Dear Management Students, This One’s for YOU:
This is the time of the year when your head is probably spinning with thoughts of an upcoming ethics paper, marketing finals, and that other thing for economics that you can only vaguely remember but you do know is about to be due. During times like these it can be really difficult to remember why you decided to study management or even go to (or go back to) college. Have a seat, take a deep breath (file away your anxious thoughts), and let us remind you why.
These are some of the most important years of your life. More than just working to complete a degree, you are discovering and exploring your very self. You are making lifelong friends, working hard, and thinking about the future. And even if the future scares you (and truly, it scares us all), that’s okay. Taking the time to consider your options and to explore career opportunities is going to really pay off. Anything worth pursuing will take time, frustration, and (maybe) a few tears.
The amazing thing about education is that it truly belongs to you. Not only that, but you have the power to decide what to do with it. You can become a leader in your field. You can become a positive change agent. You can change the world. And guess what? One bad grade or one week of frustration isn’t going to change that. Education is about the culmination of your efforts, it is about growth.
Take a moment to stop and think. Think about where you were at the beginning of this semester, year, or program. Think about where you are now. What have you learned? What has brought you joy? What are you most proud of? If there is something that has frustrated or disappointed you, don’t dwell on it. Instead, think about how you can turn those negatives into positives. Can you set a goal for your next semester? What is one thing that you can improve? Reframing the way you think about problems can determine how successful you are at creating solutions. This is an important management and life skill.
And at the end of the day, remember that your happiness and your dreams are important. Steve Jobs said it best:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Keep these thoughts in the back of your mind and take some time to unwind this week. Grab a coffee with a friend who needs a break as much as you do. Watch a couple of episodes of your favorite series on Netflix. Take a nap. Before you know it, you will be clasping your management degree with both hands, filled with pride and excitement for the next part of your journey.
About Aditya Singhal :
Aditya Singhal is the co-founder of Transtutors.com, a leading online tutoring help for college students. Having graduated from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), he worked briefly with American Consulting firm, Kurt Salmon Associates before taking the entrepreneurial route. Outside the work ambit, Aditya has a personal interest in helping MBA students. He is also actively involved in giving back to the society by contributing a part of the revenue towards education of poor students in India.