to investigate different programs, I imagined how my life might look for those intense 22 months. As a father with three small kids I debated how my family and I would make it through the business school experience. After getting everyone on board with the idea of living the student lifestyle, we eventually found our way to Kelley. While this MBA journey has been a roller coaster ride, it has also been full of lessons in time management, teamwork, and communication. I have found there are three keys to successfully navigate the business school road with a family.
Set Priorities and Find the Perfect Balance I learned from experience in my career that if you don’t stand up for your priorities no one else will. I entered school determined to find the perfect balance and give priority to what mattered most at the moment. It was the same routine every time a new class started, being assigned to a group and synchronizing schedules to find a time when we could get together. In those meetings, I shared that I wanted to work around being home for dinner and my kids’ bedtime and that I leave one day a week for family time. Everyone respected these priorities, and I learned that one day to catch up and bond with my family made those long weeks a little shorter and kept me motivated to get through them.
Help your Family and Classmates Get to Know Each Other During Core, I spent more time with the four other members of my core team than I did with my wife and kids. When I introduced my team to my family it made all the difference. My family better understood our goals as we moved through projects. The friendship that came from these interactions made both sides more understanding when extra time was required for an emergency at home or for late nights at school. Inviting my family to be engaged in what I was doing in school helped them to feel included in the business school experience. (more…)