January is great time to be in Pune. Just the right amount of cold and sunshine. Brunch with my 5 besties reflecting on 2012 and planning for 2013 - just the kind of new year morning you want (sans the hangover).
Right after, I left for my first ever trip to Europe. 1st stop - Spain! 5 days in Madrid and Barcelona. Boy, those guys know how to party. All the 5 days I was hungry (thanks to add timings and no veggie food), sleep deprived and yet having the time of my life. Next stop - Germany. Our MBA Project Sponsors were gracious hosts. Cherry on the top was that the 3 German students who would become a part of our team were simply the coolest team members ever. We all bonded in no time - it was going to be a great semester working on this interesting problem statement and with such amazing ppl. After Germany our travels took us to Italy - cheap airlines, language barriers, multiple cities, good company, fine cheese and wine pretty much sums up that leg of the trip.
|January - India, Spain, Germany, Italy and Ireland travel. |
Here I am with Ravi and Hal in front of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.
|New Experiences: Exploring Dublin all by myself. |
Spire of Dublin
Once back in Boston, I was ready to sleep for 3 days straight and I did. One of my key goals for 2013 was to RUN!! I started small. Ran a 5k in Feb and committed myself to running the Chicago Marathon in October. Oh! Did I mention, meanwhile I accepted a post-MBA job offer from Cognizant Business Consulting and decided to join their Chicago office.
|February: Running beginsBabson 5K!|
Celebrations and travel continued moving into March. Back in Boston, having already accepted a job and with only 2 courses taken, I was pretty much chilling the entire time. To make myself feel productive (and some extra cash), I took up Tutoring for MacroEcon for 1st year students. It was a frightening thought at first - I studied more than ever to ensure I am prepared in the classroom. But as they say, you can never be completely prepared and it takes courage to say 'I don't know and I will get back to you on that'. This tutoring experience definitely taught me that and gave an additional humility shot.
|March: Celebrations, Friends and more travel.|
|April: Germans visit Boston|
|With my fav Babson boys at the Spring Formal|
Boston came out stronger than ever after the attacks. Life was back to routine after the almost unreal chase to capture the man behind the horrible act.
Amidst all this, I received another unreal but extremely happy email. I was going to be the STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER for the Class of 2013. I had submitted my speech when the school was looking for student speakers and not in my wildest dreams I thought that I would make it. But I did - I knew what euphoria felt like at that time!!
|May: Babson Commencement|
2013 Babson MBA Commencement Student Speaker - Anagha Mahajan
I heard some great things from my classmates and their parents about the speech. This was undoubtedly the highest point of my MBA. Arnab was there in the audience when I delivered my speech and received the degree. I expressed my thoughts about this surreal experience here: Commencement Blog
With the Commencement Ceremony behind me, it was almost time to leave Babson, Boston and the student life behind and enter the "real-world" but not before some more partying. The last few weeks in Boston were nothing less than glorious. One amazing year at 41 Gardner was coming to an end but the 6 of us made sure we packed up as may memories as possible in the limited time we had. Lunches, dinners, kitchen gossip sessions, movies, parties and hanging out never stopped until it was time to say goodbye. I left Boston exactly on the next day after my B'day.
|41 Gardner: Home away from Home|
It indeed was difficult to leave Boston but at the same time, I was looking forward to moving to Chicago, starting a new job, staying close to Arnab and moving in with my best friend. It was a start of a new life - a life that I was dreaming about all throughout the MBA. First few weeks were chilled out at work. I used this time to set up the new place, explore Chicago and notch up raining for the Marathon.
|June: Move to Chicago|
New place, lake view and best friend roommate
|July: Surprise India Visit and Weddings|
|August: Mommy visits Chicago|
Talking about breeze, our first car together happened in 2013. See how awesome 2013 is? It just keeps getting better and better.
|September: First CAR!!|
|Old friends meet in Seattle|
In middle of all this travel, I got left behind in my training for the Marathon. It was difficult to accept but I had to settle for running the half marathon. It was not an easy decision but that what endurance sports teaches you - to be patient and be ready when the right time arrives. My preparation wasn't adequate and I had to accept it gracefully. I sort of did. I ran the half marathon and completed it in 2:58:30. Although, I did not run the full marathon, I was pretty happy with my run and highly motivated to complete the Marathon in 2014.
|October: Chicago Marathon|
|November: Flights, delays, misses, Huston, Austin, Smoky's and Bachelorette parties|
|December: Charleston, sunshine, beaches, great food and contemplations|
|2013 - Life is Good!|