In forty-eight hours, I’ll be in Bellevue Nebraska to start my Ph.D. in Human Capital Management.
Holy hell… This is really happening. And I’m almost — though not quite — ready for it.
I was shocked to discover that I had a ton of prep work before the first day of class. Twelve reading assignments, more than a dozen video lectures to watch, a bunch of “learning check” self quizzes, and seven short reading assignments. And yes, you read that right: all due by tomorrow, the day before I officially start.
I have completed almost all of the assignments and will be wrapping up the rest tomorrow evening. What seemed incredibly taunting at first has turned out to not be so bad — I’m actually interested in the content in the five textbooks that I had to purchase and begin reading as part of the squired curriculum. I suppose that’s a good sign, no?
I’ll be at the Bellevue University main campus for my residency Wednesday-Saturday this week, participating in seminars, tutorials, lectures, tours, and even sitting in on a couple of panel discussions. The idea behind this residency is to kick start the Ph.D. program by starting to build relationships and get our brains going, then set us loose to work together as a cohort from afar for the rest of the term. I’ll be heading back and forth a few times over the next 3-5 years, so hopefully Bellevue and I will be fast friends before you know it.