As this semester comes to an end, I wanted to reflect on these past few months. To say they flew by would be a huge understatement. This semester I was a bit ambitious (desperate to graduate on time), so I took 6 classes. One of which was an 8 week online Spanish 202 course (again super desperate). That, along with the general craziness that this time of year brings my company, caused me to forget to reflect, so forgive me if I get a bit sentimental.
Going into this semester I was extremely stressed out. I was starting my Senior year and thoughts of the future were weighing me down. So I did what I do best. I took everything week by week and pushed through my struggles. Thankfully I had a good crew there to support me. As the weeks flew by I found myself creating more and more relationships. From the girl in all my classes who invited me out for Oktoberfest to my El Salvadorian coworker who helped me through all the rough Spanish patches, these relationships helped me get through all the late night assignments and early morning classes. Towards the end of the semester, I also found myself going to events in D.C with my father as my mother is a huge introvert. He owns a veteran-focused PR company and this time of year is filled with events for him. On the topic of relationships, one, in particular, was formed which completely changed my future.
At every event I went to the main question people asked was, “What are you doing after graduation?” Following my vague response of wanting to go to get my MBA, some Harvard graduate was always trying to push me to go there. Now I thought this was crazy but I said, “Screw it. Let’s visit Harvard!” This story comes down to a chance encounter with a gentleman named Ray Jefferson a week before my visit. My father ended up signing up to do Pro Bono work for him after running into him outside the restroom and I ended up getting a phone interview with the 2+2 program director at Harvard Business School and a chance to sit down with the admissions coordinator. It was an incredible opportunity and one I would never have had without this random encounter. Because of Ray, I’ve set myself apart from all the other applicants and got an in-depth look at one of the top Business schools.
This is all, of course, a lesson. Spend time forging new relationships. Always push forwards. Break out of your comfort zone. You never know just where it will take you!
So here we are at the end of the post. Farewell Fall semester 2017. You’ve been good to me.