I don’t know where the months go anymore, let alone the days. I had been putting off this post with the hope that the longer I waited, the more likely I would finally have an internship offer or at least some more interviews lined up to share with everyone. Not so, I’m afraid. One company I have been anxiously waiting to hear from pushed back their response time from a firm “within two weeks” to “by the end of the month.” Together, this has added over a month to my wait time. I’m not the most patient man when it comes to things like these, but I’m doing my best to sit tight and keep hope. Some of my classmates were just made offers nearly four months after their interviews, so yes, all is not lost.
During this waiting time I’ve begun to try to flex my creative muscle to conjure up ways in which I will most productively utilize my time over the summer if something more formal doesn’t work out. I have a few companies in mind that I am going to approach to pitch projects to, and if this yields no fruit I may very likely focus on my Spanish while working on a business plan for future use. In short, the summer is still very much on my mind and when I finally know what it is I will be doing, I’ll gleefully return to share the good news.
Aside from this, I passed term two with flying colors. My marketing grade was actually my highest grade this time (in the 9s) which made me quite happy, since marketing is something I’ve always been interested in, but never really had direct opportunities to see what I’m capable of given the finance façade. Term three is now underway and it’s going to be a toughie to finish things off for year one. Lots of work, lots of group coordination…and the weather becoming so absolutely beautiful has not been helping me get down to business when things need to get done. I’m sure I’ll manage the term just fine, but it’ll be a challenge, no doubt.
So what else is going on with me? Well, I think it is time I make a confession. My long-term goal since before I even applied to ESADE has been to end up in Texas. Blanca and I chose Texas (Dallas or Houston, specifically) as our target based on a number of factors, but given the difficulty I’ve had in finding an internship I have made a decision that will affect my “international status” come next fall. What have I done? Well, since I am very serious about my goals, I figure the best way to position myself to land a full-time position in Texas post-MBA will be to get in front of the local recruiters myself. How am I going to do this? *drum roll* I have applied…and been accepted…to spend the fall term at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin…clearly in Austin, Texas.
This was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make since I arrived here, and when I was accepted it was a bitter-sweet moment. I understand some people think this defeats the purpose of the exchange and what have you, but I am not so sure. I am an international student, I am living in Spain, I do bring a different perspective and I do have an honest rationale for wanting to study at McCombs. McCombs is a great school, and it was actually one of the only US programs I strongly considered applying to before deciding on ESADE. They have a very strong national (and especially regional) name, and I am hoping to use this to my advantage as I make my way there in the fall. By the time I finish up in December, I hope to have worked my tail off enough to have secured a full-time position, leaving me with peace of mind when I return to BCN to finish off my last term.
So, yeah, my confession is that I’m going to be an “international exchange student” in the US next fall…go figure. And with that, I wish I had more exciting things to share at the present time, but alas, I do not. What I do have is a pile of homework starting at me, beautiful weather outside starting at me through the window, and no coffee in my system. Therefore, I believe I will end this now and *crosses fingers* will hopefully be posting again much, much sooner than I have been, so I can share some good news in the near future.