Saturday, March 20, 2010

You only get what you give

It's hard to believe, but my two years at Darden are almost over. They tell you these are the best two years of your life.

They are.

After a wonderful spring break spent in the San Francisco Bay area, Phoenix and sunny Florida, I landed in Charlottesville airport and almost kissed the ground. I realized how much i love this place. It was good to be back.

The week started started at a typical Darden pace with the finesse of a locomotive trying to bring a car to 88 MPH by running into it. Before I knew it, the week was over and I now have only 6 weeks left here. So sad.

I met professor I hold a lot of respect for on my way home yesterday. I mentioned what a great experience these two years were for me and how sad I am that it will all be over soon. His response was that it was a great experience because I was so involved. "The program is as good as what you put into it". He mentioned how he felt that in every discussion we've had in class, I was always there, in it and had something to say. It was flattering to hear that. He was right, of course. If you just come here for the boat ride, you'll make it across, but you'll miss out on so much.

As you begin you MBA journey in a few months or start your second year you'll have a lot on your plate, but try and keep that in mind. Give it everything you've got. Take on leadership roles, make friends, build houses, learn and have fun while you're at it. It will be over before you can know it.

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