#10YearChallenge

Tepper School of Business | Life at Tepper Student Experience Blog

There is a new social media hashtag going around that you might be familiar with: #10YearChallenge. As a Tepper student with a marketing concentration, we could spend time pondering about the virality of this and the implications on marketers and data miners. But, that’s not what this post is going to be about.

2009 – 2019 has been quite the journey for me. I grew up in Singapore, and first set foot in the USA in 2009 when I enrolled to the University of Michigan as an undergraduate student. Exactly 10 years later, I am just one semester shy of graduating from Carnegie Mellon University as an MBA student. There are no combination of words that will do justice to describe this incredible journey. This decade flew right by; with it, the definition of home has been challenged, the bonds of friendships strengthened, and the boundaries of what is possible pushed.

Here are some of the fondest comparisons between 2009 and 2019 that immediately comes to mind:
1. Thinking August was butt-freezing cold back in 2009 … Now giving advice on how to combat Winters to 1st-year MBA’s from Singapore
2. Confusing folks with my British (colony) English such as “rubbish, pavement, petrol, lift, toilet, timetable, car park” back in 2009 … Now finding it extremely difficult to spell “neighbors, colors, labor, flavor, behavior” with an additional “u”
3. Constantly confusing the levers between the turn signal and the wipers back in 2009 … now refusing to drive when I visit Singapore because I ended up on the wrong side of the road the last time I tried

What I still struggle with:
1. Understanding temperature in Fahrenheit
2. Lines (or should I say queues) at TSA and DMV
3. Eating onions

Needless to say, I am extremely excited for the next ten years. I hope you are too!

Wei Lim | MBA 2019

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