Meet Molly, JBU Alumna
"In two short years, I grew as a professional and a leader. I also grew as a Christian."
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
I was working in higher education and knew I needed to further my education if I hoped to advance in my career. My journalism degree had provided a lot of opportunity for me, but I knew I needed more training in business to reach my goal, which at the time was to work in University Advancement and Development. Shortly after I began my educational journey with JBU, I was given the opportunity to work at FNBC Bank as the director of marketing. FNBC is a family-owned financial institution, so being able to join my dad in empowering our communities was a huge honor. It also made completing my MBA that much more important.
My sister lives in Rogers and was attending JBU's Rogers campus when I started thinking about my master's degree. She was really enjoying her experience with JBU, and I could see growth in her professionally as well as personally. I looked at several universities across Arkansas and the surrounding states, but it didn't take long for me to realize John Brown was exactly where I needed to be for this chapter in my life.
Living in rural North Central Arkansas, finding a master's program that allowed me to be in the classroom was not an easy task. I worked full time and needed a program that would give me the best experience and education, and would also be flexible enough for my schedule. John Brown was an easy choice because I was able to attend one year in the classroom and finish my second year online. Focusing on one class for eight weeks was a tremendous help and really allowed me to pour my energy into learning the subject matter. I didn't feel distracted by other classes, and one subject didn't suffer because perhaps another subject was more difficult. I also appreciated the real-world experience each instructor brought to the classroom. What we learned was based on their hands-on experiences, and our projects were relevant to our careers. This helped me engage more with my coursework, and my employer reaped the benefits from my extra work on the assigned projects.
In two short years, I grew as a professional and a leader. I also grew as a Christian. As leaders, having a firm foundation for our morals is so important, and JBU truly recognizes the value of incorporating our faith into our daily work. I'm fortunate to work for an organization that values servant leadership and is firmly rooted in integrity and accountability. I have been able to incorporate things I learned at JBU into many aspects of my job. Today, as the vice president of marketing, I may not oversee a large department of employees, but I am able to provide vision and leadership for the entire organization. I have some wonderful mentors who work with me regularly to continue developing my leadership skills, but what I learned at JBU has without a doubt given me a firm foundation to grow from.
Last summer, I began studying at the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado. I'm still pretty green to banking, but I am so thankful for the education I received from JBU. I am much more confident and capable to tackle the coursework from banking school. If you're considering earning your MBA, I can't recommend JBU enough. The faculty and staff go above and beyond, and the friendships and connections you'll make will last a lifetime.