In the midst of finals, I have managed to somehow induce a state of stress such that I no longer feel particular hunger nor fall asleep after hours of trying. Remarkable and slightly alarming as this is, I also recognize that this is my second to last semester. So how did this semester measure up? How satisfied am I with it? And how can I ensure that I leave my four years at Cal with no regrets?
Overall this semester, I worked very hard as a project manager for my consulting group and in achieving both client happiness and team bonding. I got to meet and work with an awesome startup with the nicest founder out there, as well as the coolest team. I applied to a few incubators and learned a lot, and finally have been seeing the slow but steady growth of J’s and my vision! We created a brand, and now we are creating a product, but we still have to launch it. I also began the processes of outsourcing product development and manufacturing, and am learning that is far more difficult than I initially thought. I endured the long days of recruiting, only to make up my mind that I would rather spend the next year working on something that I want very much to make a reality, although recruiting was still a valuable learning experience, as it always is. I made mistakes, and now I know better. When I wasn’t being preoccupied with side hustles, I did try to study and complete my assignments on time. I also ate extremely healthily and worked out religiously until finals, and have witnessed an overall improvement in health. However, this semester I have not been able to be as social as I would have liked to be, and I would like to change that during my last semester and make it a point to catch up with at least one friend for lunch or dinner per week before we all graduate and leave. I’d also like to strive for better performance in my important courses and leave Cal with good relationships with great professors.
So how did this semester stack up? Not so bad. I’ve been lucky to have the friendships of some very special people, including my partner and my PIC, and I couldn’t have kept at it without their support. I hope for an even better semester next year!