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When I think back to one year ago around this same time, I was still contemplating whether or not I would accept my offer to become a full-time MBA student. After I accepted the offer, the end of the summer and the start of school was there before I knew it! And then the reality set in, after years away from school, I had to remember how to be a student again. This meant exams, case studies, group projects, etc.; could I do it? Thankfully, a classmate quickly calmed my worries when he told me there was definitely a reason we were all admitted to the program.

The program selects applicants because they are hardworking and have the ability to overcome any challenges they face in the classroom. Considering the vast array of individuals with different backgrounds that are present in the class, each student faces different obstacles to success in the first year. They may manifest themselves during the core general business courses, presentation classes, or group projects. They could also be faced outside of the classroom through a students’ personal life or internship search. The good news though is that each classmate will face one or many of these challenges and you can share your experiences together to turn them into learning moments.

One of the ways that I found to overcome challenges was to rely on my classmates for their support and to provide support to others when I could. The community of students at Broad is unlike that of any other school in that they foster a culture of helping one another to achieve their full potential. From day one during Extreme Green, we began developing friendships with classmates that we would rely on for support throughout the year. Our class of over 70 students has provided me with incredible bonds with individuals that inspire me every day, both in the classroom and outside.

And now, as the first year has come to a close, I can’t imagine having made any other choice than to attend this program. This past year was full of opportunities to learn and grow as a professional. These were opportunities that I never had a chance to be a part of during my undergraduate education or in my career before returning to school. As I head into my internship for the summer, I feel more prepared than ever to tackle the challenges of a new position at a large company, and I feel comfort knowing that I have a supportive network behind me.