The past two days were some of the most memorable days of my life. I am blessed to have had this wonderful opportunity and it is something I will surely cherish for a long time. As I was sitting on the bus during the ride back to Syracuse, I plugged in my headphones and started my playlist. I wanted to zone out. I wanted to reflect and sort of digest everything that happened within the last 48 hours, but for some reason I just couldn’t. The fact that a few hours prior, I was sitting in the Goldman Sachs headquarters didn’t quite make sense to me. To many, this trip was merely another iSchool road trip, a networking opportunity, or just another way to make your friends envy you on Snapchat. For me, this trip was definitely all of the above, but ultimately it served as a source of motivation. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment, and a sense of pride. I truly felt proud of myself for how far I have come and for how far I am going, and that feeling does not come so often. A moment that stuck out to me was when we stood outside JPMorgan Chase Co. for a group picture. As I looked across the street at the sign that read “East 48th and Park Avenue” I just shook my head in awe. On my first visit to New York, approximately five months ago, I stood at that very corner with my father and took pictures of every building in sight. I told him “Wow, the famous Park Avenue! I’m going to be back here, just watch.”, and he told me to go for it. I certainly did not think that five weeks into school I’d be eating lunch in the JPMorgan Global Headquarters listening to executives and recent grads speak. To know that my hard work does not go in vain and that my dreams are within reach was huge for me, it gave me a sense of purpose. Although that was the defining moment for me, it certainly was not all that I took away from the trip. Every company we visited was great, they all displayed a great deal of professionalism and class. The fact that each one of them had nothing but exemplary things to say about their respective firms and more importantly about Syracuse University was inspiring. I know I still have a long road ahead, but I know that I am on my way and with hard work and dedication I will eventually reach my goals. So to the great people at JPMC, KPMG, BofA, EY, Deloitte, and Goldman Sachs, thank you for your hospitality. And to Mrs. Barbara Settel, Sarah Weber, Julie Walas-Huynh, Jeff Rubin, and anyone else who helped contribute, I would like to express my gratitude to you all. You guys truly make a difference.