A Week in the Life

An online degree doesn’t mean that you forfeit traditional learning and networking opportunities.

The JWMI MBA program is built with student success in mind. Our flexible, interactive online format offers you the rare opportunity to advance your education no matter where you are in life, and without interrupting your career. Our students are busy working professionals, many with young children at home. The program’s flexibility allows them to do it all. They manage careers, a personal life, and a family life. It is possible.

Read how a typical student fits our program into their busy life:

Kelly Abcarian

svp, global watch product architecturenielsen media research

Kelly is a driven executive who is constantly on the go, juggling a successful career and her family. Her average workweek is 65 hours and requires travel in various markets throughout the U.S. Because she is on the road or in the air, Monday–Thursday, she finds that structure is extremely important to her success at JWMI. Intellectually curious, she is motivated by the JWMI professors who bring the dialogue to life within the digital classroom.

Monday
6:00 AM

My day starts very early. I’m usually taking calls and responding to emails before hopping onto an early morning flight. I like to take advantage of the quiet time in the air to catch up on my MBA readings because once I land, it’s non-stop work.

6:00 PM

I workout for an hour at the hotel gym each night. It is important for both my mental and physical health that I can get in this "me" time.

7:00 PM

Before I began the JWMI program, I used to eat dinner out with my work colleagues. Now, I usually eat dinner in which allows me to focus on my coursework later in the evening.

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

I reserve 2–3 hours each Monday night to read through the required assignments. During that time, I am 100% focused on my coursework. I shut off my phone, turn off the TV, and hide email alerts on my computer, so I’m able to focus on making the most of the limited time available.

Wednesday
6:00 AM

While traveling for work, you never really start and end a day as you typically would in the office, but while on the go, I find getting an early morning head start to calls and emails sets the tone for the day.

6:00 PM

I eat dinner in on Wednesdays so that I can finish my work early.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Discussion questions (DQs) are due each Wednesday at midnight. I outline my DQ on Tuesdays and review the "early DQ post-ers" to ensure my research is thoughtful. On Wednesdays, I finish any last minute changes and submit my DQ.

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM

I take the night off on Wednesdays to enjoy life and catch up on TV shows. It’s important to take time for yourself, with a well-structured plan for the week, I’m able to get in this valuable chill-time.

Saturday
6:00 AM

Wake up, breakfast with the family.

7:30 AM

I take my girls, ages 11 and 5 to their early morning gymnastics class.

11:30 AM

On Saturdays, I work on my DQ responses. This allows me to research and direct my responses to at least two classmates, ensuring that they are well-supported, professionally communicated, timely and show exemplary thought leadership.

2:30 PM

Weekends are devoted to my family. As an executive, who’s also a working mom, it is essential to recharge with the three most important people in my life. My husband and children are a great support system who encourage me and allow me the opportunity to pursue this MBA dream.

Tom Marshall

Practice Development ManagerJohns Hopkins Medical Imaging

A rising leader in his organization, Tom balances family commitments, sport team practices, exercise regimes and of course a demanding job on a weekly basis. With a strong support system at home, his wife and two small children come first. Being able to complete the program on his own schedule has given Tom the opportunity to do it all successfully. Currently leading a regional sales team, he cites being able to apply the JWMI curriculum as a major contributor to his recent promotion.

Monday
7:00 AM

The kids wake up and my morning routine begins, getting them and me ready for the day.

8:30 AM

I head off to work and drop the children off at childcare. I often download my course books on Audible at the beginning of each term and listen on the way into work; it’s an efficient use of my time in the car.

10:00 AM

Every Monday, I host a conference call with my team. I’ve found I have really been able to leverage skills learned thus far in JWMI at work and specifically on this call. I start the call with a motivational quote from a different person in our team every week. We also discuss what is going on in each person’s territory to get every brain in the game.

6:30 PM

It’s important not to sacrifice the things that are important to you while in the program. During the summer, I play in a softball league on Monday evenings.

Wednesday
9:00 AM

I drive to various locations in Maryland to meet with different liaisons as part of my position. I again use this "car-time" to maximize what I need to do in the program. I usually schedule a check-in call with my professor during this time or listen to my professor’s podcast or Audible book.

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesdays are the most challenging day of the week for me—not only is our initial assignment due, but my wife works late. So daddy duty begins at 5:00 PM when I pick up my kids from childcare. I usually prepare and serve dinner around 6:00 PM and at 7:00 PM start the bath-time routine. By 8:00 PM the kids are winding down but my night is just beginning.

9:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Once the kids go to bed, I start my school work. I finish any required reading and video lectures. Then, I spend an hour or two on my initial discussion question (DQ). The DQ is a great way to demonstrate knowledge and get feedback from my peers.

Saturday
7:00 AM

I enjoy eating breakfast with the family on the weekends. I’m completing this MBA goal in part for them. It’s exciting to know that my children will grow up seeing first-hand how far education can propel you in your career.

7:30 AM

I spend Saturdays working on writing assignments. If I can get them done early enough, I’ll review them with my writing coach before submitting it to my professor.

9:00 AM

In the Fall, I play in a football league. Just like they support me during the week as I work on my school work, my family is in attendance cheering me on the field as well.

Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

I take two hours on Sunday mornings to respond to at least two of my classmates DQs.

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