You didn’t get where you are without juggling a lot of priorities. Yet you may wonder just how you’ll add an executive MBA program to a life already brimming over with work, family, friends, pets, athletic pursuits, and other projects.
The simple answer? You don’t do it alone. At Berkeley-Haas, executives get the support they need to be successful students and still achieve balance.
“Evening and weekend events, whether at Berkeley or during immersion weeks, have been a great opportunity for our partners to meet and connect, and made our class cohort experience even more personal.”
“Begin with an honest discussion of the commitment required to fully realize the opportunity offered by Haas. There will be tradeoffs. Making sure you give your supporting spouse their own time ‘off’ is also really important.”
“Communicate your commitments and expectations so there are no surprises. Also, Emma and I started calendaring each other, combining our work Outlook with our personal calendars so nothing was left to memory.”
“Get to know the other spouses in the program. It was nice to have Haas events open to partners and children as it allowed more opportunities to more deeply connect with Alf’s classmates and their families.”
“It can get stressful at times, so just being a support system for each other is important because each of you will need it at different times.”
“The partner panel helps new students and spouses understand the program, and the Facebook group and the class outings keep us connected and in the loop. I especially enjoyed week students spent in the Napa Valley, because the partners all had dinner, a spa day, and brunch together.”
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