How âbout the Illini, eh? Taking down then #1 OSU and having an improbable run to possibly 9 wins after back-to-back rebuilding years. I couldnât be more proud to be an an alum of both the program and the university. The program appears to have turned a corner, and with all the talent thatâs starting to pile up down the road on I-57, we should be a force in the Big Ten for many years. This doesnât appear to be a fluke (like the 2001 Sugar Bowl was).
All that stands in the Illiniâs way from a New Years Day Bowl Game and possible BCS bid are the Wildcats from Northwestern this Saturday. Should be a slam dunk win for the Illini, no? It should.
Iâll be going nuts, rooting for the boys from Champaign-Urbana, right?
Not so fast.
What? Am I questioning my allegiances? Sorta.
At age 29, with a day job that I love and a fiancÃ© pursuing her PhD full-time, the time couldnât be more right for me to head back to school and get an advanced degree. Earlier this fall, I applied to a few part-time MBA programs around town and was excited to be admitted to both at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Northwesternâs Kellogg School of Management â my two top schools. After much deliberation, discussion, research, and a bit of hemming-and-hawing, I have finally settled on attending Kellogg. The decision wasnât so much âagainstâ the University of Chicago, as it was âforâ Kellogg and Northwestern.
Theyâre both highly respected programs (and Iâm honored to be admitted to both), but at the end of my evaluation, the program at Kellogg seems like a better fit both professionally and personally. Iâll be working towards a concentration in marketing and entrepreneurship and the team-based environment and real world curriculum will allow me to maximize my time in the classroom. Iâve thought and thought and thought about this decision â it certainly is a big one â and with the help of Equation Boy/Man and Natalieâs dad, I think I made the proper one. Equation Boy/Man helped me more than I can ever have hoped for. I am very grateful for his assistance, advice, and dirty rushing.
There are plenty of other people who helped me through the process including Rick, Tom, Natalie, my Dad, and Patrick. I couldnât have done all of this and made a decision without their help and for that, Iâm extremely grateful.
Itâs a 2-3 year commitment, but one that should set a strong foundation professionally for me in the years to come. Balancing work, travel, school, a new marriage, and social time will certainly be difficult, but it is a challenge Iâm up for tackling. I have a few more significant changes planned personally, but Iâll save those for another post. Today, Iâm celebrating my admission to a new school â and being a Wildcat! Orientation at Kellogg is coming up soon, so Iâll have to get my purple gear from the bookstore in the coming weeks and get registered for classes soon.
Soâ¦will I be wearing one of those silly âsplitâ jerseys like Brady Quinnâs sister did last year on Saturday? Half orange, half purple?
No way. I know where my roots areâ¦