Saturday, January 01, 2011

A Fond Farewell to 2010

It's that time of the year. Time for reflection on a year gone by and anticipation of a year to come.

In many ways, 2010 was a culmination of almost two years of a lot of hard work. It was in 2008 that I began the long b-school journey with all the studying for the GMAT, followed by endless hours poring over different b-school offerings, visits to schools and essay after essay for applications. The beginning of 2009 brought good news of acceptance to Darden, then all the issues that come with a cross-border move: visas, international student loans, apartment/roommate hunting, etc. Then when I started at Darden, life and school were very, very busy. The first year at Darden was a LOT of work, especially as I was balancing the academic stresses with preparation for the job search.

Given all of this pre-amble, the focus in 2010 was really on the job search. Recruiting definitely had its highs and lows this year, but as I look at the end of 2010, I am very relieved and blessed to have an amazing job lined up. For the first time in nearly two years, 2011 will bring some "down time" of sorts as I get to relax and focus solely on learning for my last semester of b-school. (Haha, oh yeah, and finding a new place to live in Boston...)

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't talk about some of the other adventures that came in 2010. As I've done over the past few years, I hit my three new places: Barcelona, Cape Cod and a whole host of places in the South (Nashville, Alabama, Florida). Travel has been an important theme in my life since I started at school and I look forward to doing a lot more of it in 2011!

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