First year of business school is trial by fire.
It is hard work and endurance.
It is learning something new and potentially mind-blowing every day.
It is drinking from a fire hydrant of information and figuring how much to take in and what matters most, because you surely can’t drink it all.
It is working hard and playing hard – you don’t want to miss out on anything.
It is tackling big challenges and realizing you can do more than you thought.
It is working with lots of different people, some of them challenging, and learning that you can make it work.
It is illness and sleep deprivation and eating canned soup and cheese sticks for dinner.
It is figuring out what you want to be when you grow up. Or, at least, what you want to be for the summer.
It is really, really, really hard.
Second year of business school is reflective.
It is diving deeper and realizing the answers often aren’t black and white.
It is asking what you want your career to look like and realizing you may not know.
It is exploring business ideas and imagining yourself as an entrepreneur – and maybe even giving it a try.
It is Wednesday night dinners with friends, wine tastings and weekend getaways – because you actually have the time for all that.
It is running events and mentoring FYs and giving back any way you can because you love this place so much that you want it to be awesome for everyone who comes after you.
It is deciding on a future, at least an immediate future, even though you’re scared shitless when you think about where it all might lead.
It is reconciling who you want to be ultimately with what you’re able to do right now and trying to be patient with the fact that it will take time to get to the final destination.
It is really, really, really hard. Just in a very different way.