Makayla Fischer is currently completing the Eller’s Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in Marketing.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school? I decided to continue my education and go to graduate school because I wanted to differentiate myself when applying to jobs come graduation. My situation was a little different and unique. I was supposed to graduate with my undergraduate degree in Marketing from the Eller College of Management a semester early, however, when I heard there was an Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in Marketing, I decided to push my undergrad back by a semester and do 12 master’s units as an undergraduate. This was the best decision I have made so far in my educational path because it has allowed me to broaden my scope of learning while being able to complete a master’s degree in 12 months.
What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding? The most challenging part of my experience was establishing a graduate mindset going into the program while finishing my undergraduate. With higher education comes higher responsibility. I adjusted to the program tremendously well and was acclimated in a short amount of time.
The most rewarding part of the program was learning different applications and skills from a managerial point of view that I had not learned as an undergrad.
What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree? If you are planning on wanting to continue your education in marketing, I would suggest trying to get experience in marketing or business before or during the program. During my sophomore year of college as an undergraduate, I had a marketing internship that turned into a Marketing Assistant position for 2 years with a local company. This experience allowed me to see why I really loved marketing and what I specifically wanted to do once I graduate. What I learned during the time I was with this company, I was also able to apply it to what I learned in the program.