It's over. We began our journey in August of 2006 and last week it ended suddenly. No more presentations, competitions or peer reviews. At least in the collegiate sense. Now it's time to apply our lessons in agency and corporate settings.
To me, the VCU Brandcenter experience is worth it. I now have a masters degree and I am part of the future of the industry. It wasn't always easy and frankly, I didn't think I'd make it after the first semester. I had to do more outside of school in order to become a better student. In addition to the required course work, I read dozens of advertising/branding (audio) books, wrote nearly 400 blog posts and stayed focused on the big picture. I made some new friends and expanded my professional network. I also seized the opportunity to differentiate myself using digital technology.
So, if you're thinking of attending VCU Brandcenter in any track, remember that everyone has sixty weeks to earn their degree. What you do in addition to school can have a major impact on your progress. The same concept holds true in the workplace.