It is unbelievable that I am in my last semester of business school. In 2007, when I received my acceptance letter from Smith welcoming me to the class of 2009 it seemed like my graduation date was eons away. At the time, I was in full on Secret mode and trying to harness the power of the laws of attraction (thankfully, I didn’t get entrenched enough to build a visionboard…but I was close) so I tried to envision what my ideal future self would look like. Future Shawn would be smarter, more confident and raking in a salary at least twice my former one. She would be in control of her destiny, making moves, closing deals and droppin’ bos on anyone who stood in her way. (Future Shawn would also be happier, thinner, in a serious relationship with a mature man with hair and driving a motorcycle…but I should save those details for my other blog). I can’t say that Present Shawn is that much different than the idealized version of myself I envisioned nearly two years ago. I think that is pretty awesome. Actually totally awesome. This MBA has changed me more than I could have ever anticipated. I am more aware, confident and determined than I thought possible. This education has allowed me to change careers and secure a spot in a supply chain leadership development program – a career that is actually BETTER than anything I could have thought up or pasted on a visionboard. While I may not be using the Newsvendor model on a daily basis in my new job, knowing that I COULD use it if I needed to, gives me confidence. I have so many tools in my toolbox that I need to build a toolshed in my backyard. While I may feel different tomorrow, at this moment I feel like I could conquer the world.
I’m gonna make it after all.