Careers and Networking

When you first start dating someone you only see their positive features and put aside their blemishes.  When you break up with them you only see their flaws. This scene from 500 days of summer captures this better than anything I could try to write this week so take 102 seconds and watch this clip.

My blog has had a pretty positive tone when it comes to those blemishes of the Oxford MBA. Partly, its because we just started dating, partly its because I try to have an optimistic attitude, and partly its because I have had faith that some of the issues were common to either the UK or B-schools in general. This weekend I had that faith rewarded.

I spent the weekend at London Business School at an LGBT MBA conference called EurOUT. There were ~100 LGBT MBA students from every European B-school and one of the questions I asked these other students was what they loved and didn’t love about their program. They had the same concerns I have heard in my role as Section Rep at Oxford with the largest concern being the Careers departments.

It was clear that for many schools getting employers onto campus was a matter of obtaining critical mass. Some schools compensate for this by concentrating students interested in a particular field, thus sacrificing diversity of background in classroom discussions. Other school (like Oxford) grow the student population to attract more employers. The downsides to both of these approaches is the same and it is universal at these school. The ratio of students to recruiters is too high to build the personal connections needed to really secure an interview.

I say this making a key assumption. I admit it is biased given my time in the networking capital of the world – Washington DC. I assume that any job you are going to get is going to happen because someone whom you know gave you the opportunity to show them what you know. This is a subtle difference between the cynical adage that only “Who you know” matters. Specifically “Who you know” can help you get an interview, but you only get past that stage because of “What you know.”

If we accept that assumption then a high student to recruiter ratio means that the events a careers department puts on *can* be helpful but the numbers don’t play to your favor. Instead I’d highly recommend attending a key conference for an interest/region/affiliation where recruiters will actively be looking for top LGBT talent.

Going to a conference and networking with recruiters puts you as an MBA in the driver’s seat. You have the control to talk to whom you want during the conference and during the career fair. For type-a MBAs this is critical. When you go to a conference you get the chance to have smaller discussions with recruiters who all of a sudden are competing for you. To use lessons from strategy you are flipping the dynamic between buyers & suppliers.

To get the most out of MBA conference recruiting I’d recommend a couple of tips:RB-Meme

  1. Be clear & concise. – This one is rather obvious but approach recruiters with a key focused question in mind, a short elevator pitch about yourself, or a relevant insight. They are busy and if you waste their time they will know.
  2. Be cognizant. – Be aware of how much time you are spending talking to a recruiter. Odds are there are others who want to talk to the recruiter you have backed up against their table or sign. If you have made your concise points, thank the recruiter and let them talk with others. If you hold them captive they will remember you, but not for the right reasons.
  3. Exit gracefully – If you don’t know how to best exit a conversation my favorite is to say “Thank you so much for your time, I know you are busy so I’ll let you go so you can talk with others.” It gives them an opening to tell you they’d prefer talking with you or for them to exit the conversation. Alternatively you can always ask where the toilets are.
  4. Be the Best – While the odds are more in your favor, do what you can to be the best amongst your fellow conference peers. Ask insightful questions that demonstrate you understand their business. Recognize challenges they face and ask about them. Recruiters see the dirty ins & outs of their company. They are the last ones who want to hear “I love everything your company does”
  5. Be anything but bland – Yes you have to do the basics especially the “Thank you/follow-up” note. But the worst thing you can do is be generic and unrecognizable. If they gave you a good answer to your insightful question, then recognize that fact in the thank-you note.

The Perspective of Privilege

The Oxford MBA is a World Class Business School, embedded within a World Class University, tackling World Scale challenges. In order to get in, students need to have a high GMAT score, several years of experience, be leaders in their own right already, and bring with them something special to help tackle global issues. Everyone here in the program has an amazing story to to tell and a background of success.

Students will leave the Oxford MBA with the brand of the school behind them providing even more to their pedigree. This privilege comes with a responsibility and its that responsibility I want to talk about today.

WhSpiritualat I don’t mean to do is preach or to imply that this responsibility is all we need to focus on to the exclusion of all else. These nuns prove that to be the case.

For me the responsibility we have is to our community. That can be our local community around us or the global community that we are all a part of.

So far our class has participated in a ball to donate to four charities, has a team growing mustaches for prostate cancer awareness, as well as helping to aid the local homeless. We also have a Launchpad for global social enterprises, companies that focus on Social Impact, & Sustainability along-side the profit bottom-line.

