Sunday, September 18, 2011

Studying in Kiev - in which my brain gets crammed with too much great information in two weeks!

308682_10150364639563529_534723528_9830929_4352089_n    (PS: this post should have proceeded the last two posts with my photos of Kiev!!) 

In case anyone has not memorized the details of my exciting life, I'll give a little reminder - I'm studying for a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in California. 

They created a rather unique external program 30 years ago in which students travel to a location in the world for 20 hours of classroom time per class, with the remainder of the course work being done in the following semester (readings and assignments). 

320309_10150364639233529_534723528_9830922_1169978_nI am taking four classes, two in the Fall and two in the Spring so I was there for two weeks.  Last year my classes were in London, this year they were in Kiev, Ukraine! 

So for two weeks, Mon-Fri, 8:30 to 6, we tried to learn as much as we could in a classroom context about our courses (Ethics, Research Methods, Building Trust in Orgs and Creativity and Collaboration in Orgs).  8:30-12:30 was one class and the afternoon was the second class.  The second week, the morning was the third class and the afternoon the fourth. 

So the bulk of the work is done at home thru the year but I love the classroom opportunity, the wisdom and experience of the professors and the context of discussion and connection with the other students with whom I'll be in touch throughout the year.  This year, we had students from Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Philippines, Brazil, Portugal, China and the United States!           

294387_10150356894003529_534723528_9755731_1810645_nMy program is three years long if I continue the pace of two classes per semester.  That was a bit of a challenge last year but it seems the most reasonable given that I pay to fly to and stay at a location, it doesn't seem the best use of finances to take one course per semester. 

As for any student, balancing life, work and studies is a challenge.  Especially given my setting of living with my boys in the dorm.  it requires more than usual focus and organization!  But, I learned last year, it is do-able!

311302_10150356894248529_534723528_9755734_1502753_nI absolutely LOVE what I am learning and am so blessed to have the opportunity to study.  I love learning about how to be a better person, how to see and bring out the best in others, and how to be a more effective contributor to any organization of which I am a part!

The trick is - putting it into practice!

(the next couple blogs will be photos from my Kiev trip!)

1 comment:

TulipGirl said...

Sounds like a great program!

(And. . . we used to live in Kyiv! *grin*)