Linh Nhan, MBA’21
“What was the most meaningful decision you have made?” If someone asks me this question, no matter now or 50 years later, I will still say that pursuing MBA at the age of 25 is one of the most life-changing decisions that I made.
Perhaps, my MBA journey began back in 2018 when I first jotted the very first plan of preparing for my higher education. When I told my friends and family about my decision, there were a lot of questions that got me thinking about whether this will be the right choice. Sometimes, the fear of making mistakes clouds our minds and inhibits us from breaking out of our comfort zone. The fear that making the wrong choice would take us backward from our career and the peer pressure doesn’t allow us to do the difference. At the time, I kept asking myself self-doubt questions like “Would it be the right time for me, given the financial investment and career pause that I must make at 25?”, “What if I couldn’t find a job afterward?”. If there’s something I learned from my career as a supply chain specialist, it is “put it on the paper first”. I remembered it was so much clearer when I started to write my thoughts down. Besides all the pros and cons I made, right at that moment, I realized that my gut had always told me what to do and the answer had always been there. Yes, I will do it no matter what happens.
Looking back a year earlier, I am proud that I have made the right decision. I have learned and grown so much in both professional and personal aspects. I was able to take a huge leap in my networking skills and take on several roles to sharpen my leadership. However, friendship has been the most valuable gift during my MBA journey so far. In the last year, I got a chance to know many bright-minded and kind fellows. They are not just classmates but also are the 2nd years, and the alumni, who really embrace Kelley’s community and provide insurmountable supports. They are my core groupmates, who offered to do the work when one of us was busy recruiting or networking. They are the 2nd years, who spared their busy schedules and did mock interviews with us. They are also the alumni, who actively walked with me during my recruiting journey and didn’t hesitate to do mock interviews with me at 8 pm after their long day at work. Without all of those supports, I wouldn’t be where I am today, preparing for the summer internship at my favorite consulting firm. Kelley might not be the only MBA program to choose from; however, I believe that the community at Kelley is unique and irreplaceable.
To future Kelleys, I’m looking forward to seeing you on campus. Have I also told you that IU is considered one of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S? This is the journey you chose, so make it yours! Recruiting is important but your social life also matters. Don’t forget to spend some weekends hanging out with your classmates and explore B-town. Lastly, don’t hesitate to ask! You never know if you never ask. I wouldn’t have made it without the support and guidance I received from this community. Take care and I’ll see you all very soon!