The holidays are over and it’s time to settle back into routines. For some, this can be a slow, begrudging process. However, those of us who see a new year as a new beginning know that this is a time to dig deep and remind ourselves of why we do what we do and what motivates us to get up every day. Winter break from Whitman was a month to recharge, see family and friends, focus the job search, and maybe even work a little bit, but as I prepare to jump back into the exciting craziness that is business school, I’m not sad that break is over. On the contrary, I can’t wait to dive in again!
I can’t help but remember who I was just five months ago, at the start of the MBA program. Eager? Yes. Intelligent? Yes. But I was not the person I am today. Today, after only one semester, I’m a lot more focused, becoming eager for a career rather than just a business school adventure, and much surer of myself. I have a much better idea of what I love doing and what I want to continue to do for many years. I’m in a good position for the summer (shout out to career services for all their help), and I can look forward to it with anticipation rather than questions. My peers and I are comfortable with one another and yet continue to push ourselves outside our comfort zone and into personal and professional growth. We are ready for more group projects and client presentations. The consulting club is halfway through their projects, and some first year students are getting ready to take leadership positions in Whitman Women in Business or the Whitman Graduate Student Organization.
Winter break was nice and all, but nothing beats learning things you love with people who love those things too. Nothing beats making yourself better, one day at a time. Nothing beats taking advantage of resources and professors who are literally just sitting upstairs waiting to make you a superstar. And nothing beats remembering why you’re at Whitman and where it’s going to take you. Look out, 721 University Ave, your students have come back for you!