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Learning to Fly Online: A Letter to My Fellow Online MGM Students

October 16, 2017

Learning to Fly Online: A Letter to The Online MGM Students

By Aaron White, Online Master in Global Management
Das Tor Guest Writer

Here you are, on the precipice of a great journey—you are midway through your first set of courses as a Thunderbird Online Master of Global Management (OMGM) candidate. Most of you are teetering somewhere between exhilaration and trepidation. I know this because I was there.

I imagine many of you, like me, have full-time jobs that continuously stretch beyond typical 40-hour weeks. Ever-growing work obligations and family responsibilities constrict our already short weeks, and now you are about to pile an equally time-consuming commitment onto your metaphorical plate.

For myself, an average day starts out around 5:15 am, as the incessant screams of my alarm wake me up. I quickly get ready, scurry out the door, and head to the metro. I use the precious 30 or so minutes on the metro to catch up on some of the readings my professor has assigned. Once at work, the day flies by in a flurry of emails, calls, and meetings. When I get home sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 pm, I immediately start a Chinese lesson via Skype (which never seems to go as well as I would like). Finally, it’s time for homework, jumping back and forth among readings, video lectures, and projects. In between, I try to chat with my wife, hang out with my puppy, eat, exercise, and unwind. Sometime between 11:00 and midnight, when I just can’t keep my eyes open any longer, I crawl into bed and am whisked away to the land of slumber. And then before I know it, the cycle begins again.

When I reached out to my cohort and asked them to write about their experience as an online student at Thunderbird — what their day-to-day life looks like and how they cope with the multiple roles that they inhabit — I was not surprised to learn that they had very similar experiences.

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