These are all small ways that we are giving back to the community that we are privileged to be a part of. I hope that over the course of our year here and our career entirely, we will continue to give generously of our time, money, and efforts. Because with great privilege comes great responsibility.Responsibility

The Importance of Perspective

blog_magdalen_towerOn Monday I tried out for the Oxford University Fencing Team and while biking across a bridge I caught sight of Magdalen college’s dreaming spires and it hit me. I was fencing again … at a club next to the track where the 4-minute mile was broken … in a town older than the Aztec empire … while studying at the greatest university on the planet. No matter how anything else goes in my life, “I am at Oxford.”

With that reminder came two key insights:

First is that I gained the perspective that I needed to have as I go through job rejections, internal school issues, and intense study session and that I need to constantly remind myself about this perspective.
Second, I realized that with the privilege that I have been given by nature of studying at Oxford comes a great responsibility. Next week I’ll address the responsibility portion but this week I want to focus on how I plan on maintaining this perspective.

As you saw from my post two weeks ago, things at Oxford can get very busy. Almost everything here is focused around learning and expanding your mind, usually over drinks, and always amidst some of the greatest minds around. Church is no exception to this and Church is quickly becoming the avenue I use to maintain this perspective.

Christ Church CathedralThere are over 150 pubs in Oxford and I wouldn’t be surprised if there were even more churches. Each college has a church some grand, some cozy and in keeping with my goals for the year I have been to a handful of services already this term. My favorite by far is the Sung Eucharist at Christ Church. Their cathedral is beautiful, the choir angelic, the organ inspiring, and the service is motivating. What offers a continual reminder of perspective is that the preacher is a theologian, an academic and a believer in making the sermons start in real life and apply scripture to it.

For instance a few weeks ago he opened the sermon with a run-down about how a Management Consultancy pointed out the importance of a shared mission at a firm, from the librarians, cafeteria staff, janitors, and other employees all the way up to the CEO. It was a lesson in leadership development that touched upon the mission of the Church. It was another lesson (in my already filled schedule) that, because it was coming from a completely different angle re-energized me and served as a reminder to focus on the bigger picture.

So far, this same experience has repeated itself at services across the university and it is one way that I am going to maintain my perspective each week. I invite any who read this blog to come to services with me or at least take advantage of what this city has to offer in order to maintain the perspective that “I’m at Oxford.” For future students reading this, consider this just another reason why Oxford is quite possibly the best global program to get your MBA. Stay tuned for next week when I talk about the responsibility that this perspective demands and how I hope to meet it.

National Coming Out Day & Oxford

Today, October 11th is National Coming Out day. It is an annual event designed to encourage people to tell their families, friends and coworkers that they are gay. Coming out is the most impactful thing to advance LGBT rights globally and I wanted to take time with today’s post to call attention to this.

When I applied and during my interview I was concerned about being Out during my Oxford MBA. Oxford is filled with high-church transitions including wearing formal-wear to take exams, eat certain dinners, and it trends more conservative. It also is home to Oscar Wilde and many other LGBT writers, embraced Rachel Maddow, and has a college known as the Queer College (Wadham) that flies the rainbow flag each February.

Personally I was concerned that with 40-50% of the class coming from countries where homosexuality is illegal there would be tension with my classmates and that I might be the only one. I am proud to say that that couldn’t be further from the truth.

In the past month I have had a dozen people from India and various countries in the Middle East and Africa send me a quick message or pull me aside to let me know that they are supportive. About 2-3% of the class is LGB and so far this year has destroyed my concerns about being out.

This weekend I was in Chicago for an LGBT MBA conference and when people heard I was from Oxford they echoed my original fears. I am glad that I was able to picture my classmates and their support and let them know that the students are strong allies across the board.

I am grateful to be in an environment where I don’t have to worry about being authentically David and if any prospective students are reading this and want to know more, please reach out to me. I’m happy to chat. David.Baker@mba2015.sbs.oxford.edu

Vulnerability – MBA Launch Week 2 (MT-1)

This week as an MBA was focused on setting the stage for our year here at the Oxford MBA. We started the week with GOTO (Global Opportunities & Threats at Oxford) a module designed to get us thinking about global scale challenges and how diversely we can start to define them let alone solve them. From the 60M displaced migrants globally, to the shortage and scarcity of water, to the impact of big data on privacy & cybersecurity. This module provides the context for our classes in the broader world and looks like it will be the highlight of our year.

