When I began receiving emails regarding graduation, I couldn’t believe that the big day was approaching. In fact, I remember that my heart nearly jumped out of my chest when I first saw the word “graduation” in an email subject line, and I continued to gasp a little each time I saw another graduation email.
I was not ready to think about leaving Fuqua. In fact, I felt like I had just begun the program! I can still vividly remember coming to Fuqua and the first day of Orientation, when I first met my accomplished classmates. Now, it is hard to imagine that 2 years have already passed. While time has flown by, I also recognize that I have had the opportunity to do so much during my time at Fuqua. I greatly developed my leadership and management skills in my role as FuquaVision co-president. I had the chance to bolster my communications skills through transformational courses such as Management Communications and the 1-week intensive Managerial Improviation (read a blog post about this workshop, by my classmate Dipesh). The aforementioned courses along with FuquaVision even helped me to get over my nervousness with public speaking and being in front of crowds (FuquaVision skits are broadcasted on the large screen in Geneen Auditorium, so it’s hard to be shy after your acting is projected in front of 700+ students!).
In addition, I led 37 of my peers to China and Taiwan, to experience the culture and survey the business environment during our GATE excursion. I was able to switch industries and explore a new career in marketing strategy — I am going to work in that function at American Airlines! I had my share of fun theme parties and made some wonderful friends. Oh, and of course, I had the opportunity to experience living and studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.
These are only a few of the things I’ve been able to do during my time at Fuqua, and truthfully, I could go on and on for hours about the many other opportunities Fuqua has offered me. However, in an effort to be a little more concise, I will end by saying that Fuqua has been an unforgettable experience for me and … I am just not ready to leave this beloved business school bubble to enter the real world!