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The end of the MBA Chapter in my Life

Updated: Oct 16, 2019

I submitted my final paper for my MBA earlier this week, but it still doesn't really feel like I'm done. Even now, three days later, I still feel like I have some assignment that I've forgotten about or one last thing to do.



This program has been my life for the last two years, literally. I've worked and then spent my evenings and weekends dedicated to this program. Who I was at the start and who I am now though are two completely different people


This program has shown me the following:


1. The power of people who come to feel like family. Yes, of course I still have family, close friends and loved ones back at home, but the people I shared this program with have challenged me, loved me and really just made me a better person. They were there for me when I was jet-lagged, exhausted, and seriously considering asking to defer the program, and some of them will be with me for the rest of my life.




2. That I'm meant to lead. I knew that before the program started, but I didn't fully believe or accept it. Now? Well, I can't really imagine doing anything else with my life other than helping to lead in some, way, shape or form.


3. That I can do anything I set my mind to. Conquering finance? Well, enough to pass my exam and submit two different board level assignments? Check. Does that mean I now aspire to become a CFO? Nope. But that's not the point. The point is initially I was so scared and overwhelmed with making peace with numbers, but once I accepted it, and started to believe that I "can", everything changed. I also conquered my fear of public speaking... some what.




4. Tied into number 3, the important of mindset. If I went into everything with curiosity and the "learners mindset" (basically the idea that I don't know everything, and that everything can teach me a lesson... literally everything) that set some incredible wheels in motion.


5. The importance of connection and the power of belief. I couldn't have gotten through this program with out the professors I worked with, my mentors, my MBA family and most importantly my belief in myself.


I've emerged out of this program with an MBA yes, but also the passionate desire to change the world for better.

I feel like there is so much more to come, now I just need to be patient with myself as I start stepping into everything that is next for me.


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