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First name: Cesar
Last name: Curisinche

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How is to study the MBA at Universidad del Pacifico? - Part I

20/06/2012 17:35:38

How is to study the MBA at Universidad del Pacifico? - Part I

I knew that studying for an MBA would be tough.  I’ve heard many times friends telling me: “You won’t have a life”, “If you are married, you should worry”, “Sleep the most you can now” and such things like that.  I won’t say that I wasn’t concern, but really inside of me I was thinking: “Well, Cesar, It’s not that you are not methodic, that you are lazy or wait for the last moment to complete your responsibilities; so maybe you won’t have to worry that much”.  SO WRONG!

I am going to share with you what is a “regular week” for me since I’ve got into this MBA program. 

I must start with a Thursday afternoon.  We have classes Thursdays and Fridays from 6:30pm to 10:30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 6pm.  Yes, you read it right; those are 9 hours at the campus. The “good news” is that we just have classes every other week.

It is 6pm and I am already late for my 35 minute-drive from my office to campus.  It’s not that I live really far, any point in Lima is almost 15 minutes to any other place in the city in regular conditions, what makes it so hard to get on time is the craziest traffic.  Lima has (almost can guarantee that) the worst traffic in Latin America, not only for the quantity of vehicles in the streets, but mainly for the chaotic that our public and private transportation can be.

After arriving to the campus area, finding a spot where to park now is easier than some months ago, when fighting to get the last valet was a complete journey.  Ok, now we are in the room talking with classmates about the 3 chapter lecture that we had to read for that class.  Of course I read it -It’s a finance class, something that I really want to know more about- and the professor starts the class.  After 2 hours, we usually have a coffee break that comes with nice sandwiches and what is more important at that time, nice coffee!!! Then, back again for 2 more hours. 

It is 10:30pm and I am getting to my 16th hour awake in the day.  If I were to arrive home by 11pm, would that mean that I will have a 7 hour sleep if I woke up next day at 6am? Well, not for me, not today!

I beautifully have to finish the third chapter that I must read for the other subject of this period: Cost Accounting.  Hopefully, I’ll finish reading by 2am, so that allows me to have my precious 4 hour sleep, good enough for start working next day!

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