Attending a Spanish School from Hawaii

So, what’s it like to study a Global MBA program from a school located in Spain when you live in Hawaii… Well there are some great benefits, especially when working with world class students from a world class school like the Instituto de Empresa, there are also some serious sacrifices to make it happen.

There aren’t many options to study a master’s degree here on Maui, but I was fortunate to find IE’s Global MBA program when looking at the Financial Times’ MBA ranking for 2005. My classmates are brilliant people from all over the world. I could go on and on about the benefits… but what about the downside?

Well… Spain is twelve hours ahead of Hawaii. My live video class is from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Saturday, Spanish time. Do the math… That’s right… My Friday nights are ultra-social with class from 11:00 at night until 3:00 in the morning!

I say “ultra-social” with a bit of sarcasm, but the truth is that it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend my Friday nights with classmates from China, Japan, India, Russia, South Africa, Germany, Britain, Spain, Columbia… Who else in Hawaii is doing that with their Friday nights? I’d venture to say I’m the only one!

Although it’s difficult, it’s 100% worth it, as I can see my life and future changing before my eyes as the doors of opportunity swing wide open. Guess what… I’m going to India in five weeks for school!