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I felt compelled to pop on here for a moment and pow wow about the event I attended tonight, an annual tradition of roasting the second-year Investment Banking Anderson Career Team (ACT) coaches who were instrumental in helping us secure our summer internships. It’s no secret that ACT, a completely voluntary and primarily student-led program, is one of the most distinctive aspects of the Anderson experience, and as we approach the end of the quarter, and what is the end of business school for our coaches, we first-years wanted to show our appreciation the only way we know how—by roasting them.
We booked out the entire second floor of a Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica and toasted one another with incredibly strong margaritas, taking one last chance to catch up before we all head off to our internships or full-time jobs. The Roast, put together and delivered by a few of my classmates, had everyone roaring with laughter as we saw slide after slide highlighting each ACT coach. It’s crazy to think that just a few months ago, we were all in “networking” mode with our coaches, but now we were handed the reins to make fun of them. I might regret saying this at this time next year, but I’m actually looking forward to getting roasted by the bankers of 2018 (insert not-so-subtle plug to explore a career in investment banking because you'd miss out on all this fun otherwise - seriously though, if you're even thinking or wondering about it, please hit me up).
It's just now starting to hit me that I only have two more weeks left until my internship starts. My first year at Anderson is coming to a close, and I'm overwhelmed by the number of amazing relationships I've built with so many talented classmates. The best part is that I know the incoming class will be fantastic as well, and I look forward to building those connections throughout my second year.