As I finally sat down to write this introduction for Texas MBAs Talk on deadline day (Believe me, MBA orientation was no walk in the park. And if that weren’t enough, we had accounting homework to turn in on our first day in class!), I figured there are two ways I could approach this. Well, I could speak about my past, my background, my country India, my home city of Mumbai – a place that I am madly in love with. I could talk about the exercise in self-analysis and introspection that has been this last year. About the absolute jubilation that I experienced at having been accepted to this great program and how it more than made up for the sheer madness of the application season…
Or I could talk about the future; at least the part of it that I foresee and hope to achieve. And the more I thought about it, the more enticing the latter idea seemed. You see, my decision to quit my job and come back to school signified a leap of faith of epic proportions for me. The thought of moving to a foreign land and, in doing so, moving so far out of my comfort zone, seemed downright foolish at times. Eventually though, it were the infinite possibilities that this future offered that helped me finally make up my mind. There is a certain sense of mystery associated with the future and I just couldn’t resist the prospect of trying to unravel it.
I feel excited about the two years that lie ahead. I have met some amazing individuals and hope to make some great friends during my time at McCombs. I have been to my first barbecue party and have been trained in the ways of borrowing a smoke in the U.S. (disclaimer: purely as a social learning experiment). I have been to Sixth Street (dirty Sixth! and far too many times) and I have watched the bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge take off into the evening sky. I have been counting down to the first football game of the season and can’t wait for the tailgate party to begin. There is just so much to do in Austin and so much new culture to take in (and far too many new names to remember!). Hopefully somewhere in between all of those things on my Austin bucket list, I will end up finding some time to study business as well.
As far as introductions go, the way I see it, I am but a traveler, on an exciting adventure, in a foreign land. There is so much to learn, so much to experience and so many new faces to acquaint myself with. It’s going to be one hell of a ride. Hopefully one day I shall return home so much the wiser for it.