When most people start their dream jobs, reality can often disappoint. However, in my nearly 7 years at Alvarez & Marsal, my dream job of being a “retail management consultant” has far exceeded my expectations, largely due to the people I have had the opportunity to work with.
After a brief but frantic hospital visit, I was no longer a normal 12-year-old girl. Being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes meant that my pancreas had gone out on strike. This often under-appreciated organ is responsible for regulating insulin and glucose levels in your body, which is the key driver in converting the food you eat into energy (you know, pretty important stuff!). With my pancreas no longer cooperating with me, I learned to check my blood sugar, count carbs, give myself shots, more-or-less manually perform the complex operations of an organ all while attempting to be a normal pre-teen.
Life is not always easy, and it is rarely fair, but we have a choice to push through the difficulties and develop into stronger people.