“My MBA journey not only provided me with profound insights into leadership, finance, and business strategy, but it also became a transformational voyage of self-discovery.”
-Kristie Forbes, MBA, Leadership (Class of 2023)-
After five years of relentless dedication and navigating life’s challenges, Kristie Forbes proudly reached the pinnacle of her academic journey. Graduating with an MBA from Dalhousie University, Kristie reflects on the transformative lessons learned, the unwavering support received, and the profound personal growth experienced along the way.
Now, as Kristie embarks on the next chapter, she is filled with gratitude for the village of family, friends, and colleagues who made this achievement possible. The future holds new adventures and renewed priorities as she prioritizes the things that truly fill her cup.
Last Friday, I finally reached the peak of the academic mountain I had been working hard to climb for the last five years and graduated with my Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University and I am filled with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.
My journey began in late 2017 when I was seeking a new challenge, an opportunity to push my limits and collaborate with brilliant minds across diverse industries. Pursuing an MBA was not solely driven by career advancement; it was a personal commitment to lifelong learning—a value I hold dear.
Little did I know that life had a different plan in store for me. Over the years that followed, I encountered new challenges that tested my resilience and determination. I relocated back to Halifax, welcomed an amazing and spirited baby girl into my life, navigated multiple job changes, and weathered the storm of a pandemic that turned our world upside down. Amidst it all, my family and I also built a house, mourned the loss of a dear family member, and faced an unexpected fertility struggle for two exhausting years. And just a few weeks ago, I was blessed with the arrival of a beautiful baby boy.
Throughout this whirlwind, I juggled my commitments, often feeling the weight of sacrifice. I missed out on events, precious moments with loved ones, and failed to prioritize self-care. I learned firsthand the limitations of a short-sighted strategy that neglects filling our own cups. However, I embarked on this mission with unwavering (ok, maybe a few wavers in there!) determination and now I can proudly say that five years later, I did it. I DID IT!
My MBA journey not only provided me with profound insights into leadership, finance, and business strategy, but it also became a transformational voyage of self-discovery. I learned volumes about my own capabilities, both as a student and as a leader. I discovered the importance of a strong support network and the power of teamwork. I recognized the significance of seeking help when needed. Through it all, I emerged as a more resilient human being. And for that, I will forever remain grateful.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dalhousie University, my family, who supported me throughout this journey, my friends, who never ceased to check in, and my exceptional classmates, who served as both mentors and partners in my educational experience.
So, what lies ahead in this next chapter of my life? For the next year, I am shifting gears to prioritize caring for the smallest yet most important people in my life, reconnecting with friends, and reprioritizing the things that truly fill my cup.
Thank you to everyone; my amazing family, friends, colleagues at NATIONAL Public Relations and so many others who supported me along the way. They say it takes a village to raise a child but I know now it takes a village to earn an MBA, and I am so grateful to all of the people in my village.