On a cold Sunday night in New York, I was just leaving Watson library when I was greeted by a pleasant surprise. It was snowing. If you are lucky enough to see Columbia's campus on a snowy winter evening, you will probably agree - it is a beautiful sight. It inspires me and gives me a respite from the anxiety I feel, because as this semester ends it means we only have one left!
I thought the first year at Columbia Business School flew by but the second year is going even faster. It seems like it was just yesterday when we were returning to the halls of Uris and talking about our summer experiences. The semester seemed to move so fast, in part, because I have taken some great classes and I have had the opportunity to hear from incredibly accomplished speakers! This includes a top executive at Time Warner, who gave an eye-opening account of what really happened during the AOL Time Warner merger; the President of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker, who was very candid on how to recover from a career setback; the young and energetic CEO of Zillow, who thinks human resources is key to any successful business; and Ron Perelman, who stressed the importance of decision making – if you don't make a decision, decisions will be made for you and you may not like them.
But it isn't just about the classes or speakers at Columbia. It's also about making memories with lifelong friends. It started on day one of orientation. Even though we have only known each other for a short period of time, these friends have picked me up when I felt like I was failing. They have encouraged me when I was afraid to speak up in class. They have given me story ideas and they changed the way I look at business. We have traveled together to places including Jackson Hole, Canada, Nicaragua, Austin, and Vegas. We danced the night away at Fall Ball at the Plaza. We went wine tasting. We went to countless dinners (including a cluster pot luck Thanksgiving dinner).
Hanging out with my friends (from left to right): in NYC, in Toronto, and during Orientation
Pictures from Nicaragua
I'm sad that next semester is my last at Columbia, but I'm looking forward to making the most of it by meeting new people, traveling, and learning as much as possible. I look forward to sharing my experiences On Voices along the way!