Back to School
The decision to leave Frank E. Campbell in New York City and move across the Atlantic to get my MBA was one of the most difficult and wonderful choices I've ever made. Interestingly, however, it was all the reasons that I had initially run away that inevitably drew me back. I was bothered by the way that death was presented, managed, and thought about in America. Each day that I went to work, I hoped I was making a difference in the lives of the families I was assisting; but alas, that was not fulfilling enough. I wanted to make bigger changes on a much larger scale, but I couldn't quite figure out how. I had majored in "Propaganda" at NYU; my classes were more focused on politics than economics. While those skills were certainly crucial for day-to-day management, I realized I needed a stronger understanding of business, so off I went.
Many in my life had hoped that my physical move away from NYC and the funeral industry would push me to find a new calling (sort of like moving out and away after a breakup.) Unfortunately for them, "separation makes the heart grow fonder," and I only became more passionate about my quest. For most of the time that I was in London, I was applying all the business school lectures, class projects, and case studies to the funeral industry, hoping to miraculously find a formula to change an antiquated industry.
Sure, I learned how to use excel, manage accounts, find the alpha and work as a team. What most affected me though, were those who enabled me to grow in this field. I had anticipated being the oddball out at business school- the one whom all the finance kids didn't want to work with. Instead, they all joined in my fascination; friends and professors alike assisted me in growing. As bold as my hopes were, I can comfortably say with their guidance, I am now forging my path and have used the skills I learned to push not only myself but also those who work in and and confront death.
I could not be more excited to return for my reunion with my book, Good Mourning in hand! I'm so honored to show that I am not giving up, but rather even more motived than ever to make remove the taboo of the topic and make death more approachable.