Vacation is necessary. This is one of the many peripheral things I’ve learned from participating in this project. I expected to learn a lot about India and consulting, however I’ve learned so much more and we are barely even half way through the whole process!
So in order to go on this trip we left before finals week winter quarter. So we had to complete all assignments, papers, and finals early and if we didn’t, we had to complete them on the trip. So right before we left was a really intense and busy time! We had to get our work done early and WE HAD TO PREPARE TO GO TO INDIA! The work was completed, however, I didn’t finish packing until 4:30am the day I flew out. Lucky for me, my roommate in India was Stacey and she packed enough extra bug spray, toilet paper, sunscreen and pepto bismo for both of us! ;)
Then we flew across THE WORLD, and flew some more and finally arrived at our destination where we couldn’t sleep because there was a 13.5 hour difference. We also went to a party that night and basically just jumped right on into a nice pool of CULTURAL SHOCK.
Then we began our work and worked, worked, worked. This was of course the best part of the trip. But note, this trip was NOT A VACATION. We were not poolside with pina coladas in our hands after 5pm, not even close. We often had another 3 hours in a tiny van on super crowded unpaved roads to get home where we could finally binge drink bottled water and uh….use the restroom….finally…
Finally, we returned and I commenced 39857938475982999 hours of studying for my CPA exam that I took yesterday (9 Jan). It’s pretty much the hardest test ever.
So at no point did I have a vacation. At no point did I have a “break.”
I thought prior to this trip that I didn’t need to take time off between quarters. I was tougher than that.
I now realize that I was incorrect. I NEED VACATION. I WANT VACATION AND I WILL BE SURE TO SCHEDULE VACATION INTO MY LIFE WHENEVER I CAN.