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Senioritis II

The senioritis is really bad now.  I have one big paper left in one class.  A group project with a couple minor loose ends and group presentation left.  That and 3 more weeks.  Can I motivate myself to write this paper?  I’m sure I well but the energy level is mighty low at the moment.


November 19, 2009 Posted by | social media | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Georgetown University at Clarendon Stinks

This is a follow up to a previous posting entitled “How’s graduate school?” We’ll the answer is not so great anymore. Georgetown University in its ultimate wisdom has transferred my entire program to the new Georgetown University at Clarendon. This blows.

I didn’t enroll in Georgetown University at Clarendon. If I had wanted that I would have enrolled in George Washington University or Strayer University. Because the university has done a good job enrolling graduate students into the program they decided that we needed more space so they shipped us out.

Amazingly with all the “communications professors” on the staff of this program they forgot to tell any of the program’s stakeholders, the graduate students, that they were making this decision. Of course we did receive an email stating this decision had been made after the fact but we the students were not included in the decision making process in the least. Not even a heads up warning that there might be some program changes coming the future. Not one word from the program administrators. Gee I wonder who is getting which office and parking space? Unfortunately I’m to far along in the program to switch to another program so I’m stuck attending Georgetown University at Clarendon.

Being on and around campus at Georgetown University is what made this program special. Sure we’ll be in a slick corporate office building with marble floors and wood paneled walls and our diploma’s will even say Georgetown University. The problem is we don’t go to Georgetown University anymore. They say we’ll even have the “full weight of Georgetown University” behind us. What does that mean, we can access the website?

The truth is this is now just another cash cow graduate school program diploma mill at some off-site location not remotely associated with the university whose name it bears. I’m sure there will be a gold Georgetown University seal on the door and our bills of course, but that’s our only association with the university now. At this point just give me my B for paying some $2,250 per class and graduate and be done with it.

Perhaps on-line Georgetown University degrees are next. Talk about cash cows. No need to worry about space for administrators or students and no need to rent that office building in Clarendon.

Georgetown University at Clarendon; this stinks big time.

October 6, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How’s graduate School?

A friend asked me what it’s like going to graduate school at my age.  Lol  Well its great.  I recommend it to everyone.

Healy Hall, Georgetown University

Healy Hall, Georgetown University

I received my first graduate degree, an MBA, in my early forties.  I wish I had done that sooner.  But to be honest I was just going to grad school to get a degree and check the box; get ahead or keep up with my peers.   Even given my professional motivation at the time, I actually learned a great deal in my MBA program.  I ended up enjoying it so much that I actually considered getting a Ph.D. but soon realized I’d never see the return on investment.

So now in mid-40’s I find myself at Georgetown University pursuing another graduate degree, this one in public relations.  And I must say life is great at Georgetown.  Again I find myself learning new things, re-discovering some things I’d forgotten but personally and professionally growing in all aspects.

Now being a grad student is a completely different experience than being an undergraduate.  But I must say Georgetown makes you feel like you’re welcomed part of the university as a graduate student.  Go Hoyas!!!!  (please let the football team win a couple games this season)

My fellow students are great and range in age from the mid-20s to 60’s.  So at least I’m not the oldest grad student in my program.  Many are communications professionals looking to make that next step or mid-careerists looking to get into public relations.  Our faculty is first rate.  Their expertise and willingness to share with my fellow students and I is unending.

You probably heard a saying to the effect “you never stop learning.”  Well that’s true.  I think when you stop learning you’ve stopped growing personally and professionally.

Based on my experience I think if you earned a bachelors degree or masters more than 10-15 years ago you are really educationally behind.  So much has happened, so much has changed.

So how’s graduate school?  Its great!  I hope you decide to go back to school.  I encourage you to go back to school. You’ll find its worthwhile experience at any time in your life.

September 3, 2008 Posted by | social media | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment