When applying for a Ph.D in Marine Biology, one of my recommenders forgot to turn his letter in on time. I was waitlisted, but the hiccup made me re-examine my career goals, and I noticed that something felt off. Instead, I applied to business school, something I would have never considered a few months earlier. It made me realize that serendipity can have a huge influence on someone’s career. What if the recommender had gotten the job done in time?
IMAGE: My interest in marine biology came from my interest in fishing. This is a 700 lb marlin that I caught and released off of the Azores Islands.