Hi all! Just thought I would pop back in and post an update, since it has been FOREVER since I’ve been on degreeinfo. I’m still going strong at Ashford! I’m on my 4th class (almost done)- should’ve been my 5th class but I had a death in the family and a 3 week trip out of the country so I had to withdraw and repeat the Quant class (yikes!) It is doable but is a LOT of work. I mean, a lot. I am not a procrastinator or an academic slouch and I spend quite a bit of time writing. The program is writing-intensive (Quant is the only class I’ve had to date where they had quizzes- everything else is Discussion papers and APA-formatted papers until you are sick of writing papers! Lol) I have gotten into the swing of things, so I am able to keep my grades high (save my W from the 1st Quant, I have all A’s in my classes), but I am exhausted and crabby from all of the work. It is strange- on the one hand, I like how much I have grown in knowledge since I started the program, and I do love that it has inspired me to go back and actually finish my B.S. in Accounting that I started way back in the day (before I did my quickie TESC B.A.) Those are both great things and I really do have the format at Ashford to thank for that. By throwing me back into school and not even attempting any “hand holding” or softness, it has made me get with the program. On the other hand, I still consistently find myself disappointed in my fellow classmates. Warning- rant ahead: This most likely is the case in a lot of MBA programs, but I have people in my classes who should not have graduated high school, let alone undergrad. I am learning because I CHOOSE to learn, not because my peers are inspiring me or asking any truly thought-provoking questions. Instructors are generally ok or acceptable, I had one horrible one and one great one, but the other two are mediocre. It truly is an independent learning experience. That’s fine for me- I like it that way and do just fine with it, but others may not. And with that, I have to go and finish writing a paper, but I’ll be back again soon!