Where I have I been? What have I been up to?
Work was extremely busy for a while. As soon as my intense project wrapped up, it was time to apply to graduate school. The application process is still underway, but I’m much closer to completion. I do hope that I am accepted to one of these programs and that I will be starting school in the fall. My only worry is that I hope the applications showcase the real “me.” There is so much more to me than my undergraduate GPA, GMAT scores, and resume. All are useful metrics for benchmarking purposes, but I hope they are not viewed as what defines me. My resume, for example, is a culmination of all very positive experiences in my past. What I need right now is change, not more of the same (which is typically what most resumes are built for).
The essays have been a good way for me to reflect on my past and where I see myself in the future. This past weekend, Thanksgiving weekend, was also an abrupt reminder that so much has changed in a year. Put quite simply, it makes me sad. I have no idea why or how the universe unfolds as it does. As someone who asks “why” a whole lot (I’m a consultant AND I love physics), it’s a little discomforting to know I may never find the answer. I’ve tried different coping mechanisms, but with mixed luck. I’ve been trying to shrug off the sadness by telling myself that I’ve made it this far and I just have to keep going, to be myself.
What else is going on? I’ve been spearheading initiatives for the alumni council and have been doing a bit more with social media, with very positive results. I’ve also been researching places to live in Spain for the summer and teaching myself legal and business Spanish. I’ve been busy! So busy, that I haven’t had much time to experiment in the kitchen. As photographed above, I did manage to make a nice cheese board, croquetas de bacalao, and zamburiñas. Zamburiñas are small scallops that are super-tasty when prepared in a tomato-based sauce with paprika. I fell in love with them while in Galicia and decided to treat myself after finishing the creative piece for one of my MBA applications!
With that said, I do have to get back to work. It’s been such a nice, refreshing change to trade in Visio, Excel, and Gantt charts for Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver. In more ways than one…