MBA Mama Spotlight: Brooke Carroll (Georgetown — part 1)

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Sep 30, 2015 · 6 min read
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Brooke and her beautiful family
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Right Time To Pursue The MBA

I started thinking about an MBA when I was working as a commercial real estate broker at a Fortune 500 company. I was about 25 years old, had been with the company for 3 years and was beginning to lose interest in my job. I felt there was a lot more that I could contribute to the business world in a unique way that utilized my talents and creativity. Specifically, I wanted to start my own company and thought an MBA was the perfect way to do this. I quit my job and began working on the early stages of a medical device startup; I also began studying for the GMAT.

Challenges

Ryan and I weren’t necessarily planning on starting our family so soon — it kind of just happened, if you know what I mean :) So, it caught me off guard that I would have to complete my first year of my MBA while pregnant, and my second year of my MBA with a baby!

In terms of pregnancy, I had some challenges with morning sickness during fall semester, although it was only nausea — no vomiting, thank goodness. I had my prenatal visits and delivery at Georgetown University Hospital, as well, so I never really had any conflicts with classes and being pregnant, and the hospital was located adjacent to the business school.

One difficult moment during pregnancy that I recall was right before a midterm during Spring semester. I spit up a blood clot right before the Analytical Problem Solving midterm and started freaking out. I didn’t want to miss the midterm so I had to make the tough call as to whether I should go take the test or go to the hospital!! My husband called several doctors and nurses and we finally made the decision to take the midterm! I ended up not going to the hospital, but everything ended up being okay. Apparently, spitting up blood during pregnancy is common!

Time Management Tips

In terms of having a baby and going to school, I think having a good nanny that you love and trust is KEY. I am lucky and found someone that I really do like. She not only watches my son, but she also cleans and picks up around our condo. The cleaning part takes a huge load off of my plate. Instead of focusing on laundry or dishes, I can either spend time finishing school work or spend quality time with my son and husband.

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MBA Mama is an online platform that provides ambitious women with tools and resources to leverage an MBA and strategically navigate family/career planning.

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