From Zero to Hero

April 14th, 2010 by under Uncategorized. No Comments.

So this past weekend, I finally achieved a goal that I set for myself about a year and a half ago.  I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Race in DC!  Completing the race in itself was a task to be proud of because not only had I never signed up for a race before but also I had never run further than 4 miles before I began training for this event in January. Let me also reveal here that I was not EVER an athlete in my life. I was a cheerleader and dancer (Jazz/Hip-hop) in high school and that really was the extend of my athleticism. The first time I actually belonged to a gym was when I had one easily available to me, while attending my undergrad University.

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The most amazing part about the race was that I actually far surpassed what I really thought was physically capable for me. Based on my training and what I felt was a realistic goal for my experience, I decided all I wanted was to finish the race in under 2 hours. However, during the race I had this amazing adrenaline that kicked in and allowed me to run at a faster pace than I usually run (I did not even need to stop for walking breaks). All in all, I finished the race with a 1:39:18 time and a new outlook on my capabilities.

So…with all my training and my thoughts about accomplishing this goal that had become such an important part of my life for the past 4 months or so, I started contemplating another goal that I was near to reaching; my MBA. Right now it is literally a month away from when classes end for me as an MBA student and I find myself conflicted. I can not tell you how excited and happy I am, as I am on the verge of completing a major accomplishment in my professional life. Yet, at the same time I am sad that, much like at the end of college, this chapter in my life is almost complete and pretty soon what will be left are pictures and memories.

I could not be more happy with the network and community that I have built here at Smith. My network has expanded to now include all the Smith MBAs who are intelligent business leaders that I can rely on in the future to help me solve professional problems. One of the most surprising parts about the community that I have found here  is that Smith became to be a true source for dear friends that have helped me grow personally and professionally during my 4 semesters.

What I am most looking forward to is to be able to read about all the successes of my fellow Smith MBA Class of 2010 graduates in the Wall Street Journal in the years to follow. I know that we are all capable of great things and I just hope the business world is ready for us.