It’s amazing how fast two years can go. Sitting at this end of my MBA experience, what I leave Booth with is not what I thought I would leave with at the start.
I got a lot of things from Booth; friends for life, experiences that were otherwise impossible, discussions I would never forget but most importantly, I got a renewed confidence in myself and in my abilities. See, I was never under-confident or lacking self-belief but I knew what I knew and knew what I didn’t know, what I lacked was a belief that I was ready to face whatever life threw my way, a knowing that I could handle any circumstance – expected or not and the confidence to say: “This is me. Take it or leave it.” It is interesting to note that while I have attained this level of understanding, I have also gotten the ‘get better’ mentality that pushes me to aim for continuous improvement rather than to aim to be the best.
As paradoxical as it may sound Booth’s gift to me is the confidence to be myself, face the world and whatever it brings while striving to be a better person today than I was yesterday. And it doesn’t get better than that.
So, I leave Booth with an excitement, looking for waters to test, bridges to build and adventures to go on. It’s been an outstanding 2 years and I wouldn’t trade the world for it.