I think I may have hit the wall after 2 years in the evening MBA program at Santa Clara University.
Bear in mind that, as an evening program I, like many of my classmates, work all day long, then go to 1.5-3 hours of classes at night. Generally we either go for 1.5 hours 4 nights a week or 3 hours 2 nights a week. We then do homework on the nights in between and I generally dedicate one whole weekend day to make sure I get everything done. I juggle a lot of things.
I started the program Spring 2007 so I am literally 2 years in. I am just about finished, as well. I decided to wait a bit to maximize my odds of taking the final class, dubbed Capstone, along with a group of people that would make a good team.
For some reason, I am struggling far more this quarter than in previous ones. Below 70% on one midterm (though exam percentage for the class is cumulative over 3 tests), about 80% on the true midterm (25% of grade) in my other class. In both cases, I clearly knew the material but just didn’t focus enough on the test. That’s a sign of being lazy and/or getting tired.
I know it’s difficult to work and go to school (and run a business). But I have handled it so far so I’m a bit surprised. And while there is a part of me that is frustrated at not excelling, I am now worried about getting dual low-B’s…which means I need to be worried about the possibility of C’s.
Hopefully things will pick back up in the Summer, when I take only one class, and then in the Fall when I’m hopefully rejuvenated from the Summer break. But that’s a hope.