It was class picture day #2 this week with the Section F Foxes and it made me realize that second semester has gone by in a flash. While I felt exhausted at the end of first semester – ready for a mental break from reading cases and fatigue of social activities, it still feels as though we are just ramping up with semester two. Yet all of a sudden, it’s over.
I don’t think anything prepared me for how quickly this period of time would fly by over the last few months. The beginning of business school felt like a slow march. At HBS, we are expected to be 100% “on” all day, every day, expending every ounce of energy just getting through work, classes and the packed schedule (let alone being social). And yet much of that stress dissipated this semester. It became easier to balance the tension between being scheduled and finding time to do things for myself, figure out how to make time for friends both inside and outside of the bubble, and even think about working on unrelated projects. Oh yea, did I mention we’re required to start companies with a small project group this semester? It hasn’t been relaxing, per se, but it has been more manageable.
As a friend of mine put it, I’ve been waiting all semester for that feeling of getting started. The course material is more nuanced and complex, the friendships go a layer deeper, and the companies we’ve started have been…an experience. I think that feeling of anticipation comes from the simultaneous comfort with our surroundings and the fact that we face new challenges that exhaust us every day.
I’m not ready for this first year to be over, but I am eager to start applying this overload of information in the real world. There’s no possible method to test everything we’ve soaked up over the course of this year in one job, but I believe that joining a small, growing company in the consumer tech space is a great way to get started.
To that effect, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining Periscope this summer, helping them tackle a host of fun, exciting business development projects. There are few things more enjoyable than being able to mark that major task of finding a summer internship off my ever-expanding “To Do” list. I am looking forward to helping demonstrate to the tech world that MBAs can add value, and having a great time working with smart people on meaningful projects while doing it. In the meantime, I’ll be livestreaming. Onward!