We spent a day hearing from the careers department about various career paths that we can take from our MBA and I got some 1:1 time with a sector advisor to talk through my story and where in marketing I want to end up down the line. We started our lectures in Analytics (really just statistics), Business Finance, and the “Global Rules of the Game” which really was about building coalitions and working within the global legal frameworks of the EU, UN, and US governments, coalitions, and NGOs (I felt right at home).

Lastly this week (and the subject for today’s post) was our days spent looking beyond Money, Blue-chip firms, and Fame at what really drives us. What gets us out of bed in the morning. What our passion truly is and how in looking at our own diverse narratives we can find those things which motivate us. It also was a lesson in unconscious bias and the dangers that lurk there. In talking with our class it received mixed reviews, but for me it was the most powerful session we have had in the past two weeks. Coming from Google my manager and our leadership team focused a lot on similar aspects so much of this wasn’t new, as such it made me truly think about where I stood in the world and what motivated me each day.

Ultimately I came to terms with the fact that “I don’t know” what motivates me. And that that is okay. I’m still looking for my mission, my cause, my quixotic quest. I am definitely motivated by many things (I don’t think anyone who gets into the OxfordMBA program isn’t) but my true motivation eludes me. I spent this week getting to a space in which I am okay with that fact for now.

What is so phenomenal about our program are the people. I said this in an earlier post but after meeting so many of my classmates this is absolutely the truth. I say this because had it not been for a handful of my classmates I would have had a completely lousy week. But we have gotten to know each other well enough that I felt comfortable enough to be vulnerable with a handful, letting them know that I needed help.

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 1.06.38 AMIt is an incredibly difficult thing to do, ask for help, but in doing so I was able to forge closer relationships with people whom I now know will always have my back. I made myself vulnerable to my classmates in a program known generally for its competitive nature. Instead of using my weakness against me classmates have helped me become stronger.

As I look at our class and the year ahead of us I hope personally to continue making myself real and vulnerable with each and every one of you. I hope that members of the class who are reading this know that I am happy to be a listening ear; a friend who will help in times of need; a part of your support here during our year abroad. In the coming weeks I want to talk more about opening up to others (hopefully with more examples from my own life), but in all reality it is late and I have an Analytics class in a few hours. More to come next week.

MBA Launch begins – A Year of Opportunity (MT -2)

This week has been intense and honestly felt like a month. We have had many parties and pub nights, LONG lectures filled with all 340 of us; some terrible sessions and some astoundingly amazing ones including Sue … Sue Tonks and Simon Bucknell. Simon’s session on executive presence was by far my favorite and I gained a lot of lessons from his time with our class. The biggest lesson is that story-telling is a missed opportunity in business and that is one reason it is so successful.

When Simon told us this, it resonated with something a McKinsey partner told me at an event a couple of weeks ago in London. The partner said “Strategy is differentiation.” Think about that for a minute. Strategy is differentiation. Perfect strategy is doing something that your competitors in the space aren’t doing instead of merely copying their tactics. Strategy is about taking the opportunities that everyone else misses.

I firmly believe that this is a fundamental axiom of business, that being different from your competition gives you a strategic advantage and because of this I am starting to think about what differentiates us as a class from our competitors. What opportunities are in front of us that we could miss if we aren’t careful? As I spent the week thinking about our class in action each day and wondering what opportunities we have I realized our biggest one.

On Monday we were told that Derek Walker the director of our careers center is quitting. We will be without a careers director for some time and while there will be coverage from department leads, this is a potential set-back for many of us. For others it is a crisis. IRahmf DC has taught me anything useful it is to never waste a good crisis. I chose to see this “crisis” as an opportunity for us to define our class. We have a choice to either compete with our classmates for jobs or to support each other in getting the best job for us and for those in the class. I believe that just as storytelling is a missed opportunity in business, supporting each other’s ambition is a missed opportunity for MBA students. If we can support each other and put all competition aside we will end up a much strong class because of it, both now and long-term.

Let us not be like HBS, Wharton & LBS and draw our long-knives ready to cut down our competition for a limited number of SBS slots for key employers. This *may* help someone get the initial offer more than their classmates (no guarantee) but it does a disservice to them in the long-run. Instead Supportive Ambition, helping each other prepare for case interviews even if there is only 1 slot for SBS, is what can set us apart. Why? Not because I believe in some utopian existence, but because I believe it provides the most value, long term.

