Hello friends! So, first things first– life updates:
-I live in State College, Pennsylvania now. This will be my home for the next two years! I’m attending the Smeal College of Business in hopes of getting my MBA by 2018.
-Since the start of the program, I have found that I have very limited time to do the things I love. So some things that have suffered/ceased to exist: my workouts (I only have time to work out twice a week on average), my daily phone calls to my parents, my health (currently recovering from my THIRD stye), and then this blog. It’s frustrating, but it’s okay because….(see next point)
-I LOVE school. I cannot believe the amount of knowledge that is at my fingertips. And I really like where I live now; it’s a great place to be a student. But yea, those styes have got to go.
-The weather is cooling down and winter will be here soon and I’m terrified because this will be my first east coast winter. Tips, anyone?!
Since I settled in, I haven’t really had the time to think through recipes to blog about. On a regular basis, I end up eating my standard egg sandwich for breakfast, and then my lunches and dinners are salads or rice and daal (I recently acquired a pressure cooker to make daal in and it’s a lifesaver). Daal is a lentil soup; it’s extremely easy to make and so so so healthy. I’ll definitely have a post about making daal soon! During the first couple of weeks of school, I had some time to cook, and you’ll see some of the pictures in this blog post.
I will admit, even though I know this is an extremely important and transformative time in my life, I still do get homesick and I wish I was back living my old life in San Francisco. Remember how fun it was?? But I would never get to learn as much as I am learning today. I am constantly amazed at what my classmates bring to the table, and I’m learning more about myself as well. I’m also working harder than I’ve ever worked before and I can feel myself reaching my potential. And it feels amazing (99% of the time, if you exclude the nights where I’ve gotten 5 or less hours of sleep, yikes).
The Smeal MBA program at Penn State is excellent. If anyone reading this is looking into MBA programs, reach out to me! I can tell you everything (well, almost) about how Smeal has already had such a positive impact on my professional and personal life. My classmates are extremely diverse and driven, the professors are committed to seeing you succeed and learn, and the college town is the perfect setting to be a student in.
Unfortunately, I don’t know when I’ll be able to blog next, but I hope soon. Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned for more updates!