At this time last year, I was preparing for three final exams (Accounting, Decision Analysis, and Marketing) and wondering if I'd survive the last week of the first term. My head was spinning because I'd filled it with too much information and yet I felt like I didn't know anything at all. But I made it through (more or less), went on vacation, and really didn't feel like coming back to IESE. In fact, there was a moment (okay, several moments) where I thought it would be great to just stay in the US and pretend IESE had never existed.
But I'm really bad at giving up on things, so I came back to Barcelona, refreshed and ready for more overwhelming case studies. It's funny how that first term seemed as long as the next two combined. The next six months flew by and suddenly it was summer. I remember thinking then, wow a whole summer in Romania... this will never end! But it did. And fast.
And now, here I am, about to have my last two classes of the first term of the second year. Today I finished five courses: Entrepreneurship, Applied Economics, Marketing of Media and Ideas, Logistics, and New Product Development. I've already completed the course requirements for three of those five. And tomorrow and Friday I have only Brands and Advertising and Personalidad del Executivo. I've already completed my final project for both of those as well. So now I have only three more classes to attend, a paper to write, and a final exam to take. By Monday at noon, I'll be done and on my way to my last term of the MBA. How strange. My professors were really fantastic this term, so thank you to Julia, Jose Luis, Josep, Pedro, Fede, Victor, Joan, and Xavier.
Plans for the next term? Get as much out of it as I possibly can. Enjoy every moment. And I won't waste a second on things that don't really matter. Life is just too short, and so is the MBA.
(By the way, I'm glad I came back after Christmas! Good thing I don't like to throw in the towel!)