My MBA journey at Schulich was heralded by the move to a new country where I was reunited with my husband after a two year long distance relationship. Within a few weeks, like everyone else, I felt benumbed by the overwhelming burden of presentations, assignments, bell curves and classroom participation, heightened in the context of new faces, an aching homesickness and a bitter cold that chilled my tropical bones. When nausea hit me I knew it was from anxiety, after several years of living on a generous paycheck life as a student on one person’s income wasn’t easy, not to mention the added pressure of a highly competitive environment. “You are pregnant!” The words sent a chill colder than the Canadian winter down my spine when I had been worried about losing a couple of days’ worth of work from an upset stomach! How was I going to get through it?! My body was weak, my mind a whirlpool of emotions and our house sparse. But I had one thing more than equal to all the challenges. The people around me at Schulich! Professors and students who pushed forward chairs or handed me glasses of water to help me with breathlessness as I presented my PowerPoints. Classmates who held back my hair as I retched or cleaned up their porcelain toilet bowls after when we met for project work in their apartments. Folks who dug deep into their generous hearts in spite of school induced penury to throw me a baby shower and fill up our house with necessities for an infant. Thanks to all these wonderful folks we did not just manage but thrived. I realized I could do it, it wasn’t impossible. And it wasn’t, I graduated with a baby in a stroller but with everyone else in my class spurring me on! It was a roller coaster ride, awesome and thrilling and with dread-inducing twists and turns and I couldn’t have done it without those around me. Thanks to Schulich for bringing me the gift of such wonderful folks, staff and students alike. No matter what else I face in life, that would be one journey that will remain unparalleled…