Why I Enrolled in Graduate School

Why I Enrolled in Graduate School

by Allison Kowalewski on December 3, 2014
Why I Enrolled in Graduate School

I am constantly asked, “How did you choose Niagara University for your MBA?” I received my bachelor's degree in management from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., in May 2014. I started my MBA program at Niagara University that same month. People ask, “Why didn't you work for a while before going back to school for your master's?” The decisions have been based on “opportunity.”

For many people in business fields, they tend to get a job after graduating college with their bachelor’s degree, then work for a few years before going back to school for a graduate degree. I am traveling a different path…the one less traveled.

I graduated in three years with my bachelor's; no, I’m not a genius, more of a pitbull. I enrolled in five classes a semester (the average number for undergrad, but I enrolled in four classes for two summers). Both of my parents are in business, and I knew I would need to complete my master's at some point. I spent time looking at different colleges for my MBA and applied to two. Niagara University provided financial assistance and an excellent education. Yes, I could have waited to be hired by an employer who would have offered a tuition assistance program, but I didn't want to wait to see if this would happen.

For some fields, especially related to promotions, many jobs require a graduate degree. I started looking at my life, where I saw myself in five or 10 years. NU’s MBA program has an outstanding and helpful faculty, and the education is top-notch. Niagara was the best choice for me! The application process was easy (I knew within a few days of completing my application and requirements whether or not I was accepted), and I received support from the faculty and staff in enrolling for classes/financial assistance!

NU was the right choice!