How? If you are short-term greedy and focus on getting yourself the top slot you might get it, but you miss an opportunity to build close relationships with your future peers in the industry. If you instead work with a group to prepare for the same role then the odds of you getting the role goes up (more applied practice) and there is always a possibility with these employers that they open up space beyond their target for each school.

Lets pretend for a moment that you help your classmates and don’t get the job. Would you rather that job go to someone you don’t know from LBS, someone you have have been competing against at SBS, or the buddy you spent 20 hours working on interview prep with? Which is best for the lifetime value of your network?

This strategy is also backed-up not just by hypothetical situations, but also by John Nash whom we should be discussing this year. His work on group dynamics and game theory prove that the best outcome for us is to do what is best for *both* ourselves and the class as a whole. If you don’t know who John Nash is or haven’t seen A Beautiful Mind then at least watch this short clip and realize that Supportive Ambition is an opportunity for all of us to finish this year in an astounding way. I hope that each of us continues the power of this first week and supports each other. I know that I am willing to talk with anyone looking at marketing roles as I craft my personal brand and story.

 

Keeping an Open Mind

I have now spent two weeks in the UK and have been loving every minute of it. Sure I miss home and probably need to call my family more often, but the time I’ve spent here has been incredible. In the past two weeks I have visited the pub C.S Lewis, JRR Tolkien (and the rest of the Inklings spent every Tuesday) at least 5 times. I have spent countless hours with my classmates and have started to get past the initial greetings portion of any new relationship. I spent 3 days in London including a wonderful date with the cute flight attendant. We went to one of the oldest pubs in London and to an amazing tapas restaurant in central London. After 3 years of DC “tapas” this was phenomenal as a full meal for two was less than $40 and the food was incredible, fast, and beautiful. The date went nicely and we are scheduling another (for those interested).

I also had a chance to attend an gathering of LGBT leaders, both under 30’s who are shaping the consulting, financial, and legal realm and senior executives of BP, HSBC, Credit Suisse, and Forbes, Inc. Finally I spent a day helping canvass for London mayoral candidate Syed Kamal (if anyone is interested in meeting & helping out with the race let me know!). It was awesome to notice the similarities and vast differences in campaign tactics and techniques in the UK vs USA.

What has been truly amazing is the mental transformation I have been going through as I continue to seek an open mind. Let me tell you, it is hard! However, one instance gives me hope that I can keep growing in this capacity. I am going to be vulnerable here so please forgive me my failings.

After bussing back up from London late one night, Matt and I went to the housing complex right behind the business school where a large crew of our Indian classmates were still having a party (it lasted 9 hours in total). We joined for the last 2 hours and for whatever reason I was expecting to walk into a very-foreign environment, one where Matt and I were the only white guys. To be disappointingly honest my gut reaction was one of semi-superiority. “I’m coming from the states”; “I have had some amazing experience;s”; “I have a unique perspective.” … yada yada … prejudiced BS that was coming from somewhere inside of me.

HOW WRONG I WAS and how glad that I am aware of it now and also feel comfortable enough with my classmates to share this vulnerability.

I met amazing people that night who come from highly successful and remarkable backgrounds; but at the end of the day we are all, above everything else, human. Regardless of country, race, gender, sexuality, religion, creed, or any other barrier. We are homo sapiens. And beyond that, what we share in common unites us. Nothing made this more clear than 2 key items.

The first was the power of dance regardless of music and culture. We all danced to Indian music and Hip Hop alike and shared a connection in the dance that help shatter my ridiculous, pretty-naive mentality. The second was the connections we shared in growing up as evidenced by the loud group of 15 people singing the theme songs from Ducktails, Tailspin, and The Lion King.

StarsThe biggest lesson I learned in the past two weeks was the continual need for me to have an open mind, as free from pre-conceived notions as possible and baring that a constant recognition that in the end, we are all human. The things that divide us are as consequential as someone having blond hair or red hair, right handed or left handed. We can choose to make a hullabaloo about them, but in all semblance of the reality that at our core, we are all the children of the stars and our differences are utterly immaterial. With so much that connects us, being biased based at what divides us is a waste of time.

I hope that my candid expression of ridiculous thoughts will be taken in the spirit they were written, one of humility and in a place of growing understanding. To my Indian friends in particular reading this I sincerely apologize for any absurd thoughts I have had and hope you will forgive me in the future as I continue to fail (although hopefully with far less frequency and obviousness.)

