ASB and I – A Mother’s Story

by Azza Annuar, Class of 2018

This entry is dedicated to mothers who are considering pursuing an MBA.

I have always been someone who constantly strives for self improvement. After all, who isn’t right? Upon my return to Malaysia, after calling London home for eight years, I placed my focus on securing a good job and start building my little family. As a working mother, albeit at the time with only one child, I always felt like I wanted to do more, to achieve something bigger.

That’s when the journey I am currently on begun; with the search for the business school, one that will not only fulfil my ambition but at the same time, enable me to grow in my role as a mother.

Azza, Digi, AL on-site

On-site at Digi’s (super fun) office

When it comes to an MBA degree, the Ivy League schools in the US always by default come as the top choices. However, after eight years of living abroad, I wasn’t sure relocating for the second time is the right move for my family and me. I was of course still keen on a high quality MBA degree and when I was introduced to Asia School of Business (“ASB”), I did my research on the school and the rest was history.

My typical school days begin at 6.30 am – get my son ready for school, prepare breakfast for my husband, house chores and head straight to my 9 am class. Even though classes at ASB typically ends at 5 pm, I usually stay back at school for another hour or two to avoid the traffic and to work on my assignment. I make sure I make it in time for dinner with my family. I believe family who eats together stay together. I put my son to bed by 9 pm after which I get to spend some time with my husband before another date with my MBA books. I usually cramped my weekdays to make sure I free my weekend as much as possible to spend time with my loved ones.

Azza

Baby shower hosted by my classmates 

I am no superwoman but the choice of pursuing my MBA degree at ASB makes it possible. Why ASB?

1) I get to learn from the best in a small group where I could make an impact – the Professors are all from MIT Sloan and, being in a small group, these Professors get to concentrate on teaching individuals in addition to teaching a cohort.

2) It is not all about books. ASB practices an Action Learning programme where the students get the chance to apply what we learn in the classroom into the real world. I have never done marketing throughout my 9 years of work experience but I got to work on marketing projects with great companies at ASB.

3) The networking opportunity at ASB is amazing especially with top business leaders in ASEAN. For someone like me who has chosen Kuala Lumpur as the place to settle down, such opportunities are amazing and valuable.

4) Finally, ASB grows with the students. The first ASB baby is due in June 2017 and the school has been very supportive in making sure the mother who is the student at ASB gets the support she needs. That student is me.

It has been a challenging first year of my MBA journey but I enjoy every part of it – the challenges make me a better person and I look forward to my final year as MBA student at ASB.