Business: Mastered. Farewell, SB — For Now.


Author: Kyle Huck
Posted: July 6, 2018

It only takes about 20 months.

At the starting line, 20 months feels like a marathon. At the finish line, it feels like a sprint. Twenty months at The School of Business — honestly the most effort I’ve ever poured into anything — and I’ve earned my MBA. Okay, I don’t have the fancy piece of paper yet, but I got the email and I’m pretty sure I’m in the clear at this point.

This is my final MBA blog post, a farewell to the School of Business, if you will. I started by revisiting my first ever post (here), and the contrast is kind of entertaining. The start of the program was definitely a shock, but sweet baby 2016 Kyle had no idea what was coming.

Capstone was an exhausting yet incredibly valuable team experience.

Yes, the first and second term of the program were pretty tough, but a lot of that was due to the fact we just weren’t used to the intensity yet. Capstone, on the other hand, we were prepared for, or at least we thought we were. We’re meant to spent around eight hours a week for about five months straight on this project. Our team had a pretty consistent pace from the get-go, but I still spent probably 25 hours over the last weekend before our final presentation. It was grueling work, but luckily my teammates. were. rockstars.

I know every team’s project depended on constant communication and complete trust in one another. The MBA program taught us to lean on one another’s strengths, and by the time Capstone rolled around, we knew exactly how to fully maximize our collective competencies to take our projects from acceptable to exceptional.

Was the juice worth the squeeze?

100%. It’s that simple if you ask me. I got everything I expected out of this program and then some. I think — I hope — my classmates did, too. My career has advanced. I actually feel smarter. Sometimes I surprise myself when I improvise a super businessy-sounding sentence.

The business acumen and skills are what you’d expect, but the curriculum, the faculty and the cohort model deliver so much more. You get mentoring and coaching, soft skills valuable in and out of the workplace, and of course, amazing friendships. Our cohort grew pretty close, and I enjoyed every opportunity to bond with the part-timers as well.

And how could I forget to mention the international experience?! Twenty-something of us went to Chile and Argentina while some went to Colombia, others to France and another group to China and Vietnam. Our trip was easily one of the best learning opportunities and most exciting adventures I’ve ever experienced. I’m truly grateful for what I got out of our journey.

Not goodbye, but see you later.

I’m the kind of person that gets very sentimental during major life changes. It felt weird to walk the stage and leave the campus for what felt like the last time.

Of course I still live just a 15-minute walk away from the Karl Miller Center. I know I’ll keep in touch with my classmates and stay involved with the SB community and events.

When you depart the program, you’re not gone for good, or at least I’m not. You just change your name tag from ‘MBA Candidate’ to ‘MBA 2018’. I plan to leverage my connection to the PSU School of Business for a long time — for my own benefit and for others. I’m seriously proud of myself and my fellow grads.

It’s been quite a wild ride.

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Kyle Huck was a full-time MBA student at Portland State. He was a graduate assistant in the Marketing and Communications department of the School of Business Administration. His background is in graphic design and web-based marketing. He plans to use is now using his MBA to advance his career in the creative/marketing world.