12/12/2012 5:52 AM
It’s hard to believe our first semester is over already.
A “team coaching” call earlier this week really made me reflect on the experience. A mere five months ago we were pushed out onto a teetering tightrope and told to juggle homework and papers, math and calculators (ack!), plus the ongoing demands a full-time job, family, life.
To top it off, you’re assigned four other people – complete strangers – to suddenly depend on for those dreaded group projects and practicing “effective teamwork.”
Suddenly you’re waking up in the middle of the night thinking, “I forgot to do the pre-work assignment on how to juggle!”
I recall a very vivid image our first Stats class, where Professor Juran so aptly described this whole balancing act as akin to being in a hot air balloon. We’re flying high, having just been accepted into a great EMBA program, excited to learn…until suddenly we realize our basket has too much stuff in it and we’re sinking fast!
Quick, what can we throw overboard?! Friends? Gym routines? Our stats textbooks?
And yet, as I sat on this conference call with our “team coach,” I realized that the initial shock has been replaced by a real sense of accomplishment, and not just because we’re done with exams. In the blink of an eye, this group of strangers really became a family.
In five short months we went through so much together. We weathered those big transitions, challenging classes, late night study sessions, and, heck, even a hurricane together. We came to rely on each other in so many ways, and it became a comfort to know that there were “spotters" there who were not going to let me fall.
It’s not entirely surprising, I suppose. After all, we’re not just learning together; we’re also eating together and spending whole weekends together. You’re bound to form some bonds after all that.
What I didn’t anticipate was how much I would take away from simply spending time with this group of people, absorbing their knowledge, approaches and experiences. I have to admit, I’m sad we’ll be breaking up the band and starting over with new teams soon.
As I head off to enjoy the short reprieve before next semester (yes, on a beach far away), I take pause to reflect on some “extra” lessons learned outside the classroom: (1) no doubt we will continue to form and strengthening these bonds as we go on, so we have to look for every opportunity to appreciate the time we have together; and (2) it’s going to go really fast, so enjoy the ride!
Thanks, Team 11, for a stellar first semester.
4 comment(s) so far...
By Sunny Gurnani on
12/13/2012 12:41 PM
Awesome blog! :). My sentiments exactly.
Enjoy your Break Laura and Happy Holidays!
By Chait Balasubramaniam on
12/24/2012 2:40 PM
Glad to see the first post from our Class'14 EMBA blogging team. Just felt like starting the program and we are done with the first term. Have a great holiday Laura!
By Rupa Paranjape on
12/24/2012 2:40 PM
Excellent post Laura!
By Laura Guzman on
12/24/2012 2:42 PM
Thanks, guys. It's bee such a pleasure getting to know you this past 6 months. Looking forward to seeing everyone again soon in the New Year!