You learn something new about yourself when you climb a tree high enough to get you dizzy and then walk out 5 steps on a narrow wooden board attached at that height in order to jump and catch a trapeze 2 metres away from you. When you see everyone in your group going ahead and giving it a shot. When you want everyone in your group to be successful when they jump. When you know everyone down there wants you to get rid of your fears and jump. When everyone around you is supportive of you doing your best. Thats the power of the Goizueta community. Its hard not to get overwhelmed by the experience.
Its just been 10 days since our orientation began and I can say without a doubt that coming to GBS has been the best decision of my life. I can’t be thankful enough to myself for having had the guts to go against the financial odds and months spent in apprehension about how things would turn out. The classes are yet to begin, but I know where I am now and where it can take me. The rewards are going to be endless.
You see how close knit people are here when alums who graduated years ago are ready to spend their entire evening talking to you about refining your elevator pitch, providing you with critical feedback and encouragement at the same time. You notice the intensity with which everyone from the school is involved in making sure you find your place here and that the time you spend here is invaluable in changing you as a person. When you get to meet 170 people who are going to be your family, 170 people who share the same Core Values, and you like them all so much that your biggest worry is how to find more and more time with each of them. Its also when you begin to realize why 170 is just the right class size for everyone to make the most of their time. When you get overawed by the cultural diversity that your Class has, the kind of strong experiences people have behind them, and the way it all comes together for each one of us to learn something new every moment that we’re here.
The orientation is officially over, with the last 3 days spent at WinShape, which has to be experienced to be believed. When you have to climb a 15 feet wall without ropes, you can’t do it without the help of your team. The excitement is not in you climbing the wall, but in helping everyone in the team do so. These are people you’re going to spend the rest of your semester with, and it gives you the confidence of being able to cross any such block that you may encounter in life.
Its time now to hit the party organized by the 2010s, before we get knee deep in assignments beginning Monday. The Class is ready to get their calibres tested in the coming weeks; but tonight, we are going to rock Atlanta !!