Worth the Commute?

Ajay Joshi

"I can now confess that I did almost all my first semester Statistics homework while on long domestic and international flights."

Ajay Joshi, MS, EMTM’10
PM Systems Development Leader
Johnson Matthey
Malvern, PA

Flying the Friendly Skies

I travel extensively for work.

I spent a lot of my first semester at EMTM travelling extensively for work. In fact, I can now confess that I did almost all my first semester Statistics homework while on long domestic and international flights. As luck would have it, I would often get stuck in middle seats with curious onlookers observing and asking questions about what I was doing. Some would even attempt to help me with the problems!

My teammates were always considerate when I travelled overseas, especially to Asia – on many occasions, they would stay up late to have conference calls so I did not have to wake up in the middle of the night to attend. The strong team environment is one aspect of the program that I truly admire.

I once had to take a red-eye from California to make it to classes the next day and was having a rough morning. I was surprised to find another classmate who had done the same! I discovered this coincidence after I commented on the number of Au Bon Pain coffees he and I were both drinking that morning! I later found folks who had travelled from the West Coast and from Europe to attend class weekends. I realized I was in a truly global program and put my jet lag in perspective.