The number one piece of advice I would give to any incoming or current MBA student (or anyone for that matter!) is to really reflect on what you enjoy in life every single day. This reflection and constant evaluation has enabled me to determine what I truly want to pursue. After months of doing this, I am now very excited and passionate about the career path I am embarking on. The answer to finding your dreams and goals does not lie in any textbook or in any assessment. Rather, it is a constant process of realizing who you are and what you want out of life.
This summer, I realized (slowly and subtly) that what I enjoy most is working to improve the lives of the children in our community. I started to recognize that I was most satisfied and fulfilled when participating in volunteer activities. I am now exploring what this means for an MBA student. I have been having informational meetings with many people who have worked in fundraising, marketing, and development for WNY nonprofit and healthcare organizations. I am learning so much by speaking with these professionals and I am grateful to have discovered what I truly want to do.
This process to discovering my dreams was not clean and clear; I didn’t wake up one day and say, “I know exactly what I want to do with my life!” Instead, I had to make the decision to consciously recognize the nuances of life in everything from my internship to what I do in my free time. Learn to reflect (LeaderCORE helps!) and spend time every day thinking about how you can convert your passions, enjoyments, and strengths into a career!
MBA Class of 2014