A Unique and Memorable Summer at INSEAD

Emma Aguerre

I have had the privilege to grow up in a multicultural household in London with French, Spanish and Haitian roots. 

During my schools years I attended a United World College where my graduating year had over 90 nationalities represented, and I have travelled across all continents, with a backpack on and local friends. 

This context, these experiences and these friendships have taught me more than just awareness of differences.

I have also learnt the value of adapting, of being curious, of questioning my own beliefs, of listening to new ways of thinking, new ways of doing.

Tying this international-mindedness to my professional ventures was at the heart of my motivation for applying to the INSEAD Summer School. I hoped to learn from young people from a diversity of backgrounds and take the newly acquired knowledge and insights back into my current and future ventures around sustainability. 

I am convinced that exploring teamwork, societal progress, entrepreneurship, organisational management and leadership in this diverse and outstanding group will play an important role in empowering me as I continue to work to change our food systems, towards promoting environmental and social justice.

Each moment at INSEAD felt unique and memorable in its own right. 

The friendships I made are truly there to stay and the community we have built has been truly comforting and empowering. 

It took us so little time to get used to the campus and feel at home, catching up and debriefing between sessions and meeting new people every day over meals (which were surprisingly delicious!) at the dining hall.

After the programme I was able to visit Istanbul with a fellow classmate and more recently I toured Montreal with another friend. I also recently moved to New York and am now studying in the same institutions as one of my closest friends from the ISS programme.

INSEAD makes the world feel so small, yet so complex and exciting.

The INSEAD Summer School is an incredible opportunity to meet young people from all over the world, with unique insights and experiences which are all so worth engaging with. 

The application process is also a good opportunity to reflect on what you have done thus far and which direction you are looking to take your studies, professional and personal ventures. 

If there’s one thing I have learnt it is to always ask more questions, listen more attentively and learn from the wealth and wisdom held in each person around you! 

Wishing you the best of luck in your applications and feel free to reach out to me if you have any additional questions!