Thursdays are for road trips and reflections.
I didn’t have $150,000 to spend on graduate school. So last year, after making my rounds at North Carolina’s reputable academic institutions in search of an MBA with an emphasis on social innovation and economic development, I decided to steer my education back to the streets of hard work and lots of self-discovery.
For her part, Sallie Mae has already held much of my life hostage.
And while the value of a college degree in the land of learn-by-internet is being heavily debated, I would be remiss in refusing to acknowledge that continued investment in education (borrowed from a podcast or received in the comfort of a classroom) is helping many of us to catapult into new spaces as entrepreneurs, investors, media experts, technologists, and other high level knowledge professionals.
I won a free class to General Assembly last month but unfortunately won’t be able to take advantage of it. If you happen to live near one of their offices and want the class, reach out to me and share with me what skills you’re interested in adding to your work this year. (First come, first served, of course.)
On with the program.


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