It’s only apt that I am writing a blog on this topic to bring closure to my earlier blogs. I started my blog series with my MBA induction followed by a summary of my first year and takeaways from my internship. The last one and a half years of my MBA has gone by in a flash. Although the time has gone by too quickly, it was not without its share of highs and lows. What has the second year of the MBA program been like for me? Not as hectic as the first year, however, with APEX, 20 hours of graduate assistant work, classes and a part-time job at AccuWeather, it still was enough to keep me busy. How did it all work out?
The second year started on a pretty high note for me just like the rest of my classmates as we had all come back from our internships. Most of us already had full time job offers. Most of the second year’s initial time was spent interacting with and guiding the new incoming first years. By now most of the second years already knew what concentrations we were planning to take and accordingly registered for the required classes. Hence, the workload from classes wasn’t as much as compared to the first year. During the fall semester, I got an offer to work part-time. Most of the social activities throughout the year were similar to what we did in the first year such as Diwali, Lunar New Year and Thanksgiving celebrations.
Most of my classmates took the time during winter break to visit their families at home. Some classmates even got married. The spring session started with our APEX projects. APEX refers to Applied Professional Experience. I was fortunate enough to work with a great team for an internet start-up based out of Denver, CO. We performed in depth market research to develop a business plan and launch strategy for a new product offering for our clients. The spring semester also gave us the opportunity to visit the New York Fire Department and Quantico as part of our Leadership Immersion program. A group of second years learned leadership principles from these outstanding individuals at NYFD and Quantico.
The most important event for me was Visitation Weekend where I helped MBA Admissions and the MBA Association to organize and manage this two-day event for prospective students in the incoming class. It was a highly rewarding experience working with Admissions to make the event a great success.
As I finish my last couple of assignments in this last week of school and look back at the MBA experience, I can say that this has been a highly rewarding and transformative experience that I will cherish all my life. I have made lasting relationships and friendships here. As I head out to the professional world, I would always remember the important life lessons provided by my experienced faculty members. Wishing you all a great summer!
Class of 2016