School Year 2012-13 In Review

2012-13

For those who started school last Fall, congratulations on completing your first b-school year. Time flies, and wow! It’s been a whirlwind of a ride, full of ups and downs, happiness, frustrations and a whole lot of other emotions. And that’s the way it should be.

You were a hungry dog, straining on your leash eager to do every activity, falling prey to the FOMO factor (Fear of Missing Out). Then you learned to stick to doing a couple of things, and doing it well. You don’t always get what you want, but you do get what you deserve. No Einsteinian insights, I know, but a reminder now and then doesn’t hurt. You’ll still struggle to find your bearings and constantly be “ON”, except that you realize that you do not have a choice except to get comfortable with imbalance, ambiguity and the societal norm that no downtime or outages will be tolerated. You maybe felt lost in the midst of your brilliant classmates, each with something unique to offer.

You were also happy, excited on occasion (maybe the Pub helped) and you found yourself a great set of friends and relationships that would most certainly last a lifetime. You had great professors and some fun in class too. You learned how to prioritize and optimize your time to do the things you wanted. You participated enthusiastically in events, maybe you had two left feet and yet danced your heart away on Regional night. You traveled across cities, countries and continents, representing Thunderbird. You’re in school and this has been the best year of your life yet!

Congratulations, Class of 2013! You survived business school! Thank you for the good times and for being so awesome. To the rest of us not taking classes this summer, it’ll all be back soon.

It’s been amazing to be Features Editor at Das Tor and a part of some significant changes, and more importantly an AMAZING team at Das Tor. Michael, Mahmood, Nicole, Spencer – you guys are super! See you in August.

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