Lindsay Weiser, MBA in Marketing
Current occupation: Event Services Graduate Assistant
What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?
I decided to pursue my MBA because I have always wanted that title after my name. I know having an MBA can provide many different opportunities for an individual and I wanted to be that person.
Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?
Tiffin University has given me so many different things including great connections, amazing friends, and an outstanding education. After receiving my undergraduate degree from TU, I knew I wanted to get my MBA from here as well.
What has been your experience with the program so far?
My experience with the program so far has been great. The professors are easily accessible if a student has questions or needs help. The technology is very user-friendly which saves students time and stress. Nothing has surprised me or has made me anxious about the program as my advisors have been very transparent about the classes and the professors have stated their expectations very clearly.
My interactions with the faculty have been great not only in my graduate program but also my undergraduate program. Dr. Kellie McGilvray is one of my favorite professors and has guided me in numerous ways throughout my undergraduate program. She truly helped me to fall in love with Marketing and made me feel secure in my choice with getting my education at TU. So I thank her, but I also have appreciated every professor I have had because I have learned something from all of them. They were always happy to help and there when you needed extra time understanding a problem or concept.
How are you juggling work, life and going back to school?
Currently working as the Event Services Graduate Assistant is very fun. I love working for Sandy Koehler and it is always something different working down here. I work a certain amount of hours per week for her and the other hours are spent doing my homework. My family is still back in Pennsylvania, but I currently live with my boyfriend in Tiffin. My family and him have been incredibly supportive throughout my time in school. The best tip I can give to someone who is nervous about being able to handle all of this is to just take it one step at a time. Make a schedule, have an agenda planner, and communicate with your professors, family, and peers and let them know when you need help. It is okay to lean on people. Remember to take time for yourself as well as it can be a stressful time and keep in mind, everyone has been there.
What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?
The biggest motivation I have to stay in the Graduate program is my future. Getting my MBA will help me be able to have the confidence to go after different kinds of jobs and other opportunities. I want a career in Marketing and I know having this degree can make that career happen for me.
What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?
My advice would be to do it. Whether you go back right after your Bachelor’s degree or you are a professional going back while working, you should embrace the feeling and do it. I would advise to speak with the appropriate contacts to see what steps you need to take to get started and see what it all entails. I would recommend getting all of the necessary information so you can make an informed decision and go from there. Another tip is talk to someone else who has gone back to school and see what they say as well.
TU’s motto is: Without risk there is no gain. Can you tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you gained from it?
I was working full-time before I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree and I was financially ready to start my MBA in the fall. I remembered that TU embraces their graduate assistants and I took a chance to look at what departments were hiring for a GA. When I found out there were so many, I decided to apply to a few. I ended up having multiple interviews and having to decide on a position. When I took that risk to leave my full-time job to be a graduate assistant for the Event Services department, it was definitely worth it. I gained great experience for my resume, a full scholarship for my MBA, and so many other connections I could not have gotten anywhere else.