Has it already been two weeks since I left China? Time has really flown!
I found campus unchanged when I walked into E62 on Monday morning after getting back. It was the longest I’d been away from E62 since I started business school, and I was surprised at the warm fuzzy feeling I had when I saw the view of Boston from our green glass building. It was a confirmation that after six months—complete with academic and professional ups and downs—Sloan has at last become “home.”
The experience of living and working in China – rich on its own – became all the more meaningful when I reconnected with classmates who had been elsewhere for spring break. For me, the most important lesson from our comparative experiences was that we each learned how to apply our education so far at Sloan to create real impact. My time in China was not a business school case study (though those are sometimes stressful too!). Rather, it was a real opportunity to add value to an organization, with high stakes for an entrepreneur half-way across the world. Rather than theorizing about all the possible things that could be done, I had to focus on prioritizing a mission-critical solution. In the process of applying my b-school education so far, I not only learned about doing business in a different country or being a consultant, but also came to understand how to prioritize the various learning opportunities available at Sloan.