The past year has been rough. The pandemic has altered everyone's sense of reality. Work-related burnout has been real, in all sectors. People have been laid off or driven to the edge of insanity with their current jobs. Business school admissions continue to get more difficult. Some families and partners have been separated for months.
Take a step back. Think about what you really want to get out of your career, your life, your future. Do what you think is best for you, as opposed to getting caught up in the rat race (and trying to do what you think everyone else wants to do). While the short-term is important, try to stay focused on your long-term goals.
Tough times don't last but tough people do. If you've been struggling, vent to a friend. Talk to your family. See a therapist. Cry or scream it out (seriously). You might be surprised to find out some of the people that you're closest with feel quite similarly. It's okay to feel vulnerable. There were a couple of times during the pandemic that I thought I might break down (working extended stretches of 100+ hour weeks on live deals, getting rejected by my dream business school without an interview, family health concerns). But with the support of my co-workers and loved ones, I'm persisting now stronger than ever.
Use this forum to spread knowledge, not rumors. You might not always think that your words are important but they may have an impressionable impact on some younger users. Don't try to lead them onto the wrong path. No one benefits from the spread of misinformation.
So keep your head up. You got this. And remember that life is more than a brand name or two.