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Diary

CBS Class of 2021!

Probably the best news I get to write in this blog - I’m headed to Columbia Business School this fall!

It still feels surreal that I got accepted to the program that has been my top choice for the longest time. When peopled asked me where I want to go, I’ve always said Columbia without really thinking that would actually happen to me.

In my life, the things I’ve wanted the most - especially with respect to admissions - never materialized. I applied to Cornell Early Decision and got rejected. I tried to act calm as my mother tried to console me. When I called my friend to share the news, I ended up bawling my eyes out thinking the world was over.

Two years into college, actually even the first year too, I tried to transfer to Cornell again but failed. Same thing happened in my sophomore year. No transfer.

But this time I triumphed. I didn’t even bother applying to Cornell because who cares about Ithaca ha! And yes its not Harvard or Stanford, but it doesn’t matter because I’ve always wanted to be in NYC and its Columbia after all! I don’t think my life would change drastically even if I went to those school.

My dad told me that winning is also a habit. If you keep on winning, you are going to set your eyes on even bigger goals and progress even further. Just like a lot of things in this world, winning could also act in a manner of vicious circle.

As much as I’d love to celebrate this victory, I still have a long way to go. In fact, this really is only the beginning. There’s still so much work that needs to be done - CFA (maybe), recruiting, social skills, industry knowledge etc… But before I throw myself into new challenges, I should make sure to spend time and thank people who made this happen. There were key moments and key figures who were extremely critical for this fortunate outcome and I learned that its through my connections that I’ll get to where I want not by a virtue of my limited knowledge/capabilities.

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