Farewell, Class of 2005!

It’s hard to believe that our time at HBS has drawn to an end …or at least is no more than a few papers away. Looking back, I wish I had more time to really let it all soak in, although I imagine that without the whirlwind of activity that is HBS, we would not leave longing for more. Looking forward replica watches uk, I am awed by the sense of opportunity that I will leave with, and I am excited by the incredible achievements that I see ahead for our classmates.

Last week, a remarkable member of our community reminded me of a very powerful thought:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

As we all embark upon the various paths we have chosen replica breitling, I encourage all of you to keep these words in mind. To seize opportunities as they arise, and to create opportunities where we see a need. We can, and will, make a difference.

With that, I’d just like to extend a few thanks – to all of Section A, and the many, many other amazing people I have met here. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to spend the past 18 months in your company. And special thanks to those who were willing to share their personal reflections on HBS here. Best of luck, Class of 2005!

What will you remember most about HBS?

May 5th, 2004. The day of infamy. I tore my patella tendon (knee tendon) while slam dunking a dodgeball during section olympics in Shad. What I remember the most about this experience was how my friends rallied around me and supported me during my convalescence. Fungayi, Miriam, Jon Fitzhugh (aka Vanilla Lightning), Mike Butville, Iman Tyson, Felix, Jeff Liaw, Ling S., Rita Kim, Tari Cash, Jen Smith, Jibreel (Detroit!), Section C, Solaria, Bob Breslow, Martha (Queen of the dorms), Obi Onyeagoro, Mark Ardayfio, and a host of others. On May 5th 2004, I discovered what friendship means.
– Les Williams

People from different walks of life – socio-economic, cultural, physical, emotional, educational…coming together to experience two common years and sharing past experiences, good times, bad times, future aspirations, dreams, failures…
– Jillian Hirasawa

Being part of an amazing group of people, diverse yet like-minded to make this experience the best it can be in and out of the classroom.
– Stefan Haselwandter

Sitting in section on the first day and wondering who all those strangers were. And sitting in sky deck on the last day of RC knowing that I was surrounded by 90 unique individuals who had changed my perspective for life.
– Suzanne Gauron

The folks in Section A. Every day was electric. Every day was an opportunity to engage and learn from some of the most talented and thoughtful people I’ll ever meet.
– Ross Revenaugh

The anticipation and joy of receiving our first baby daughter the week before the first term finals.
– Luis Cifuentes

What will you miss the most?

The events. Seriously, where else can you dress in drag, meet a Prime Minister, drink liquor out of a large bowl (with 7 of your closest friends) and scream your heart out at a friend’s concert or show all in the span of a few months?
– Robyn Bolton

Having paper towels magically dispense themselves to me in the restroom. I can’t believe I have to go back to actually pulling them out myself.
– Brian Auld

My fellow classmates and Shad.
– Rajit Kamal

– Suzanne Gauron

Monday night birthday parties
– Darcy Raymond

Random evening runs to Tanjore or Anna’s with sectionmates. I will also miss (to the point of despair) HBS’s pineapple yogurt parfait.
– Roben Farzad

Being constantly humbled by my classmates.
– Michael Mahaney

It was the one-on-one lunches, the post-class conversations, the weekend dinners and getaways, it was Spangler 204, backyard McGill, and flag football games in the New England fall…it was as good as it gets.
– Ty Schultz

Who or what at HBS has transformed/inspired/changed you?

The case method. And section. Oh, and love.
– Brian Auld

Bill George. He is the embodiment of Authentic Leadership – someone to truly inspire our cynical post-Enron and WorldCom generation.
– Stefan Haselwandter

Richard Tedlow’s class: The Coming of Managerial Capitalism. Such a historian! Such a professor! Such compassion. His parenthetical asides alone were priceless.
– Roben Farzad

The MBA experience at HBS has been a lesson in humility for me. I had always been used to being amongst the smartest of the group and was usually the center of attraction. Just by being at HBS, I still felt smart, intelligent and charismatic, but boy was I outshined by most of my classmates!!! What an incredible group of individuals, what an amazing amalgamate of views and experiences. I have learned so much from my classmates, from their lives, from their interests and dislikes. I have learned a lot from those that have things in common with me, but I have learned so much more from those whom I don’t agree with.
– Luis Cifuentes

What advice or thoughts would you share with the Class of 2005?

Go back and read your Admissions essays. Remember why you came here and what you wanted to do with this degree. Don’t let reality and debt get in the way of making that essay a reality.
– Robyn Bolton

Don’t live linearly.
– Suzanne Gauron

You can do anything you want in your life.. so what is it you REALLY want to do?
– Darcy Raymond

Live breathlessly, live passionately, and go fight the world’s fights. Don’t ever take “no” for an answer. Ever.
– Navroz Udwadia


May 9, 2005
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