This past week, during a brain break from studying, I was watching old Saturday Night Live clips. I came across one of my favorites – the Spartan Cheerleaders at the Chess tournament. I decided that there are some lessons to be learned from Craig and Ariana, and they are even applicable to B school.
1) No matter what you choose to do, you might as well do it like it’s the most important thing in the world.
2) Just because you’re not invited doesn’t mean you can’t make an appearance. (Although the Chess team might ask you to leave)
3) Sometimes the best opportunities are found in unexpected places.
4) A best friend that’s ‘got your back’ is a great person to have around.
5) When life’s got you down, the “perfect cheer” will fix it every time. (Like after an accounting midterm).
And maybe the most important thing that I took away from my brain break was the importance of laughter. When you start to feel bogged down or overwhelmed, pull up some old SNL skits (or whatever you find funny) and just laugh. There’s a whole science that studies the effects of laughter on the body, called gelotology. And that fact, in and of itself, might just be enough to get you laughing.