The MEM (Master of Engineering Management) degree may be right for you if…
* you are a science or engineering major interested in developing skills in business, technology management, or entrepreneurship
* you are interested in technology leadership or a career in industrial management, high technology management, R&D management or technology entrepreneurship in a start-up company
* you would like to combine a core management curriculum with a master’s level technical education
* you are seeking an alternative to a traditional masters in engineering or an MBA
* OF COURSE.
* DEFINITELY YES!
I’ve been looking out for a major that suits my interest to continue my further study. A limited number of preferences led me to 2 universities that EXACTLY offer a master program that I’m insanely interested in. Surprisingly, those which offer M.E.M programs are Dartmouth (Thayer) and Duke (Pratt), which are Ivy league schools.(oh yeah, surprised!!!)
(The main issue is not about an obligation to go to an Ivy, but I want to study M.E.M so bad! In addition, what a coincidence that the only ones suit my interest, are them)
You know, everyone knows, God knows, how difficult it is to enter an Ivy (even Hell entrance test would be way much easier). Checking at the recent student profiles, makes me feel even more like an idiot. There is no way that I could compete with those incredible applicants, with my current academic record. In this circumstances, good is not enough. There is no excuse for a mistake. They look for an excellence (or perhaps perfection). Period.
I blame myself for this. (and there goes the “if only…” clause and “how could I…” question)
For letting a single stupidity in the past, ruined my goals.
For being so reckless few years ago that cost me a total regret.
For allowing one unwise decision, distracted my determination.
I admit it. I confess it.
No, it’s not anyone’s fault. I’m not a kind of person who like to blame others for my unfortunate condition.
I made those mistakes and I acknowledged myself for being an idiot back then.
And this time, as much as I tried not to regret it… I do!!
I’ve been working so hard to fix the damage, yet it seems like I have to pay a really expensive price, that also cost a part of my future plans.
“If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
I am breaking down, yes. Living in all the consequences is tearing me apart. Getting myself back to the right track that I planned years ago, is extremely hurting me. Every time I reminisce my mistakes, it feels like I’m
stabbing myself over and over again.
It’s painful, no doubt.
But hell no, I’m not giving up. haha.
I can’t agree more with you that doing the ‘not giving up’ thing is million times harder than doing the opposite thing.
Shame on me if I quit, while those mistakes had ruined part of my goals and laughed me off. I won’t make any worse mistakes by quitting. Once I quit, I am a loser. And I don’t want to be one, never.
So, perhaps there is any of you have ever felt like what I am feeling now, or you are now in the similar situation as mine. I understand completely how you tempted to quit. I get it that you are so tired with pushing yourself beyond limit. I feel it too. I know exactly it sucks to keep going on the rough patch and run away sounds a whole lot better. But please, don’t. You are stronger than you could ever think of. There must be a way out. I also haven’t figured it out yet, but I’m sure, somehow there will be.
Few tips from me :
1. Be honest to yourself that you made mistakes and can’t change it.
Lies always make anything worse. And don’t forget, we don’t have a time-machine (yet).
“It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.”
2. Be Responsible. Do not blame others for your bad situation now.
As soon as you start blaming others, you draw yourself away from learning possible lesson and you will have a potential chance to repeat the same mistake.
“You may make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you start blaming someone else”
3. Move on and don’t you ever quit.
No matter how ugly it looked like, take the consequences. Precious life lessons can only be learned in the hard way.
“Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. If you quit, however, it lasts forever.”
Winners are not those who never fail (make mistakes), but those who never quit.