The view from the finish line


The first week of May! That means we are all getting ready to close out the late spring term. For some, it means a nice break for the summer. For others, it means just another class completed as Summer term starts right up. For me – it means the end of the IMC program. Yep – my final days in the capstone class are here. I just wrote my last discussion post!

Wow – so how does it feel? Exhilarating.

The capstone class certainly is a challenging course. It will push your limits, make you reach into the portal of resources, tools and knowledge that you have gained over the course of the program. It will fully solidify that you have what it takes to leave this program and take your career to the next level. It is a feeling of success and you leave with a very robust proposal that can be put right into your portfolio.

As I reflect over the past 2.5 years, I remember starting in IMC 610 and wondering if I would make it. Some classes were more challenging and some were less challenging, which completely lines up with areas that I have more and less experience in. I was brave and pulled off a double load one term, which I don’t recommend doing too often! My all time favorite courses were PR, Cause Marketing and HealthCare marketing (either due to subject or mix of topics/professors/classmates). I have benchmarked events in my life by papers I was writing at the time (oh yeah, the business trip where I was writing my final paper on the plane etc). The flexibility of this program has allowed me to continue to live my life over the past two years. I have appreciated that so much as I have watched peers go through programs where they are sitting in the classroom for 2-3 nights a week. That’s hard to manage with a job and a family. I am certainly looking forward to being able to just relax this summer and catch up with friends and family.

It has been a pleasure learning along side of you and sharing thoughts with you through this blog. I thank all the staff and professors as they have given invaluable input over the course of my time in the program. Good luck this week as you finish your final projects.  I wish all of you the best as you continue and move to the next phases. Press on – it is worth it!

Before I go, I’d love to cheer you on. Where are you in the program and what class are you taking this summer? Or are you planning to take a break and start back up in the fall?

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9 Responses to “The view from the finish line”

  1. fixitmommy Says:

    WOW!! Congratulations, Amy!! I am excited for you!! I am wrapping up classes 6 &7. (and looking forward to only doubling up one more time!) Next year at this time, I will be in your shoes. I’m taking PR this summer.

    • AClausen Says:

      Way to go on doubling it up. I found that to be a lot of work and was glad to have only done it once. Have a great time in PR – I enjoyed it. Good luck in your final year – it will go fast!

  2. Susan Miskelly Says:

    Congrats, Amy! It’s exciting to see former classmates headed for graduation. I’ve got one more year to go, too, and I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast. Thanks for all of your insights in class and on the blog!

  3. Lisa Oriss Sands Says:

    Congrats to you! It is so helpful to see the light at the end and to hear from classmates who have paved the way. I will be there one year from now! I just took 9 weeks off and while I was initially worried about doing so (we did it so we could take a longer vacation) I feel it was a good decision because I feel fresh and ready to finish!

  4. Kevin Says:

    I saw you before today’s ceremony but didn’t get an opportunity to say hello. Congratulations!

  5. Kevin Says:

    Saw you before today’s ceremony but did not have the opportunity to say hello. Congratulations.

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