“Even old New York was once New Amsterdam, why they changed it I can’t say, people just liked it better that way…” – Istanbul (not Constantinople) by They Might Be Giants
Sitting in my apartment at 12:32am on Monday morning, I gaze around the room and reflect on how much has changed in the last year. A year ago I was still learning to like football and I felt like MBA graduation was a lifetime away. These are just two very small elements of the whole experience, but as I glance toward my kitchen to see the remnants of the Iowa v. Ohio State tailgate/Birthday party I held on Saturday – I smile at how the details make all the difference.
Saturday’s game was certainly exciting, but as an Iowa alum, I couldn’t help but walk away a bit sad. Ohio State has taught me to appreciate the game, but I grew up with the Hawkeyes and my heart still bleeds a little black and gold. With so much excitement surrounding this particular game, it was a great opportunity to invite some of my “pre-MBA” friends out to Ohio from DC and Iowa. What a great time!
Having not seen most of these friends since a wedding in the spring, it was amazing how fast the time has gone by since we all lived in the same city, met for book clubs, and reflected on college as a thing of the past. Merging my b-school life and these friends from the outside world highlights how at times there seems to be a gap between how I perceived myself then and what I view for the future. It is only natural that we all feel this way as time passes, but I think the intensity of the MBA experience heightens ones awareness.
But as Monday continues to develop and weekend becomes but a memory, graduation feels closer than ever before. The realization that in two more blinks, this MBA phase will have passed and a new adventure will ensue.
All things change. That’s a good thing. And despite a tradition built on the beer/football association, I always make room for cocktails on the menu… One of the cocktails I fixed this weekend for a friend included a product that will tie back into my They Might Be Giants reference, New Amsterdam Gin and Sprite… this particular friend used to be a huge fan of Vodka and Tonic, but like everything else, sometimes a little change is good.
(Side note to those of you who have noticed a bit of a gap since my last posting, all apologies, apparently technical difficulties have lost some of my posts – I’ll try to get those resolved.)