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“Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep"| A UPenn MBA Student's Advice on Balancing Life

We had the privilege of interviewing Juan Ramirez,

  • a student at Wharton School of Business of UPENN, Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • the founder and CEO of Pagame

We asked for some experience about: Balancing Life

Here are some important words he shares:

  • "Also I prioritize sleep as well, because that's very important for you to be able to learn and be on top of your thing."

  • "For me, it's very important to do one thing and do it right.

Q: What would you say your priorities were in high school and how did you choose them?

A: My first and foremost was my family. And this helps out in life by giving the you stability to do things correctly. So, my friends or my family, that was my main priority, and after that came being healthy and well in terms of physically and through doing exercise, and also school at the same time. I would say, give a little bit more priority to studying rather than the athletic part. But I'm always trying to have a very set, standard time to devote to each one, and I think that helps you out. Also I prioritize sleep as well, because that's very important for you to be able to learn and be on top of your thing. Sometimes, people study eight hours, but with sleep, you could probably get what you need in 30 minutes, something that really makes a better use of your time so you're 100% ready for whatever comes.

Q: What is one thing you wish you knew while you were in high school or anything? And any regrets you had that you wished you could change?

A: To be honest, I don't think I would have changed anything. I'm pretty happy with what I did in high school. I think I used the time really wisely. I had a lot of fun, I was able to meet a lot of people, and at the same time, I ended up in the best place I could have ended up so I think I was really smart in that sort of stuff I devoted my time to and I think it all worked out at the end.

Q: What do you think would be your proudest moment in high school then?

I think in high school, my proudest moment would have been, the day I got promoted into being a student council president. That was a proud moment because it really demonstrated that people found me as a leader in my high school, and that people wanted me to guide them in some sort of way. And I thought that it was part of the fact that I represented a personality that people wanted to follow. I think it helped me get a lot of the experience of leading people.

Q: Would you say you're more of a multi-tasker? Or do you stay focused on one thing at a time?

A: I stay focused on one thing at a time that I can do even if it's like listening to music; I can't do two things at a time. For me, it's very important to do one thing and do it right. And devote that time to that one thing because you do it faster, better, and you stress less.

Q: Did you ever have or did you ever find time to develop soft skills like emailing, resumes building, personal finance or anything like that? Do you think they helped you get into college and in terms of writing essays, interviews?

A: No, I didn't. I didn't devote time to that that much. Maybe soft skills in other senses. I did, but not that much in terms of professionally. But I did develop some soft skills just by being able to speak to people in really different cultures. I think that was just by the fact that my school was very international. And I really talked to anyone. I think that was something.

A: What are some final words of advice you have or anything you wish that told you when you were going through this process?

A: I think my advice is, and I will say this to people that ask me about this, is really based on decision making. And that’s something that has really helped me out. I feel people distress a lot about their professional goals. And my advice is that whenever you're making decisions, which leaves you with two things in mind, I think the first the first thing is having that overview goal of how you want to be living in the future and long term, what will make you the happiest 10 years from where you're at. The long term, that's some kind of sacrificing some things. But you also have to have the second thing which I think is really important is what will make you happier for that moment. Because that will really make you balance those two things out and decide, in general terms, what's going to make you a happier person. So what I have in mind, improving your quality of life and improving yourself in the long term and other one, also make sure that you're taking the time and not always thinking of yourself.

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