The 1st term of the Master programs at IE School of Communication is gone, now the students are back from christmas vacation and during the break, Chloe Alexandra Younes, candidate of the #MCC posted a note in her Facebook account entitled, “2013 – Closing Statement <3”
She talks about her first months experience here at Madrid as a student of IE Business School, she writes in a marvelous, and very honest way… I couldn’t feel more related and so I asked her permission to share this with you guys. I hope you all like it!
2013 – Closing statement <3
December 31, 2013 at 3:18pm – Chloe Alexandra Younes “Master in Corporate Communication”
When 2013 began I asked myself a question; which went along these lines:
What am I going to do this year to flourish, to grow more – as an individual?
I decided that I wanted to excel this year. I decided to apply for my Masters.
So I did. I applied for my Masters in Corporate Communication at the IE Business School in Madrid.
As the days started to pass I began to feel frustrated with the burden and anticipation of receiving an interview, let alone an acceptance!
I eventually received THE e-mail from this highly prestigious university – which requested interviews con mi via Skype! YAY! How exciting was that?
I eventually got the acceptance letter I had so eagerly been awaiting!
I knew then and there that this was an opportunity I would not miss out on- not for anything – not for anyone.
Before taking the decision to take that leap of faith and leave everyone and everything I ever knew – little did I know that I was making one of the finest decisions of my life. At first it was daunting. It was daunting in such a way that I had constant panic attacks; I had a zillion questions, questions which I had no answers to; I feared the unknown so bad it made me anxious.
I was afraid to leave my dogs. I was afraid to leave the remarkable people and friends whom I loved with every inch of my pumping heart. I was afraid to leave the family whom I was down-right dependent on – and to be thrown into a sphere of uncertainties.
I had no idea what Spain had in store for me.
I had no idea what sort of friends I would encounter;
Would they be kind?
Would we connect? And if so, on what level?
Today, 3 months into Masters, and one year from 2013: I stand proud to say: I did it.
I left everything behind and I did it; I left. I left Beirut. I left everything and everyone I ever cared for.
But here’s the deal: In doing so, I grew tremendously.
I have to point out though: it got harder before it got easier.
“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there”
WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
Not only did I have to adapt to an entire new city, language and culture. I had to deal with a tough and heart-wrecking break up which at the time, thought would demolish me.
But it did not, on the contrary – it made me tougher.
It made me realize that only the strong survive.
It made me realize that when you think it’s bad, It’s not THAT bad – and when it’s THAT bad – it could always be worse.
It made me realize that you have no idea how durable you are capable of being until you are required to fight.
Resilience is key and acceptance is king.
So, ANYWAY … In taking that step, that step that had terrified me for the longest time – I became a fiercer person. I became a different person; a person I never thought I would grow to be.
So far, I’ve crossed paths with genius professors; I made the most savvy, witty and entertaining friends (SHOUT OUT TO ALL* MY FAVORITE-OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD-TO-DIE-FOR MCC’ERS). I left each class richer than ever before. I became familiar with the Spanish culture. I began learning the Spanish language! I was exposed to evermore diverse cultures and evermore diverse values; which is one of the great wonders of globalization.
And this is only the beginning. The very end of 2013, and the beginning of the very interesting journey of 2014 –
If I have one piece of advice for anyone today, it would be this:
Take a step outside your comfort zone – you will be surprised by the outcomes.
You will be overwhelmed with what you could accomplish.
You will grow; and what a wonderful feeling it is to grow.
I hope you all accomplish great things in this 2014 –
I hope you don’t forget to be RAW*
I hope you don’t forget to DREAM*
¡Feliz año Nuevo a todos!
“Cheers to a new year, and another chance for us to get it right”
P.S: A Big thank to my MCC’ers and everyone whose been there – for literally ROCKING* the past 3 months with me and a big thank you in advance – because I expect nothing less from such awesome* people like you – for the coming months!
Let’s do this! (I can’t tag everyone but I do mean this for everyone!)
Chloe Alexandra Younes