My first week in Oxford – and how I got here.

In the past week I have had an amazing time at Oxford. I have met a few dozen classmates, enjoyed a dozen pubs and restaurants, and gone exploring, but lets start with the flight.

On Monday morning I said goodbye to my Mum and boarded a flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to JFK. I spent that flight reading a book called “Watching the English” all about the different cultural norms and rules which create English culture (Thanks Cara for the suggestion). When I landed at Heathrow I checked into the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse and settled in for my 5-hour layover. I ate some dinner, got my hair trimmed up, and chatted with a handful of staff and my fellow passengers.

Next I boarded business class and for the next 7-hours had a wonderful international flight complete with Dinner, & Breakfast, some sleep and a chance to chat up a cute flight attendant (whom I have a date with next week). All of this service came free-of-charge as I put down my Oxford MBA deposit onto a new credit-card that offered me 75k miles if I hit a certain spend threshold; the business class ticket was only 60k miles. I highly recommend this strategy in the future.

After landing came immigration/customs. There is a student-line which goes very quickly or, with business class you get a priority lane as well (yet another reason). Make sure you have your admit letter and visa in-hand as your process will take a bit longer than just the usual questions you are asked. I highly recommend filing for your Visa immediately after getting your CAS number in July. You don’t want to save it till the last minute as the NYC office has messed up dates on visas multiple times this year resulting in another 3-4 weeks to get it resolved.

After getting through the airport and up to Oxford I checked into my flat and started unpacking. I am 90% moved-in at this point and for a college dorm room things are pretty solid. I share a kitchen/common room with 9 other people who have yet to move in, but I have my own bathroom and shower (a luxury here at Oxford). I live on a little street with some great restaurants and not too far away from a nice run at the University Parks.

This first week has been filled with jet lag and a lot of administrative work, but at the end of the day everything is awesome and I still can’t believe I’m here. Really I’m just waiting for the other show to drop and I think that’s around the corner with class-work.

See you all next week, the day before our program officially begins!

A New Adventure

Bags packed for LondonTomorrow morning I hop on a flight to the UK and officially begin the next step in my journey. I’ve spent months getting ready. From pre-class assignments & readings, to packing up my entire life into just 3 bags. As I get finish my preparations I am struck with the question I’ve been asked a lot as I have gone through this process. “What do you want to do with your degree.”

As I look at all the options I have following my MBA I am at first struck with choice paralysis. I could continue in consulting but at a higher level, learning a lot about new industries as I go along. I could dive into finance and help a VC fund invest in start-ups that could change the world. I can focus on marketing and help companies use the power of their brand to improve the lives of their customers. I could shift more into tech and work as a product manager developing a tool to make someone’s live just a little bit easier.

As I look at my options and even how I describe them to others, there is a common thread. I want my work to have a positive impact on others. And in talking with almost a third of my class, this seems to be a reason why most of us picked Oxford. The school’s focus on Social Entrepreneurship is a key driver of our choice for Oxford; this holds true even for those of us who don’t want to be entrepreneurs ourselves.

While I love marketing and will likely end up down that path, if a role opened up in consulting for non-profits, or running finance for a charitable trust, or a product manager role for an AirBnB for homeless youth who have been failed by the foster-care system, I would probably take it in a heart-beat. Why? Because I care more about having a positive impact on the world than on fulfilling a specific job function.

To some, this may appear that I lack focus and to an extent they are right. I am open to any function that I am qualified for. However, what they miss is that my industry is very focused. It isn’t Healthcare or Energy; Manufacturing or High Tech. My industry is Social Impact. I hope that over the course of my Oxford MBA I can find the perfect function within that industry to enable me to have a positive impact on the world around me.

