I spent some time talking to a second year KFBS student on my way to an Accounting review Friday afternoon and he offered me a brief anecdote about his first year Microeconomics professor. My re-telling:
Bob Connelly told his students on the first day of class that the single most important formula that they should learn from his class is as follows:

"P = MBA"

He went on to say that if students are stressing about grades, then they just aren't getting it. Except for those keen on a finance gig on Wall Street, in which case grades DO matter, he suggested that students make sure to learn the material REALLY well, but spend their time exploring the numerous social, personal, community, and career opportunities that KFBS offers, not killing themselves for an "H".

His anecdote inspired me to skip out on the review session - (I already had the "P" in the bag.) - and caused me to reflect on the "P = MBA" concept. A few thoughts:

1. My Micro professor has written lots of formulas on the board, but none as relevant to reality as "P = MBA".

2. It is easier said than done. I'm a competitive SOB and I can't help it. For me, to "accept" a "P" is to accept defeat. This is probably why I've had so many late nights trying to stay ahead of the game with my coursework...and probably why I'm so tired all of the time.

3. It can be a timely excuse. Case in point - I'm pretty sure that I botched said Accounting exam for which I skipped the review session. (Note - I still studied quite a bit at home...)

But, you know what? I'm certain that I passed. I'm certain that I got most of the questions mostly right. Plus, I'm certain that some students did MUCH worse on the exam than I did. Most importantly, I'm certain that I know the material well enough considering my career aspirations.

So - while I might stink at Accounting - I'm not going to beat myself up over what will probably be a less-than-stellar grade. After all, P = MBA!

Courses related to my background and career interests will be a completely different story I'm sure...