If you would have told me three weeks ago that I would go up a rock climbing wall in the woods, I probably would have told you “Nah”. But, during a team building session at the Triangle Training Center in Pittsboro, NC, that’s exactly what happened. Detroit was not exactly known for its rock climbing facilities, and to be honest, I can only think of one time I climbed over a fence, and that fence was at most four feet tall. I remember pressing my way just to do that. Yet, here I was, with three of my teammates that I met less than 2 weeks prior ,climbing forty feet in the air standing on top of the ledge, drenched in sweat, but it was more like drenched in glory.
Fuqua has really urged me to do two things: 1) Get out of my comfort zone 2) Trust your squad. I think I had gotten accustomed to living a pretty comfortable lifestyle pre MBA, working from 9 to 6 Monday – Friday at Southwest, traveling on the weekends, and doing it all over again the following week. So far, the MBA experience has pretty much destroyed any sort of rhythm, with there being a mix of social gatherings, team building, outdoor activities, classes, and group meetings. This has forced me into getting out of a routine and trusting in the Fuqua family. I have realized that I will not be the expert at a lot of things, and that’s okay, but there is someone in the network that knows what’s going. My C-Lead teammate Mike guided me the entire way up the climbing wall, because I had no idea of what I was doing. Who knew you were supposed to climb up a wall with your toes pointing outward? (I know, such a rookie mistake). But I made it to the top, and repelled down, such a fun time.
Unbeknownst to me, I would be scaling yet another wall with my entire section. #TeamFuqua managed to throw me, and the rest of our section over the wall above (in just over 12 minutes!). This time, there were no grips, or things to stand on, except the Fuqua family. How fresh is that! This is definitely one of the coolest traditions ever. After climbing two walls, I’m looking forward to climbing over a few more with my classmates over the next two years.