Time is officially flying way too fast. Last week brought the end of my first "period" at INSEAD. INSEAD divides the year into five two-month "periods", each with different classes. The first two periods we complete core business classes (finance, accounting, organisational behaviour, etc). After that, we take electives. From a scheduling perspective, periods 1 and 2 (P1 and P2 respectively) are the most intense periods. After P2, the schedule is a little lighter, so everyone has time to recruit for a job.
INSEAD evaluates candidates holistically and is looking for a wide variety of candidates and backgrounds. If you want to go to INSEAD, take the leap of faith and apply. You never know what may happen.
In Episode 31 we discuss the universe of INSEAD's student clubs which are run by students and supported by the school. They play a vital role in the student experience. Our clubs cover a broad range of topics from professional, social to sports. A large proportion of the student population is honing their leadership skills by being in the management team of clubs. There are 40+ clubs at INSEAD.
INSEAD’s MBA student life is diverse and transformational. A cultural melting pot of experiences that triggers students to re-shape their perceived reality beyond the classroom; from sports activities to unforgettable travel experiences, or from cheerful parties to intimate heartfelt dinners.
INSEAD in one sentence: breathtakingly inspiring and empowering.
I have never learned so much in such a short period of time and I feel like every day at the programme is a step towards an excellent personal, academic, and professional development.
The title of this article is quoted from one GEMBA alumnus in a conversation we had over zoom prior to the start of the GEMBA programme in a networking session during the daunting lockdown periods in 2020. I vividly remember his exact words: As much as I will tell you, it’s difficult to do justice to the experience you’d undergo in the electives during your GEMBA journey; it’s the gemstone of the programme.
What does Be More mean to you? When you are surrounded by chaos, uncertainty, and doubt, what are the elements of your personality that you turn to in order to forge your path through resistance?
“While we may come from different places and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.” —Albus Dumbledore The obvious question many prospective candidates ask me is the impact of COVID-19, or more specifically online classes (for one month) during the MBA. The honest answer from my point of view is that it's not ideal but it is much better than I had initially expected. Faculty have adopted quickly to provide extremely engaging classes and non-traditional assignments such as games and simulation exercises.
Regular exercise is a great way to recharge energy during the intensive MBA programme at INSEAD. And the unparalleled opportunity to exercise in the extraordinary park of the Château de Fontainebleau is a quintessential INSEAD student life experience! I went for a run today with my lovely housemates Yang and Anna, we're determined to keep up with exercise no matter how busy the new academic term gets.