BY ZUBIN DAVAR - MANAGING DIRECTOR
With graduation just a few weeks away, the unsettling thought of losing our beloved second-year classmates has begun to sink in. This is followed by an even scarier thought: We first-year students are about to become second-years ourselves. But before the annual “changing of the guards,” I’d like to reflect on what this year’s graduating class has imparted on the Anderson legacy.
Anderson’s differentiating feature is its collaborative culture and sense of community. However, Anderson’s culture as we know it would be entirely different if it weren’t for the Class of 2014. Their ambition to continue the class of 2013’s legacy – added to their frustrations with what they wished they’d received from the class above them – fueled their selfless drive to take an active role in shaping our experiences. It’s our duty to now step into those shoes and provide an unparalleled experience for the incoming class. But first, here are a few nuggets of wisdom we should keep in mind during the coming year:
Motivation and Tenacity Go a Long Way
If you have a big vision, the broader community will do everything it can to help you reach that goal. Anderson students, staff, and faculty are personally invested in helping you succeed – whether it’s coordinating alumni from around the world in order to host a major conference, or renovating our student lounge. We’re In This Together Take an active role in the happiness of others. If even five of us haven’t landed jobs by graduation, it affects all of us. It’s important to keep tabs on one another, open doors for one another and find ways to share our successes so that we all benefit. Seemingly “little things”– an introduction over email, a Sunday evening phone call to check in on a friend, or just a big bear hug – can make someone’s day and motivate a classmate to maximize every minute at Anderson.
Do Not Let “Good Enough” be the Enemy of “Great”
While the “80/20” rule is important when juggling priorities in business school, mediocrity is unacceptable. Pushing boundaries, exceeding expectations and challenging the status quo are qualities that have defined Anderson’s culture. When the school’s Wi-Fi was not up to par, for example, students demanded state-of-the-art functionality and facilities. The same goes for faculty, career preparation, and student programming; we must continue to expect the best from our school.
Whether you’re gearing up for a Goldman Sachs interview or dressing up for Anderprom (perhaps in full drag), staying true to who you are is essential. Sure, it can be difficult to stay grounded through two years of transformational change. But if we deviate drastically, we do our classmates a disservice by not bringing to the table our unique personalities, talents and perspectives.
It would be an understatement to say that the second-years have made a lasting impact, and living up to them will be no easy task. Let’s raise our blue mugs to the Class of 2014 and send them off in all the pomp and circumstance they deserve. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for everything you have given us.