In this fall, I'm going to take my talents to Barcelona and join the University of Navarra's IESE Business School as an MBA candidate.
That was the conclusion I woke up with after months of agonizing about where I'm going to spend the next two years of my life. Like I said before, I feel like IESE is going to give me the best opportunity to change my life now, and change the next 30, 40, 50 years of my life. I mean, I'm looking forward to it. To say it was always in my plans ... I can't say it was always in my plans because I never thought it was possible. But after the application process with IESE, and all the things the organization has done since, it was hard to turn them down. Those are some great people I met, and, you know, you add me, we're going to be a really good team.
All silliness aside, this has been a really tough decision, and something I've worked for the past 17 months towards. It wasn't a decision that I took lightly - in fact, this was possibly the most anxiety-inducing decision I've ever had to make. I felt an enormous sense of responsibility, as my decision would have consequences that would determine my career, my life, and many other people as well. While at several points of this process I was deeply concerned about the effect this decision would have on others, at the end of it, I had to put my goals first. I'm at a pivotal moment in my life, at the age of 27 - I'm young, but not young. The time to get things going is now.
I want to thank my friends and my family, loved ones, for all the support. I started this process in January 2012 with no real end game planned - just an understanding that studying for, and earning a high GMAT score was the first step. That came and went, and then the applications started. Seven in total - seven schools, each with their own requirements, their own essays, their own ordeals. Months of work, of edits, of hair-pulling, not to mention all the application fees paid ... and then the only thing left to do was to wait. And I fucking hate waiting. That feeling of helplessness, of someone else deciding your fate - nah son, I don't do well with that. But after being invited to interviews, and the Assessment Day in New York, here we are.
And now the real work begins. This decision has already exacted a heavy price, personally. I don't know what the future has for me, what I'll find in Barcelona. But I just have to be brave, to go after that adventure and dream.