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    Make it Possible

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | May 22nd, 2023

    Make it Possible

    You will know I am big on commencement addresses if you have read my blogs for many years. I always come away with some nugget of information I can share within my circle. The Honorable Kimberly Cocroft gave the most recent speech I heard, and she was excellent. Her address was especially memorable because it was presented at my graduation. This past Friday, I graduated from Franklin University with a Master of Business Administration degree. It was an 18-month journey, and I am grateful for the support of Franklin University, OhioHealth, where I work, the cohorts in my program, friends, and family.

    The theme of Judge Cocroft’s speech hinged on Franklin University’s tagline – Franklin University makes it possible. What do we need to do to make things possible in our lives? Judge Cofcroft stated that there were three things we needed to do to make it possible.

    1. Be true to yourself – We all have principles that guide us. Never compromise on your ideals. I need to be able to sleep at night. If I sleep well, I am strong enough to do what needs to be done.
    2. Be yourself – There is only one of us. You cannot be another person. She referenced the quote – comparison is the thief of joy. Do not compare yourself with others. Embrace what makes you unique.
    3. Never quit – The road is not always easy. Do not be deterred. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Do not hang out with naysayers. Everyone you are with should be rooting you on.

    I have always wanted to get my MBA degree; however, there never seemed to be enough time to pursue this degree. When I finally had my children out of the house, someone told me I was too old. A few years later, I spoke to a friend who had just completed his MBA at my age, and he was very encouraging.

    I have always considered myself a lifelong learner. So when the opportunity came to get my MBA at Franklin University through an Earn+Learn partnership with OhioHealth, where I worked, I jumped on it. I would go to Franklin University with OhioHealth providing tuition reimbursement – it was a dream come true.

    When it comes to education, you are never too old. I encourage anyone who has been considering going back to school to go and do it. It is possible. Judge Cochran has provided the three ingredients to make it possible. Find out what your job may offer in terms of tuition reimbursement. Do not assume it is not provided. Go to your Human Resource department.

    I have been asked what is next. I have to admit, I do not know. However, I do know whatever I do, I will always be working on ways to keep my sisters alive and healthy. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have attained and the people I have met while in school. I will pray on what is next and ask God to lead the way.  

    4 Responses to “Make it Possible”

    1. Rubye Kyles says:

      Congratulations on this achievement!And thank you for sharing the why and how of your MBA journey. In God’s good time, you will know the answer to “What next?

    2. Awa says:

      Nice read. Congratulations on your graduation

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