Now that the new batch is here and starting classes, I've started getting questions about my experience last year and it's stirring up all kinds of memories and feelings. Like whoa.
Then I was scrolling through photos to jog my memory a bit more and found dozens upon dozens like this. Decisions trees. Calculations. Graphs. Outlines. Questions. So many hours spent in those study rooms staring at white boards.
One of the first years recently asked a second year if "now was when you start to feel like perhaps you made a terrible mistake." Yes. And it won't be the last time! But one of the greatest joys I will have this year is being a champion and a support for first years going through the tough bit. I've already experienced it and I'm looking forward to many more conversations with smart, ambitious, driven women (and men) who came to business school to challenge themselves.
The challenge is real! And there are so many things I would change about the MBA and about my program in particular. But. There is also a lot of growth that comes with the challenges. Perhaps too much all at once. Perhaps there's a gentler way to do it (in fact, I am sure there is). But it's growth nonetheless. So settle in for the ride. It's a long but (ultimately) rewarding one.