“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
As a 10 year old, all I wanted to do in life was grow up to be an adult - that way, at dinner parties, my mother couldn't keep sending me away to play with the younger kids.

As a high school student, all I wanted to do in life was get lucky with the ladies.

As a college student, all I still wanted to do was get lucky with the ladies.

During my first job, I wanted to be absolutely filthy stinking rich - live like a rockstar, get bored, and then give away all my money.

In my second job, I wanted to help save the world.

At HBS, all I wanted was to find a summer job, dress up as a woman, and discover my true north.

Now, I finally feel like an adult. I feel ready to accept responsibilities, both professional and personal. I want to make an impact on my country- no matter how small or fleeting. I feel it is my responsibility to at least try, having been fortunate enough to be given opportunities not open to the overwhelming majority of my countrymen. I also think about family and the impact I'll have on mine one day. In both areas, I want desperately to make a difference and be remembered for that. In short, I think about legacy. And I hope, at the end of it all, I can look back and be proud of mine.

— Tanveer Abbas