Last week was by far one of the busiest weeks so far this semester for the one-year M.B.A. cohort. The insanity began on Monday with a two-hour Leadership Development Series workshop, titled “Diversity Training.” Jessica Schimert led the workshop. Schimert, M.B.A., M.S. is a business consultant who helps facilitate team building and effective communication amongst organizational members.

The workshop stressed the importance of emotional intelligence within business. Emotional intelligence is described as “the ability, capacity, or skill to perceive, assess, and manage the emotions of one’s self, of others, and of groups.” Emotional intelligence is often wrongly connected to actual intelligence, but each type of intelligence varies greatly. In fact, most consultants argue that emotional intelligence is actually more important than having a high intelligence quotient in regards to succeeding in the workplace.

The “Diversity Training” workshop was followed by a Financial Accounting exam on Tuesday and a cumulative Managerial Economics exam on Wednesday, which focused on all the microeconomics material we have covered up until this point. Both exams were extremely long and draining, but I am happy to say we have only one exam left in each class this year.

Lucky for me, I had a group presentation in Organizational Behavior on Thursday as well, which required an immense amount of preparation. Thankfully, my group started to work on this project a month in advance or else the week would have been even more stressful than it already was. This coming week involves yet another exam in Statistics. I am definitely ready for this Thanksgiving break beginning Wednesday!