They say that your university years are some of the best of your life. There are just enough responsibilities, and plenty of fun and adventure. In many aspects, this is true. University is much more than a place to acquire book knowledge or theoretical understanding; it is where things begin to make sense. You come to realize why people behave in certain ways and why society as a whole shifts as it does.
University is where you begin to do something you have probably never done with complete freedom before: you get to choose. You begin to make choices of all sorts, like what professional path you want to pursue, what kind of people you want around you, and who you will become. It is, undoubtedly, a critical act in the play of life.
I have now completed my first year of university at Hult, and it has been a fabulous experience. The practical as well as academic knowledge that I have amassed is equal to the street wisdom I’ve acquired along the way.
I have learned that business is complex, yet simultaneously simple. It is complex because human beings are complicated, yet simple because the nature of business is dynamic. Another way to look at it is this: the world is about buying and selling. For this process to run as smoothly as possible two things need to happen: businesses must undergo the complex process of developing products that fit consumers’ wants and needs, and then as simply as possible make their products easily available to those who want them.
As a businessperson, I have also become aware that we must ask specific questions, not broad ones. It is through specifics that the whole becomes possible. It’s tough to figure out the answer to a question that encompasses more than one mystery; it is only through close examination of the details that a mystery (or two) is revealed. It is like this in business, as it is in life.
It has also become apparent to me that we—my generation—are in the middle of something extraordinary. You could call it a transformation. In the song “The Youth” by MGMT, one of the most repeated lines is, “The youth is starting to change. Are you starting to change?” I find it a terrifying yet absolutely beautiful thing to contemplate we may be going through a transformation…right now.
Why? My generation is more progressive, aware, and receptive to change. Older generations may stare at us with uncertainty because we are unproven future leaders. But I believe my generation is misunderstood; we will become a generation of leaders like no other—we are the changemakers. We will better the world by bettering ourselves.
No matter what path one chooses in life, there is plenty of learning to be done. But perhaps the single most important thing to keep in mind is that what you learn isn’t as important as how you apply it. Of course, after one single year of studying, I cannot pretend to know the reasons for everything. What I do know is that it can be hard to cope with all the aspects of pursuing bachelor in business. And I know this: doing what you love does not mean that all the things you do, you must love. In the midst of doing what you do not love, you will find little things that you do love, and this will help to feed your spirit, set you free, and allow you to conquer what you’ve set out to do.
Alejandra Mendoza is a Hult Global Ambassador. She is currently on summer break from studying for her Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) at Hult, in London. She was born in El Salvador, in Central America.