It is easy to go down into Hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide; but to climb back again, to retrace one’s steps to the upper air – there’s the rub, the task.  – Virgil

The classical Roman poet Virgil put it best when he presented the quote above. Climbing back was definitely tough, but I’m happy to say that I’m now in the upper air – I’m back.

The past week has been one of the toughest weeks for me, physically and mentally, thus far. The tasks were daunting – group project, essay, three midterms, ABA events, work, and of course, A Networking Affair, the biggest Professional event of the semester, the one my co-chair Lisa and I had been planning since the summer.

Now normally, I would be comfortable doing one of the aforementioned tasks – but just the combination of everything hitting at once was enough to leave even the most even-headed response impossible to achieve.

Of course, I told myself to take them on one by one. And I did. Sort of. I finished the group project, the midterm for my Organizational Behavior class, and my essay for Econ by Wednesday of the week.

Wednesday night is one to remember. A Networking Affair was the next day, and we had tons of stuff to do. As chairs, Lisa and I were in charge of pretty much every single detail of the event. We had our kids canvass businesses for donations and help make food, which was a godsend (eight more pairs of hands to help).

Let’s just say that we were awake for 40 hours from Wednesday to Thursday. I started studying for my Poli Sci midterm at 7:30 in the morning, a few hours before the actual midterm, and right after that, I studied about forty minutes for my Development Studies midterm.

Surprisingly, I did a lot better than I had expected. I guess going to class and discussions actually does pay-off. I rushed off after my second midterm on Thursday to make some final preparations for A Networking Affair.

The event turned out great. We had around twenty representatives from thirteen Bay Area-firms, including Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, PwC, BCG, and Accenture. The members, alumni, and representatives all enjoyed the event and gave good feedback, which was so encouraging.

I’m happy with the end results, but I have to thank the ABA Cabinet, Officers, and committee kids for really stepping up to help us out with setup and during the event. I felt that they really lent credence to our oft-used phrase “ABA Love.” Thanks guys, we love you too.

The amount of support I received last week has also been pretty overwhelming. The encouragement, the texts, the smiles, they all meant everything to me. I’m just happy that things turned out great and that I can finally breathe a (small) sigh of relief.

And to my co-chair, Lisa, we did it! Let’s close this semester strong and make it one for the books. 🙂

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