Thursday night we were frantic; poring over the info we had gathered on each host company and bombarding each other with questions. Which companies are you interviewing with? What do you think they will ask? I don’t even know what some of these companies do! What are they looking for?
I’m sure these very same thoughts are running through the minds of potential candidates this week. Current fellows as well as host company executives can attest that the Fellowship is interested in the “who”, not the “what”. We want to know who you are, rather than what your specific skills are. Finalist Day is an invaluable experience as well as exposure to post-graduate networking in Indianapolis. Ask yourself if you could envision yourself working with the executives interviewing you. Enjoy the energy and ambition surrounding you. The energy of Orr Fellows continuously motivates me.
This year, Sally Reasoner and I will once again be riding to Finalist Day together. I still live on caffeine; Sally has managed to kick the habit. This year, we are roommates and will be enjoying the company of our peers by hosting a pre-Finalist Day dinner at our apartment in Broad Ripple! This time last year, we had no idea what to expect of other potential candidates. In 6 short months we have gotten to know each other on a professional as well as social level. We have all come to respect each other’s interests and passions and formed lasting friendships.
Thursday night, we will once again find ourselves chattering away about Finalist Day. This year we are buzzing with excitement for the potential candidates, and eager for the new class to share in our experience.