After dedicating these past 7 weeks to my internship and with the final presentation on the horizon, I decided to take a break from the norm and get away for the weekend. Desiring not to spend too much time in between Conroe and my destination, I decided to pick a random place in the neighboring area. I closed my eyes and put my finger on a Google map, and landed on Brenham, Texas.
I didn’t have too high of a level of expectation for this trip, so I quickly researched things to do in the city and found enough to fill up a weekend. I got into town and had Mexican food at a great restaurant, Los Cabos. My Spanish is not great, but I’ve since learned that ‘Los Cabos’ means the ends, which is fitting since I’m near the end of my internship. (It could also mean the capes, but I like the other meaning.) Anyhow, the food was fantastic! But of course, there was much more to this trip than a great dinner.
In the morning, I set out to a local winery to check out a grape stomping! It certainly was a unique feeling, one that I’m glad to have undertaken. I also took a tour of the winery and found myself using my science and business background to ask some specific questions of the tour guide. This was a cool moment to notice the results of my business school training!
In the afternoon, I took a trip to the Blue Bell factory! I had no idea that such a big name ice creamery was located so close to my internship, but since ice cream IS my favorite dessert, I decided to get some scoops from the source! And I was blown away by the price and the quality! At $1.00 a scoop, it doesn’t feel like a rip-off, and the ice cream was delicious! And I did not get the chance to tour the facility, as it operates only on weekends because the company is very family-oriented. While this was slightly disappointing, I later realized that I had to respect a company that sticks to its values in that manner.
With all that said and done, I took a trip to H-E-B to stock up on groceries for the week, just because it was on my way back to Conroe. With a stroke of luck, I happened across an overage of flowers in the floral section! I took home a dozen hydrangeas for $3. Maybe it’s the small town life, but I took the greater meaning of the weekend to be this: you never know what surprises you might find in a small town. By limiting expectations, I got to enjoy a refreshing experience that will not soon be forgotten, and I can return for my final presentation with a renewed mind and sense of purpose. Sometimes, I think that, as an MBA student, I have a tendency to want to learn, produce, and perform as much as possible, which certainly has its place. However, I also need to, occasionally, take time to get away from it all in order to let that personal growth take root in our minds. I hope that you’ll do the same, when you need it!