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Moving Forward in 2014

In August 2009, I graduated from Texas Tech University and moved from Lubbock, TX to Syracuse, NY for a tenure track position at Syracuse University (SU).  Six months later, in January 2010, I signed up in all major social media websites.  I called that “I am entering a new era.”  Thanks to social media, I am connected to the “real world,” and because I embrace and understand social media, I can teach classes and do research in social media.

Coincidentally, I also made big changes in 2013.  I accepted a new position in The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona and moved from Upstate NY to Southern California in the summer.  In addition, I graduated with an iMBA degree from SU.  

When I decided to pursue the iMBA degree at SU in 2010, my friends asked me not to do it.  Many of my unofficial mentors also advised me to put more thoughts to the decision.  Their concerns make perfect sense (even at this point).  First of all, I have already had a M.S. degree and a Ph.D. degree in hospitality management, is it worth getting an additional degree?  Besides, it is a 54 credit-hour program and requires a big commitment.  Rather than working on an additional degree, would it be wiser for me to spend more time on publications, grants, and teaching? 

I have to admit that in the past, no potential employer had ever approached to me because I was working on an iMBA degree.  Many people did not even bother to ask me why I was making an effort for an additional degree.  However, no matter how “useless” my effort may seem to others, I am glad I did not give up.  I met cool people and heard many new and interesting ideas in the program.  To me, being able to go through the program itself is a big accomplishment.

Looking forward, I cannot predict what this iMBA degree will bring me in 2014.  Neither can I predict what opportunities will be waiting for me in Southern California.  Yet, I am happy of being who I am; I like what I am doing; and I am ready for a new year. 

I heard good things would happen to those who are prepared.  Now, let’s get prepared and say YES! to new opportunities!

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