Summer reading: “What Should I Do with My Life?”

I looked at the calendar yesterday and couldn’t believe my eyes…just three weeks left until my life changes yet again.  Three weeks and I go back to school…da-da-dum.

I’m ready though.  I am excited and ready.  I’ve been keeping fairly busy but its still a little odd to have such an unstructured lifestyle right now.

One of the books I (as well as all my future Foster classmates) am reading right now in prep for our MBA program is called, “What Should I Do with My Life?”by Po Bronson.  Its an interesting and often thought-provoking collection of small life stories.  Each of the  90 or so stories are captured in about 5 pages, and boast biographies of every type of person, and every walk of life.  I find the turning points for all of these individuals to be fascinating — the questions that come up, and the causal relationship between their lifestyle and major paradigm shifts makes for great personal reflection.  I touched on some of those points in my first blog.

This is a great book to read though, and a good pick for my generation in general.  With the exception of our brave soldiers who have fought abroad in the last few years,  my generation has faced no real hardship, and very few real challenges.  We walk with our hands outstretched, greedy to assume possesion and power of things we have not yet earned.   In large part, we have also assumed (what I believe) to be a horrible attitude of self-righteousness and entitlement.

Things were shaken up this year though as our economy tanked, and that illustrious vision of immortality flickered ever so slightly.  I wonder though, and maybe I sound like a nagging mom – but were things shaken up enough for us to really, truly wonder what we should do with our lives so that a disaster like this doesn’t happen again?  I hope so.

I am genuinely excited to meet my classmates.  I’m excited to work  with them to determine what we can do with our lives that might help make our business smarter, greener, more ethical.  I’m excited to work with them to push ourselves to become  better citizens, people who want to do more than just make money — people who want to do something good, people who can use our life example to get our country’s attitude in check and make our world a more solid place.

Of course, I recognize we can’t change the world – there are only 100 or so students in my class.  But hey, I am coming from a micro-finance background and know how the little things make all the difference.

So what should I do with my life, or what am I going to do with my life?  I’m not totally sure yet, but I imagine it will be a fun adventure as things continue to unravel over the next two years!

Blog #2, oh yeah.

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My name is Kayla. I am from the greater Seattle area, but haven’t spent much time here since I left for college in 2001. I recently moved back after spending six years in the Bay Area, and then another two working for a Christian micro finance plus organization in the Dominican Republic. I’ll be attending the Foster School of Business at UW this fall to get my MBA, and am looking forward to all of the challenges and adventures that come with it.

I consider myself to be extremely blessed — it’s my hope that after graduate school I can go back out into the world and use all the gifts I’ve been given to make this world a better place.

Thanks for stopping by!

6 thoughts on “Summer reading: “What Should I Do with My Life?””

  1. Hey Kayla! It’s Ashley from LPFCH 🙂

    Just stumbled across your blog – very exciting that you’re getting an MBA! I’m in my 2nd year of the program at Boston University.

    Sounds like you had an incredible time in the DR – I’m so glad it was such an amazing experience. It will serve you well in school for sure.

    I also have a blog and thought you might enjoy taking a look. Not microfinance per se, but it’s all related! (

    Anyway, hope you’re doing well and good luck with school!

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