Last weekend we visited Utah. The big reason we went there was so that Scott could attend his last BYU EMBA class session. The other reason we all went was so that I could go in for my last post-LASIK check-up and lock-in free adjustments for life.
His last EMBA class session. !!!
We started this thing 2 years ago because he wanted a change, and a new set of initials (MBA) would open doors.
For two years he travelled to Utah from Portland (then from Las Vegas) every other weekend. That is a lot of plane flights. 84 to be exact.
We really didn't know what to expect when he went into the program. How intense would it be? How much time would school work and studying take from family life?
Well, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the program had very little impact on our daily life. Other than the time out of town and some evening conference calls with his group, the program was little more than a blip on our (me & the kids') radar.
I should have guessed this from the beginning, because Scott has a gift when it comes to school. He puts in little or no time studying and still manages to pull out A's. And in this case, he graduates with honors. Ohhh, that made me so jealous when we were doing our undergrad.
Because the program didn't seep it's way into our everyday life, and it was going on 2 states away . . . . I always felt like the EMBA was this mysterious, unknown world. Like this whole other life that he was living which I had no frame of reference or perspective on. He left for school, I talked to him in the evening after he ate Papa John's pizza with his hotel roommate (a guy in the EMBA who was also from Portland), and he came home the next evening.
When we went to Utah it was so nice to drop him off at class and finally see the place, and the classroom, where he has gathered all these experiences and friendships over the last 2 years.
To see his seat in the back row of the classroom which he claimed early on, and then re-claimed when they tried to change seating assignments.
And the class TA who let Scott keep a bag of toiletries in their storage closet for the last 2 years, so he wouldn't have to pack them.
And the Maverick across the street which he and his friends visited once or twice a day during breaks for soda fill-ups.
The next day (Saturday) I joined him for a big EMBA dinner at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird. All the students and their spouses were there along with several of the professors. It was basically their last hurrah. A time to share memories, give thanks, etc. Some of his friends led the "entertainment portion" of the program -- part jokes, part roast of their fellow classmates. It was really fun to see them having fun and laughing with each other. I definitely learned a lot more about everyone there that night. I learned that Scott played a lot of Angry Birds in class (and everyone knew it). And I learned that this was a tight group of 62 students, colleagues, friends who really connected as a group during their time together.
Heck, Scott & his posse went lingerie shopping together for their wives in multiple European countries. Talk about bonding.
They are going to start having monthly luncheons in Utah, the yearly golf tournament will continue (which Scott attends), and they are planning a 5-year reunion cruise in the Caribbean.
Anyways, it has been a good experience. Scott's new job here is a direct result of networking with classmates. That alone makes the program more than worthwhile.
But, we're glad it's over!
During the dinner program they presented a list of humorous thank-yous, including one to Scott. "Thank you for always providing an alternative point of view, especially on issues of ethics and morality."
And another presenter gave a bunch of statistics for the EMBA program, including this one: "2160 -- The number of green pigs that Scott Brown has killed while playing Angry Birds in class."