HBS class of 2015
One of the main reasons I came to business school is that it put me on a great track to get to the next stage of my career. But when I got here, I started thinking that I could be doing more with my life. In the moment, you just don’t always realize how big an opportunity this is and you take it for granted. But when you put it in perspective, you realize we have the opportunity to go on to do whatever we want with our careers — and also a big opportunity to inspire other people.
I grew up in Brooklyn. My mother immigrated to the U.S. from Guyana. She was a single parent and I am an only child. My grandparents were close by, and so were both my aunts, so after school I'd go to my grandparent's house, but I also learned to be independent. I think we just managed, you know?
You arrive at HBS and you’re suddenly surrounded by 900 students who have done well in their careers. Every day, I’m around people who have done so many spectacular things and, at times, I wonder whether I’ve really done that much with my life. There are people here who have started a company. I see all the possibilities of things I could do and I think, my god, I want to find that awesome thing that I really love and go after it.
Especially in my first year, I’d find myself sitting in class thinking I had this perfect comment, and you go through all the internal dialogue, trying to frame it perfectly. Then you look across and see your male colleague speaking up and think, wait, I had that comment, too, why didn’t I raise my hand? You don’t want to be that sort of person.
This environment pushes you to just speak up, even when you don’t have a perfectly well thought-out comment. Speak up, voice your opinion, be able to defend it.
Right now, I’m 30 and I’m focused on building my career. I know this is probably the wrong way to look at it, but I’m just not ready to get married yet. There are still so many things I want to accomplish, so much I need to learn about myself. I want to get married when I’m ready and willing to give my all.