Saturday, December 15, 2012

Phase One

繋がり (tsunagari) - Connections, ties

Wednesday was my last exam of the semester, meaning I am official on winter break. Given that, it seems like as good a time as any to reflect back on my time at Haas this far.

The way I see it, the four semesters of an MBA correspond with four phases of the MBA experience:
Phase 1: Get to know people
Phase 2: Get a summer internship
Phase 3: Get a full time job
Phase 4: Go out with a bang

I am currently at the end of Phase 1, which I would consider an absolute success. I've honestly gotten to know the majority of my classmates pretty well and shared some awesome experiences with them. Perhaps more importantly, I've been fortunate enough to have a few of them become truly great friends.

Every time a new stage of life begins, there is an opportunity to build incredibly strong relations with the people around you. I'm very much a few-close-friends kind of guy and life has been good about putting a few really awesome people in the same place as me wherever I go. Haas is maintaining that pattern quite nicely.

I recently had a dinner party with some of my favorite people here and it was glorious. We ate delicious food, we drank food wine, we talked and laughed for hours. It was the kind of night that makes you thankful for having such great friends. It was a reminder of how good life can be.

Next up is five weeks of winter break,. The first half will be spent with friends and family, reconnecting with my Midwest roots. From there, I set off to explore Central America with a bunch of my classmates. I fully expect it to be a magnificent adventure full of incredible stories to tell.

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