I have to admit, initially I went to college knowing it was a box I had to check, not because I was eager to learn. I muddled through the core curriculum uninspired, wondering when I'd ever use Biology, Logic, or Music History again after the semester was over. It wasn't until the start of my junior year, realizing college was half over in the blink of an eye, that I focused and applied myself. I selected classes because they interested me and widened my perspective. I achieved Dean's List each of my last four semesters.
I went on to business school part time while I worked full time. I enrolled in every class, and enjoyed every lecture, purely for the purpose of learning. I was a sponge. Throughout my adult life I've remained eager to learn new topics and skills, fully appreciating that the opportunity to learn never ends.
Randolph-Macon is a small (ok, tiny) liberal arts college located in rural Ashland, Virginia on a beautiful 80-acre campus 15 minutes north of Richmond. After growing up in New England, I wanted a change of scenery. During two high school summers volunteering for the Appalachia Service Project and a marching band trip to the Shenandoah Valley, I fell in love with the south. The 1,100 student body was smaller than my high school, but exactly what I was looking for - a place where a quiet kid who wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life wouldn't be lost in the shuffle.
After completing the core curriculum I focused on English Literature, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991.
I played Division II soccer and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. I served as chapter President my junior year and was awarded the Founder's Light award my senior year.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience with college friends at the 2023 MLB All Star game in Seattle.
I still appreciate my favorite professors and classes, and the lifelong friendships I made there.
Johns Hopkins University
Carey Business School
Washington, DC Campus
After a few years at Price Waterhouse, I chose to augment my liberal arts undergraduate education with some business fundamentals. With a wife in graduate school full-time, I chose the part-time MBA program at Johns Hopkins in Washington, DC.
Unlike my slow undergraduate start, I devoured everything I could. My first course was Economics. I would furiously take notes while recording the lecture, and upon returning home listen to the tape and augment my notes.
I carefully recreated the graphs and used a red felt tip marker to call out key elements of the notes. To this date, it was my favorite course and I still have those lecture notes stored safely in plastic sleeves and a three-ring binder.
Courses included Economics, Accounting, Finance, Management, Statistics, Marketing, and Management Information Systems.