Over the past 7-8 months, I have realized that every mini comes with a characteristic. Every mini can be labeled with a single word. Mini 1 was all about the ‘Learning’. Beginning of everything. New friendship, new place, new people. Learning at every stage. Mini 2 was all about ‘Applying’. More than applying knowledge, it was about applying yourself. Applying yourself to set and get goals. Applying yourself to surge ahead, applying yourself to differentiate yourself.
Mini 3, the toughest mini according to many MBA students at Tepper, is all about the ‘Search’. Searching yourself, searching a place for yourself, searching for ways to attain your goals, searching for answers for the failure that you encounter.
And if you ask first year students for the one word that describes Mini 3, they will say – Internship Search.
But I have realized that it is the most important time of the first year at MBA not because of its importance in the internship search process but because how it separates men from boys and pushes them to endure and continue. This mini can be extremely exhausting and taxing; it can give you sudden joy and break your dreams the next moment. It can motivate you to reach for the sky and before you know leave you on the ground searching for reasons for the great fall. And that’s why this mini is also about how you back yourself, how you motivate yourself, how you bounce back, how you emerge from ashes, how good a friend you are of yourself… This mini which is all about Internship Search is also about Internal Friendship search.
I know for sure that the people who will come out of this phase with flying colors are those who have a great friend rooting for them inside themselves. I wish everyone a great intern(al-friend)ship. Go and find one and the success will follow.