Guest Alumni Blogger: Shannon Mackie
I’ve never been a very analytical thinker; in fact, I’ve always tended towards more creative hobbies and occupations. I attended undergraduate school at Central Michigan University where I studied Journalism and French. I planned to become a famous journalist and never expected to need any business courses. I never took finance, accounting, or economics, and really didn’t see the value in any of these subjects.
I never did become a journalist. After graduation, I went to work for several small and large companies in public relations and marketing. Over the years, I became more interested in business and realized the value of business on both the local and global level.
Three years after I finished my undergraduate degree, I decided to earn an MBA through Walsh. It was one of the most challenging experiences I’ve faced. I struggled through accounting and finance, but at the same time, I knew that my horizons were expanding. These courses, and many others, helped to change the way I understood the world. They challenged opinions that I had about business and the economy, and even helped to explain concepts that had previously seemed unknowable.
I graduated in 2009 with my MBA and I often tell prospective MBA students that if I can do it, they can too. I sometimes questioned my ability to graduate, but I eventually did, and it’s an accomplishment that I’m still proud of. Today, I’m a freelance writer with experience in public relations, corporate communications, marketing, speechwriting, and of course, business. I also write for several online publications in addition to my own blog, www.oneinchofgrace.wordpress.com.
A Walsh education is invaluable in so many ways, even for “creatives” like me who appreciate many different perspectives. After all, our perceptions, even about business, are often inaccurate.