Aug 282014

Now it’s official. As weird as it feels to say, I’m now a second-year MBA student here at Smith. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago when I came in here and barely knew how to find the right classrooms, and now I’m back at school with only 9 months left until graduation.

Looking back on the past 12 months, I would say that more has changed in my life over the past year than any other in my life. I left my job, met and became close friends with an entirely new group of people with amazing and diverse backgrounds, learned about entirely new skills and subject areas, spent three months at a my summer internship, and set my career on a brand new trajectory. So yes – it was a very eventful year.

I spent the summer working as a Consultant Intern at First Annapolis Consulting in Annapolis, MD. Working at First Annapolis, which specializes in consulting in the credit card industry, represented a major departure from my previous work experience in politics and communications, so I came in with a great deal of uncertainty. And while the work was definitely a significant adjustment, I was amazed at how well the experiences from my first year at Smith had prepared me for my new role. The financial skills and concepts that I was only vaguely familiar with just 9 months prior were now tools that I was using comfortably on a daily basis in a fast-paced work environment.

I don’t think the amount of new information that I crammed in my head over the course of my first-year fully sunk in until I began working this summer and thinking about how much things had changed from where I was last summer. Now that I’m returning to school under completely different circumstances, I can’t wait to see what the next 9 months have in store.

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