To that aim, my goals for the year, my MBA resolutions, my OKR’s (to borrow a term from my time at Google) are as follows:

  1. Societal
    1. Volunteer with a local Oxford charity at least one weekend per month
    2. Attend religious services at at least two different congregations each month
    3. Cook for my classmates at least once per month
  2. Physical
    1. Join an Oxford University Team (Crew for Lincoln or Fencing for the University)
    2. Workout at least 3 times per week with my classmates (Running for beginners anyone?)
    3. Yoga at least once per week to stretch my body and calm my mind
  3. Academic
    1. Achieve top 10% of my class in Marketing classes
    2. Achieve top 25% of my class in Finance classes
    3. Take at least 1 elective unrelated to my core focus in Marketing
  4. Professional
    1. Attend at least 5 networking conferences per term
    2. Have information interviews with 25 firms on my target job-list
    3. Speak on a public panel at least once per term
  5. Travel
    1. Travel to a new country at least once per month
    2. Explore other parts of England, Scotland, and Wales at least twice per term
    3. Discover a hidden gem of Oxford once per term
  6. Relationships
    1. Date several british men.
    2. Share a meal and a detailed conversation with every person in my section by end of Michaelmas term
    3. Meet with leaders of Oxford University’s broader network of LGBT and other University organizations by end of Hillary term

These may seem ambitious, but that is the point, to stretch myself. If I achieve 70% of these I will have done amazing. Join me next week as I talk about the pain points of being an international student, the Visa process, and actually flying over (assuming my flight tomorrow goes well).Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Why Choosing Oxford Was The Hardest Choice I’ve Made

I have spent a lot of time on this blog talking in generalities about Oxford, this week’s post is more personal as I just took off from my home in DC for the last time for at least a year. My decision to pull the trigger and go to Oxford was extremely difficult. More than the standard loss of home, community, friends and job (which have been immense and at times painful), my choice to go to Oxford is one of the hardest choices I have yet made because it represents a personal choice to close a door on a truly unique opportunity that may never come around again.

For those who don’t know my background, I have spent the past 6 years of my career in politics and technology, and in April, just after attending admitted students weekend at Oxford, I received a message from a great friend of mine, Matt. Matt’s message asked if I’d be interested in talking about tech to a guy looking at running for US Senate in Maryland. Always on the lookout for clients I said absolutely and began my research.

As I read about Chrys Kefalas and his background I became enthralled. A Millennial like myself who started his own internet-sports company that rivaled ESPN when he was just in High School, he sold it to pay for law school in Baltimore while working at his family’s restaurant. Following school he worked for the Republican Governor of Maryland (Bob Ehrlich) working to reform the broken criminal justice system.

After his time with the Governor he worked at the Department of Justice for 7 years eventually becoming speech-writer to the Attorney General on Criminal Justice & Civil Rights issues. While at DOJ he took personal time to come out as gay and call for marriage equality in Maryland just after Prop 8 had passed, limiting marriage in California. He was the highest Republican in the state to do so and he continued to fight for equality until Question 6 passed in 2012.

As a Gay Republican myself I was inspired and set time aside to work for Chrys to help get his digital campaign set-up. I spent time with Chrys and his partner and late one night after a charity event I asked Chrys the candid question “Why?” He knew what I meant and proceeded to tell me that he was running to give kids on the street of Baltimore a chance at a life better than dealing drugs for $8,000 a year until they are either locked up or killed by 26. He told me he was running because previous leaders had failed his home, and that this could only be fixed at the federal level.

I had been waiting for a candidate like Chrys, someone who is consistently conservative and who has the presence to demand change for the citizens of his state who are living without hope and without opportunity. I sat there listening to his candid answer to my personal question and knew in my heart that I wanted to work for him. To those who have watched the West Wing, I was Josh Lyman having discovered Jeb Bartlett up in Nassau; and with my deposit for Oxford due in a week, I had to find Sam Seaborn and make a decision.

The next morning I went to two campaign events with Chrys and then booked the next flight to Seattle where I spent 30 hours confiding in two of my best friends and confidants. Over the course of the next 3 days I weighed my dream candidate with the magic of Oxford and when time came for a decision I made one of the most difficult choices I have ever made, and picked Oxford.

In doing so I gave up a chance to manage a Senate campaign that has the potential to change the Republican party. I gave up my dream candidate knowing that I might never get this chance again. As I take-off from DC having spent the last 4 months helping with Chrys’ race I can’t help but hear a creeping voice in the back of my head telling me I made the wrong decision. This is one of the moments that later in life I may come to regret.

I plan on doing all that I can for Chrys during school breaks and in the few weeks between graduation and the election, but only time will tell if I made the right decision or not.

If you have a moment, are a US Citizen, and have a minute to research and donate to Chrys’ campaign I urge you to do so. He truly does represent the future of the republican party and a candidate who can inspire those around him.

Join me next week as I share my goals and plans for the next 12 months of my life getting an Oxford MBA.