Kendall is a former fashion editor who has written for NYmag.com, Lucky, InStyle, and NBC. She recently scrapped that glamorous life and is pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan, in hopes of becoming an entrepreneur.
The standard MBA program is two years. Two short years that pass as fast as everyone warns you they will. Sandwiched between these years, there is one precious summer. Three months to choose where you want to live, what you want to try, how much you want to work. For many “career switches,” this time is the first experience they’ll have in their new occupation of choice. My classmates at MIT Sloan spent much of their first year gearing up for these three months, printing business cards, dry cleaning their suits, smoothing their pre-interview hair. Most of them now are hard at work at consulting firms, banks, start-ups, etc. Some love their jobs, some don’t.
I’m back interning in New York City, despite all my California-dreaming secret wishes. I’m starting to believe I might be happiest living in NYC while fantasizing about California – does that make sense? [Ed. note: Yes, it does.] But I digress. I chose to split my summer and do two internships. I wanted to try two companies: a luxury label and a tech start-up. Looking back, I’m really happy I went this route. The only tangible downside is that you have to work a longer summer than most of your peers and forgo fun trips. I know, poor me, right? Since I went on plenty of those adventures during the school year, I figured summer was the time to work.