The short break between school and work passed by quickly, filled with a move down to Portland and several more climbing trips since the Challenge for Charity Rainier climb in June. It was a good thing, I thought. After 18 months in the MBA program, I was starting to miss work and eager to explore my new career choice as a civilian.
I still remember the time that I fell in love with the University of Washington. I had flown in on an impossibly sunny January day in 2014 to attend a “Preview Weekend” of the Foster MBA program with fellow admitted and prospective students, and the President of the Foster Veteran’s Association invited me out for a coffee chat. We discovered that we had both served at the same base in Afghanistan but had missed each other by a few weeks, and we ended up talking for almost 2 hours. After that great conversation, I was convinced. I decided to explore the area and eventually found myself at Drumheller Fountain at sunset, where I was met with the same awe-inspiring view that moved a century of UW students to become more than they thought they could be.
Around this time last year, I volunteered to be in a video and share some advice to the incoming MBA class. I had just finished my last final for the year and the only thing between me and a few precious weeks of vacation was this video. Begrudgingly, I walked outside to the filming area just outside of PACCAR Hall and clipped on the mic, and tried to remember what I was going to say. I looked to the videographer for a cue, and the exchange went something like this:
It's Springtime in Seattle, and that means that there's only one quarter (10 weeks!) left in my full-time MBA experience here at the University of Washington. The last two quarters (Fall and Winter) have been weird and busy as a second-year MBA student, filled with club and class commitments, job interviews, and career decisions. I'm also spending weekends and evenings in The Mountaineers Basic Alpine Course and organizing events for the 2016 Mt Rainier Challenge for Charity Fundraising Climb. All those time management and balance skills from the first year are really paying off!