Hi, #BCSTT! I’m missing all of you already. In the first 48 hours, I definitely went through withdrawal and so it is with bittersweet feelings that I anticipate our last class meeting.
As I’m sure you all agree that TechTrek was one heck of a trip. Thank you, Professor Kane, Professor Doyle, and Kelsey, for taking us on a once in a lifetime experience and also for putting up with us when we were all half-delirious on the bus at the end of the day. This trip wouldn’t have been possible without your leadership, experience, and guidance. I truly believe that TechTrek is the best class that BC offers its students and I feel so grateful that you let me take part in it!
Thank you also to my other 23 classmates, who I now consider friends. In my introductory blog post, I talked about how excited I was to get to know you. Be careful what you wish for (kidding)! Thank you for asking deep and meaningful questions that enriched my learning experience. Thank you for those late night chats that helped me realize I’m not the only one who doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life and that it is totally okay. Thank you for keeping morale high and the mood light (Veem!).
A little update on me since the beginning of the semester when we wrote our introduction posts:
- I declared Information Systems and Business Analytics as my concentrations
- Most of my favorite companies were the smaller, less well-known startups that we visited
- I love San Francisco as more than just an awesome city to visit
- I now know a lot more about VC and what a cool world that is
- Tech has become a viable option for a career for me
To provide a little more detail on #5, TechTrek changed how I viewed work. Growing up on the East Coast while watching my dad get up early every morning, get dressed in a suit, and go into NYC to his office to work led me to have a very traditional, corporate view of what work is. This view was easily perpetuated by CSOM where it seems that everyone is on either the finance, accounting, or investment banking tracks. I think there is nothing wrong with this type of work but going out west showed me there are so many more possibilities. Being a part of this class showed me just how many alumni in the workforce and students still at BC there are that are just as interested in some of these other paths. I learned that I have a lot more options than I initially thought and it is possible that I actually left the Bay Area with more questions than when I arrived (and that is saying something after compiling the final!).
The TechTrek experience was one of great companies and inspiring people. If you went through my notebook, yes, you would find scribbles about company-specific details or initiatives. However, what mostly dominates the pages are lots of great, short quotes that can apply to anyone, anywhere, about how to not only work but also live your best life. I decided to list my favorites below so that hopefully you can take them with you wherever your path may go!
So without further ado, a comprehensive list of my favorite TechTrek quotes and questions:
- values are only real when they are lived and shared
- go for it, do it yourself, get help, fail fast
- if you aren’t having fun here, you are doing it wrong
- the only constant here is change
- don’t compromise on integrity and humanity
- time is finite and our most important resource
- relationships are key
- do I want to spend the next 10 years with them?
- you can run a company that has values
- start with a leader and buy into it
- it’s about the people, culture, and mission
- you are actually in sales whether you know it or not
- how do you keep evolving?
- you are always interviewing for your next role
- be specific when asking for advice
- put yourself in uncomfortable positions
- startup culture isn’t limited to Silicon Valley
- what are the top 3 things that keep you up at night?
- are you adding value to the world?
- it is important to get the right types of people
- look for someone who is humble and respectful above all else
- your cap is how hard you work
- no “entrepreneurship path” to take
- hard to run a business without being all in
- businesses are built by clever hacks
- how the world is changing and how we are going to fit into it?
- build a product, sell it, and not necessarily in that order
- always be hungry for self-improvement and self-reflection
- not a better solution until it is doing something new
- you have to earn mentors
- always have a couple of questions in your mind that you are answering
- be low-maintenance and high-performing
- you do belong here, there is a reason, we didn’t make a mistake
- hone into what matters to you
- it’s not the what, but the how
- technical skills get you in but soft skills help you advance
- it’s all about expanding your impact
- say it in as few words as possible
- be your authentic self because it allows others to
- there is a difference between a leader and a manager
- be a freshman in life
- simple questions are better than complex ones
- keep asking why
- you become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with
- when you hit 30 you shouldn’t be modeling or in Excel
- move as quickly as possible
- find an amazing boss
- enjoy your personal lives
- the 3 most important things are intellectual curiosity, storytelling, and hard work
Thank you all for reading this semester. It was an unbelievably great time and while I’m sad that formally our journey on TechTrek has finished, at least we will always have our #BCSTT family!